Assistant Director

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Organization Name: 
One Hope United
Job Location: 
Suburbs South of I-88
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Seeking collaborative and determined leaders with a passion for enriching the lives of children for full-time Assistant Director opportunities at our Wilmette and Joliet child development centers!

At One Hope United, we value team members who are willing to bring new ideas to the table, share best practices with colleagues, and expand our early childhood education services during an exciting period of growth for the organization.


Our childhood development centers and associated programs are staffed by dedicated professionals who strive to prepare children for life-long learning. All of our eligible programs have earned NAEYC accreditation—the mark of quality for early childhood education programs.  Those we serve reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate, and we cater to the individual needs of each child and family in our care.


We’re committed to creating the best possible work environment for our team members and offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including:

  • Health

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • 403b Retirement

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Agency paid life, LTD

  • Supplemental life insurance

  • Vacation, PTO, sick time

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Nine Agency paid holidays


The Assistant Director will assist the Site Director in the daily operations of the child development program within the mission, vision, philosophy and economic parameters of One Hope United, the regulations of licensing agencies and the guidelines of accrediting organizations. The Assistant Director will provide support in:

  • Enrollment and Marketing: implementing the center’s marketing strategies and enrolling children in center program.

  • Educational Program Development and Implementation: monitoring and evaluating the educational program to ensure compliance with regulatory, funding and accrediting agency requirements; and leading child transition policies and procedures.

  • Staffing and Professional Development: ensuring child to teacher ratios and supervising classroom teams through observation and feedback.

  • Financial Management: assisting with accounts receivable and payable and managing staff schedules.

  • Office Management Systems: managing daily staffing needs and delegating responsibility, as appropriate.

  • Parent Relations: assisting program staff with the continuous assessment of family needs and development of a plan for strengthened parent center relations, including center wide implementation of strengthening families.

  • Professional Leadership and Community Outreach: developing cooperative relationships with community and professional groups in the area.





Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or a related field required. Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field preferred.



A minimum of 5 years professional experience working with children in early childhood education setting with at least two years of supervisory experience.


Required Skills

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to maintain confidential information and materials

  • Ability to stay current on developments in early learning field to enhance professional growth

  • Ability to physically interact with children, involving both fine and gross motor skills, and lift up to 40 pounds

  • Ability to work in a team and supervise staff

  • Ability to analyze data and interpret data to improve operational strategy

  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task

  • Ability to develop and maintain a professional and positive relationship with families, colleagues and public

  • Proficiency in Word Processing software, e-mail and internet applications

  • Meet all agency requirements related to driving record and insurance