Network Pre-K Director

LEARN Charter School Network in Chicago, IL

  • Industry: Education - Excluding Post Secondary - Teacher, Early Childhood Education
  • Type: Full Time
  • Compensation: $62,345.00 - 149,980.00 / Year*
position filled

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LEARN Charter School Network (LEARN), one of the nation s premier elementary charter school programs, seeks an exceptional, high performing development professional. The successful candidate will be an engaging, creative development professional who is the consummate team player and has a demonstrated track record of success in raising significant funds across a spectrum of donors. We re looking for a talented leader to help LEARN achieve groundbreaking results for its scholars over the next decade.

At LEARN, we measure the true impact of our program by the number of alumni that ultimately graduate from college. LEARN Alumni graduate college at twice the rate of Black students in Chicago Public Schools (a direct demographic comparison) and 10 points higher than all students across the nation regardless of socio-economic status or ethnicity. LEARN has effectively closed the opportunity gap. As we approach our 20th anniversary serving Chicago s most vulnerable families, we ve embarked on an ambitious strategic planning process to identify and execute the programs necessary to achieving a groundbreaking 50% college graduation rate for LEARN scholars by 2030.


Founded in 2001, LEARN Charter School Network is a network of college prep public elementary schools that is creating measurable, transformational change in the lives of students from underinvested neighborhoods. The mission of LEARN is to provide our scholars with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. We are fulfilling that mission every day by outperforming district schools in every key metric including more than double the number of college graduates compared with district, state and national averages.

We educate 4,000 PK-8th grade students across 10 campuses in Chicago and Lake County, IL. We serve a majority low-income, minority student population (86% and 98%, respectively), most of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. In addition, LEARN has developed a highly effective program to serve both military and civilian families at its Great Lakes Naval Academy location in Waukegan, IL. LEARN s success in serving the unique needs of military families has led to its national expansion to Washington D.C. effective fall 2021.


The Network Pre-K Director will create a strong operational and instructional model for a play-based Pre-K program for LEARN Network. This person will have a vision and passion to drive for results.



  • Program Management
  • Monitors and supports the implementation of program practices in accordance with city and state licensing requirements.
  • Maintains compliance with local, state, and federal funding agencies.
  • Plans and conducts parent and staff meetings.
  • Conducts tours of the facility for potential families; manages enrollment and waiting lists.
  • Supports implementation of the Creative Curriculum System as the essential curriculum. Designs meetings and professional development experiences as needed to support this process.
  • Assists in grant applications and grant reporting as needed.
  • Assists in the development of plans for ongoing growth and improved quality of services to children and families.
  • Monitors and makes staffing adjustments, as necessary, to ensure that ratios are in compliance.
  • Ensures high quality programming by providing a safe, interactive and engaging environment that assures the well-being of children.Ensures that all classes are holding conferences and organizing family events. Promotes the staff in keeping portfolios on each child and developing documentation panels in the program.
  • Responsible for recruiting and enrolling children in programs per contract requirements.
  • Maintains staff and student files in compliance.
  • Honors and respects families by implementing culturally responsive practices.
  • Confers with parents regarding program activities, policies, and enrollment procedures by maintaining either written or verbal communication with parents as needed.

25% Supervisory

  • Assists in recruitment, recommendations for hire, supervises, and coaches staff of varied levels of education and experience to ensure program quality and positive outcomes for children and families.
  • Conducts monthly classroom observations (at a minimum).
  • Conducts annual evaluations with employees and encourages annual goal development and growth of all staff.
  • Ensures that staff are establishing a safe, nurturing, supportive, and positive classroom climate.
  • Implements developmentally appropriate instructional strategies.
  • Supports a learning environment around inquiry and play based experiences.
  • Utilizes effective, age appropriate classroom management practices that promote responsibility..
  • Assists the onboarding team with new hire orientation of all staff, including training of Creative Curriculum, Mandated Reporting, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid/ CPR, etc.

25% Financial Management

  • Manages and provides oversight into the program budget. Assists in the management of program revenue and expenditures; prepares with the Network Finance Team any billing and reconciliations.
  • Manages inventory of program and other operational supplies. Requests purchases and collaborates with staff for instructional materials and teaching aids such as books, toys, and materials designed to stimulate learning.
  • Assists in grant applications and grant reporting as needed.

25% Administrative

  • Builds and manages effective relationships with internal and external partners attends meetings, functions, and required events. Also provides tours to stakeholders and other guests as requested.
  • Participates in professional learning communities with staff to improve program practice.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Education, Training and/or Experience
  • Bachelor s Degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Education or a related field.Minimum of 3 - 5 years in an early learning setting with 3 - 5 years direct supervisory experience.Experience required in the operation of a child development center, day care center, nursery school, or kindergarten.
  • Preferred candidates will have an Illinois Director Credential (unless holds another NAEYC recognized Director Credential), Type 04, or Type 75 with the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • Experience leading, motivating and supporting a diverse, high-performing team including identifying, selecting, onboarding, developing and evaluating team members and facilitating change.
  • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building/management skills.
  • Effective communication skills across diverse populations/audiences.
  • Passionate about improving the quality of life for children and families.
  • High degree of integrity, reliability, initiative and accountability.
  • Passionate about your team winning and succeeding.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively build and maintain relationships with families, staff and other stakeholders and constituents and act as a role model to others.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple, competing priorities to maximize personal and team effectiveness.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely present. ideas and concepts and tailor communication to multiple, non-technical audiences including team, families, and other constituents.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Google Suite and email; ability to learn and adapt to new technology.
  • Creative and knowledgeable about community resources.
  • Experience in working with culturally diverse communities and families with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.


  • Bilingual.


  • Ability to communicate and exchange information over the phone and in-person. Lift and carry file boxes up to 15 lbs. Travel by car and/or public transportation.


  • Moderate in-district travel as well as intermittent in-state travel. Intermittent prolonged and irregular hours of work.


  • Communication skills with the ability to listen to challenging family situations.
  • Ability to travel by car and/or public transportation.
  • Strong empathy skills.
  • Knowledge and belief in early education concepts.

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of LEARN Charter School Network. Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder s responsibility.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, family medical history, disability or veteran status.

Please also apply on our Website at:


Start Date: Position currently available.

LEARN is an equal opportunity employer.

Associated topics: baby, child, child care, daycare, early, infant, preschool, preschool assistant teacher, preschool teacher, toddler

* Estimated salary

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