Director of Programs and Services

SOS Children's Villages Illinois

About the organization

At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we are committed to providing safe, stable, loving homes. We do this by keeping brothers and sisters together in an individual home in the care of a full-time, professional Foster Parent. In doing so, we lay the foundation for rebuilding trust, confidence, and hope for each child in our care. Who We Are
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois offers an innovative approach to traditional foster care. Our model of care gives children the opportunity to live in a nurturing, stable, single-family home with their brothers and sisters in the care of a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent in one of our Villages. Children benefit from the stability of remaining with their siblings as well as the support of neighboring SOS Illinois Foster Parents and the entire community. Each Village offers comprehensive services including: individual and group counseling, mentoring, and educational and cultural enrichment opportunities.


1. Provides leadership to assure Village census goals are met or exceeded, including achieving a significant revenue increase and stabilization of program funding, and that the Village maintains a strong sense of community is cohesive, and high standards of client care are maintained. Facilitates positive and healthy connections among village members.

2. Provides oversight to all Village programs assuring program effectiveness and systems are in place to track successes and identify areas of improvement. Works to improve program deliverables. Acts as primary support in the communication of quality standards to Village team for program and services. Assures records are maintained as required by the agency, COA, DCFS, Human Resources, IL state and federal law. In collaboration with COO, convenes and directs meeting with appropriate staff to ensure supportive services are operating effectively to enhance service quality to the Village clients.

3. Develop new programs to support the needs of clients and the strategic direction of the organization.

4. Leads the selection and admission process for intake of children following all state and organizational guidelines. Meets regularly with the COO and other team members to review guidelines, admissions and placement issues related to the well-being of the children. Completes all associated DCFS required paperwork in a timely fashion and handles internal communication, including 906, 1420 and 1425.



1. Masters degree in Social Work or relevant Masters Degree which meets DCFS requirements from an accredited institution.

2. A minimum of 5 years social service supervisory experience working with children and families in the child welfare system. Program leadership preferred. LCSW or clinical experience preferred.

3. DCFS Child Welfare Employee Licensure required; 402 Licensure.

4. Experienced in team building, implementing behavior modification plans and needs assessment.

5. Ability to work with DCFS, courts and other social service systems.

6. Ability to pass DCFS required criminal background check including CANTS/SACWIS, Drug Screen and SORS.

7. Ability to provide required DCFS Medical Report/TB test.
8. Valid Illinois driver's license with acceptable driving record; insured and reliable transportation.

9. Sensitivity to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and staff.

10. Ability to relate to the Agency staff and to the public in a courteous and professional manner.

11. Strong communication, organizational and computer skills.

12. Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.

13. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential materials.

14. Ability to work flexible hours including some weekends.

15. Ability to work in an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free environment.

16. Commitment to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois philosophy and mission.



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