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About Children’s Home Association of Illinois (CHAIL):

CHAIL is a youth, family, and community focused 501(c)(3) organization with multiple locations and 450 staff, located in Peoria, IL. For over 157 years CHAIL has been helping the kids and families who need it most.  Children’s Home Association of Illinois (CHAIL) is the largest social service agency for youth and families in downstate Illinois. The services we provide don’t just impact the individual child, they create positive ripple effects within their immediate family, neighborhood, community, and world by providing an opportunity to thrive.  

Job Summary

This position is a member of Children’s Home Association of Illinois’ education leadership team.  The Assistant Principal at the Academy for Autism will report directly to the Academy for Autism Principal and work collaboratively to make strategic decisions to advance the mission of the school.  This position will directly supervise key staff including teachers, behavior management team members, teacher assistants, and individual classroom aides.  In addition, this position will execute on the vision and strategy through day-to-day operations, student interaction, and staff management.  


Essential Functions


  • Develops and enforces school policies and procedures.
  • Manage order for all program supply needs. 
  • Maintain accurate HR records.
  • Works in conjunction with Principal to support school hiring needs; Work proactively to retain employees and create an environment in which staff can thrive. 
  • Serve as the ‘first line of defense’ for student discipline (ensuring discipline is carried out in a way that aligns with the agency’s philosophy of care and is consistent and clear for all students) 

Academic operations:

  • Execute and collaborate on curriculum development and implementation at the instruction of the principal. 
  • Manage IEP process – ensuring timelines are met, goals are clear and reasonable, and progress is being made for each student. 
  • Work in close connection with district personnel at the direction of the principal.


Staff management:

  • Lead regular team meetings with school staff. 
  • Lead and support the onboarding of new staff.
  • Provide ongoing coaching and feedback to teaching and support staff to improve their student’s interaction, therapeutic skills, and delivery of academic instruction. 
  • Develop and provide training opportunities and professional development for staff. 
  • Acts as the ‘first line of defense’ to help problem solve and support staff in their individual interactions with students and families.



  • Demonstrates the ability to lead programs toward the achievement of outcomes with a CLEAR focus on continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrates an ability to make clear and consistent decisions, take ownership of those decisions, and carry out execution to end result. 
  • Clear leadership and motivational skills that allow for the guiding of large groups of employees toward one set of central goals.
  • Acts as a positive role model to students and is a reliable resource to students and their families. 



  • Master's degree required. 
  • Administrator License (Type 75, Principal Licensure, or Director of Special Education); LBS1 certification required. 
  • Experience working with students with a variety of behavioral and/or social emotional challenges encouraged.
  • Effective leadership skills.
  • Commitment to Agency mission.
  • High-level of professional skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively within a leadership team framework.
  • Dependability
  • Demonstrates maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences of children, staff and families served.
  • Ability to manage job related matters in a professional, diplomatic, and confidential manner.
  • Ability to organize and execute responsibilities in an independent manner.
  • Hearing and speaking ability which allows for effective oral communication of information.
  • Ability to physically transport self to various locations.
  • Physical and emotional stamina to effectively manage job related problems and stress.





  • PTO (paid-time-off) accrual 3 weeks first year (full-time)
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Sick Leave accrual 12 days per year (full-time)
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401K with company match
  • Company paid life insurance, STD and LTD
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Referral Program

Additional Notes

CHAIL provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How to Apply

Must apply online at https://www.chail.org or email resume and letter of interest to Michelle Taylor, Vice-President of Education. mtaylor@chail.org


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