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The SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Program serves more than 860 families and children from birth through age five, including children with special needs, throughout St. Clair County. This position assists with Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) and monitors specified program areas for both managed and collaborative partnerships and is responsible for the program's compliance mandates as defined in the Head Start Performance Standards and state regulations. This position assists with the development and implementation of improvement plans based on review and analysis data provided by the staff, as well as from additional sources, including qualitative surveys, quantitative audits, industry standards and evidence-based best practices and literature reviews. Furthermore, the successful candidate monitors and quality of data at assigned centers, including licensing requirements, referral systems for families and children, provision of health, dental and nutritional services. The Program Assistant meets with parents and/or Family Advocates to assist them to obtain follow-up health services as well as monitors and maintains established standards of sanitation, safety and food preparation within assigned Head Start/Early Head Start centers. Additionally, this position provides training and technical assistance to all center staff to enhance the provision of services to children and compliance with Head Start Performance Standards and other local and state regulations. Further duties will be assigned based on the needs of the department.

How To Apply for this Vacancy:
This position is a current civil service vacancy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and will be closed to applicants at 11:59 pm CST, on the posting end date. SIUE offers an exceptional array of benefits to all full-time and part-time (50% or more) employees including medical, dental and life insurance; tuition waivers; financial savings plans; vacation and sick leave; and pension plan as part of a total compensation package to eligible employees.

Applicants must submit a completed Civil Service Application, which must include complete employment history, through HireTouch. If you do not possess any employment history, you must indicate this within the employment history section of the application. Your application should reflect all relevant skills and experience related to the minimum qualifications listed for this position. While a resume may be submitted with the application, data for each employer must be listed on this application form. (The words "See Resume" may only be used as a substitute in the section entitled "Specific Duties Performed".) The School asks that applicants submit a cover letter and resume in addition to the required Civil Service Application.  If the application is incomplete you will not be considered for the position as our office will be unable to evaluate your application to determine if you possess the required minimum qualifications. 

If qualifying by education or to qualify for a required educational requirement, you must submit your transcripts, including those for SIUE, at the time of application. Applicants qualifying for Veteran’s preference must submit a copy of form DD214 at the time of application. For additional information, please visit: Eligibility Criteria and Point Allocation and Proof of Eligibility.  Please submit any other licenses or certifications related to the position at the time of application.
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Applicants will be subject to a background check and/or drug screening prior to an offer of employment.  

For more information, please visit the Office of Human Resources website at or call Civil Service Testing at 618-650-2190.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work. SIUE is committed to education that explores the historic significance of diversity in order to understand the present and to better enable our community to engage the future. Integral to this commitment, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville strives for a student body and a workforce that is both diverse and inclusive. We strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups, including women, members of racially minoritized groups, and individuals with disabilities, to apply. For more on our Statement of Diversity, visit SIUE Mission, Goals and Plans. 
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree
  •  Based on position requirements, additional education, training, and/or work experience in the area of specialization inherent to the position may be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of one-two years health case management work experience. Previous work experience working in a Head Start program is highly desired. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent organization skills, attention to detail. CPR Instructor Certification Vision and Hearing Screening Certification