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Early Childhood Teacher Assistant, Head Start/ Early Head Start AY2021-2022 (12087)

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
East Saint Louis Campus

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Position Title:Early Childhood Teacher Assistant, Head Start/ Early Head Start AY2021-2022 (12087) Department:643496 - Head Start Job Category:Administrative/Professional - Ongoing Recruitment Location:East Saint Louis Campus Job Posting Description:

Getting young children and their families ready for school and ready for life! Head Start programs prepare America’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life beyond school. The SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start program serves more than 860 families and children birth through age five, including children with special needs, throughout St. Clair County and consists of a team of individuals dedicated to making real change that leads to the success of children, families and communities. The program is housed in 12 early childhood centers, eight managed directly by SIUE staff and five collaborations. SIUE’s Head Start program includes a rigorous school readiness program and provides comprehensive services, such as health/dental screenings and family engagement and support activities. The Head Start program currently has multiple immediate Early Childhood Teacher Assistant vacancies to fill for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Head Start/Early Head Start Early Childhood Teacher Assistants support the head classroom teacher in welcoming children and families from diverse backgrounds and create a safe, loving, developmentally appropriate space that promotes emotional/social growth and provides a rigorous school readiness experience. Position responsibilities include supporting developmentally appropriate instructional plans, engaging with all children during instruction (including children with identified specialized needs), and promoting positive behavior management. Teacher Assistants support the facilitation of developmental screenings, on-going assessments, and recording of outcome data in order to determine future instruction as well as participate in home visits and parent-teacher conferences as requested by the teacher.

Head Start Teacher Assistant positions are nine- month (August - May), full-time positions, and serve children between the ages of three and five years of age. Early Head Start Teacher Assistant positions are twelve- month, full-time positions, and serve children between the ages of six weeks and thirty-six months of age. SIUE Head Start centers are located in Belleville, Cahokia, Caseyville, East St. Louis, Lebanon, and Lovejoy, Illinois. Final center assignments will be decided upon hire based on programmatic needs.

SIUE offers an exceptional array of benefits to all full-time employees including medical, dental and life insurance; tuition waivers; financial savings plans; vacation leave; and pension plan as part of a total compensation package to eligible employees.

Interested candidates are invited to apply to our Early Childhood Teacher Assistant openings through this posting.

This is a continuous recruitment posting for academic year 2021-2022 Administrative/Professional positions at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and will close to applicants at end of business day, 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.

To Apply for this Vacancy:
Click the “Apply for Position” button at the top of the job description page. This will prompt you to access your existing HireTouch account or create a new account, only create a new account if you have NEVER done so previously. After logging in or completing your new profile, you can then complete the required SIUE application documents for each individual position.

Candidates must upload and attach the following documentation to their application package in SIUE’s HireTouch system:
-Cover Letter
-Unofficial academic transcripts, including those for SIUE. All candidates must provide transcripts for educational qualification verification and/or course work assessment.
-List of at least three professional references with current contact information.

When uploading your required documents, please ensure you attach them to the correct position using the drop-down box. Failure to follow this step may keep Hiring Managers from reviewing your materials.

Applicants also need to complete the full Administrative / Professional application forms package located under the Applicant Profile box in HireTouch. Incomplete application packages will result in a delay of review and/or non-review.

Applicants will be subject to a background check and/or drug screening prior to an offer of employment.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:

-Associate degree's degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or related field.* (Tier 1)
-Currently enrolled in a program that will lead to an Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education having already completed at least half (50%) of coursework. (Tier 2)
-Possess a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for a CDA credential. (Tier 2)

*All candidates must provide transcripts for a full course work assessment.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Experience in teaching pre-school aged children;
-Experience interacting with diverse individuals at various levels within a team;
-Physically accustomed to floor exercises and walking/bending/kneeling.

FLSA Exemption Status:Not Exempt Posting Salary:Based on collective bargaining agreement and credentials at time of hire, excellent benefits package. Posting Start Date:06/01/2021 Posting End Date:05/31/2022 Organization Code Description:12 Months Required Documents:Cover Letter, References, Resume, Transcripts


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a nationally recognized university that provides students with a high-quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live.

Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 13,000 individuals and 2,300 faculty and staff. The city of Edwardsville is consistently cited as one of the top cities in Illinois for families, based on several factors, including affordability, green spaces, excellent schools, low crime rate, financial stability and philanthropic spirit.

SIUE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, as well as more than 30 additional accrediting agencies. In January 2019, SIUE was reclassified by The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education to the newly created doctoral/professional universities category. Fully certified at the Division I level by the NCAA, SIUE is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) (men’s soccer & wrestling).

Join the adventurous minds here at SIUE that are changing the world; explore our employment opportunities today.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work. As an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce, we will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status.  For more on our State of Diversity, visit SIUE Mission, Goals and Plans 

The SIUE Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at The report contains campus safety and security information, crime statistics, fire safety policies, and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. This report is published in compliance with Federal law, titled the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” and the Higher Education Opportunity Act also known as the “Campus Fire Safety Right to Know.” For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained, with a 24-hour notice, from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, 1-618-650-2536.

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