Early Childhood Support Specialist – Part Time

Morton College
Cicero, IL

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Job Title:

Early Childhood Support Specialist – Part Time

Reports To and Evaluated by:

Associate Dean of Adult and Career Technical Education

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education required. Minimum five years of experience in an Early Childhood role.

Must be able to demonstrate the Morton College core values of compassion, fairness, respect, responsibility, tolerance and truth.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree preferred. Teaching at the college level preferred. Familiar with Gateways Credentials and Pathways. Teaching experience with young children preferred (birth-age 8). Bilingual (Spanish and English) preferred. Proficiency in a wide variety of operating systems and applications. Advanced skills in Microsoft Access or a similar database. Able to work with minimal supervision and within a team-oriented environment. Analysis, troubleshooting and excellent communication skills. Excellent customer relationship skills (communication, setting and meeting expectations, listening, etc.).

Job Summary:

The Early Support Specialist supports the efforts of the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity at Morton College. The Specialist provides student support to persist and complete early childhood certificates and degrees. The Early Support Specialist identifies and seeks to remove barriers to student success.

Specific Job Duties:

  • Act as the main contact for students or prospective students interested in Early Childhood Education (ECE) Programs/Gateway credentials at the College.
  • Communicate with the appointed Navigator under ECACE to assist students in navigating college processes including but not limited to application process, enrollment/registration process, financial aid and ECACE scholarship processes, and other necessary resources.
  • Identify student barriers to persistence and completion and works with ECE faculty and students to create equitable pathways for students.
  • Connect students to college and regional resources to be successful in certificate/degree completion.
  • Act as liaison between college, students, and Gateways to Opportunity to increase credential completion.
  • Provide support for functions in ECE, including all Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) functions.
  • Develop and provide information about ECE certificates, degrees and transfer options and disseminates that information by visiting classrooms and meeting with interested students.
  • Provide administrative and program support for the ECE department, including assistance with communication and outreach for the program.
  • Organize and attend ECE outreach at appropriate college events.
  • Prepare various modes of communications in conjunction with ECE Faculty, that market ECE information and activities to campus constituents.
  • Assist ECE Faculty with the monitoring of grant activities including budgets, statistical data, grant submission, and reporting.
  • Communicate with various college departments to organize messaging, marketing, tracking, and assessing ECE courses and programs.
  • Participate in ongoing cross training with other Program Specialists with the purpose of proving exceptional service and accurate information to students.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness to design, monitor and maintain an Early Childhood student database used for tracking and reporting student information related to admission, retention, graduation, and ongoing communication.
  • Develop spreadsheets used for scheduling and registration of all Early Childhood Education students each semester.
  • Create and develop enrollment reports to help track student retention and progress toward completion.
  • Prepare special reports for the ECE faculty and advisors used for student registration, retention, and graduation tracking.
  • Work with ECE Chair and University Partners to formulate comprehensive Articulation Agreements.
  • Assist with special projects as needed.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Salary Range:

$20-$22 per hour

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Morton College is dedicated to diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We seek applicants from all backgrounds to ensure we get the best diverse talent to join our team. Minorities, women, individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for employment opportunities.

This position is grant funded.


Morton College, the second oldest community college in Illinois, was founded in 1924 to meet the educational demands in the growing communities of Berwyn, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney and other near western suburbs which were a national hub of economic activity.

As a comprehensive community college, recognized by the Illinois Community College Board, Morton College's mission is: To enhance the quality of life of our diverse community through exemplary teaching and learning opportunities, community service, and life long learning.


Maximize the College's resources to support student learning.

Conduct ongoing assessment of student learning to discover new ways to help students succeed.

Develop responsive curricula and programs to serve community needs.

Encourage community families to embrace the educational opportunities Morton College provides.

Employment at Morton

Morton College has the distinction of being the second oldest comprehensive community college in Illinois. The pioneering spirit that established this learning community continues to drive Morton today as a Hispanic Serving Institution for Berwyn, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney and other communities.

Morton College is located in Cicero, a western border suburb of Chicago, only eight miles from the heart of the business and cultural center of this great midwestern city. Chicago offers a complete array of entertainment venues, including six major professional sports teams plus the beautiful Lake Michigan recreational area.

As an institution of higher education, Morton College is committed to the development of its employees and encourages them to participate in life-long learning activities.

Morton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, or physical handicap in its educational, admissions, or employment practices.

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