Faculty Assistant (Grant Employee) 150077-AC

Macomb, McDonough County
Apr 15, 2014

Company Description:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Job Description:


RESPONSIBILITIES: The Early Childhood Resource Specialist will work as part of Western Illinois University's dedicated team of STARNET professionals to provide training, consultation, coaching, and technical assistance to teachers and families of children ages 3- 8 who have special needs. The person selected for this ISBE grant-funded position may be eligible to work from a home office, depending on his/her distance from Macomb. The position requires the employee (1) to develop and/or conduct workshops and training events and (2) to travel throughout Illinois (primarily in the northwestern and central regions) to facilitate or present workshops and training events, to attend project and statewide meetings and conferences, and to provide on-site consultations with teachers and/or families. Overnight stays are often required. Making logistical arrangements for workshops is a key aspect of the position, as are responding to requests for information and training; corresponding with early childhood administrators, teachers, and support staff; and keeping skills and knowledge up-to-date by attending professional development events. Record-keeping, reporting, and attention to detail are required. The employee is required to have a valid Illinois driver's license and a reliable vehicle for travel. Mileage and other travel expenses will be reimbursed.

RANK & SALARY: Faculty Assistant (grant employee). 100% position with salary of $3900/month. This is a 12-month grant-funded position on a fiscal year basis. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: (1) Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, or related field; (2) Classroom experience with children ages 3-8 with special needs; (3) Familiarity with Illinois' special education rules and regulations; (4) Understanding of early childhood best practices as recommended by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Division of Early Childhood (DEC); (5) Motivated, self-starter with excellent time management skills; (6) Ability to work collaboratively with team members to achieve common goals; (7) Excellent verbal and written English skills; (8) Public speaking and presentation experience; (9) Computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint or Keynote; (10) Report writing and record-keeping experience; (11) Ability to travel long distances and flexibility to stay overnight away from home an average of 3 times a month; (12) Reliable personal vehicle for travel throughout the state (mileage will be reimbursed) when a state car cannot be used.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  (1) Masters Degree in Early Childhood or Early Childhood Special Education; (2) Experience teaching in an Early Childhood Special Education or blended classroom, (3) Minimum 4 years classroom experience with children ages 3-8 with special needs, (4) Experience developing workshops and presentations; (5) Experience presenting at state conferences; (6) Understanding of adult learning theory; (7) Experience working with community organizations, working with families, and/or consulting with teachers and other early childhood staff.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: Illinois Starnet Regions I and III is part of Western Illinois University's Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education. WIU's Starnet project is operated under an early childhood special education grant issued by the Illinois State Board of Education to offer training, consultation, and technical assistance to families of young children with special needs and to teachers, administrators, and support staff who serve children ages 3-8 with special needs. Information about STARNET's work is available at www.starnet.org

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 12,200 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 65 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 612 full-time faculty members teach 93.5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,003): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,204): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

(1) a letter of application addressing work experiences and qualifications as they directly relate to the requirements and job description above;

(2) a detailed current resume or curriculum vita;

(3) personal contact information, including email; and

(4) a list of three current professional references (names [including positions/titles], email addresses, phone numbers).

(5) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be required for selected candidate

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL http://www.wiu.edu/employment/

**Note** Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size in order to be uploaded.

Screening will begin on [Enter screening begin date here] and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Joyce Johanson at jk-johanson@wiu.edu

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at eoa-office@wiu.edu