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Child Care Assistant- Head Start Program, Multiple

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601 James R Thompson Blvd
East St. Louis, IL 62201
Job Description

Position Title:
Child Care Assistant- Head Start/Early Head Start Program, Multiple Openings AY2019-2020 (9685)

Employee Class Description:
CS Hourly Part Time

643496 – Head Start

Job Posting Description:

The SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Program is looking for energetic and creative Child Care Assistants to join our team and provide a nurturing and safe classroom environment for children in our Head Start centers located in Belleville, Cahokia, Caseyville, East St. Louis, and Lovejoy, Illinois. If you are looking for a rewarding career and want to make a difference in children’s lives, then you have found the right path with a rewarding career at SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start.

The SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start program serves more than 1,700 families and youth from birth to age five (including children with special needs) in St. Clair County. The program includes 14 early childhood centers, seven managed directly and seven collaborations. Services include a rigorous school readiness program, educational programs for family members, and health and dental screenings.

The Child Care Assistant is an integral component of the Head Start/Early Head Start team. The Assistant is responsible for helping the staff with the implementation of learning experiences provided to the children. The selected candidate will help staff provide for with physical needs of children (such as feeding, dressing, sleeping and other activities), along with assisting in the care and maintenance of the center environment. The successful candidate will also coordinate and perform duties in the food service area of the Head Start center. The Child Care Assistant may be assigned additional duties and responsibilities in support of the program’s mission and goals.

Head Start Child Care Assistant positions are nine- month (September – May), part-time positions. Multiple vacancies are available for the upcoming academic year. The Assistants typically work 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday, six (6) hours per day. Hours may vary between 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Final center assignments will be decided upon hire based on programmatic needs. Positions will begin in September 2019.

This posting is an Open Recruitment Civil Service notice at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s East St. Louis Center. If your application package is acceptable and you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be contacted by the department in regards to further steps regarding possible interview.

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”.) 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. Please submit any other licenses or certifications related to the position at the time of application.

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 application process for individual positions. In your HireTouch account, you will upload all necessary documentation as requested above.

For all Civil Service positions, Illinois residency is required within 180 calendar days of the start date for the designated position.

Applicants will be subject to a background check and drug screening prior to an offer of employment. NOTE: Some positions are represented by a union and may require union dues. 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.

For information on this or other positions with the Head Start/Early Head Start program at SIUE, please contact Sue Small at 618/482-8399.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:

Possession of credentials required by Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for employment as a Child Care Assistant.

FLSA Exemption Status:

Posting Salary:
$9.75 Hourly, see job description regarding benefits.

Appointment Type:

East Saint Louis Campus

Posting Start Date:

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SIUE is a state university – benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas. Applicants will be subject to a background check and/or drug screening prior to an offer of employment.

SIUE is 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. We encourage applications from women, minorities, protected veterans and people with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Acts (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with SIUE, please call 618-650-2190 or email

The SIUE Annual Security & 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” & 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, 618-650-2536.

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