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SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start is excited to announce a new hire incentive of up to $3,000 through December 2022.  ** 

SIUE’s Head Start/ Early Head Start is seeking highly motivated, self-starters to join their dynamic team as a Special Services Program Coordinator.  The Special Services Program Coordinator is a senior administrative position with overall Head Start/Early Head Start program service area responsibilities. 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 nine early childhood centers, eight managed directly by SIUE staff, and two 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 Special Services Program Coordinator develops collaborative agreements with 26 Local Education Agencies (LEA's)/ Early Intervention Agencies (LEIAs) and networks with community/state agencies, and supervises the Individual Education Plan (IEP)/Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)process for all SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start program options. Additional responsibilities include co-administrating community-wide developmental screenings; responding appropriately to referral data; completing direct classroom observations; providing instructional support to teaching staff; facilitating small group Practice-Based Coaching (PBC); supervising the Social/Emotional School Readiness Coach(es) and art enrichment and behavioral health team members; assessing individual and program-wide child outcome data; and ensuring parental rights throughout the IEP/IFSP process. The Special Services Program Coordinator will also assure full program compliance with all Head Start Performance Standards, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned based on the needs and goals of the department.


-Bachelor's degree in Special Education or a specialized service provision.
-Early Childhood/Head Start experience and networking with community agencies.
-Experience with low income and culturally diverse families.
-Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and problem solving skills.

-Master's degree in Special Education Five (5) years supervisory experience.
-Experienced with low income and culturally diverse families.
-Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, and problem solving skills.


$4,502.58 Monthly ($54,030.96 Annually); excellent benefits package.

**New Hire Incentives paid out based on percentage of hire and in set timed increments.  Current or transfer employees (within Head Start/Early Head Start program) not eligible.  Full details will be discussed at hire.

SIUE offers an exceptional array of benefits to all full-time and part-time employees (50% or more receive benefits accrued at percentage of appointment) including:
*Medical, dental and vision insurance; 
*Life insurance;
*SURS retirement plan;
*Supplemental retirement savings plans;
*Paid vacation and sick leave accrual;
*Generous holiday schedule/paid holidays;
*WorkLife programs;
*Employee Assistance Program (mental health and wellness);
*Employee discounts (local and national retailers);
*University tuition waivers (full-time receive 100% waiver of tuition*)
*Limits on credits hour per semester, student fees still apply.
For more about our benefits and employee services, visit: https://www.siue.edu/human-resources/benefits   

Additional Notes

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 

How to Apply

To Apply for this Vacancy:
This position closes to applicants at 11:59 p.m. CST on the posting end date.  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

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