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Higher Education Navigator (Recruiter), Early Childhood Education 

Position Higher Education Navigator (Recruiter), Early Childhood Education  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Base Wage $17.48 - $19.23 per hour based on education and experience  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location SAL Child Care Connection  
Position Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be able to obtain a background clearance throughout employment.
  • SAL Family and Community Services requires all employees, including new team members, to be fully-vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine and show acceptable proof of documentation by December 8, 2021. SAL Family and Community Services will consider requests for reasonable accommodation as required under applicable law.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Two years of work experience in early childhood care and education, counseling/social work, family support, adult education, or higher education.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software, other basic computer applications, and social media.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee must be able to lift 10 pounds. Corrected vision and hearing in normal range required for greeting visitors, answering phones, and interacting with others. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


SAL Family and Community Services is searching for Higher Education Navigators/Recruiters to create positive impacts in the early care and education field through recruiting and connecting the workforce with Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs at colleges and universities to support attainment of additional degrees, licenses, and credentials. This position will support and strengthen the child care system to attract and build the child care workforce.

Examples of Essential Functions include the following, others may be assigned:

  • Plan, publicize, and facilitate informational/educational sessions on higher education, scholarship and financial aid processes/opportunities for incumbent ECE workforce.
  • Provide support to incumbent workforce on assessing needs, sharing information, and connecting them to higher education opportunities through phone calls, email, in-person / virtual meetings.
  • Build relationships with key staff at ECE programs at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities to understand programs and help identify appropriate candidates from incumbent workforce.
  • Conduct outreach activities to members of the ECE workforce in matters related to the recruitment of interested members of the incumbent workforce, technical assistance, and informational outreach.
  • Collect information on barriers to higher education experienced by incumbent workforce members.
  • Complete follow-up activities with individual workforce members, community partners, and data tracking in a timely fashion.
  • Consult with individuals completing state surveys of interest in higher education opportunities in assigned Service Delivery Area.
  • Attend team meetings and coordinate with members of Child Care Resource & Referral team in collaborative agency activities.
  • Actively engage in formal and informal professional learning and development activities to build and maintain knowledge of early childhood field, best practices and trends in higher education, and other position specific competencies.
  • Be flexible to adjust schedule to nights and weekends occasionally required

Benefits and Perks At SALFCS, not only are we committed to serving our communities, we’re committed to our employees!

  • Paid time off
  • Paid meal break – you work an eight-hour day
  • 9 paid holidays
  • Health, dental, and vision benefits
  • 401(k) savings and investment plan with employer contributions up to 6%
  • Pet insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • A schedule typically between Monday – Friday
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A welcoming environment where you can be yourself and surround yourself with diverse, skilled, caring professionals as teammates!
About the Organization Mission

SAL Family and Community Services (SALFCS) strengthens children, families, and individuals to build and enhance thriving communities.

About Us

SALFCS operates Skip-a-Long Child Development Services - early care and education centers in Iowa and Illinois, The Home Child Care Network - a network of licensed and license-exempt home child care providers in both the Quad Cities and Peoria areas, Open Door - a crisis assistance program funded by IDHS to help individuals and families in crisis navigate local social services, SAL Child Care Connection - the child care resource and referral program in Peoria, IL, the Child Care Resource and Referral of Midwestern Illinois that serves the Illinois Quad Cities and surrounding counties, and Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships that serve Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer Counties in Illinois.

SALFCS is at the forefront of public policy and issues regarding early care and education and individual and family social services, and is dedicated to making sure all families have what they need to be successful, regardless of financial means.

EOE Statement SAL Family and Community Services is an equal opportunity employer and believes in equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. Accordingly, all employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity. These decisions include recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, compensation, benefits, training and other personnel actions involving persons in all job titles and shall occur without regard to actual or perceived race, creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, religion (or for requesting an accommodation for a religious belief), sex, age, ancestry, national origin, genetic information (as defined in Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)), military status or discharge status, veteran status, qualified disabled veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, transgenderism, marital status, citizenship status, familial status, physical or mental disability (or for requesting an accommodation for a disability), association with a disabled person(s), medical condition (including HIV or AIDS status, cancer related or genetic characteristics) arrest record (unless doing so violates contractual, funding, or licensing requirements), order of protection status, pregnancy (including conditions related to childbirth or breast feeding), homelessness or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  
Open Date 12/10/2021  

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