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Higher Education Navigator, Early Childhood Education 

Position Higher Education Navigator (Coach/Mentor), Early Childhood Education  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Base Wage $20.00-$22.00 per hour based on education and experience  

Child Care Resource & Referral of Midwestern Illinois / Child Care Connection is growing! We are seeking relationship builders to join our team as Higher Education Navigators!

  • A Day in the Life of a Higher Education Navigator could include:
  • Meeting with College Staff to create pathways for current child care providers to complete classes and degrees
  • Coaching and problem solving with providers and other stakeholders around professional development planning
  • Strengthening the child care system to attract and build the child care workforce through outreach and community events
  • Navigating alongside providers in the enrollment and scholarship steps at individual colleges and universities


Wondering if you might be a good fit as a Higher Education Navigator with Child Care Resource & Referral of Midwestern Illinois / Child Care Connection? Ask yourself:

  • Are you curious?   Do you enjoy building relationships and meeting new people?
  • Are you a self – starter?   Do you take risks?
  • Is life-long learning part of your makeup?   Do you have experience coaching or mentoring colleagues or other adults in reaching professional goals?
  • Do you see opportunity in change?


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

  • Plan, publicize, and facilitate informational/educational sessions.
  • Provide support on assessing needs, sharing information, and 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
  • Conduct outreach activities to members of the ECE workforce in matters related to the recruitment, technical assistance, and informational outreach.
  • Collect information on barriers to higher education
  • Complete follow-up activities with individual workforce members, community partners, and data tracking.
  • Attend team meetings and coordinate with members of Child Care Resource & Referral team in collaborative agency activities.
  • Be flexible to adjust schedule to nights and weekends occasionally required


Benefits and Perks At SAL Community Services, 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
  • Financial support for buying a house in Rock Island through the Homebuyer 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 Community Services (SALCS) strengthens children, families, and individuals to build and enhance thriving communities.

About Us

SALCS 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. SALCS 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 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.  
Location Child Care Resource & Referral of Midwestern Illinois  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 3/21/2023  

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