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Quality Specialist, Early Childhood Education 

Position Quality Specialist, Early Childhood Education  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Base Wage $20.45-22.50 per hour based on education level. Comprehensive benefit package available.  


The Quality Specialist will work with child care center and family child care practitioners to promote best practice, share information and provide training/technical assistance on ExceleRate Illinois Quality Recognition & Improvement System (QRIS). The role of the Specialist should be relationship-based, specific, intensive consultation with child care practitioners including staff, directors and family child care practitioners. The Quality Specialist works as part of the Child Care Resource and Referral team to increase practitioner quality of care. Upon hire, Specialist receives detailed training on assessment tools and other aspects of QRIS, in which a score threshold is required.

Examples of Essential Functions include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  •  Promote the Quality Recognition Improvement System to practitioners and parents within the Service Delivery Area (SDA)
  •  Identify quality improvement needs in the SDA
  •  Provide on-site coaching and consultation based on the state designated assessments (ITERS, ECERS, SACERS, BAS, PAS, etc).
  •  Provide technical assistance by phone, e-mail and other methods using current technology
  •  Assist child care practitioners with developing and implementing quality improvement plans
  •  Develop training to assist program staff in reaching program improvement goals and assist with the Grant Program Co-horts
  •  Conduct assessments of child care programs using specified assessment tools and report results as required to the Illinois Department of Human Services
  •  Work in cooperation with and refer to Mental Health Consultants and Infant – Toddler Specialists
  •  Provide developmentally appropriate resources and guidance to practitioners
  •  Work with community partners, e.g. businesses and schools, to increase awareness of the importance of and the impact that high quality child care has on the developing child
  •  Participate in ongoing professional development, including workdays, webinars, etc.


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

  • Paid time off
  • Paid meal break
  • 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
  • A welcoming environment where you can be yourself and surround yourself with diverse, skilled, caring professionals as teammates!

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or related field with a minimum of 18 semester hours in Child Development/Early Childhood Education required. At least two years of paid experience working with young children in a licensed program is required. Desirable Qualifications include: Illinois 04 Certification, Director Qualified (IDCFS), Director Credential, and/or Experience guiding a program through Accreditation or the Quality Rating System (Illinois)

Effective communicator with ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, board of directors, and the general public.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Keep sensitive and confidential information as that.

Experience with Microsoft Office software, Adobe Reader, and other basic computer applications. Operate a PC and related software. Utilize computer databases.

A collaborative and flexible style, with a strong service mentality and ability to work within agency policies; need to be seen as a team player committed to lifelong learning; hands-on with integrity and a desire to work in a mission-driven environment; commitment to the social sector with a passion for the mission. Maintain high attention to detail and time management. Ability to provide technical leadership in child care management and technical assistance to consumers. Maintain effective working relationships with others. Knowledge of principles and practices of quality child care, DCFS licensing standards, agencies/services available for parents and providers is needed. Ability to work overtime as needed.

Must possess a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and a personal vehicle. Travel is required throughout specified geographic area, to meetings, trainings, and events on a regular basis. Occasional statewide travel.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to remain in a stationary position, sit, move or traverse, operate computers, reach with hands and arms, and use hands/fingers to hold small items and type. Corrected vision and hearing aids may be used to have capacity for normal range required for seeing computer screens, hearing through a phone, and interacting with others. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Work is mostly completed indoors.

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 SAL Child Care Connection  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 5/25/2023  

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