Instructor/Assistant Instructor (Preschool for All Parent Educator)
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
SIU Carbondale


Position: One or more Instructor or Assistant Instructor (PFA Parent Educator) position(s) in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Services, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Responsibilities include serving as a Parent Educator in the Southern Region Early Childhood Programs to work collaboratively with three and four year old children and their families, PFA Teachers, and community partners. Position(s) contingent on available funding.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate Degree in Early Childhood Education is required for rank of Assistant Instructor. Bachelor degrees in Child Development, Child and Family Services, and Elementary Education are also acceptable with preschool or kindergarten experience. Bachelor degrees in a related field of study would be acceptable with two years of experience working intensely with young children and their families.
  2. Master's degree is required for appointment at rank of Instructor, in addition to the degree and/or experience requirements listed above.
  3. Applicants must hold a philosophical orientation consistent with developmentally appropriate educational practices as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Preferred Requirements:

  1. Professional Educator License with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education.
  2. Early Childhood Special Education endorsement.
  3. Bilingual endorsement.
  4. The ability to speak and write Spanish.
  5. Contributions to professional organizations at the local, state, and national level.
  6. Knowledge of DCFS licensing regulations and awareness of working with early childhood interns and practicum students.

This is a security-sensitive position. Before any offer of employment is made, the University will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

Duties of the Position:

  1. Serve as a model of early childhood professionalism through interactions with the children, parents, PFA teachers, program staff, and community partners, planning, and involvement in professional activities.
  2. Recruit and screen children and families for the program and collaborate and participate in Child Find activities.
  3. Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate early childhood program for children and families with high need and partner with parents to set goals and plan strategies for goal achievement.
  4. Plan and conduct personal/home visits with enrolled families.
  5. Serve as a support to the PFA classrooms.
  6. Collaborate with the PFA Teachers in the development of family involvement, family education, and family literacy programs.
  7. Plan and conduct workshops and parent education opportunities in partnership with the Prekindergarten teachers to enrich parenting skill development and parent knowledge of child development.
  8. Collaborate with the PFA Teachers in maintaining a system of performance assessment reflective of the development of children through ongoing observations and the collection of portfolio information reflective of the development of each child.
  9. Serve as a liaison between the school district and the Southern Region Early Childhood Programs.
  10. Maintain ongoing communication with Program Coordinator, Program Director, school district staff and administration, and central office staff.
  11. Collaborate with PFA Teachers in the collection of evaluation and research information.
  12. Participate in the annual performance review.
  13. Demonstrate participation in professional activities.
  14. Participate in appropriate training and/or university coursework as needs are identified and required.
  15. Perform other responsibilities as needed.

Appointment: This is a term, non-tenure-track appointment. Reappointment is contingent on performance, programmatic need and availability of funding.

Application Deadline: November 21, 2016, or until filled.

Application Procedure: Complete applications must include a letter of application indicating the position(s) of interest, a curriculum vita, unofficial transcripts, and a list of three professional references with complete contact information. Send the complete application to:

Search Committee Chair
Southern Region Early Childhood Programs
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Mail Code 4633
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
875 South Normal Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62901

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its
ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to
serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed
and encouraged and will receive consideration.