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Student Success Specialist - Early Childhood Education/ECACE

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Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Elgin, IL
Categories: Academic Support, Professional/Technical
Role: Student Success Specialist - ECACE

As a result of the Covid-19 Delta Variant, the Governor of the State of Illinois has issued Executive Order 2021-20 (Covid-19 Executive Order No. 87), to include mandatory COVID vaccines or submission to weekly testing for higher education faculty, personnel, and college students, as well as issuing an indoor mask mandate for all. By choosing to apply, I acknowledge and understand that upon employment, Elgin Community College (ECC) may require proof of vaccination or weekly testing as required by this mandate.


About ECC:

Elgin Community College serves over 9,000 students at every stage of their educational journeys, including university transfer programs, career and technical education, continuing education classes, and adult basic education. As a community, we pride ourselves on nurturing a welcoming campus where every person—students, staff members, faculty members, and campus visitors—feels valued. The work of each ECC employee is central to the college’s mission, and as an employer, the college fosters a positive environment through professional challenges, excellent benefits, and opportunities for recognition and camaraderie.

Work Schedule:

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Rate of Pay:

This position is a grade 12 with a minimum of $37,875. Salary offer will be commensurate with the education/experience, in alignment with the College’s compensation philosophy, and the current CBA, if applicable.

FLSA Status:


Grant Funded:


Job Summary:

An employee in this classification performs work of moderate difficulty by providing support to the students through enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program and in alignment with the requirements of the recent Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) contract.  Work is distinguished by the ability to this role will assist students as they navigate the program by connecting them to existing support services within the institution, academic support, and serving as a liaison to faculty for students support. General supervision is received by the assigned manager.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, or related field, with a minimum of two years’ experience in an early childhood education setting, or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  2. Considerable knowledge Illinois DCFS 407 licensing regulations, Illinois Early Learning Standards and Illinois Gateways competencies.
  3. Considerable knowledge of record keeping and reporting.  
  4. Considerable skills in collaborating and accessing required resources for program participants with a student-centered approach to support.
  5. Working skill in organizing work to meet established deadlines while maintaining attention to detail.
  6. Working skill in training users and creating training documentation.
  7. Working skills in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite, including but not limited to Word, Excel, and Google Suite.
  8. Working skill in interpersonal interaction to be applied to a variety of individuals with differing education, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  9. Working skills in verbal and written communication.
  10. Working skill in operating a personal computer, applicable software and peripheral equipment as well as learning and adapting to new and updated programs and technology.
  11. Must be available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends when required by the department’s needs.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


Essential Duties:

  1. Manage a caseload of students through positive responsive relationships while supporting students’ professional development and academic progress; collaborate with support services and provide referrals when appropriate; serve as a liaison between students and faculty.
  2. Support students’ professional development through key programming and workshops related to the early childhood education profession.
  3. Conduct outreach to incumbent workforce members and promote program offerings.
  4. Abide by ECACE Contract guidelines and contribute to timely completion of reports, spending and other assessment related activities.
  5. Connect students to ISAC and ICCB managed ECE scholarship program as outlined by the ECACE contact.
  6. Follow all college policies, rules, regulations, and guidelines.
  7. Assigned to an area of specialty such as outreach to incumbent workforce (early childhood workers) while demonstrating and maintaining an understanding of the work of peers to provide support as needed.
  8. Maintains required training, licensure and/or certifications.
  9. Maintains confidentiality of privileged information and adheres to applicable privacy laws.
  10. Demonstrates sensitivity, understanding and respect of diverse populations within the workplace.
  11. Maintains an understanding of the work of colleagues to effectively provide backup and/or support for co-workers during times when the division is short-staffed or experiencing an increased volume of work.
  12. Adheres to department guidelines for attendance and punctuality.


Other Duties:

1. Perform other job-related duties as assigned which pertain to the job description.
2. Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes days/evenings/weekends as needed by the department.

Physical Demands:

Sedentary (up to 10 lbs occasionally, sitting most of the time)

Visual Acuity:

Close visual acuity (e.g. computer, assembly)

Work Environment:

Moderate noise

Environmental Conditions:

Typical office or administrative

Current SSECCA Union Member Information:

The initial posting date for this position is 06/06/2022. Elgin Community College Support Staff Association (SSECCA) members that apply by 06/14/2022 and meet the posted minimum qualifications will receive full consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Elgin Community College does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender/gender identity, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law in matters of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.

In addition, Elgin Community College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment practices, educational opportunities, and programs and services. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the College’s EEO/AA Officer. Determinations on request for a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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