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Project NOW employs approximately 150 people in Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry Counties in Illinois.  If you are interested in seeking employment opportunities at Project NOW, please send us your application and resume, or come in to one of our locations to fill out an application in person. You can email your resume and application to: cshepherd@projectnow.org. You will be contacted by Human Resources if you are selected for an interview.  Due to the high volume of applicants, we are not able to personally contact each applicant. You may also call our Moline office to make an appointment with our Employment Advocate for assistance with building a resume, interviews, and job searches. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we participate in E-Verify.

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Positions within Project NOW are primarily grant funded and funding decreases can affect our staffing levels.

 

Job Title: Property & Assets Manager
Department: Housing
Summary: Responsible for the overall management of residential and commercial rental properties owned by the Agency, as well as Agency retail operations in compliance with applicable rules and regulations governing operations and procedures, including but not limited to tax credit property management compliance.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.  Manages and controls all aspects of Property & Assets operations; such as maintaining all department, tenant and property records and files for completeness and accuracy, monitoring insurance coverage for compliance with codes and funding requirement, ensuring department meets all funding due dates for required reports in response to the grant requirements of the various funding sources.  Manages all aspects of leasing and ensures compliance with applicable Fair Housing Laws.  Develops and maintains effective marketing and leasing plans to meet occupancy goals and objectives.  Complies with state laws, tax credit regulatory requirements and Project NOW's policies and procedures and other requirements as necessary to ensure optimum management of properties.  Manages all aspects of property maintenance including controlling work order flow, scheduling and inspecting work.  Reviews and analyzes financial trends for residential and retail properties and endeavors and recommends budget modifications along with supporting documentation when appropriate.  Authorizes expenditures and monitors performance within approved departmental budgets.  Monitors and participates in all facets of budget administration while ensuring compliance with grant and partnership regulatory compliance directives.  Maintains effective relationships with organizations representing tenants for the purpose of providing safe, sanitary and decent housing, funding sources, and Outreach and Homeless staff to achieve department goals.  Supervises and evaluates work of staff including maintenance staff.  Maintains effective and timely reporting on various aspects of property management, such as maintaining oversight of financial partnership reports, monthly activity summaries, monitoring quarterly financial statements, preparing occupancy reports, providing property narratives & other required reports.  Provides leadership to Project NOW's routine Blended Management meetings.  Carries Project NOW-provided cell phone to handle off business hour emergency calls from tenants.  Maintains open and ongoing communication with tenants to address various tenant concerns, including rent collections.  Refers tenants to Project NOW's Supportive Housing Case Management services as needed.  Provide Risk Management oversight and training, including reviewing policies, procedures, operating manuals, and emergency manuals for the properties to ensure compliance to codes.  Writes and applies for grants for programs that reflect the priority needs of the Agency.  Interfaces with the broader Housing team to provide leadership and management of staff on projects as needed.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations and interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Must have good written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals and effectively present information and respond to questions from groups, managers, customers, and the general public, and deliver critical conversations routinely.  Must have highly developed people skills and willingness to work with persons of diverse backgrounds and skill sets.  Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume and perform basic algebra and geometry.  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Must have or obtain HUD quality standards certification within 1 year and ARM Certification within 2 years.  Must have dependable vehicle, valid driver's license and proof of insurance.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Directly supervises employees in Property & Assets. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding/disciplining employees, addressing complaints/resolving problems. Conducts supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Project NOW's policies and laws governing assigned work.

Education and/or Experience: Five-year combination of education and experience in residential property management and/or related field. Previous nonprofit experience a plus. Experience working with the public and demonstrated ability with PC and Microsoft Windows/Office software required.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, talk and listen. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet as associated with an office environment or may be noisy as associated with construction.

 

Job Title: ERSEA Manager
Department: Head Start
Reports To: Program Supervisor/Site Supervisor

SUMMARY: Functions as a member of the Head Start team to provide comprehensive services in accordance with all regulations and program require1nents.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES includes the following.  Other duties as assigned.

  1. Provides leadership in a team environment, including recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training of staff.
  2. Collaborates with staff and management team in providing high quality comprehensive services.  Oversees all risk management.  Oversees maintenance and repair of facilities, vehicles and other agency property.  Monitors meetings and trainings for staff and families.
  3. Coordinates with management team in preparation of reports, analyzing data and identifying solutions in a timely manner. Tracks and ensures co1nprehensive services are provided to al l families.  Oversees accurate docu1nentation for child, family, and support services.  Utilizes database for recording and reporting data, including monthly reports.  Monitors budget by tracking expenditures and recommending budget of content areas; assists in development of grant applications.
  4. Oversees all family services to ensure quality services are provided to all families in a timely manner. Puts syste1ns in place so that effective communication occurs between families, staff and community services.  Oversees development and presentation of parent orientation, committee meetings, trainings, and other family events in content areas.  Provides support in referrals and follow-up on services.
  5. Actively participates in management team by attending program-planning meetings; ensuring systems are in place for implementation of program activities.  Maintains connections with LEA in geographical area, as well as other community services and organizations.  Advocates for families; obtains and maintains service agreements; develops new partnerships to benefit Head Start families.
  6. Ensures recruitment of children in Head Start by developing and producing advertising and other materials and collaborating with public schools.  Monitors door-to-door recruitment in service area, posting and distributing recruitment materials, setting up registration sites, and other activities.  Oversees collection of registration documents and processing of applications.
  7. Program Content Area Expert in areas assigned by Head Start Director, which may include one or more of the following: Volunteers/In-Kind, Transportation, School Readiness, Nutrition/Food Program, Health, Mental Health, Disabilities, Professional Development, Family/Community Engagement, ERSEA, Facilities, and other required program initiatives.
  8. Requires a background of working with children, families and low-income groups.  Requires the ability to travel area-wide, and to access classroom sites and family homes.  Requires ability to travel overnight for training and agency representation at professional meetings.
  9. Requires minimum age of twenty-one (21) years to comply with regulations.
  10. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, families, and the general public.
  11. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  12. 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.
  13. Requires ability to pass a medical examination, certifying freedom from communicable disease upon offer of employment.
  14. Requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation and proof of insurance.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities, with the exception of the ERSEA Manager who oversees the Health Content Area Specialist. Manager responsibilities include interviewing and training employees on content areas; planning, assigning, and directing work directly related to content area; addressing co1nplaints and resolving problen1s.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:   Requires a Bachelor's degree with coursework equivalent to a major (minimum of 30 semester hours) in child development or early childhood education with three years full-time supervisory work experience.

PHYSICAL DEMA NDS and WORK ENVIRONMENT   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must periodically lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. These physical demands are as with handling children of pre-school age. Environment will be of a normal office environment and normal preschool environment.

 

Job Title: Classroom Aide
Department: Head Start
Reports To: Program Supervisor/Site Supervisor

SUMMARY:  Works cooperatively with teaching and family service team to plan and provide daily early childhood education program at a center site.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:   Functions as a member of the Head Start team to provide comprehensive services in accordance with all regulations and program requirements. Other duties as assigned.

  • Works cooperatively with teaching and family service team to plan and provide daily early childhood education program at a center site. Follows proper procedures in the safe and healthy care of children, including those with special needs. Assists in individualization, observation and evaluation of each child.
  • Maintains a safe, healthy learning environment.  Works cooperatively with other staff and managers to conduct daily safety of site and daily health checks of children.  Assists with meal service, sanitation and cleaning of site.  Complies with all Risk Management procedures; assists with regular fire drills and tornado drills.
  • Assists in maintaining regular communication with parents and actively encouraging parent participation. Assists in encouraging parent volunteers for all program areas, meetings and other activities.  Assists in generating referrals for services for families and children as appropriate.  Assists in training center volunteers on center routines, discipline, and activities.
  • Participates in supervisory meetings, center team meetings, in-services, visits, conferences, planning sessions, and staffings for the children and families as needed. Assists in planning parent training and educational experiences for home visits and in the center.
  • Assists in recruitment of children in Head Start by collaborating with public school registrations, developing and producing advertising and other materials, going door-to-door in service area, posting recruitment materials, distributing flyers, setting up registration sites, and other activities.  Assists recruitment team in helping potential candidates gather registration documents, and assists in processing applications.
  • Maintains records and submits all required reports, forms, records and expenses on time.  This includes inventories, lesson plans, meal service records, child observations and assessments, in-kind forms, homework/activity reports, updates to child records, home visit reports, referrals, follow-ups and other family records.  Assists in maintaining a classroom bulletin board containing all required postings for review.
  • Takes role of Assistant Teacher/Advocate in that person's absence.
  • Requires minimum age of eighteen (18) years to comply with regulations.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, families, staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Must have valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and proof of insurance.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:    This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:   Requires a high school diploma or GED and experience with preschool-aged children.  Must be willing to attend college courses in child development or early childhood education and special needs and/or complete coursework for Child Development Associate (CDA) certification within 2 years.

PHYSICAL  DEMANDS  and WORK ENVIRONMENT:   While performing the duties of this job,  the employee  is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must periodically lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. These physical demands are as with handling children of pre-school age. Environment will be of a normal office environment and normal pre-school environment.

 

Job Title:  Teacher/Advocate I (Center Based) – 2 positions
Department:  Head Start

Summary:  Functions as a member of the Head Start team to provide comprehensive services in accordance with all regulations and program requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties as assigned.

  • Works cooperatively with teaching team to plan and provide daily early childhood education program at site.  Follows proper procedures in the safe and healthy care of children, including those with special needs.  Works with a 10-12 child caseload in individualization, observation and evaluation of each child.
  • Works cooperatively with other staff and managers to conduct daily safety checks of site and daily health checks of children.  Ensures meal service, sanitation and cleaning of site.  Complies with all Risk Management procedures; conducts regular fire drills and tornado drills.
  • Assists parents in developing a Family Service Plan/Family Partnership Agreement with goals to accomplish during the Head Start year.  Works with families to develop a list of community services and to make all appropriate referrals, including locating a source of primary health care and other services.  Plans and conducts a minimum of three home visits and two parent/teacher conferences with each family per program year.
  • Maintains regular communication with parents and actively encourages parent participation.  Routinely attends parent activities.  Trains center volunteers on center routines, discipline, and activities.  Provides parents with handbook, social services directory, and other materials. Oversees production of monthly parent newsletter.
  • Assists in recruitment of children in Head Start.  Works with potential candidates in gathering registration documents and processing applications.
Education and/or Experience:  Requires an Associate’s degree with a minimum of 18 semester hours in child development or early childhood education and 2 years full time early education experience plus ability and willingness to complete 36 or more semester hours towards a bachelor’s degree.  Requires minimum age 21 years to comply with regulations.

 

Job Title:  Family Service Worker
Department:  Head Start

Summary:  Functions as a member of the Head Start team to provide comprehensive services in accordance with all regulations and program requirements. Includes the following and other duties as assigned.

  • Functions as a member of the center team to facilitate communication and smooth operation of parent activities.  Supplies parent with Parent Handbook/Social Service Directory and other notices, informing parents of program activities and assists in production of center newsletter.
  • Develops familiarity with community agencies and resource persons.  Make appropriate referrals as needed, assists other staff to make and record referrals.
  • Conducts regular home visits (minimum of 2 per year) with parents, setting family goals and assisting parent in achieving them, follow up on needs, providing case management and parent trainings.
  • Participates in monthly Center supervisory team meetings.  Follows up on Family Needs Assessment, applications, transitions and attendance to assure progress of family goals.
  • Assists Center Parent Committee chairperson with parent meetings such as parenting sessions, family fun nights and transition activities.  Attends all parent meetings at assigned site(s), providing what assistance is requested.
  • Arranges transportation and babysitting for all meetings, referrals, and other program activities, including in-kind forms, activity sheets, updates to child records, referrals and follow ups, family service plans and other documents.
  • Initiates the recruitment, enrollment, and encouragement of parent involvement in all areas of Head Start.
  • Works with all families in acquiring a primary health care source and assuming responsibility for family needs.
  • Provides input to the Social Service/Parent Involvement/Community partnerships along with the Family Engagement for the annual plan update.
  • Assists parent to develop a Family Engagement Outcome, Family Partnership Agreement and Attendance Plan/Transition with goals to accomplish during the Head Start year.
  • Maintains accurate documentation for all children and families information; utilizes database for recording and reporting data.
  • Submits reports and required forms to Program Supervisor and or Manager on time, including parent meetings, center team meeting and parent committee meeting agendas with minutes attached.
  • Communicates with office staff regarding updated information from individual child health records.
  • Transports families to and from medical/dental appointments as needed.
  • Helps families with a smooth transition into public schools or Head Start.
  • Requires the ability to travel area-wide to access classroom sites and family homes to evaluate visits with families.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; write routine reports and correspondence; speak effectively before groups; apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Assists in organizing and participates in parent orientation for assigned center(s).  Collaborates with teaching staff on the parent bulletin boards at the center(s).
  • Requires the ability to pass a medical examination, certifying freedom from communicable diseases upon offer of employment.  Requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of agency requirements for automobile insurance.  Requires minimum age 21 years to comply with regulations.

Education and/or Experience:  Requires a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification or ability to complete CDA within 18 months of hire and 2 years’ full time experience in Early Childhood, Family Services or related field.  An Associate’s degree in Social Work or Early Childhood education is highly preferred.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; site; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, as when dealing with pre-school age children.  Work environment as associated with the normal office environment and the pre-school element.

 

Job Title: Cook (Kewanee)
Department:  Head Start

Summary:  Functions as a part of the meal service team for the site(s) assigned and is responsible for food service in compliance with all regulatory guidelines and program requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties as assigned.

  • Responsible for meal preparation and service at assigned center site(s) by completing daily and weekly checklists.  Assures preparation of healthy, nutritious meals in a safe and sanitary manner.  Follows proper food sanitation procedures to assure safety of foods served and stored.
  • Works cooperatively with other staff and managers to provide food service at assigned center site(s).  Assists with meal service and child services, as needed.  Complies with all Risk Management procedures; participates in regular fire and tornado drills.
  • Maintains a safe, healthy work environment, overseeing cleaning of food service areas on a daily basis.  Washes dishes following proper sanitation procedures.  Ensures that equipment and appliances are well maintained, conducts monthly safety checks of all appliances to ensure safe operation.
  • Accepts and reviews deliveries; stores promptly.  Utilizes First In/First Out method in food storage and use.
  • Ensures transport of food to assigned center site(s), maintaining proper temperature and sanitation conditions.
  • Assists with menu planning, providing suggestions and making written changes on menu when they occur.  Prepares grocery list/supplies for purchasing each week based on menu and inventory.  Ensures food and supplies are ordered and stored in a timely manner.

Education and/or Experience:  Requires a high school diploma or GED and Food Service Sanitation certification, or ability and willingness to complete GED and courses in food service and sanitation.

 

Job Title: Program Assistant-Home Delivered Meals
Department: Senior Services

SUMMARY:  Provide assistance and support to Department Head across a variety of program content areas.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties as assigned.

  • Assist other program staff with program guidelines and act as backup for receptionist when needed.
  • Verify/certify that files are complete and perform data entry as needed.
  • Prepares bills for payment, purchase orders, and other vouchers as needed.
  • Assist with intake and referral of customers as requested.
  • Must have a working knowledge of program guidelines
  • Interacts with and assists other staff in the completion and compilation of paperwork, updating of forms, collecting information and communicating regularly on various program issues.
  • Perform general clerical duties, which may include taking meeting minutes, maintaining department calendar and assisting in the preparation of all monthly and annual reports and other documents as needed.
  • Assists with program delivery as needed, included meeting with customers, delivering meals to customers, handling customer complaints and follow-up with customers.
  • May be directed to perform data entry and all related functions as it pertains to program guidelines.  Must have a working knowledge of computer programs including Excel and Word and a willingness to learn more.
  • Must attend meetings and trainings as required.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.  Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have basic mathematical skills and be able to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions and percentages.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and proof of insurability.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must be proficient in use of 10-key, keyboard and other office equipment.  Must be proficient in use of 10-key, keyboard, other office equipment and proficient in the use of Microsoft Windows and Office software.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk and listen.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds as it relates to the office environment and/or meal delivery.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet as generally associated with an office environment.

 

Job Title: Van Driver 2 –Mercer County, 35 hours 
Department:  Senior Services
SUMMARY:  Transports seniors, disabled persons, and general public within Rock Island and Mercer counties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Drive passenger vans and/or cargo vans to transport people and/or meals.
  • Check vehicle on a daily basis, report all mechanical problems immediately.
  • Report all accidents and complete required reports.
  • Follow all traffic laws.
  • Keep accurate records of bus usage, number of transports, fuel cost, mileage, and other required data.
  • Keep to schedule as given by dispatcher, will not deviate unless expressly given permission. 
  • Keep dispatcher notified of location at all times.
  • Escort customers to and from bus when required.
  • Keep bus clean and neat in appearance.
  • Complete all paperwork in a timely fashion.
  • Attend training as required.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.  Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of insurability.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must have documented good driving record and have had drivers license for a minimum of 3 years.  Must be at least 21 years of age.

 

Job Title: Maintenance Technician
Department: Property and Assets

Summary:  Responsible for physical condition, including maintenance and presentation readiness of all property units prior to occupancy.  Uses Agency supplied materials and equipment and must be able to understand manufacturer’s recommendations and directions regarding the same.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties as assigned.

  • Performs custodial and maintenance duties at agency properties as well as tenant-occupied rental properties regularly.

    • Responds to resident’s work orders within an acceptable period of time as established by Property & Assets Manager.
    • Checks locks and keys, re-key if necessary.  Checks weather stripping, replace/repair if necessary.
    • Checks operation of doors and windows ensuring secure and correct operation by testing if required.
    • Checks condition and cleans carpet; floor tile repair or replacement if necessary.
  • Checks walls and patch/repair if necessary.
  • Tests all smoke alarms, CO detectors, replaces batteries and/or units if needed.  Checks fire extinguisher equipment to ensure tag is up to date and unit if fully charged.
  • Checks electrical fixtures; replaces lights, plugs, switches, etc. if needed.
  • Keeps a constant eye on safety hazards at all locations; fixes immediately or notifies manager if unable to repair.
  • Checks plumbing, hot water, drain lines, supply lines, faucets, commodes, tubs, and showers; repairs or notifies manager if unable to repair.
  • Checks operation of appliances; reports defective equipment to Property & Assets Manager if unable to repair.
  • Changes furnace filters.  Changes air condition filters, checks coils and cleans as needed.
  • Caulks counter tops, sinks, bath tubs, etc. as needed.  Completes written resident work orders as assigned by Property & Assets Manager.
  • Paints all previously painted services in units as scheduled by the Property & Assets Manager.
  • Performs all repairs related to interior walls and doors (patch sheetrock, tape and float, re-varnish doors).
  • Cleans, paints and touches up common areas as needed or scheduled.
  • Maintains tools and equipment in good, safe working order
  • Thoroughly cleans apartments, commercial spaces and common areas to Housing Quality Standards (HQS).
  • Reports all damage to property to Property & Assets Manager within 24 hours of observance. Any tenant issues which cause or can cause negative publicity to Project NOW is to be reported immediately.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Must have good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole number, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to everyday situations.  Must be able to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, dependable vehicle, and proof of insurability.

Education and/or Experience:  High school diploma or GED; and three years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Physical demands include: being on foot, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, and climbing stairs and ladders, pushing or pulling, reaching above shoulder height, grasping, gripping, turning, lifting and carrying up to 100 pound items; performing general and detail observations; working above ground height; using finger dexterity, operating equipment or tools and following instructions.  While performing duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as associated with tool operation.

 

Job Title: Health Content Area Specialist
Department: Head Start
Summary:  Functions as a member of the Head Start management team to provide comprehensive services in accordance with all regulations and program requirements.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties as assigned.

  • Coordinates with management team in preparation of reports, analyzing data and identifying solutions in a timely manner. Tracks and ensures comprehensive services are provided to all families. Maintains accurate documentation for child, family, and support services. Utilizes database for recording and reporting data. Responsible for weekly review of relevant administrative reports from ChildPlus to ensure effective monitoring of program services. Monitors budget, tracks authorized purchases, and recommends budget of Health Content area.
  • Ensure that Head Start program fully complies with: Head Start Performance Standards, Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Licensing Standards and Child Care Act, Illinois Department of Public Health, and other relevant regulatory bodies.
  • Assures all families have an opportunity to be fully engaged in Head Start program activities. Ensures quality services are provided to all families in a timely manner. Puts systems in place so that effective communication occurs between families, staff, and community services.
  • Medical and dental health services responsibilities include (but are not limited to): Arrange vision and hearing screenings; review applications for completion of health requirements and dental events; ensure all medical and dental follow-ups are completed; ensure that each child receives appropriate examinations, diagnoses, and treatments; ensure there are systematic procedures in place to familiarize parents with requirements and purpose of all medical screenings and services; assist families to establish a medical/dental home for future care.
  • Responsible for facilitation of developing a health plan for children who require special medical or dental services.
  • Plans and presents at parent committee meetings, trainings, and other family events.
  • Leads Health Services Advisory Committee, recruits members to serve on the committee develops and distributes agendas, develops and distributes a minimum of one newsletter to HSAS members annually.
  • Provides medical and dental training to staff at pre-service and in-services. Provides relevant medical and dental training and technical assistance to staff as needed/requested.
  • Actively participates in management team by attending program-planning meetings; ensuring systems are in place for implementing program activities. Maintains connections with community services and other organizations, advocating for families, obtaining and maintaining service agreements; serves in an advisory capacity; and develops new partnerships to benefit Head Start families.
  • Recruits children in Head Start by collaborating with public school registrations, developing and producing advertising and other materials, going door-to- door in service area, posting recruitment materials, distributing flyers, setting up registration sites, and other activities. Works with potential candidates in gathering registration documents and processing applications.
  • Requires the ability to travel area-wide and to access classroom sites and family homes to evaluate program activities. Arranges for transportation (as needed) for appointments and referrals.
  • Requires minimum age of twenty-one (21) years to comply with regulations.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, 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.
  • Requires the ability to pass a medical examination, certifying freedom from communicable disease upon offer of employment
  • Requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation and proof of insurance

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  Requires a Bachelor's degree with coursework equivalent to a major in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Health, or related field. Previous experience in pediatric health, public health, or health preferred.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. These physical demands are as with handling children of the pre-school age. Environment will be of a normal office environment and normal pre-school environment.

 

Job Title: Family Service Worker
Department: Head Start
SUMMARY: Functions as a member of the Head Start team to provide comprehensive services in accordance with all regulations and program requirements. Includes the following and other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties as assigned.

  • Functions as a member of the center team to facilitate communication and smooth operation of parent activities.  Supplies parent with Parent Handbook/Social Service Directory and other notices, informing parents of program activities and assists in production of center newsletter.
  • Develops familiarity with community agencies and resource persons.  Make appropriate referrals as needed, assists other staff to make and record referrals.
  • Conducts regular home visits (minimum of 2 per year) with parents, setting family goals and assisting parent in achieving them, follow up on needs, providing case management and parent trainings.
  • Participates in monthly Center supervisory team meetings.  Follows up on Family Needs Assessment, applications, transitions and attendance to assure progress of family goals.
  • Assists Center Parent Committee chairperson with parent meetings such as parenting sessions, family fun nights and transition activities.  Attends all parent meetings at assigned site(s), providing what assistance is requested.
  • Arranges transportation and babysitting for all meetings, referrals, and other program activities, including in-kind forms, activity sheets, updates to child records, referrals and follow ups, family service plans and other documents.
  • Initiates the recruitment, enrollment, and encouragement of parent involvement in all areas of Head Start.
  • Works with all families in acquiring a primary health care source and assuming responsibility for family needs.
  • Provides input to the Social Service/Parent Involvement/Community partnerships along with the Family Engagement for the annual plan update.
  • Assists parent to develop a Family Engagement Outcome, Family Partnership Agreement and Attendance Plan/Transition with goals to accomplish during the Head Start year.
  • Maintains accurate documentation for all children and families information; utilizes database for recording and reporting data.
  • Submits reports and required forms to Program Supervisor and or Manager on time, including parent meetings, center team meeting and parent committee meeting agendas with minutes attached.
  • Communicates with office staff regarding updated information from individual child health records.
  • Transports families to and from medical/dental appointments as needed.
  • Helps families with a smooth transition into public schools or Head Start.
  • Requires the ability to travel area-wide to access classroom sites and family homes to evaluate visits with families.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; write routine reports and correspondence; speak effectively before groups; apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Assists in organizing and participates in parent orientation for assigned center(s).  Collaborates with teaching staff on the parent bulletin boards at the center(s).
  • Requires the ability to pass a medical examination, certifying freedom from communicable diseases upon offer of employment.  Requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of agency requirements for automobile insurance.  Requires minimum age 21 years to comply with regulations.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Requires a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification or ability to complete CDA within 18 months of hire and 2 years’ full time experience in Early Childhood, Family Services or related field.  An Associate’s degree in Social Work or Early Childhood education is highly preferred.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; site; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, as when dealing with pre-school age children.  Work environment as associated with the normal office environment and the pre-school element.

 

Job Title: Disability Aide/Bus Monitor
Department: Head Start
SUMMARY: Works cooperatively with teaching and family service team to plan and provide daily early childhood education program at a center site.  Provides safe transportation services and supports all components of Head Start in compliance with regulatory guidelines and program requirements.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties as assigned.

  • Works cooperatively with teaching and family service team to plan and provide daily early childhood education program at a center site.  Follows proper procedures in the safe and healthy care of children, including those with special needs.  Assists in individualization, observation and evaluation of each child.
  • Works cooperatively with other staff and managers to conduct daily safety checks of site and daily health checks of children.  Ensures meal service, sanitation and cleaning of site.  Complies with all Risk Management procedures; conducts regular fire drills and tornado drills.
  • Assists in maintaining regular communication with parents and actively encouraging parent participation.  Assists in encouraging parent volunteers for all program areas, meetings and other activities.  Assists in generating referrals for services for families and children as appropriate.  Assists in training parent volunteers on center routines, discipline, and activities. 
  • Assists in recruitment of children in Head Start by collaborating with public school registrations, developing and producing advertising and other materials, going door-to-door in service area, distributing flyers, setting up registration sites, and other activities.
  • Takes role of Assistant Child Development Advocate in that person’s absence.
  • Assures safety in the transportation and involvement of children and parents by assisting driver.  Assists driver with inspections and cleaning of bus.  Assists driver with difficult maneuvers, such as backing up the bus.
  • Assists at site with meal service and child services.  Assists driver with meal service transportation and delivery, as needed.
  • Assures that all passenger boarding, seating, riding and exiting the bus are done in safe and appropriate manner.  Ensures that procedures for special needs passengers are followed along with proper equipment and restraints.  Monitors passengers and ensures proper discipline techniques are used on the bus.  Ensures that authorized adults meet children, taking children to the door if the adults do not come to the bus.
  • Maintains a positive nurturing atmosphere by interacting with children, providing fun activities that maintain safety and teach the bus rules.
  • Ensures that children are dressed for the weather and that they have all personal belongings with them.
  • Knows and follows Risk Management and other procedures in case of an accident.  Performs regular Evacuation Drills with all passengers as required by regulatory agencies.
  • Completes required reports and other documents in a timely manner.  This includes taking daily attendance records, maintaining pick-up and drop-off information, taking and turning in phone messages, documenting in transportation notebook and other communications between staff and families.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Requires high school diploma or GED and willingness to attend college courses in child development or early childhood education and special needs. Child Development Associate (CDA) certification preferred.

 

Job Title: Van Driver I – (15 hours per week as needed)
Department:  Senior Services
SUMMARY:  Transports seniors, disabled persons, and general public within Rock Island and Mercer counties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Drive passenger vans and/or cargo vans to transport people and/or meals.
  • Check vehicle on a daily basis, report all mechanical problems immediately.
  • Report all accidents and complete required reports.
  • Follow all traffic laws.
  • Keep accurate records of bus usage, number of transports, fuel cost, mileage, and other required data.
  • Keep to schedule as given by dispatcher, will not deviate unless expressly given permission.  Keep dispatcher notified o location at all times.
  • Ability to map fuel efficient routes.
  • Knowledge of local area and ability to navigate in the metro and rural areas.
  • Escort customers to and from bus when required.
  • Keep bus clean and neat in appearance.
  • Complete all paperwork in a timely fashion.
  • Attend training as required.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of insurability.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must have documented good driving record and have had drivers license for a minimum of 3 years.  Must be at least 21 years of age.

 

Job Title: Bus Monitor/Bilingual Disability Aide – Kewanee
Department: Head Start

Summary: Works cooperatively with teaching and family service team to plan and provide daily early childhood education program at a center site.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities Functions as a member of the Head Start team to provide comprehensive services in accordance with all regulations and program requirements.
Other duties as assigned.

  • Works cooperatively with teaching and family service team to plan and provide daily early childhood education program at a center site.  Follows proper procedures in the safe and healthy care of children, including those with special needs.  Assists in individualization, observation and evaluation of each child.
  • Works cooperatively with other staff and managers to conduct daily safety checks of site and daily health checks of children.  Ensures meal service, sanitation and cleaning of site.  Complies with all Risk Management procedures; conducts regular fire drills and tornado drills.
  • Assists in maintaining regular communication with parents and actively encouraging parent participation.  Assists in encouraging parent volunteers for all program areas, meetings and other activities.  Assists in generating referrals for services for families and children as appropriate.  Assists in training parent volunteers on center routines, discipline, and activities.
  • Assists in recruitment of children in Head Start by collaborating with public school registrations, developing and producing advertising and other materials, going door-to-door in service area, distributing flyers, setting up registration sites, and other activities.
  • Takes role of Assistant Child Development Advocate in that person’s absence.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of insurance.
  • Requires minimum age of eighteen (18) years to comply with regulations.
  • Assures safety in the transportation and involvement of children and parents by assisting driver.  Assists driver with pre- and post-trip inspections and cleaning of bus. Assists driver with difficult maneuvers, such as backing up the bus.
  • Assists at site with meal service and child services.  Assists driver with meal service transportation and delivery, as needed.
  • Assures that all passenger boarding, seating, riding and exiting the bus are done in safe and appropriate manner. Ensures that procedures for special needs passengers are followed along with proper equipment and restraints. Monitors passengers and ensures proper discipline techniques are used on the bus. Ensures that authorized adults meet children, taking children to the door if the adults do not come to the bus.
  • Maintains a positive nurturing atmosphere by interacting with children, providing fun activities that maintain safety and teach the bus rules.
  • Ensures that children are dressed for the weather and that they have all personal belongings with them.
  • Assists in maintaining regular communication with parents. Uses cell phone to contact site and families. Assists in training bus volunteers on routines, discipline and rules.  Assists in recruitment of children with Head Start.
  • Knows and follows Risk Management and other procedures in case of an accident. Performs regular Evacuation Drills with all passengers as required by regulatory agencies.
  • Completes required reports and other documents in a timely manner. This includes taking daily attendance records, maintaining pick-up and drop-off information, taking and turning in phone messages, documenting in transportation notebook and other communications between staff and families.

Education and/or Experience:  Requires high school diploma or GED and willingness to attend college courses in child development or early childhood education and special needs.  Child Development Associate (CDA) certification preferred.

 

Job Title: Information and Assistance Specialist
Department: Senior Services

Summary: To directly provide information to persons 60+ years of age about available public, private and voluntary services that meet the individuals expressed need.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties as assigned.

  • To provide coordination and follow-up with the appropriate resources to ensure that services are delivered.
  • Coordinates and administrates the Community Caring Program.
  • To assist the long-range community planning process by discovering gaps, overlaps and duplication of services.
  • Interview and assess client needs, provides information, makes referrals, and conducts follow-up to make sure needs have been met.
  • To provide information about appropriate community resources that meet their expressed need.
  • Provide assistance to individuals to their needs and place them in contact with the appropriate community resources or service providers.
  • Conduct follow-up activities with individuals/agencies to determine whether services have been received and the identified need met following referral.
  • Complete all required reporting forms completely and correctly.
  • Attend trainings and seminars as directed.
  • Supervise outreach workers on a day-to-day basis.
  • Maintain confidential client information and provide statistical data when required.
  • Assist in determining ranges of program advocacy to be undertaken
  • Help plan, implement and participate in activities sponsored by the Senior Center.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.  Must have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.
  • 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.
  • Must have reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and proof of insurability.
  • Must obtain AIRS certification within 180 days of hire & become SHIP certified when class becomes available.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES   Directly supervises employees in the Senior Services Program Outreach Workers.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Includes training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE   Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; and six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.   Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Windows and Office software and be able to use keyboard, 10 key and other office equipment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORK ENVIRONMENT While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit when dealing with clients.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet as typically associated with an office environment.

 

Job Title: Home Delivered Meals Driver
Department: Senior Services

Summary: Responsible for using own vehicle to deliver daily meals to home-bound seniors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties as assigned.

  • Pick up meals at designated area.
  • Deliver meals to clients in the Rock Island County and/or Mercer County area.
  • Thoroughly clean and return insulated bags to proper location after meal delivery.
  • Attend meetings and trainings as required.
  • Complete and turn in required paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.  Must have good verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in different situations.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of insurance.
  • Must have an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report without serious violations.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) or one to three months’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORK ENVIRONMENT While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as associated with road traffic.


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