Director of the Quad Cities Spanish Bilingual Early Learning and Family Empowerment Lab Site

Director of the Quad Cities Spanish Bilingual Early Learning and Family Empowerment Lab Site


Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions


Locations: Moline, IL

Posted: Apr 18, 2024

Closes: Open Until Filled

Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review. Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential branch campus in Moline, IL.

Job Description:

Western Illinois University (WIU) seeks a visionary and experienced early childhood educator to serve as the inaugural Director of the Quad Cities Spanish Bilingual Early Learning and Family Empowerment Lab Site to provide day-to-day supervision, instructional coaching, and planning and implementing of all operational aspects of the lab site including the budget and all coordinating grants and ensuring all compliance and instructional tasks are completed for a high quality early care and education site. The position will assist with Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) support for Quad Cities workforce members including serving as the onsite mentor teacher for necessary observational/field hours, serving as a community liaison and committee attendee for the Quad Cities area early childhood community, as well as a partner to the WIU Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education. The position reports to the Director of the School of Education and serves to help shape the Lab Site's strategic considerations on fundraising and securing philanthropic support, as well as ensuring that diverse family engagement is implemented regularly.

Accessible and collaborative, the Director will recognize, value, and use team approaches and philosophy; be able to listen, acknowledge, and encourage students through the process of attending higher education, while also serving as an incumbent worker; and possess an understanding of the overall early care and education system as well as Gateways and the new Illinois Division of Early Childhood. They must have the ability to work within a shared leadership structure and be self-driven and be able to adhere to project deadlines

The chosen candidate must contribute to a growing, vibrant, thriving organizational and institutional culture and will have superior leadership acumen and the ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.

APPOINTMENT: June 1, 2024 or negotiated start date.

COMPENSATION: A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be provided to the successful candidate.

Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


Required Qualifications:

• Master's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field with Illinois Professional Educator License or Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field with Illinois Professional Educator License and five years of experience as a Director in an Early Childhood lab site;
• Three or more years working as a Gateways Level 5 or PEL qualified early childhood teacher (Birth-Grade 2) in a linguistically diverse school or community-based setting;
• Spanish Bilingual Fluent in speaking, reading, writing, and listening;
• Understanding of Illinois' birth to three and three-five early childhood systems;
• Familiarity with the ECACE scholarship and current legislation evolving that supports the Early Childhood Workforce Pipeline;
• Basic understanding of the Gateways system and credentials;
• Experience working with community and family organizations;
• Ability to organize multiple-tasks and be a self-motivated and independently efficient worker;
• Possess excellent verbal, written, and digitally managed communication skills, as well as interpersonal communication skills using a trauma informed and culturally/linguistically responsive approach;
• Public speaking/presentation experience, including comfort with virtual presentation platforms;
• Possess basic technology skills including use of all GoogleSuite tools;
• Ability to use technology to provide optimal mentoring services;
• Possess ability to complete appropriate documentation and operational duties in a comprehensive and timely manner.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience as a lead teacher or leadership role within a school or community organization/non-profit.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be conferred at the time of appointment.

Additional Information:

Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

WIU-Macomb, IL: Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities: Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.

Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.

At WIU, we will:

• Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities. Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.
• Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.
• Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.
• Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
• Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
• Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
• Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.

More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.

Student Resources

More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more.

Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. All varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Ohio Valley Conference.

Application Instructions:

Applicants will be required to upload a letter of application and current curriculum vitae or resume, as well as provide contact information for at least three professional references for their online application. Unofficial transcripts are required at the time of application; however, candidates chosen for on-campus visits will be required to submit official transcripts for continued consideration.

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL:

Screening will begin on May 1, 2024 and will continue until position is filled.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law. Western Illinois University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Lindsay Meeker at mailto:[email protected].

For assistance with the online application system contact the Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at mailto:[email protected].

To apply, visit

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