Career Opportunity

Early Childhood Block Grant (Principal Consultant #412)
Springfield or Chicago
Early Childhood
$55,251 - $69,821
$55,251 - $94,029
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
January 3, 2023
Open Until Filled

​Reporting to the Supervisor, provides oversight of the Early Childhood Block Grant budget; provides technical assistance to agency staff, local education agencies and program administrators; reviews documents and conducts on-site visits of program to evaluate programs; serves as the primary contact for program administrators and assists with problems and questions regarding a particular program; reviews and recommends grant applications and amendments.

  • ​Reviews, negotiates and recommends disposition of project/grant applications and contractual agreements.
  • Provides expertise in program areas which allows for effective program leadership, development and implementation in the area of Early Childhood initiatives.
  • Assists with Department Early Childhood Block Grant budget and amendment process.
  • Oversees department grants and contracts, including writing, awarding, monitoring, reporting, and communicating with grantees.
  • Provides technical assistance and other support services for Early Childhood initiatives to school personnel by way of written and verbal communications as well as on-site visits.
  • Participates in the development and/or revision of program guidelines, rules, procedures, etc.
  • Initiates and maintains contact with external resources, agencies and professional organizations related to assigned programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • ​Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education or Educational Administration or a Bachelor's Degree in one of these fields plus two years of relevant professional experience. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • Two years of administrative or teaching experience (in addition to education requirements) in local school district or community-based early childhood programs.
  • Experience with project management, administration of large scale budgets, and review of budget applications.
  • Knowledge of best practices and procedures for developing and delivering Early Childhood and at-risk programs.
  • Ability to communicate well orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of Funding and Disbursement procedures.

ISBE provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We actively foster a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Illinois has an urgent and collective responsibility to achieve educational equity by ensuring that all policies, programs, and practices affirm the strengths that each and every child brings within their diverse backgrounds and life experiences, and by delivering the comprehensive supports, programs, and educational opportunities they need to succeed.