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Project NOW employs approximately 130 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: amishra@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. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we participate in E-Verify.

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Job Title: Head Start Manager
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 includes the following.  Other duties as assigned. 

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 complaints and resolving problems.

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 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 preschool environment.

Job Title: Bus Driver
Department: Head Start Kewanee
                                               
SUMMARY:  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.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:   This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

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.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Requires the ability to pass a medical examination certifying you to be physically able to drive a school bus and free from communicable disease.  Requires the possession or attainment of a valid Illinois Commercial Driver's license (CDL) and current Illinois School Bus Driving permit.  Requires submission to initial and random periodic drug and alcohol testing. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit and use hands to finger, handle and feel.  The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  Requires the physical ability to sit for long periods of time in a vehicle.  While performing the duties of this job, employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in work environment is usually moderate.

Job Title: Classroom Aide
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.  

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: Meal Site Monitor
Department: Senior Services

SUMMARY: Oversee the day-to-day activities at the meal sites.

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

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
May supervise 2 or more volunteers in the Meal Site Program in accordance with the organization's policies.

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.

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; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  While serving food and assisting clients at the meal sites, the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and associated with a restaurant environment.  Also will be working around hot and cold foods and must practice good safety habits

 

Job Title: Program Assistant
Department: CSBG

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.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

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 the use of 10 key, keyboard, and other office equipment.  Must be 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. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet as generally associated with an office environment.

 

Job Title:  Head Start Site Supervisor
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 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  Collaborates with staff and management team in providing high quality comprehensive services to families. Functions as a contact person at assigned site and provide guidance to site in the absence of Program Supervisor.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  Requires a Bachelor's degree in child development or early childhood education with 2 years' experience in Head Start or other early education/family services, or a Bachelor's degree with coursework equivalent to a major (minimum of 30 semester hours) in child development or early childhood education plus 2 years' experience in Head Start or other early education/family services.

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, as it related to dealing with pre-school age children.  The environment will be that of a normal office environment and of the typical pre-school element.

 

Job Title:   Executive Administrative Assistant
Department:  Administration  

SUMMARY: To perform Executive Administrative duties for the Executive Director. Perform general office functions and related work required. Interact administratively with a variety of persons, including Agency staff, Board members, funders, and general public.   Custodian of official agency records of confidential nature.

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

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or general education degree (GED) plus 3 years relevant experience; or AA Degree and three or more month's related experience and/or training. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Notary Public Association of Illinois Certification desired.

PHYSICAL and WORK ENVIRONMENT:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk listen, type, and write.  The employee is occasionally required to stand.  The employee will be required to use telephones and computers frequently. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds associated with the office environment.  The noise level is quiet as it relates to the office environment.

 

Job Title: Maintenance Specialist
Department:Property and Assets 

SUMMARY: Responsible for the overall maintenance, physical condition, presentation and readiness of all Project NOW agency facilities and customer rental units prior to and during occupancy. Serve as point of contact for a variety of tenants and vendors, and expected to facilitate a variety of demands.

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

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  High school diploma or GED and five years related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must possess strong people skills and ability to work with people of a diverse background.

Physical Demands: Demands 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: Teacher/Advocate 1 (Center Based)
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.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  Requires an Associate's degree with a minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours in child development or early childhood education and 2 years full time early education experience, plus ability and willingness to take courses every semester towards a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours in early education or related field.  
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 pre-school age.  Environment will be of a normal office environment and normal pre-school environment.

 

Job Title: Assistant Teacher/Advocate 1 (Center Based)
Department: Head Start                                                                       

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

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

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  Requires a high school diploma or GED, plus a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and 2 years full time experience; or a high school diploma, 2 years full time experience and ability to complete CDA 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 occasionally 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:   Family Service Worker (Henry/Mercer County)
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.

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.

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: Family Service Worker (2 openings Rock Island County)
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.

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.

 

Project NOW is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and PROVIDER

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