Early Childhood Mentor Teacher/Trainer – Summer Through Early Fall

April 22, 2015
photo of Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication, the home of Illinois Public Media and the WILL family

Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication, the home of Illinois Public Media and the WILL family

Illinois Public Media has a unique summer-early fall job opening for a tech-savvy, experienced early childhood professional to work alongside teachers at the Multicultural Community Center in Rantoul.   The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, experience developing digital curriculum and success in teaching early math, reading and social emotional skills to children ages 3-7.  Being bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus as well as familiarity with PBS kids apps and games.  However, if this opportunity excites you and you aren’t familiar with the research-tested educational games and apps provided by PBS, apply anyway.

This is a part time academic hourly position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign beginning May 2015 and ending in the early fall. Hours for this position will vary over the course of the summer and early fall.  The position pays $30/hr. Benefits are not included. The position reports directly to the Director of Community Content and Engagement.


  1. Work with Illinois Public Media’s Director of Community Content and Engagement and the Executive Director of the Multicultural Community Center to identify the math needs of a subset of children at the Center ages 3-7.
  2. Identify the professional development needs of a subset of teachers at the Center who teach math to students ages 3-7.
  3. Create a digital curriculum for the fall that supports the math literacy of children ages 3-7.
  4. Provide professional development for teachers at the Center to implement this curriculum.
  5. Identify the ways in which parents are supporting their children’s math literacy and ways to support parents’ needs.
  6. Co-teach the math curriculum with teachers at the Center.
  7. Assess and document the outcome of numbers 1-6.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in education
  2. Two years’ experience teaching in an early childhood setting
  3. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications
  4. Proficient in the use of educational technology for early learners
  5. Excellent communication skills
  6. Self-directed


  1. Fluent in English and Spanish
  2. Knowledge and use of PBS Kids programs, apps and online games
  3. Knowledge of PBSKids.org/lab
  4. Skilled in digital photography
  5. Familiarity with public broadcasting and  services and programs offered by Illinois Public Media


Send cover letter and resume with three references by May 6 to Kimberlie Kranich, Director of Community Content & Engagement, kranich@illinois.edu.  Interviews may begin sooner but no candidate will be selected until after the deadline.

Illinois Public Media is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.