Associate Teacher, Fisher Early Learning Center

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Teacher (Early Childhood)

The Fisher Early Learning Center is one of the most distinctive early childhood learning centers in Colorado. As a part of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, we are uniquely positioned to provide a warm and loving environment that is specifically designed to deliver cutting-edge and evidence-based programming for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. We are an inclusive setting and value diversity. This posting will serve for multiple openings. 

Position Summary

The Associate Teacher will assist in the development and implementation of the classroom environment in the facilitation of the cognitive, social-emotional, physical, language, and communication development of the children within the program.

Essential Functions

  • In direct coordination with the Master Teacher (MT) and administrative staff, assist in the implementation of Fisher recommended practices in curriculum, classroom environment, daily schedules, classroom modifications and adaptations, teacher/child interactions, facilitation of play, participation in all staff trainings.
    • Jointly develops and implements a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on the individual interests, needs, and abilities of the children in the classroom and the group as a whole.
    • Facilitates classroom and program development in direct coordination with the MT and admin staff. Assists in the facilitation of curriculum implementation.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of policies and procedures related to the implementation of the NAEYC and program standards.
    • Participates daily in team planning of curriculum and classroom routine with the MT and other appropriate staff
    • Assists the MT in maintaining classroom discipline and conflict resolution strategies as directed and acts as a role model to students.
    • Supervises and participates in developmentally appropriate outdoor play activities on a daily basis.
  • Participates in the team assessment of each child developmentally, ensures adequate documentation is completed, and develops individual goals, involving parents in the process. 
    • Assists to implement a method for child observations, completes anecdotal records and portfolio development.
    • Jointly completes assigned assessment responsibilities including the following: a) record observations for 4 data checkpoints per year using Fisher assessment and portfolio tools b) photograph assigned children c) compile anecdotal records, work samples, video/audio records, d) schedule and facilitate portfolio conferences at the end of the school year.
  • Assists the team to establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for all children.
    • Assists in maintaining a safe classroom environment (indoors and outdoors) to meet program standards, rules, regulations and accreditation standards.
    • Assists the team to complete and maintain all necessary documentation to demonstrate compliance with program, health and safety regulations and requirements.
    • Jointly implements all current health and safety regulations per licensing, NAEYC, and Fisher guidelines, in classrooms, playgrounds, motor room, fieldtrips, walks, and any evacuations.
    • Adheres to federal, state, and university health and safety policies and procedures.
    • Supervises and participates in developmentally appropriate outdoor play activities on a daily basis
  • Participates in planning that includes observations and assessments of the children, development of weekly curricular goals/activities, individualization of the curriculum based on the individual interests, needs, and abilities of the children in the classroom and the group as a whole, development of weekly curricular goals/activities. 
    • Demonstrates knowledge of content and developmental areas by creating experiences that engage children in purposeful and meaningful learning related to key curriculum concepts.
    • Utilizes multiple sources (including results of informal and formal assessments as well as children’s initiations, questions, and interests) to:
      • identify what children have learned.
      • adapt curriculum and teaching to meet children’s needs and interests.
      • foster children’s curiosity.
      • extend children’s engagement.
      • support self-initiated learning
  • Serves as a productive member of an interdisciplinary team. 
    • Works cooperatively with Fisher Inclusion Team in the provision of universal strategies, accommodations, and the development of goals for children with special needs.
    • Initiates and sustains positive working relationships with team members, center and University personnel as well as community agencies.
    • Contributes to an effective classroom team through consistent communication and planning.
    • Utilizes effective communication strategies in all facets of the job.
  • Other duties 
    • Participation in all staff trainings.
    • Attends all scheduled staff meetings and professional development opportunities.
    • Obtains and maintains appropriate educational certificate or credential and submits to the director a record of training attended and classes taken during the program year. 

Required Qualifications

  • Associate's degree or equivalent credits in ECE, Elementary Education, Special Education, Family and Child Development or Child Psychology.
  • 1 or more years of experience working with children.
  • Willingness to work with children in an inclusive environment.
  • Must be able to push, pull, or lift 50 lbs. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in ECE or related field.
  • 2 or more years of classroom experience in a NAEYC accredited early childhood group setting.
  • Knowledge and experience working with children who have special needs.  

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Evening and weekends as required.  

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on April 23, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the positions are filled. 

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.  

Salary Grade Number

The salary grade for the position is 3. 

Hourly Range

The hourly range for the position is $17.18 - $22.22.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status. 

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver. 

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.           

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