Job Information

University of Utah Early Childhood Lead Teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 03/27/2023

Requisition Number PRN34360B

Job Title Early Childhood Teacher

Working Title Early Childhood Lead Teacher

Job Grade B

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40 hours/week

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

  • Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm
  • Schedules may vary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00291 - Child Care & Family Resources

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $17.50 - $18.00/hout including an excellent benefits package

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Center for Child Care and Family Resources performs a vital role at the University of Utah, by providing information and support to students, faculty, staff, and early childhood practitioners. UKids – Child Care Programs is a family of three child care programs providing child care for University students, faculty, and staff. We are experiencing unprecedented growth which provides for positions available at all the UKids programs. These include Campus Child Care Programs (UKids – Presidents Circle ( ,UKids – East Village ( , andUKids-Guardsman Way ( ),South Jordan Health Center Program ( ,Farmington Health Center Program ( , andSugar House Health Center Program ( . Multiple openings and continuous hiring. Come join our team!

An excellent benefits package is included (seehere ( for a full description of the benefits package):

  • 14.2% employer retirement contribution in addition to employee contributions (automatic and immediately vested)
  • Paid parental leave (in addition to FMLA )
  • 11 paid holidays per year plusvacation accruals each month (
  • Excellent health insurance options that are both affordable and allow access to care through the University of Utah health system
  • Tuition reduction for employees and family members
  • Options for short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and HSA / FSA savings plans are available
  • Free public transportation pass (seehere ( for more information)

Two years of related work experience may be substituted for one year of education.

About Student Affairs

Student Affairs ( is comprised of over 20 departments and is focused on supporting student well-being and success with the ultimate goal of assisting students in discovering their passion, people, and purpose. To that end, we aim to foster an environment that encourages employees to embrace innovative service delivery methods to best meet the needs of our students. As a result, students have the opportunity to participate in the creation of campus culture, collaboratively working alongside professional staff, student leaders, and academic partners.

Student Affairs is committed to the grounding of our programs, procedures, and policies in the tenets of anti-racism and inclusion. We recognize the continued importance of education and accountability that promote equity and social justice. Our expectation is that all employees are engaged in this work to create a welcoming environment that supports the success of both students and staff and ensures they have the opportunity to be fully incorporated into university life.


  1. Develop lesson plans to stimulate developmental progress as well as provide a well-rounded day of activity for pre-school children. Use DAP guidance techniques, Creative Curriculum Developmental Objectives, and provide appropriate activities.
  2. Provide intentional daily experiences in accordance with the Creative Curriculum Developmental Objectives, based on the children’s developmental needs and interests.
  3. Will be responsible for the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool and the assessments for the children in their classroom.
  4. Communicate effectively with professionals, parents, and children.
  5. Extinguishes, or lessens, inappropriate behavior and redirects children to appropriate actions by applying Positive Child Guidance techniques to help children learn to manage their own behavior in a positive manner.
  6. Models correct techniques for teaching assistants.
  7. Teaches and leads children in music and movement to help them develop memory, verbal skills, and a love for music.
  8. Assists children with physical necessities, toileting/diapering, medical emergencies, etc., to give proper care and, where appropriate, facilitate development.
  9. Interacts with parents and/or guardians to discuss concerns, day-to-day problems, suggestions, etc., to alleviate concerns and maintain a harmonious relationship.
  10. Keep accurate records of clients’ program usage.
  11. Maintains a healthy and safe environment for children by sanitizing materials daily and operating within State Licensing Guidelines.
  12. Promotes leadership skills within a classroom team and oversees classroom assistants to interpret behaviors and ensure they are working appropriately with children.
  13. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, but show a willingness to take direction from the supervisor.
  14. Help maintain NAEYC standards and classroom portfolios.
  15. Demonstrates consistent attendance and punctuality.
  16. Maintains a healthy environment for children by sanitizing materials daily and operating within state licensing guidelines.
  17. Other duties as assigned.


The Early Childhood Teacher has the authority to develop all lesson plans and curriculum taught in the class, assess problem behaviors, and emotional functioning of children, and discuss these matters with the parents/guardians. They also assess the degree of illness, or injury, and decide the proper course of action, i.e. a child with asthma who might have an unusually strong attack, etc. The Early Childhood Teacher also has the authority to oversee Classroom Assistants and intervene to ensure they interact with appropriate child guidance techniques. Any suspect of child abuse or neglect is reported to the Supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development, Early Childhood Development, or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience); one year of experience; current CPR certification; a current Food Handler’s Permit; and effective interpersonal skills. Twenty hours of continuing education each year in early childhood education, and a commitment to provide excellent customer service are also required.

Two years of related work experience may be substituted for one year of education.

Department Specific Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Exhibits physical stamina necessary for daily interaction with very young children
  • Must be able to lift small children (10-50 lbs.)
  • Must be able to carry small children in arms for short distances
  • Must meet physical characteristics (with or without the use of aids) including:

  • Fine motor skills

  • Sufficient vision to read printed material
  • Sufficient hearing to hear normal and telephone conversation
  • Ability to speak in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversation

  • Must be able to move about on hands and knees and sit on the floor with children

  • Must demonstrate effective communication with professionals, parents, and children
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work independently but show a willingness to take direction from the supervisor
  • Must be warm, energetic, and enjoy working with young children (6 weeks to 5 years)
  • Must pass a Bureau of Criminal Investigation ( BCI ) background check
  • Must be willing to obtain a food handlers permit and first aid/ CPR training
  • Demonstrated skills in multi-age programming for children and families
  • Demonstrated skills in staff orientation, training, and evaluation
  • Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office and management software


  • Previous childcare experience and/or education in Early Childhood is preferred.
  • Candidate must demonstrate an interest in learning about child development and guidance.
  • Demonstrated human relations and effective human relations skills are also required.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.