Job Information

University of Utah Early Childhood Teacher - Farmington Health Center in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/24/2023

Requisition Number PRN36140B

Job Title Early Childhood Teacher

Working Title Early Childhood Teacher - Farmington Health Center

Job Grade B

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 20 - 40 hours/week, depending on hiring needs and incumbent schedule

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
  • 20 – 40 hours/week (0.50-1.00 FTE ), depending on hiring needs and incumbent schedule

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00291 - Student Parent Support Center

Location Other

City Other

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $15.50 - $18.00/hour including an excellent benefits package

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Student Parent Support Center provides information, support, and family resources for University students, faculty, staff, and patients. Student Parent Support Center programs are NAEYC accredited and serve children birth to six years. We offer part-time and full-time programming in three campus child care programs for students, faculty, and staff and drop-in child care for patients visiting the three U Health Centers throughout the Salt Lake Valley. The University of UtahFarmington Health Center Program ( ( FHC ) offers a full range of medical services for families. FHC in collaboration with the U of U Student Parent Support Center is seeking to hire qualified child care providers for their drop-in child care facility. Multiple openings and continuous hiring.

Our teachers bring kindness, patience, and mastery to the classroom every day, fostering children’s natural curiosity to learn through play and discovery. They encourage children to be lifelong learners using our nationally recognized curriculum that promotes active learning, social, physical, verbal, and cognitive development. We invest in our Teacher’s education by providing a minimum of twenty hours of annual professional development in early childhood education, Utah State Licensing rules and regulations, and NAEYC best practices. Join our team and grow with us!

A generous 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)

About Student Affairs

The Student Parent Support Center is part of 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.


Curriculum, Classroom Management Expectations and Guidance

  1. Complies with State of Utah Child Care Licensing Regulations ( ) at all times.
  2. Aligns with NAEYC Standards (\_assessment\_2019.pdf ).
  3. Promotes leadership skills within a classroom team and oversees classroom assistants to interpret behaviors and ensure that they are working appropriately with children.
  4. Models appropriate behavior and teaching techniques for teaching assistants.
  5. Develop and implement lesson plans to stimulate developmental progress as well as provide intentional daily experience, and hands-on activities for infants, toddlers, and preschool children in accordance with Creative Curriculum Developmental Objectives, DAP guidance techniques, and play-based learning.
  6. Use positive guidance techniques to minimize inappropriate behavior and redirect children to learn how to appropriately manage their own behavior in a positive manner.
  7. Supports staff in activities such as: playing on the floor with children at their eye level; actively supervising and maintaining ratios at all times; helping children toilet including lifting children to change their diapers, guiding them through the potty training process (as directed by the lead teacher), and washing hands; cleaning the classroom; maintaining safe transitions between indoors and playground (including actively supervising children outdoors year-round)
  8. Assists children with physical necessities, feeding, toileting/diapering, medical emergencies, and other life skills, to give proper care and, where appropriate, facilitate development.
  9. Daily routine care of children such as: feeding, diapering, cuddling, playing, singing, talking, picking children up, holding them, and otherwise providing a gentle and nurturing environment. You will need to be available and responsive to the individual needs of children.
  10. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Establishes and maintains friendly, professional, and effective working relationships with other employees, parents, and children.
  2. Works in conjunction with parents and guardians to build and maintain relationships, discuss concerns, provide suggestions and solutions to day-to-day problems, and alleviate concerns.
  3. Works in a supportive and cooperative manner with all staff
  4. Work as a team to maintain a cheerful, inclusive, and aesthetically pleasing childcare environment that reflects the cultural diversity and interests of the children.
  5. Follows directives given by Administration, including Director or Director Designee. This may include last-minute changes to ensure the safety and well-being of children are maintained.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, but show a willingness to take direction from the supervisor.
  7. Demonstrates consistent attendance and punctuality.
  8. Responsible for accurate record keeping and data collection of client’s program usage to maintain compliance with child care licensing and NAEYC .
  9. Behaves in a manner that is aligned with University of Utah and NAEYC’s Ethical Code of Conduct Position Statement2011_09202013update.pdf (\_09202013update.pdf)

Problem Solving

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. He/she also assesses the degree of illness, or injury and decides the proper course of action, i.e. a child with asthma who might have an unusually strong attack, etc. The incumbent also has the authority to operate the center in the absence of the Supervisor, oversee teacher aides and intervene to ensure they interact with appropriate child guidance techniques. Any suspect of child abuse, or neglect are reported to the Supervisor.

Some challenges faced by the Early Childhood Teacher are teaching non-English speaking preschoolers while trying to overcome language and culture differences; and dealing with hyper-activity disorders. Other problems are parents who bring in sick children, those who are unable to leave work to pick up sick children, and those who cannot be reached when their child is sick.


The incumbent must also distribute medication brought in by parents to children appropriately, and collect money for field trips.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED required.
  • Minimum of 1 year of related experience working with children, in a child care, Head Start, or preschool.
  • Demonstrated interest in learning about child development and guidance.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification, or must obtain within 6 months of hire.
  • Current Food Handler’s Permit or must obtain upon hire.
  • Understanding and commitment to issues of inclusivity, cultural diversity, and anti-racism.
  • Must be able to lift and carry small children in arms for short distances (10-50 lbs.).
  • Must meet physical characteristics (with or without the use of aids) including:

  • Fine and gross motor skills

  • Sufficient vision to read printed material
  • Sufficient hearing to hear normal and telephone conversations
  • Ability to speak in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversation
  • Ability to sit on the floor and move about on hands and knees for long periods of time
  • Ability to walk and stand for long periods of time

  • Must be able to communicate effectively with children and their parents/guardians, both verbally and in writing.

  • Must be able to complete ongoing written assessments about each child that will be shared with parents/guardians.
  • Demonstrated skills in general office duties, computer systems, and technology.
  • Must be available for in-person meetings with parents/guardians when requested.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with management and/or dispatch in case of emergency.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage time, evaluate progress, and adjust activities to complete projects within established timeframe.
  • Skilled in establishing effective and collaborative working relationships.
  • Able to demonstrate skills in effective communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated skills in general office duties, computer systems, and technology.
  • A commitment to providing excellent customer service skills.
  • Twenty hours of continuing education each year in early childhood education, per Utah Licensing rules and regulations and NAEYC best practices.
  • Must be able to pass criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree in a related field (such as Child and Family Development, Early Childhood Development) or equivalency
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (such as Child and Family Development, Early Childhood Development) or equivalency
  • Current Child Development Associate ( CDA ) certificate or willingness to pursue a CDA .
  • Some experience working in a NAEYC Accredited program.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.


  • Associate’s degree in a related field (such as Child and Family Development, Early Childhood Development) or equivalency
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (such as Child and Family Development, Early Childhood Development) or equivalency
  • Current Child Development Associate ( CDA ) certificate or willingness to pursue a CDA .
  • Some experience working in a NAEYC Accredited program.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

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.

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

All qualified individuals are strongly 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.

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