Job Information

University of Utah Early Chldhood Spec-BioKids in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 01/11/2023

Requisition Number PRN33415B

Job Title Early Chldhood Spec

Working Title Early Chldhood Spec-BioKids

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary


VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00116 - School of Biological Sciences

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 35000 to 49000 DOE

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

BioKids, a small childcare center at the University of Utah, seeks a new co-lead teacher. BioKids provides high-quality child care for faculty and students in the College of Science, as well as the greater University community. Its recently remodeled space includes three different classrooms, and it is run in a collaborative and family-focused manner.


1. Develop lesson plans to stimulate and develop mental progresses as well as provide a well-rounded day of activity for pre-school children. Use DAP guidance techniques, Creative Curriculum Developmental Objectives, provide appropriate activities.

2. Provide intentional daily experiences that are geared to the children’s developmental needs and interests and are in accordance to the center’s curriculum developmental objectives.

3. Communicate effectively with professionals, parents and children.

4. Monitors child behavior, and works to reduce inappropriate behavior and redirect children to appropriate actions using positive child guidance methods. The long-term goal is to help children learn to manage their own behavior in a positive manner. Models correct techniques for teaching assistants.

5. Teaches and leads children in music and movement to help them develop memory, verbal skills and a love for music.

6. Assists children with physical necessities, toileting/diapering, medical emergencies, etc. to give proper care and, where appropriate, facilitate development.

7. Interacts with parents and/or guardians to discuss concerns, day-to-day problems, suggestions, etc. to alleviate concerns and maintain a harmonious relationship.

8. Keep accurate records of client’s program usage.

9. Maintains a healthy and safe environment for children by sanitizing materials daily, and operating within State Licensing Guidelines

10. Promotes leadership skills within a classroom team and oversees classroom assistants to interpret behaviors, and ensure they are working appropriately with children.

11. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, but show a willingness to take direction from the supervisor

12. Help maintain NAEYC standards and classroom portfolios.

13. Demonstrates consistent attendance and punctuality

14. Maintains a healthy environment for children by sanitizing materials daily and operating within state licensing guidelines.

15. Other Duties as assigned.

Problem Solving: The Early Childhood Teacher will develop all lesson plans and curriculum, in consultation with the BioKids Director. The teacher will assess problem behaviors, and emotional functioning of children, and discuss these matters with the parents/guardians. He/she will also assess 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 Early Childhood Teacher also has the authority to oversee Classroom Assistants and intervene to ensure they interact with appropriate child guidance techniques. Any suspicion of child abuse or neglect are reported to the Supervisor.

• 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

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in child development, education, or a related field; two year’s experience teaching or planning and directing a children’s educational or service program, or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience); demonstrated human relations skills; and a commitment to provide excellent customer service required. Master’s degree preferred.


Prior experience in Early Childhood Education, and a demonstrated interest in learning about and providing the highest quality of care and meeting the emotional and physical needs of young children. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to carry out effective communication with families, co-workers, and supervisor are also required. NAEYC certified.

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.

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