Job Information

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

Open Date 07/14/2021

Requisition Number PRN11377N

Job Title Associate Instructor - Hourly

Working Title Fine Arts Preschool Early Childhood Lead Teacher

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? No

Standard Hours per Week 14

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

  • Mondays 8:30 am-1:45 pm
  • Wednesdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Fridays 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00723 - Virginia Tanner Creative Dance

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 22.56

Close Date

Job Summary

Virginia Tanner created the Tanner Dance Program in 1949, and today the program continues to nurture an appreciation of dance, music, literature, theater, and visual arts at the University of Utah’s Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex on the main campus. Out of the Tanner Dance Program, the Tanner Dance Fine Arts Preschool was established in 1992. The Tanner Dance Fine Arts Preschool is looking to fill a lead preschool teacher position for our 3day a week Fine Arts Preschool Program.

This part-time teaching position commitment is Mondays 8:30 am-1:45 pm, Wednesdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm, and Fridays 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Fine Arts Preschool classes for the 3day program begin on September 8th, 2021. Additional days for faculty meetings, orientations, special events, and parent teacher conferences will be identified in August beforehand. Previous early childhood experience, and/or education in early childhood is required. Experience in teaching creative dance, drama, singing, literature/creative writing experiences, and art to 3-5 yr olds is required.

Candidate must demonstrate the ability to care, nurture, and enjoy preschool aged children. Responsibilities include teaching, supervising, monitoring, and managing the physical, emotional, and developmental safety and needs of a preschool classroom. Candidate has a creative mindset and will arrive energetic, positive, and prepared with age appropriate lessons to teach creative dance, drama, literature/creative writing, singing, and art to preschoolers. Individual has the ability to incorporate the fine arts into early childhood education. Additional Tanner Dance philosophy and Fine Arts Preschool program training will be provided to augment the expertise that the candidate is already bringing to the position. Candidate has the ability to demonstrate defusing/re-directing deviating student behavior and/or scenarios in the classroom, and steer student actions towards a positive/appropriate means of resolution. Individual must demonstrate working independently, willingness to take direction from the Director, and also contribute and support a team collaborative environment. Candidate must be able to demonstrate effective communication skills amongst colleagues, parents, and children. As part of the Fine Arts Preschool team, the candidate would also be involved in the morning logistics of the program with rotating assignments of prepping/setting up supplies, cleaning up supplies/activities, welcome students with gathering activities, drop-off/pick-ups, and classroom management abilities. Additional responsibilities include assisting children throughout the daily logistics during snack, toileting, medical emergencies, sanitizing and upholding policies as related to COVID needs and recommendations. Computer experience, video clip making, and knowledge with digital platforms, such as Zoom, are also beneficial. Candidate will be responsible for parking as enforced by University Parking Services. A background check will be a requirement of the University of Utah before working with minors.


  • Teach age appropriate lessons and move during a dance class
  • Attend weekly faculty meetings on Mondays
  • Attend parent and student orientations in August
  • Attend and conduct parent teacher conferences 2x’s in school year
  • Demonstrate skills in creating engaging classroom lesson plans- preparation, execution, and adaptation to meet the evolving needs of the classroom
  • Demonstrate the ability to defuse/re-direct deviating student behavior and/or scenarios in the classroom, and steer student actions towards a positive/appropriate means of resolution.
  • Demonstrate the ability to problem solve and console students in a nurturing classroom environment
  • Demonstrate participation and contributions in professional development trainings, student orientations, parent teacher conferences, and faculty meetings

Minimum Qualifications


  • Degree in Early Childhood Development, and/or a minimum of 2 years experience in a field that utilizes expertise in early childhood education
  • Degree and/or Experience in dance, and teaching creative dance to preschool age children
  • Knowledge and experience in early childhood development
  • Must value and have experience intergrading the arts into early childhood education and development
  • Must have patience, be kind, compassionate, caring, nurturing, and enjoy working with children ages 3-5 years old
  • Must be able to move from standing to the floor, sit/move on the floor with children, and walk up/down stairs
  • Able to lift small children, and/or supplies (10-50 lbs)
  • Able to sanitize, assist with cleaning, and other health related protocols as per COVID guidelines recommends and Tanner Dance policies
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with colleagues, parents, and children
  • Able to speak in a sufficient volume to assist in classroom management and communication
  • Computer, video, and digital platform knowledge is recommended

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)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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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.