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Type of Position:Professional Staff - Project/Program Administration

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Job Type:Temporary (Fixed Term)

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Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a dynamic, mid-sized public university that’s redefining higher education. We’re on a mission to provide transformative, hands-on learning experiences for students of all backgrounds and aspirations. Our multi-faceted approach to education offers a wealth of opportunities, with over 70 academic programs, including certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. We’re committed to building a diverse community that mirrors Arkansas’s rich tapestry, reflecting our dedication to serving the state’s varied population while enhancing the quality of our institution.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life, and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10 percent of employee salary.

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Nestled along the Arkansas River, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Old West at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, explore the eclectic local art scene, or take a scenic stroll along the picturesque riverfront trails. With a welcoming community, diverse dining options, and a thriving downtown, Fort Smith is the ideal destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking modern amenities.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 479-788-7080. Applicants are required to submit a request for each position to which they have applied.

Department:LLCDC | Little Lions Child Development Center

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Summary of Job Duties:The Early Childhood Float Support Person will demonstrate a passion for early childhood education and will provide support of developmentally appropriate teaching methods which meet children's needs and stimulate learning in all developmental areas found in the Arkansas Early Learning Standards. This position reports to the Director of the UAFS Little Lions Child Development Center.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or over and provide documentation of one (1) of the following educational levels:
    • High school diploma
    • GED
Preferred Education / Work Experience:
  • Child Development Associate Credential
  • Two years of childcare experience
  • Registered with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education Professional Development Registry
  • Teaching experience with Better Beginnings curriculum
  • Current knowledge of Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards
  • Infant/Child CPR Certification
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to provide flexible support of transitions in classrooms as needed
  • Ability to guide and support student learning through developmentally appropriate practices
  • Excellence in communication with colleagues, students and parents
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to be physically active all day with children indoors and outdoors
  • Ability to endure prolonged standing, walking, sitting, kneeling, occasionally reaching above the head or the shoulders, bending and squatting.
Summary of Job Duties:
  • Provide flexible support in various center classrooms as needed
  • Follow a daily schedule
  • Model play behavior such as imagination and use of toys / equipment
  • Provide routine care during mealtimes, diapering/toileting and rest time
  • Respond promptly to cries and calls of distress by verbally acknowledging, gently touching and holding children
  • Be physically active throughout the day with children indoors and outdoors
  • Assist the Early Childhood Teacher with students individually, in small groups and whole group
  • Assist the Early Childhood Teacher with supervision of students and ensure the safety and well-being of all children in care
  • Assist the Early Childhood Teacher to maintain an organized and safe learning environment
  • Report any suspicion of child abuse and neglect
  • Interact with children and develop a relationship in the context of everyday routines
  • Provide support for each child as a unique person with individual patterns of growth and development as needed
  • Obtain and maintain professional development hours to meet the requirements of the highest levels of Better Beginnings with a minimum of 25 hours annually
  • Foster teamwork through positive work communication and interactions
  • Maintain consistent on-time attendance
  • Other duties as assigned
Additional Information:

Background Check Requirements:

Must pass criminal background check, child maltreatment check and FBI check

Salary Information:

$11.00 - 12.50/hour

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:

Human Resources 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:Criminal Background Check

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:Hearing

Frequent Physical Activity:Lifting

Occasional Physical Activity:Talking

Benefits Eligible:No



The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith offers a rich, vibrant learning environment for nearly 6,000 students each semester. UAFS aims to build its reputation as a regional destination for high-quality, affordable education, where diverse groups of aspirational students and faculty thrive and excel.

For more than 90 years, the university has been a mainstay of Fort Smith with a history as unique as each student who ever enrolled.

Through dynamic academic programs, innovative research opportunities, and transformational centers of intellectual and economic development, UAFS will advance its community and become an institution renowned for educating and inspiring the ambitious students who call it home.


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