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Lead Toddler Teacher

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Type of Position:Professional Staff - Project/Program Administration

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Job Type:Regular

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Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a vibrant mid-sized public university dedicated to breaking the higher education mold by bringing truly transformative, hands-on experiences to every student. From high school seniors to senior professionals, first-generation students to second-chancers, our goal is to provide a high-quality, future-focused education that honors each student's unique, personal situations and goals. Our tiered approach to learning offers students access to more than 80-degree plans and programs including certificate, associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse population of Arkansas, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, and perspectives.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for the cost of living, and a top city in the nation for the highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

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 Toddler Teacher will demonstrate a passion for early childhood education and will implement 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:
    • Associate degree or higher in Early Childhood, Child Development, or related field from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Technical Certificate in Early Childhood with two years' experience and willingness to obtain an associate degree in early childhood within 2 years of employment
Preferred Education / Work Experience:
  • Child Development Associate Credential or Higher Degree in Early Childhood
  • Four years of early childhood teaching experience
  • Registered with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education Professional Development Registry
  • Infant/Child CPR Certification
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Current knowledge of Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards
  • Good classroom management and organizational skills
  • Ability to guide student learning through developmentally appropriate practices
  • Excellence in communication with colleagues, students and parents
  • Teaching experience with Better Beginnings curriculum
  • Utilization of Best Practices in teaching Early Childhood
  • 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:
  • Follow approved curriculum and weekly activity plans while demonstrating competency in the areas of developmentally appropriate programming and daily classroom management
  • Implement and support learning activities in all developmental areas of physical, social/emotional, creative/aesthetic, cognitive/intellectual, and language found in the Arkansas Early Learning Standards
  • Follow a daily schedule which offers periods of active play and quiet times throughout the day
  • Ability to be physically active throughout the day with children indoors and outdoors
  • Provide routine care during mealtimes, diapering/toileting and rest time
  • Instruct students individually, in small groups and whole group
  • Supervise and ensure the safety and well-being of all children in care
  • Maintain an organized and safe learning environment
  • Keep accurate and complete records
  • Report any suspicion of child abuse and neglect
  • Interact with children and develop a relationship in the context of everyday routines
  • Monitor and adjust instructional strategies for each child as a unique person with individual patterns of growth and development as needed
  • Communicate consistently with parents/guardians and share information about children’s developmental progress/growth
  • 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:


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, License or Certificate (see special instructions for submission instructions), List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

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:Crouching

Frequent Physical Activity:Talking

Occasional Physical Activity:Hearing

Benefits Eligible:Yes

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