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Assistant Early Childhood Classroom Teacher

Position Summary:

Linda and Ben Nighthorse Campbell Child and Family Center (CCFC) is a multi-purpose facility that trains teachers, parents, and other advocates for young children. The center provides quality care and education for young children ages 1-5 (including children with disabilities). The center supports the state-approved Early Childhood Teacher Licensure Program (birth-Grade 3) that is located within the Fort Lewis College Teacher Education Department.

The CCFC is a facility for observation, teaching assignments, and research by college students and faculty, especially Teacher Education and Psychology. Finally, the CCFC collaborates with area agencies (Board of Cooperative Education Services, Colorado Preschool Program, Child Care Assistance Program) and provides training through Early Childhood Professional Training Project and other community organizations. It is dedicated to providing a model of quality early childhood education and hands-on professional development opportunities.

Job Description:

Required Qualifications
  • Meets Colorado Department of Human Services Early Childhood Assistant Teacher qualifications as outlined in the Colorado Rules Regulating Childcare Centers 7.702.54 Interpretive Memorandum.
  • Professional Development Plan to achieve an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • Experience with toddler-age and/or preschool children.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education
  • One or more years of professional experience with toddler-age or preschool children
  • Assist the Early Childhood Teacher in the general supervision and management of a classroom of toddler or preschool age children.
  • Supervise and insure the safety and well-being of the children at all times--being alert for the needs and concerns of the children as individuals and as a group.
  • Assist with the planning and implementing of the daily program under the direction the Early Childhood Teacher.
  • Follow a consistent schedule including; small and large group experiences, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities skill developments, meals, and effective transition between activities.
  • Cooperate in a supportive role in preparing the learning environment, setting up interest centers, preparing needed materials and supplies, and carrying out developmentally appropriate activities designed to meet the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of the children in the classroom.
  • Participate with children in group and individual activities.
  • Form a caring, nurturing, and responsive relationship with a primary group of children and their families.
  • Treat all children, parents, and staff with dignity and respect.
  • Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement in the classroom.
  • Maintain a professional attitude and loyalty to the program in accordance to the educational philosophy of the Center.
  • Complete administrative recordkeeping as required by the Center including but not limited to; time sheets, incident reports, parent drop-off and pick-ups, student attendance, fire drills, medication and other regulated activities.
  • Demonstrate initiative—assist and complete general housekeeping tasks.
  • Attend all staff meetings and recommended training programs and conferences.
  • Complete all necessary training including 15 hours of continuing education, CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions.
  • Other duties as requested by Classroom Teacher and/or Director.
  • Salary is $15.00 to $17.00 per hour, plus a comprehensive benefits package.
  • $750 to $1200 Sign-On Bonus after 90 days of successful completion determined by the Director. The amount depends on PDIS level, experience, and education in ECE.
Application Process

A complete application packet includes:
  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references
The position will remain open until filled.

The successful candidate will be required to submit official transcripts

and pass a background check.

About Fort Lewis College:

On a sage-brushed mesa overlooking downtown Durango and the La Plata Mountains, Fort Lewis College is Southwest Colorado’s premier public undergraduate research institution. With more than half of the 3,300 students identifying as people of color, FLC’s academic programming and campus life thrive on nurturing safe, diverse spaces for intellectual exploration and helping people achieve their career goals. A Native American-serving, Non-Tribal Institution, FLC is committed to promoting economic development in neighboring tribal communities and connecting students with the education they need to be the change in the world they want to see. Degree programs span the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Coursework builds on the natural, cultural, and historical resources found around the Four Corners region. Students work closely with faculty on research projects with real-world implications. Like the mountain town it resides in, FLC promotes a culture of work-life balance for students, faculty, and staff. Skyhawks enjoy unparalleled access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle thanks to 300 days of sunshine a year and more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around Durango

Notice to Prospective Employees:
The Fort Lewis College is required by the Clery Act of 1990 to notify prospective employees, current employees, students and applicants where to access our Campus Security Report. The report is updated and published annually in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Federal Student Right-to-Know, the Federal Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989. This report contains information about:
  • Fort Lewis College's alcohol and other drug policy
  • Sexual assault policy
  • Campus security policies
  • Campus/community resources
  • The Colorado Riot Offense Statute restriction on enrollment
  • Where to find registered sex offender information
  • Crime statistics for the previous three calendar years
  • Reporting crimes
The Campus Security Report can be accessed in two ways:
By going to the internet website at: Fort Lewis College Student Affairs Office will also provide a paper copy of the annual security report upon request. You can reach them at (970) 247-7331.

Equal Opportunity
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Discrimination Questions?

Office of Compliance and Community Standards
David Pirrone, Director of Compliance
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?
Office of the Title IX Coordinator
Kate Suazo, Assistant Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-6729

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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