Auraria Early Learning Center

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Welcome to the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC), located in the Platte River Valley in downtown Denver. AHEC is the service provider for 38,000 students and approximately 5000 faculty and staff working at and attending the Community College of Denver, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver. Learn more about us through this link:  Auraria Higher Education Center

Auraria employees enjoy an excellent benefits package which includes paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave, discounted RTD Eco-Pass, BenefitHub (medical, dental, disability, life), and an outstanding retirement plan.  Learn more through this link: Benefits Link

If you’re interested in a great job working alongside great people, this may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

Description of Job

Supervising Pre-School Teacher

This position is located at the Auraria Early Learning Center and provides year-round, high-quality child care for the Auraria Campus.  The responsibilities of this position include supervising and guiding the children’s development; interacting with children and parents; maintaining a positive classroom environment; planning and organizing classroom activities; coordinating and managing the classroom teaching team; working cooperatively with staff members, and supervising and assisting in the training of hourly staff and Assisting Teachers.
Working Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal RightsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Family, and Child Development or Child Psychology.

Two (2) years of professional experience working with children in a licensed child care center.


Recognition as “Director Qualified” (Large Center Director Qualification) by the Office of Early Childhood, Colorado Department of Human Services may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree minimum qualification.
Bachelor’s degree, which included 3 college credits in Early Childhood Education AND 3 college credits in Introductions to Early Childhood Education or Guidance Strategies, may substitute for a bachelor’s degree in a field different than those listed as a minimum qualification.
NOTE:  No substitution exists for the required two (2) years of professional experience working with children in a licensed child care center.

In addition to the aforementioned qualifications, the following qualifications are preferred, and preference will be given to candidates possessing these qualifications)

Demonstrated success at supervising and guiding children’s development.
Demonstrated competence in classroom management to include guiding behavior in a positive manner and ensuring that all child interaction occurs in a safe and healthy environment.
Demonstrated competence in planning and preparing for the instruction of children. To include skills in planning and organizing classroom activities, preparing goals and objectives for the program, and assessing individual children’s needs, interests and abilities.
Demonstrated initiative and success driving one’s own professional growth and development.


Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination.

Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Supplemental InformationColorado Partnership for Quality Jobs and Services Act information:

After careful review of this position and the duties that it performs, it has been designated in accordance with the Colorado Partnership for Quality Jobs and Services Act as a “Non-Covered” position, it does not fall in the category of employees that are eligible for representation by COWINS, also known as the union. To learn more about this designation, please visit this link:

Applicant Checklist & Minimum Qualifications:

E-mail Address:
All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be conducted by email.

Applicant Checklist:

We request that you include the following in your application:

Cover Letter detailing how your experience & education meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
Resume detailing a summary of work history
College Transcripts when requested or when using education to meet minimum qualifications
Only applications submitted by this announcement’s closing date will be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

Your application as submitted is used to determine if you meet the Minimum Qualifications.  Please read the Minimum Qualifications and ensure that information in your application “draws correlations” to the Minimum Qualifications.  Human Resources Analysts will not infer that you meet the Minimum Qualifications if the information isn’t detailed in your application.

This position is non-classified.   Non-classified employees are those not within the state personnel system and overseen by their respective state agencies or institutions of higher education.

These employees are not subject to the rules established by the State Personnel Director or State Personnel Board; instead, each agency or institution is responsible for establishing policies related to the terms and conditions of non-classified employment.

Salary & Benefits:
This position has a base monthly salary of $3,438.  Plus, an additional $385 per month is Grant Fund for nine (9) months, ending November 30, 2022.  This position includes a comprehensive benefits package that includes 21 vacation and 15 sick days per year; medical and dental plans; life, disability, and PERA retirement benefits.

Working Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Application: To apply, submit a letter of application relating your experience to the required qualifications, the title of the job for which you are applying, a resume, college transcript(s), and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references to:

Auraria Higher Education Center
Human Resources Office
ATTN:  Position #4023
1201 5th Street, Suite 370 Denver, CO 80217-3361

OR E-mail your application materials to or fax to (303) 556-2448.

A background investigation is required for all positions at Auraria.
A complete job description can be obtained by calling 303-556-3384. For a complete listing of employment opportunities at AHEC, log on to the Human Resources Website at

Note:  The Colorado Open Records Act (C.R.S. 24-72-204) requires that an applicant make a written request that the application is kept confidential at the time of application.  Applications without such a request for confidentiality are open records and must be disclosed upon request.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, a medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or performing essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship.  If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Nicole Yanez,

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