Auraria Early Learning Center

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, 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 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 for which you’ve been waiting.

Description of Job:

Toddler Lead Teacher
2 to 3 year old children

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 Rights MINIMUM 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 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 skill at planning and organizing classroom activities; preparing goals and objectives for the program, assessing individual children’s needs, interests and abilities.
Demonstrated initiative  and success driving one’s own professional growth and development.
Effective September 1, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or, submit to twice-weekly serial testing.  Upon Hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination, or begin twice-weekly serial testing for COVID-19.
Supplemental Information Colorado 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 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 the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

This position is non-classified.   Non-classified employees are those employees not within the state personnel system and are 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 $363 per month which is Grant Fund for nine (9) months, ending November 30, 2022.  This position includes a comprehensive benefit 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 #4102
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

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