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Position Overview:
Graland Country Day School seeks an intelligent, energetic, flexible and dedicated educator who is interested in working with a lead ECLC teacher to create a nurturing, stimulating and organized classroom environment. A desire to work collaboratively on a team, as well as a desire for personal and professional growth, are essential qualities for this position. The person must be cognizant of the variation of students’ cognitive, social and emotional needs and capable of responding appropriately to each student as an individual.

  • Reports to: Associate Head of Lower School and ECLC Director
  • Terms: Full-time, exempt, 7:45-3:45 p.m. including some after school meetings; school year

Job Responsibilities
The following list is not comprehensive of all tasks of the position, but serves as a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities.

  • Responsible for the care and safety of the children; ensuring that children are in a safe environment at all times in accordance with Colorado Child CareRules and Regulations.
  • Support the lead teacher in the planning and implementation of daily lesson plans, monthly calendars, classroom newsletters, and daily communication to parents.
  • Support the lead teacher in maintaining age-appropriate, consistent classroom routines and daily schedule.
  • Assist in daily set-up and delivery of program by organizing activities, snacks/meal service, cleaning/sanitizing, playground supervision, rest time, arrivaland departure of children.
  • Use positive behavior reinforcement and developmentally-appropriate guidance strategies to encourage appropriate behavior.
  • Develop and maintain positive communication with parents, children, and faculty/staff.
  • Seek out continued professional development opportunities.
  • Attend and participate in all educator meetings and trainings as required.
  • Demonstrate responsible, nurturing, and professional behavior at all times.
  • Contribute to the school, participating in school activities beyond the classroom.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Professional and Personal Qualities
  • A collaborative and supportive member of the Graland Community who…
  • Models caring, respect, patience, and appreciation of differences.
  • Provides a safe environment for students.
  • Recognizes the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) work and continues
    growth as a culturally responsive educator.
  • Upholds school, employee, and family confidentiality.
  • Representative for school in position and in community.
  • Participates in effective communication that is responsible, descriptive, and nonjudgmental.
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset, open to feedback and new learning.
  • Adheres to all school policies and procedures.
  • Offers administrative team support after-hours and on weekends as needed.
  • Likes to work with people and create solutions.
  • Takes on additional responsibilities to support the evolving needs of the community.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the Graland mission, core values, philosophy and policies in the performance of daily duties.
  • Be willing to receive constructive feedback by the lead teacher you are assigned to in order to maintain best practices.
  • Attend work on a regular, reliable, and punctual basis.
  • Maintain confidentiality in regard to staff, children, and family information.

Qualifications & Requirements

Background and Training:

  • Must be twenty-one (21) years of age
  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Child Psychology, Special Education or
  • Associate’s degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education and six (6) months of verified experience working with children in a child development program

Licenses, Certificates and Other Requirements:

  • Must be willing to meet appropriate Preschool/PreK Teacher requirements/qualifications and provide all documentation as required by the State of Colorado Department of Human Services upon hire.
  • Possess a current certification in CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions.
  • Complete fifteen (15) hours training annually.
  • Submit and pass criminal background check including Colorado Bureau of Investigations and TRAILS/Central
  • Registry criminal record review as required by the Colorado Department of Social Services within five (5) working days of employment.
  • Provide all documentation as required by the State of Colorado Child Care Licensing Division upon hire.
  • Must be able to fulfill the role as a mandated reporter.

Material and Equipment:

  • Knowledge of modern office procedures, methods, and general office equipment (computer, copier, iPad, phone, etc.).  Proficiency with applicable computer software applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Understanding of multiple manuals such as Colorado Health Department Guidelines, Graland Employee Manual,
  • General Rules and Regulations for Child Care Services and the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Care Rules and Regulations.

Working Environment:

  • Most of the work is performed indoors, approximately 70%, with normal noise and frequent interruptions.
  • Balance of the work day, approximately 30% will be outdoors, possible exposure to extreme temperatures, sun, rain, snow, wind, humidity, or icy conditions and frequent exposure to grasses, molds, fertilizers, dust, and pesticides.

Physical Requirements:
Must have the ability to visually and audibly supervise the children in a variety of situations.
Requires the ability to stand for various periods of time (15-30 minutes), bend or kneel to communicate with children, engage in activities with children, and distribute supplies or materials.
Must be able to push, pull, and balance.
Must be able to lift/move a minimum of 30 pounds unassisted, and lift/more a maximum of 100 pounds with assistance.
Requires sense of smell and touch.
This position requires a current medical report.

About Graland
A great school never sits still. It keeps going, growing and evolving. Graland Country Day School is an independent school in Denver that serves students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Since the school’s founding in 1924, Graland has delivered an intellectually robust, character-based educational experience derived from current research about how children learn.

While so much in the world is changing, the school’s focus remains the same: Graland is faithful to the enduring aspects of its mission while seeking new ways to promote character and intellectual excellence. We inspire students to pursue excellence with passion and intent – academically, creatively and in their personal growth as engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders so that they learn to value individual differences and divergent thinking. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our program and keep it relevant for the next generation of students. Guided by our mission, values, Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Philosophy Statement and strategic plan, we go to extraordinary lengths to give children the best education possible.

Our current enrollment totals 700, and we have just over 100 faculty members, 70 percent of whom have advanced degrees. Graland’s faculty and staff enjoy a collaborative, supportive environment where each member is encouraged to be a lifelong learner. Professional development, onsite childcare, a desirable location in the heart of Denver and other benefits make Graland a dynamic, inclusive and innovative workplace.

Our Mission
Achieve intellectual excellence,
build strong character,
enrich learning through the arts and athletics,
and prepare our students to be
engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders.

Our Motto: Ascende Omnem Montem – Climb Every Mountain

Compensation and Benefits
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Salary is $47,400 per year. Benefits include professional development, employer-paid health, vision, dental and life insurance, paid time off for school holidays and school vacations, as well as participation in a retirement plan. Daily free lunch, access to an on-campus workout facility and opportunities based on availability for subsidized on-site child care.

Graland Country Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of Graland Country Day School to comply fully with all laws barring discrimination against employees, or applicants, for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, military discharge status or physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, discipline, demotion, rates of pay or other compensation, employee benefits, tuition assistance programs and termination of employment.

(revised 04/17/2024)



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