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The Fisher Early Learning Center is one of Colorado’s most distinctive early childhood learning centers. As a part of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, we are uniquely positioned to provide a warm and loving environment that is specifically designed to deliver cutting-edge and evidence-based programming for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. We are an inclusive setting and value diversity.

The Associate Teacher will assist in the development and implementation of the classroom environment in the facilitation of the cognitive, social-emotional, physical, language, and communication development of the children within the program. The incumbent will support the development of a classroom plan for curriculum, individual child planning, and family communication. The Associate Teacher’s duty is to collaborate with fellow teachers and administrative staff to carry out all responsibilities to the best of their ability and exercise their best judgment as they execute their duties.

With updates to processes at the University of Denver, these positions will no longer require reapplication on a yearly basis by current employees already holding the role. Employment can be renewed yearly but no longer requires the employee to reapply for the position unless otherwise told so.

Essential Functions:

Curriculum & Planning

Assist in developing and implementing curriculum aligned with Fisher’s approach to early childhood education and specifically identified curricula resources.
Apply content from Fisher-sponsored trainings and resources available on the R Drive to support the implementation of curricula.
Demonstrate content and developmental areas knowledge by creating experiences that engage children in purposeful and meaningful learning related to key curriculum concepts.
Inform curriculum and planning through the use of the child assessment process and data.

Documentation & Assessment 

Contribute to a progress monitoring system using a strengths-based approach, including child observation and assessment.

Health and Safety 

Support establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all children.

Collaboration and Teaming 

Positively contribute to a professional and collaborative atmosphere in the classroom and program as a whole.
Engage in effective problem-solving and formal and informal communication with families, colleagues, and community partners.

Establish and maintain strong family partnerships.

Required Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent credits in ECE, Elementary Education, Special Education, Family, and Child Development, or Child Psychology.
  • 1 or more years of experience working with children.
  • Willingness to work with children in an inclusive environment.
  • Must be able to push, pull, or lift 50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in ECE or related field.
  • 2 or more years of classroom experience in a NAEYC-accredited early childhood group setting.
  • Knowledge and experience working with children who have special needs.

Work Schedule
Approximately 8 hours/day, Monday – Friday, between the hours of 7:45 am-5:15 pm. Evenings and weekends as required.

Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 6.

Salary Range:
The salary range for the position is $41,000 – $47,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit, and an ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal-opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university’s complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see the non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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