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Early Childhood Educator - Classroom Teacher (Current and Anticipated Future Openings)

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Friday, December 24, 2021

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Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Early Childhood Educator - Classroom Teacher (teaching associate) will work as a team member to develop predictable, yet flexible, routines and rituals that support children and families. The teaching associate, who may work with children 8 weeks to 5 years, will collaboratively design and implement developmentally appropriate, emergent, and play-based curriculum for children. The teaching associate will follow all licensing requirements and model nationally recommended practices for children, colleagues, university students, families, and other school visitors. The teaching associate will document and communicate the development of children by engaging in activities that include, but are not limited to: completing program-adopted assessment practices, collecting artifacts of learning, preparing weekly journals of classroom experiences, conducting parent-teacher conference, and maintaining classroom and children’s portfolios. The teaching associate will also model for and mentor new teaching staff including part-time employees, undergraduate students and aides.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Full-time and part-time positions are available.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An associate’s degree in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, human development/family studies, early childhood special education or a closely related field


  • Candidates may also be considered with an equivalency to an associate’s degree (AA) in early childhood education, which is defined by NAEYC as at least 60 college/university credits with at least 30 college credits in early childhood education, early childhood education, child development, elementary education, human development/family studies, or early childhood special education or a closely related field

  • At least two years experience working with young children and/or directing early childhood programs

  • Demonstrated participation in professional development and/or professional organizations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree (BA/BS) in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, human development/family studies, early childhood special education or a closely related field


  • An equivalency of a BA/BS or higher in early childhood education, which is defined by NAEYC as a baccalaureate degree in any discipline with at least 36 college credits in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, human development/family studies, or early childhood special education

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to design and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum

  • Ability to understand the NAEYC accreditation process

  • Ability to model for and mentor undergraduate students and hourly aides

Additional Information:

Full-time and part-time positions are available.

When applying, for "other" document, please provide the names and contact information for two personal references.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements: Child Maltreatment, Criminal Background Check, FBI Background Check, Sex Offender Registry, Substance Abuse Testing

Please Note: This posting will be used to collect applications to fill current openings as well as anticipated future openings. Future openings are anticipated but not guaranteed. This posting will expire on the posting end date indicated. Applicants wishing to be considered after this date must reapply.

Salary Information:

$35,000 - $45,000 (commensurate with education and experience)

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Shelley McNally, smcnally@uark.edu, 479-575-6288

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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