Head Child Development Teacher- Preschool at the Park, Duluth, Minnesota

Created 09/20/2021
Employer University of Minnesota
Reference 11408352
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Duluth
Zip 55802
Salary Competitive
***This is a Civil Service position***

Job open date: September 17, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

This is a 100 percent, 10-month continuous appointment. The 10-month appointment dates for the 2021-22 academic year are August 16, 2021-June 12, 2022.

1) Develops a curriculum program to continually support and advance physical, social, emotional, and intellectual competence of Children. Supervises the children at all times while in their care. Provides varied opportunities for children's active participation, independent choices, experimentation and problem-solving within the context of a structured setting and program. 50%

2) Provides an environment of acceptance in which children can grow toward a sense of positive identity. Assesses special needs of individual children and identifies need for specialized help where necessary. Assesses level of accomplishment for the individual child against the background of norms of attainment for a developmental stage and individual history. 20%

3) Accurately observes, records, and reports individual and group behavior and development. Provides professional, positive, effective communication and interactions with parents daily as well as through formal parent conferences and monthly newsletters in collaboration with Director of Early Childhood programs. 15%

4) Responsible for the supervision and role modeling of best practice to all the staff in the classroom, including the assistant teacher, student aides and field placement students. Provides training and defines responsibilities for supervision of various areas and activities (indoors and outdoors). Collaborates with other university departments, as well as community early childhood professionals and specialists. 6%

5) Establishes and maintains an attractive, safe, healthy environment for children. Ensures the care and educational programs meet or exceed state licensing standards. Notifies the Director regarding maintenance and repair needs, particularly if needing to do a work order request. Identifies unusual behavior or symptoms which may indicate need for health care. 7%

6) Remains knowledgeable of current child development issues. Keeps up to date on state required in-service training mandated by MDHS State Licensing and completes required 24 hours of training within the yearly timeframes. 2%


Required Qualifications:
  • BA/BS plus at least 4 years of related experience or a combination of related education and work experience in an early childhood education setting with children under school age to equal 8 years.
  • A combination of education, work/intern experience that meets State of MN Human Services licensing requirements for childcare centers.
  • Commitment to working with diverse populations and fostering social justice, culturally responsive, and antiracist pedagogies.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A BA/BS degree in any field from an accredited college or university (18 credits must be in education) or:
    • Certificate/Credential for 2 year program in child development
    • Early childhood education at a MN community college or technical college
    • License from the MN Department of Education for Prekindergarten Associate.
  • Minnesota Dept. of Ed. Pre-Kindergarten/Nursery or Early Childhood Teacher licensure.
  • Experience and knowledge of Nature Play in Early Childhood.
  • Experience with emergent curriculum. (Curriculum which builds on children's interests through extending and expanding their discoveries.)
  • Experience working with children and families from diverse backgrounds.

Physical Requirements:
  • Able to physically supervise young children and immediately respond to emergency situations; able to visually observe children in their environment, protecting them and preventing harm to them. Ability to communicate with young children and their parents/guardians.
  • Agile enough to move quickly, bend frequently, get up and down from the floor and small chairs frequently, carry and lift children weighing between 15-20 pounds, willing to sit on the floor with children and to take children on walks, pushing strollers as needed.
  • Must not present a risk of transmission of reportable communicable diseases as verified by a professional health care provider. Ability to model positive problem solving and respectful behavior.

About the Department

UMD Preschool at the Park, located at our beautiful Chester Park site on the UMD campus, is committed to providing high quality and play based early childhood care to young children. Preschool at the Park is a preschool program serving children ages 3 to 5 years old. The program operates Monday through Friday from the first day of UMD fall semester classes through the end of May term. Full and part time enrollment options are available for students.

UMD Children's Place is located directly on campus in Kirby Plaza, and is founded in the belief of the critical importance of the first years of life and the need to embrace the diversity of our world today. The vision of Children's Place seeks to be a model program providing quality, nurturing care and educational experiences for young children and their families of diverse backgrounds and abilities by building on the strengths of our community. The program is licensed to provide full time care to 46 children between the ages of six weeks and the first day of school.

Program hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program will be closed for all University holidays and emergency/weather closings.

Programs collaborate with other university departments, as well as community early childhood professionals and specialists.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position and view the full job description, go to http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ and search for job opening #343525. The cover letter and resume will be attached during the application process. First submit the application and then return to the "My Job Applications" page to attach your references.

Completed applications must include:
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Name and contact information for three professional references

***A copy of transcripts will be required at the interview.

Please send inquires to:
Leslie McFadden

Smoking, chewing tobacco and the use of electronic cigarettes prohibited on all UMD property, including indoor facilities, campus grounds and University vehicles.

If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact UM Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for any eligibility limitations.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access consultant at 612-624-3316.

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.
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