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Child Development Lead Teacher (Center for Child Development)

Kansas State University Foundation
Manhattan, Kansas, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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About This Role:

The Department of Applied Human Sciences, within the College of Health and Human Sciences, is seeking a Child Development Lead Teacher to join their team at the Center for Child Development. The lead teacher is responsible for instructing children in a positive and professional learning environment using activities that promote social, physical and intellectual growth needed for elementary school. This position exercises active listening, instructing, reading comprehension, learning strategies, writing, social perceptiveness, time management, monitoring and critical thinking skills; and requires substantial communication with children, parents and other staff members to facilitate a safe and stimulating learning environment. This position reports to the Center's Assistant Director.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Intentionally plan and implement a positive learning environment adhering to NAEYC's developmentally appropriate practices, both indoors and outdoors that fosters development in motor, cognitive, language, social, emotional, and creative domains
  • Implement Kansas Early Learning Guidelines within the classroom and articulate practices to others
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with children and their families
  • Communicate with parents regarding child's progress through a variety of means, including parent-teacher conferences and electronic written and verbal communication
  • Create and maintain a positive learning environment in accordance with early childhood standards, regulations and tools
  • Model collegiality and maintain confidentiality in and outside of the classroom setting in regard to children, parents, staff, students and volunteers

Why Join Us:

The Department of Applied Human Sciences is dedicated to making a difference in people's lives through research, teaching, engagement, outreach, service and clinical intervention. Our faculty, staff and supervised student specialists provide direct services and outreach to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families through many programs, including the Center for Child Development (CCD) as part of the larger Kansas Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research (KIECER). KIECER's mission is to generate knowledge and apply the science of child development to education, research, policy, and practice for young children and their families and engage the communities in which they live and grow. We are committed to providing a rich and deep understanding of early childhood development informed by theory, research, and evidence-based practices.

The Center for Child Development (CCD) serves as the clinical training site for students enrolled in the state-approved and nationally accredited undergraduate preservice teacher education program in early childhood education; provides quality childcare to K-State and the larger campus community; is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE); and meets high quality food service standards of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

For more information on the Department of Applied Human Sciences and the Center for Child Development: and

The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to six academic departments (Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design & Fashion Studies; Personal Financial Planning; and Kinesiology) and the Center on Aging. In addition, the college received approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to begin a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program and to serve as a satellite location for the WSU nursing program. The College enrolls roughly 2,800 students (graduate and undergraduate) and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions ( The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion. The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You'll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:
  • Six months of teaching experience and the following credentials:
  • Child Development Associate Credential, OR
  • 12 hours of college level course work in early childhood education, OR
  • Associate degree in early childhood education
  • Expected to actively pursue an associate or bachelor's degree as outlined in National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation criteria

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or closely related field
  • Teacher licensure in early childhood unified in Kansas
  • 3 years of experience in childcare settings
  • Ability to work under pressure and with distractions
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with children, parents and peers
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, stoop and bend throughout shift, and sit on floor
  • Ability to work inside and outside under varying work and climatic conditions
  • Ability to be flexible with work schedule

Other Requirements:
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Ability to pass a name based and fingerprint background check, physical assessment and TB Test
  • Ability to lift/move items up to 50 pounds unassisted on a repetitive basis

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three professional references

Review of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$ 12.46 - $ 18.68 per hour

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Advertised: Oct 27, 2021 Central Daylight Time

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