Early Childhood Lead Classroom Teacher

Eugene, Oregon
Feb 03, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Early Childhood Lead Classroom Teacher


UO Classification: Early Childhood Associate Teacher

Job Number: 526026

Classification: $15.81 to $23.49 per hour

Employment Type: Regular, Full-Time & Part-Time

Are you a teacher looking for the next great opportunity in your professional development?


The University of Oregon Vivian Olum Childhood Development Center has openings for full-time and part-time Early Childhood Lead Classroom Teachers. These positions are responsible for planning and implementing an educational, developmental, full day childcare program for a classroom group. Lead Classroom Teachers plan the classroom curriculum, interact with the children and parents, provide daily on-site oversight of classroom support staff and student staff, and maintain the safety and continuity of the program.

The University of Oregon is a PAC-12 public flagship research university in Eugene, Oregon with a diverse and ever-changing community. The University provides a competitive benefits package to all eligible employee that includes insurance benefits, wellness programs, retirement plan choices, tuition benefits for employees and their family, as well as many other services. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 167,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland. To learn more about the University of Oregon, please visit https://www.uoregon.edu/about


The Vivian Olum Child Development Center offers a comprehensive program providing education and care for infants through elementary school-aged children. The center's mission is to serve the needs of university employees’ families by providing a foundation of experiences that foster growth and development of children and a safe and nurturing environment for children and families. The center consists of seven classrooms which collectively serve over 100 children each day. The center curriculum is both emergent and constructivist, and is highly individualized, especially for our youngest children.

The Vivian Olum Child Development Center is a unit within Campus Services in the Finance and Administration portfolio. Finance and Administration is a vibrant and varied portfolio serving all aspects of campus life. Our employees perform a wide range of functions including offering essential financial tools and support to the university’s many departments, providing key resources to employees, and keeping campus safe, clean, accessible and beautiful.

The health and safety of our staff and families is paramount. The center is currently operating with a number of key safety measures in place to mitigate risks associated with the coronavirus. Read more about these on our website.

Minimum Requirements

  • An Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development from a recognized program; OR
  • a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential; OR
  • a minimum of twenty semester hours (thirty quarter hours) of college courses in Early Childhood Education or Child Development; AND one year of experience in a certified day care center or comparable group care program; OR
  • two years of experience, including at least one year as a teacher, in a certified day care center or comparable group child care program.

If you are qualifying for this position based on work experience, your experience must be with children in the age group of the assigned classroom. If you are qualifying based on your college course work, please submit a transcript or list the applicable courses and credit hours. Courses must be from an accredited college or university.

Professional Competencies

  • Ability to communicate effectively with children, parents, and staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Demonstration of knowledge of applicable state child care regulations, or similar regulatory standards.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with staff and families.
  • Excellent decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse constituency.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associates or Bachelor's degree in early childhood or related field.
  • Two or more years of classroom experience in a certified child care center.
  • Experience working as a teacher in a campus child care center.

TO APPLY: Create a profile and submit a completed application, including requested materials, to

This posting closes on Wednesday, February 10th at 11:55 PM. Review of applications will begin on Thursday, February 11th.

Special Instructions to Applicants

  • The following documents are required and must be uploaded with your online application:
  • Resume; AND
  • Degree Certificate, transcript, ORO Step 8, or proof of years of experience. If qualifying for this position based on work experience, experience must be with infant/toddler through school-age children. If qualifying based on college course work, submit a transcript or list the applicable courses and credit hours. Courses must be from an accredited college or university; AND
  • Answers to the following Supplemental Questions.

To assist us in making the selection of this position, please respond thoroughly to the following questions. Number your responses to correspond to the questions and describe experience and training related to each item. Make sure experience and training described in your responses are included on your application.

  • We are seeking a teacher experienced with full day, year round group care. We have openings in several age groups from 8 weeks to 5 years old. List the age within this range you are most familiar working with, 3 challenges unique to that age group, and explain how you approach these challenges.
  • What is your experience working in a University community childcare center, including specific duties and number of years?
  • What are different elements of diversity that apply to young children and their families? What activities will you bring to celebrate diversity in your classroom community?
  • Describe experiences that have prepared you to co-lead a classroom. How will you communicate with your team to ensure that work is fairly divided among coworkers in a busy classroom?

For a complete list of job duties, please email [email protected]

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at [email protected] or 541-346-5112.