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Jr. Lead Teacher

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
The salary range for the position is $43,000-$48,000.

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Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Ricks Center for Gifted Children is a private elementary school for gifted learners within the University of Denver. There are approximately 200 students between preschool to 8th grade.

Position Summary

The Junior Lead Teacher is assigned to a particular grade level or may be split between grade levels and reports to the Lead Teacher(s). The Jr. Lead Teacher works with the Lead Teacher to differentiate instruction, compact curriculum, ensure a depth of conceptual understanding, and develop curriculum that is responsive to the learning needs and interests of the students. Under the Lead Teacher’s guidance and mentorship, the Jr. Lead Teacher develops and implements curriculum, monitors student progress and uses the information to inform instructional practices. In the occasional absence of the Lead Teacher, the Jr. Lead Teacher assumes full responsibility of the classroom.

Essential Functions 

Curriculum Planning, Student Teaching and Assessment: (under the guidance and direction of the Lead Teacher) Develops integrated inquiry-based curriculum including learning provocations, essential questions, high-level thinking activities, and assessment. Implements structures and systems to promote students’ learning. Assesses student development using a variety of assessment techniques and means. Plans, documents, teaches, and assesses units and lessons that foster student engagement. Collaborates with teachers and administration in developing integrated units. Utilizes a variety of curriculum for student engagement and assessment. Balances skills and concept development that is reflects student needs, ideas and interests. Integrates gifted sensitivities and intensities into strengths-based learning experiences Provides individual and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying abilities and learning profiles to promote differentiation and engagement. Uses flexibility in instructional practices to reflect the differentiated needs of the students. Instructs students in proper care and use of tools and equipment and to maintain an orderly workspace. Evaluates student performance and growth to inform instruction. Completes reflections of learning and other summative assessments as needed. Effectively leads student workers in planning for student development, parent communication, decision making and other components of the job.

Relationship Building, Best Practice and Communication Builds and sustains positive relationships with students, parents, staff and other community members. Collaborates with Student Support Team and specialists. Develops a supportive, cohesive classroom learning community. Informs parents of student progress utilizing a narrative approach. Professional Creates professional goals and participate in professional learning communities including coaching, mentoring and self-reflection. Participates in school-wide curriculum alignment, scope and sequence planning and yearly strategic initiatives. Participates in inquiry action cycles focused on student growth and professional learning. Attends all professional development provided. Engages in our culture of high expectations and continuous personal development. Other duties as required.

Maintenance and Logistics Establishes and maintains routines and utilizes positive discipline, collaborative approaches to student behavior management, approaching behavior as learning opportunities. Organizes storage areas and coordinate use of materials, equipment, and tools to prevent loss or abuse, and to minimize time required for distribution and collection. Documents and communicates student learning. Implements a learning management system to communicate to students, families and teachers. Supports the school mission through active involvement in the school community, College of Education, and the University of Denver. Selects and requisitions books, instructional materials, tools, and instructional aids, and maintains supplies inventory Plans and presents student work, displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students’ learning within the school, DU, and larger community. Performs any other duties as may be assigned by administration.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to build relationships with children at a variety of age levels.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Ability to actively listen when working with all constituents.
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of different settings.
  • Ability to engage a small group.
  • Life-long learner.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Willingness to work with children in a play-based inquiry environment.
  • Ability to push, pull, or lift 50 lbs.

Required Qualifications

  • Associate's degree in ECE, Elementary Education, Special Education, Family and Child Development or Child Psychology or CDHS Division of Child Care Group Leader qualification.
  • 1 year of classroom experience in a NAEYC accredited early childhood group setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in ECE or related field. 3 or more years of classroom experience in a NAEYC accredited early childhood group setting.
  • Knowledge and experience working with children who have special needs. Experience working with children in an inclusive environment.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) January 26th, 2022.

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 7.

Salary Range:
The salary range for the position is $43,000-$48,000.

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 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 non‑discrimination‑statement.

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


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