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Program Support Specialist - Early Learning Center

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Program Support Specialist 

Description: The primary purpose of this position is to facilitate the mission of the Early Learning Center (ELC)—to foster scientific understanding of young children’s development. The ELC accomplishes this mission through (a) interdisciplinary research, (b) academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, (c) early education programs for young children, and (d) outreach, advocacy, and public policy. The Program Support Specialist primarily exists to support classrooms and the food program in the absence of a regular staff member. This position may support various projects around the ELC. This position requires excellent flexibility and reliability. More information about the ELC is available at


    Supports classrooms in the absence of a regular staff member. Implements the daily schedule, works effectively with other teachers and students in the classroom, responds to children’s needs, communicates to parents, gives direction to pre-service students, etc. 
  • Supports the food program in the absence of a regular staff member. Follows guidelines for the safe preparation and distribution of food, etc. 
  • Supports the program with cleaning, organizing, restocking, and classroom-based assistance duties as requested by program administrators. Supports other projects as assigned.

    High School Diploma requiredExperience caring for young children required.
  • Skills in communication, organization and care of the physical environment, routine care tasks of young children, guidance techniques with young children, interpersonal skills, management, and professionalism required.
  • A successful candidate is one who brings their unique background to working with diverse children, young adults, and families.

    Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications should include contact information for three professional references and resume. The review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Early Learning Center
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Sep 25, 2023, 10:39:27 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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