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Day Care Preschool Teacher

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18159
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Deidre Hodgson
ASMSU Preschool Director

Classification Title Teacher, Preschool
Working Title Day Care Preschool Teacher
Brief Position Overview

Great opportunity teaching Preschool!

Position Number 4N0075
Department Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU)
Division Division of Student Success
Appointment Type Classified
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Non-Exempt
Union Affiliation MPEA
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $13.00 - $14.38 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications. Rate of pay will be determined by the staff compensation plan. For questions contact
Contract Type Classified Salary
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The ASMSU Day Care Preschool Center’s mission is to serve the MSU students, staff and faculty as a quality early care and education center for children age 2 ½ until entrance into Kindergarten; to implement a program to meet the needs of young children at different ages and developmental levels; to be an inclusive setting for children and their families; to support families as valued partners in the education process; and to promote a learning community of children and adults that promotes optimal child development and healthy families.

The lead teacher is responsible for all aspects of the ASMSU Day Care Preschool classroom curriculum planning and implementation; supervision and guidance of children, teacher aides, and MSU students; parent relationships and involvement; classroom environment; safety and health standards.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage all aspects of the preschool classroom:
    - Plan and implement curriculum;
    - Inspect classroom and outdoor environment daily for safety and sanitation and take necessary steps to make the corrections where necessary;
    - Supervise and care for children;
    - Supervise work of the teacher aides;
    - Carry out all policies and procedures of the ASMSU Day Care Preschool.
  • Plan and implement activities and environments:
    - Actively support for inclusion of children of all abilities;
    - Develop children’s dispositions for life- long learning;
    - Engage children in active, meaningful, developmentally appropriate learning experiences;
    - Are based on results of on-going daily observations and assessments of individual children’s abilities and interest.
  • Create Family Involvement opportunities:
    - Meet with families before the child enrolls to develop a positive relationship and learn about family background;
    - Communicate with parents/guardians on a daily basis;
    - Conduct at least two parent/teacher conferences per year;
    - Plan and attend at least two Family Night gatherings per year;
    - Use newsletters, email and face to face conversations to inform families of current and future events and to encourage parent involvement;
    - Help families find resources to enhance their life situations.
  • Supervise MSU-Bozeman students working in the center:
    - Give objective, non-judgmental feedback and suggestions, and support;
    - Communicate classroom expectations and daily tasks to each student;
    - Model exemplary curriculum planning, activities and best practices.
  • Model Professionalism:
    - Participate in training and course work to remain current with the trends in ECE and to meet requirements for licensing;
    - With the support from the director, develop and complete a yearly professional development plan;
    - Maintain membership in the National Association for the Education of Young Children;
    - Maintain an active status on the MT Early Childhood Practitioner Registry;
    - Work as a supportive team member with center staff to accomplish center goals;
    - Incorporate the NAEYC Code of Ethics in all work relate activities;
    - Accomplish on-going activities to maintain NAEYC Accreditation.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Minimum of undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education or undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Special Permissive Competency by start date.
  2. Primary Caregiver qualified through MT DPHHS.
  3. Minimum three years of experience teaching preschool-aged children.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  2. Demonstrated excellence in communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Demonstrated strong organizational skills.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Work productively in a team-oriented environment;
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff, and students;
  • Maintain a high standard of professionalism;
  • Demonstrate evidence of good judgment, flexibility, and innovation;
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information;
  • Possess a commitment to early childhood education.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Physical Demands

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date At the conclusion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
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Screening of applications will begin on January 25, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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