Montana State University

Classified Position
Vacancy Announcement
July 22, 2014

****Submission e-mail updated****

Lead Teacher (Preschool Teacher)
Child Development Center, HHD

Position Number     4N1583
Start Date Upon successful completion of selection process
Starting Salary

$12.00 per hour

FTE Full-time (1.0 FTE)
Benefits Eligible for benefits
Bargaining Unit Montana Public Employees Association
Overtime Status Eligible for overtime

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.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


Located in the Department of Health and Human Development, the MSU Child Development Center offers a year round early education program for young children ages 3 to 5 years. The MSU Child Development Center is also a university laboratory preschool for research and learning used by MSU students, faculty, and community members. The preschool is licensed by the State of Montana and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The MSU Child Development Center is a community that honors and respects children, families, and educators for their diversity, curiosity, and humanity. We inspire and celebrate well-being in a dynamic, engaging, and playful learning environment.

Reporting to Preschool Managing Director this, the Lead Teacher position, will instruct children under the age of 5 in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth in a preschool facility. Requires training in Early Childhood Development.

Duties and

  • Implement curriculum to support children's learning and development in all domains of well-being (cognitive, physical, social, and emotional)
  • Prepare and submit daily Lesson Plans to Director
  • Actively support inclusion of children of all abilities by planning developmentally appropriate activities for a range of children's abilities
  • Work as a supportive team member with preschool staff and faculty to accomplish MSU Child Development Center goals
  • Document children's learning and development using print and multimedia resources as part of on-going assessment
  • Maintain National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation classroom portfolio
  • Provide guidance and feedback to all MSU Child Development Center employees and volunteers
  • Carry out all policies and procedures of the MSU Child Development Center
  • Meet with families before child enrolls to develop a positive relationship and learn about family background (enrollment occurs in January, May, and August)
  • Communicate with parents/guardians on a daily basis
  • Help families find resources to enhance their life situations
  • Plan and attend at least two Family Night gatherings per semester
  • In addition: Support MSU students volunteering in the center. Attend initial and final class meetings. Give objective, non-judgmental feedback, suggestions, and support for students' Lesson Plans and their daily classroom interactions. Communicate classroom expectations and daily tasks to each student. Model exemplary curriculum planning, activities, and best practices. Complete evaluations of students' work at least twice each semester

1.   Minimum of undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
2.   Minimum three years of experience as Lead Teacher
3.   Demonstrated strong organizational skills
1.   Knowledge of the Montana Early Learning Guidelines
2.   Knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practices
3.   Knowledge of Second Step curriculum, and of the Creative curriculum
4.   Knowledge of CSEFEL. Knowledge of NAEYC Accreditation criteria, activities, support services, and Code of Ethics
5.   Knowledge of State of Montana Licensing Regulations for Day Care Centers
6.   Knowledge of strategies for inclusion, resources, and options of children with special needs
7.   Knowledge of resources for professional development
The Successful
Candidate Will

Have the ability to work in a team with other teachers to plan and assess children's learning and development; possess clear, effective, positive communication skills. Be able to plan and arrange a safe, motivating, classroom and outdoor environment for learning and enjoyment; to conduct, organize and maintain daily documentation of children's abilities and interests; to organize documentation and effectively communicate information about children's behaviors, interactions, and abilities; have knowledge of and ability to consistently model best practices for early childhood education; be able to maintain confidentiality; receive critical feedback and use it constructively; reflect on own abilities and practices and use information to make changes; provide supportive supervision; carry out a leadership role; observe and document MSU student progress; assertively communicate with all preschool staff.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   Maintain Primary Caregiver license through Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)
3.   Maintain membership in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
4.   Develop and complete a yearly professional development plan
5.   DPHHS background check required

Screening of applications will begin on August 4, 2014 and continue until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, please download the application materials by clicking here MSU Classified Employment Application.

The applicant must submit an MSU Application. Electronic submissions are highly preferred. An original signature of the MSU-Bozeman Application Cover Sheet is required via scanned PDF, fax, or hardcopy original to the address below. Submit materials to:

Preschool Teacher Search Coordinator
Montana State University
College of Education, Health & Human Development
PO Box 172940
Reid Hall 253
Bozeman, MT 59717-2940
Phone: 406-994-4500
Fax: 406-994-1854

Posted 7/22/14 ses,update 7/24/14 ses