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Lead Preschool Teacher, UMKC Berkley Child and Family Development Center, 34196

University of Missouri - Kansas City
Job Location:
Child Care and Youth Programs
Hiring Department


School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences' Berkley Child and Family Development Center

Job Description


University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences' Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center (Berkley), located on the UMKC Volker campus, is accepting applications for a Lead Preschool / Pre-K Teacher (Sr. Child Development Teacher).

Berkley, established in 1993, is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is part of the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences.  We offer a collaborative, team spirited environment, with many opportunities for professional development.

Berkley's philosophy is inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, the project approach, and play.  We are focused on relationship building between child, teacher, and the family, social emotional learning, group collaboration, and cognitive learning through hands on interactive play environments.  Partnering with families is a cornerstone of our philosophy.

Each classroom (of 17 students) is lead by 2 co-teachers and teacher aides. 

Job duties included, but are not limited to:
  • Direct instruction and care in the classroom maintaining state and accreditation teacher child ratio (approx. 55% of time)
  • Curriculum planning (approx. 15% of time)
  • Family support and communication / interaction (approx. 10% of time)
  • Collect child documentation and provide child assessments and screenings (approx. 20% of time)
Minimum Qualifications


Associate's degree in early childhood education, child development or related area or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Current Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate
  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field. 
Anticipated Hiring Range


Salary beginning at $37,500 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity. 

Application Deadline


Position will continue to accept and review applications until filled. 

Community Information


Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us. 

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC's strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university's values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.  

 Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC's engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion:

 Roos Advocate for Community Change 

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion 

Annual Report 

Multicultural Student Affairs

Benefit Eligibility


This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.
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