Website City of Fort Collins Recreation Dept

Overview: The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department creates exceptional programs to serve an exceptional community. Our programs are an opportunity for children to learn new skills, discover new passions, be active, and connect with their peers. Our state-licensed childcare program, Funtime Preschool, including a summer Funtime Adventures camp, runs year-round programs for children ages 3-5 years and is focused on the development of readiness skills through child-directed discovery and teacher-led activities. Comprehensive curriculum content includes development of fine motor, cognitive, gross motor, social emotional and early literacy skills. The play-based, intentional approach encourages self-regulation, critical thinking and problem-solving.

We are searching for enthusiastic, dedicated professionals who are passionate about working with preschool-aged children. Ideal candidates genuinely enjoy the learning that takes place through play and is comfortable spending their days on a child’s level! Certified Early Childhood Teachers will possess the knowledge and experience necessary to structure and manage a developmentally appropriate classroom complete with both recreational and educational components.

Work Schedule: Funtime Preschool Program generally follows the Poudre School District calendar. The fall session begins August 30 with classes running through May 2022. School out days and Winter/Spring Break availability are preferred. Required, pre-service trainings must be completed prior to working with children. Weekly work schedules may vary between 8am-3pm with up to 29 hours per week. Minimal evening or weekend hours necessary with exceptions for staff meetings or seasonal family engagement events.

Responsibilities: Essential Duties and Responsibilities The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

·         Active supervision of children including regular participation and attendance counts.

·         Greet children and parents in a friendly manner; conduct daily health screens and electronic check-in/out process.

·         Plan and instruct daily developmentally-appropriate activities including but not limited to science, math, reading, indoor/outdoor games, crafts, dramatic play, music, and cooking.

·         Prepare for and clean up following class/camp activities.

·         Treat all children with care and respect in all interactions, including behavior guidance and classroom management strategies.

·         Responsible for general maintenance of classroom/camp space and informing supervisors of missing and/or damaged equipment.

·         Plans safe, fun walking field trips when available.

·         Responsible for class/camp supply and equipment inventory, and requesting materials based on available budgets as needed.

·         May be required to drive 15 passenger vans to transport children.

·         Attend regular staff and department meetings as needed.

·         Represent the City with a positive, professional, and healthy demeanor at all times.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position is not responsible for the direct supervision of any City employees.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Minimum age is 18.

Education and/or Experience: Must meet qualifications for Early Childhood Teacher as defined by Colorado Office of Early Learning in Rules Regulating Child Care Centers, including but not limited to a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or similar, a current early childhood professional Credential Level II or higher, or two years (3,640 hours) of verified experience in the care of children less than six years of age plus two (2) three-semester hour early childhood education college courses.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

·         Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a clean driving record.

·         Must past City background check and pre-employment drug screen.

·         Must receive clearance from state and federal fingerprinting, and child abuse reporting background check.

·         CPR and First Aid Certification must be current or acquired within one month of hire.

·         Must complete 15 hours of required pre-service trainings and courses before working with children.

Language Skills: Must be able to communicate effectively with children, parents, co-workers, supervisors, and the general public. Must be able to effectively give developmentally-appropriate, verbal guidance to children between the ages of 3-5 years.

Reasoning Ability: Must possess the ability to solve and implement practical solutions to problems, to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form, and to foresee and initiate proactive measures to ensure program quality, customer service and participant safety.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to crawl, kneel, jump, run stoop, crouch, reach with hands and arms. The employee must have the ability to lift up to 40 lbs., lead children in extended periods of exercise and movement, must be able to control children in both an indoor and outdoor environment.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to various weather conditions including rain, snow, wind, hail and heat. The employee may be exposed to allergy causing conditions (i.e. cottonwood, dust, animals, etc.). The employee may be exposed to a variety of childhood illnesses. The noise level in the work environment can be at high extremes at times.

The employee must be able to work effectively in an environment of noisy, happy, and sometimes distraught children. The employee must possess high tolerance for the characteristic behavior of children in indoor and outdoor recreation settings and work effectively in high stress situations. The employee should be flexible with the demands and interests of children.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Specialty Instructor – Licensed Youth Programs

Performance Step 1 ($15.00)

·         Performs as required by job description with minimum responsibilities; completes work as scheduled and assigned.

·         Attends assigned meetings, trainings, and in-service days.

·         Demonstrates knowledgeable decision-making, judgment, and concern for the proper care and well-being of children.

·         Maintains a current early childhood professional Credential Level I Version 1.0 or 2.0 as determined by the Colorado Department of Education or equivalent (Assistant Early Childhood Teacher).

·         Has at least 3 months satisfactory experience working in licensed childcare programs.

Performance Step 2 ($16.00)

·         Performs all duties outlined in Step 1; has a favorable review from their supervisor; AND

·         Maintains a current early childhood professional Credential Level III Version 2.0 as determined by the Colorado Department of Education or equivalent (Early Childhood Teacher).

·         Demonstrates initiative and ability to do work beyond what is assigned.

·         Willing to fill in as needed, learn new tasks, and assume additional responsibilities.

·         Communicates regularly and favorably with participant families.

·         Successfully directs the work of program aides and volunteers working in the classroom.

Performance Step 3 ($17.00)

·         Performs all duties outlined in Step 2; has a favorable review from their supervisor; AND

·         Maintains a current early childhood professional Credential Level III Version 2.0 as determined by the Colorado Department of Education or equivalent (Small Center Director).

·         Creates sustainable templates, tools, and resources for the improvement of the program.

·         Assists Program Coordinator in training new employees.

Performance Step 4 ($18.00)

·         Performs all duties outlined in Step 3; has a favorable review from their supervisor; AND

·         Maintains a current early childhood professional Credential Level IV Version 2.0 as determined by the Colorado Department of Education or equivalent (Large Center Director).

·         Leads engagement events for participant families and members of the public.

·         Able to perform tasks and duties without supervision.

All steps based on budget availability and current City of Fort Collins Policy. Based on previous employee experience, steps can be skipped with the approval of Area Manager.


The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use
Because the possession and use of marijuana, whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body.  The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


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