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Vanderbilt University Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher, The Acorn School in Nashville, Tennessee

The Child & Family Center offers quality early childhood education and care for the children of Vanderbilt Faculty, staff, and students. The program serves children age infants (6 weeks) to five years old. The Centers are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implements developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities according to NAEYC guidelines, DOE licensing standards, and center policy

  • Maintains a clean, safe, orderly classroom environment which contributes to the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth of children. (Per NAEYC, DOE, OSHA, Risk Management, and Center policies)

  • Supervise personnel assigned to assist with classroom activities (including students, assistants, and volunteers)

  • Assesses/prepares plans and curriculum based on children's individual's needs and levels of development

  • Prepares and distributes classroom newsletter weekly or bi-weekly

  • Submits reports necessary for compliance with licensing agencies, including attendance records and other daily reports

  • Monitors classroom and playground for cleanliness and safety according to established policies

  • Supervise personnel assigned to assist with classroom activities (including students, assistants, and volunteers)

  • Work with supervisors to maintain an inventory of supplies and materials

  • Participates in and contributes to staff meetings, parents meetings/conferences, and opportunities for professional development.

  • Promotes and maintains confidentiality concerning information related to children, parents, and co-workers

For more information about VU's Child & Family Centers click here


  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or similar is required

  • Early Childhood education credentials, such as a CDA is required

  • One year of early childhood education experience is required

  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds is required

  • Experience working with children in a supervised setting is required

  • Strong communication skills are required

  • CPR and First Aid certification is preferred

  • Ability to interact well with children, families, and campus faculty and staff

  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and be flexible

  • Ability to be flexible to center’s needs and hours; hours required to work are 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.