Instructional Specialist, Creative School for Children

Orlando, Florida
May 24, 2023
Jul 23, 2023

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The Opportunity

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is looking to hire an instructional specialist in the Creative School for Children. This position manages the classroom and leads classroom activities. Functions include making connections with the children and creating developmentally appropriate activities that help develop their language, social/emotional, cognitive, and fine/ gross motor skills.


Primary functions (in addition to leading classroom activities) are guiding interns and volunteers in their interactions with the children and delegating tasks that need to be completed and interactions with parents. The lead teacher is responsible for supervising the children and implementing the curriculum. They must demonstrate the ability to act responsibly and independently, be aware of safety concerns and protect children accordingly. This individual must have a warm and friendly personality, be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, be able to relate well to children and adults, and carry out responsibilities in accordance with the school's educational philosophy and mission. They are responsible for coordinating and leading the efforts of a team unit. Ensures the safety of the children and the needs of the children are met.

• Create an environment where children can function and learn at their own rate of development.

• Follow the agreed-upon strategy to be used to help a child move towards a happy and smooth adjustment and appropriate behavior. Implements "Conscious Discipline".

• Responsible for maintaining the center in an inviting and orderly manner and compliance with “Florida Statutes 402.26-402.319 and Florida Administrative Code 65C-22.001 Child Care Standards” and NAEYC accreditation.

• Conduct both formal and informal screenings and assessments of children and share with parents.

• Manage behavior in collaboration with teachers and parents, use techniques that are age and developmentally appropriate to promote appropriate behavior.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization from an accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications

  • DCF staff credential.

  • Knowledge of the project approach.

  • Knowledge of National Accreditation Standards.

  • Knowledge of conscious discipline.

Special Conditions

This is a grant funded position and is contingent upon available funding.

This is a repost position. Previous applicants are still being considered and do not need to reapply.

Additional Application Materials Required

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and a list with contact information for three (3) professional references.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to Kimberly Nassoiy, at or 407-823-3298.

Job Close Date:

Open until filled.

Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled' may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks! In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees' on the UCF Human Resources website (

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region's talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It's one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation's top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 240-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF's expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


Student Success and Well-Being (SSWB) - Creative School Operation

Work Schedule

8:15 am - 4:45 pm, Monday - Friday

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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