Instructor (CRNA/CAA)

University of Colorado

Instructor (CRNA/CAA)  31463 



University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology

Job Title:  Instructor (CRNA/CAA)

Position #00816539  – Requisition #31463

Job Summary:

The University of Colorado Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology, is seeking a full-time Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to join our faculty. The CRNA/CAA Anesthetist will play a vital role in providing specialized anesthesia care to pediatric patients undergoing surgical and medical procedures.

The primary clinical site for this position is Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO). This premier hospital, which has been ranked among the top Children’s hospitals in the country for almost two decades, is a 600-bed tertiary care children’s hospital located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. CHCO has a level IV NICU and is the only level 1 pediatric trauma center in Colorado. With 4 hospitals, 16 network of care locations and more than 500 outreach clinics in over 29 cities, the CHCO network serves the children of Colorado and surrounding regions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Record relevant events during anesthesia administration, including vital signs, drug administration, and procedures performed, following established documentation guidelines.
  • Safely transport patients to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) and provide a brief report on anesthesia care to PACU nurses.
  • Maintain progress notes on patients.
  • Comply with departmental requirements for billing purposes. 

The Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) will work under the medical direction of attending anesthesiologists and assist in delivering and documenting pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care. Anesthesia services may be provided in operating rooms, procedure centers, radiology, and special procedure areas as needed. The administration of anesthesia will always be supervised by attending anesthesiologists.

In addition to clinical responsibilities, CAAs/CRNAs in this department are also faculty members of the School of Medicine and are expected to contribute to the teaching needs of the Department and the School. Collaboration with all members of the anesthesia department, nursing staff, and other healthcare professionals is essential, and adherence to departmental policies and procedures is expected.

Essential character attributes:

  • Honest and ethical
  • Reliable, conscientious, and responsible
  • Able to learn from experience
  • Able to react to stressful situations in an appropriate manner
  • Maintains proper professional decorum
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, their families, and additional members of the health care team.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with physicians, nurses, and other hospital employees in the workplace. Ability to recognize self-limitations and request assistance if needed.

Work Location:

Onsite – this role is expected to work onsite and is located in Aurora, Co.

Why Join Us:

The University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Department of Anesthesiology is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative education, science, medicine, and healthcare. The Department of Anesthesiology has several clinical specialties and is a nationally recognized leader in anesthesiology and perioperative medical education. We are dedicated to developing leaders in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine who demonstrate clinical excellence, professionalism, and a commitment to life-long learning. Our faculty have a resolve to create an exciting academic environment that will build upon what is already recognized as one of the finest residency programs in the country, and by advancing education within our specialty, we continue to improve the lives of learners and patients in a complex and evolving world of medicine.  

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Well priced health insurance
  • Automatically-vested retirement plan – 5% employee contribution; 10% employer match
  • Four voluntary retirement plans above and beyond standard retirement plan
  • Life insurance
  • Tuition assistance for employee and dependent(s)
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and 11+ paid holidays/year
  • Four weeks paid parental leave; up to six months of parental leave allowed
  • Wellness resources inclusive of a Department-employed Clinical Wellbeing Psychologist, who is a free and confidential resource to all Department faculty and staff 

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit: .

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

  • Successful completion of an accredited Anesthesiologist Assistant or Registered Nurse Anesthetist educational program and active certification. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years pediatric experience CAA/CRNA preferred or pediatric nursing / clinical care experience preferred
  • Experience in teaching Anesthesia. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have a strong working and theoretical knowledge of Anesthesia as well as experience in teaching Anesthesia.
  • Self-directs in contributing to meeting the Department’s expectations as a group and maintaining the necessary requirements certification (CME credits) and licensure
  • Possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties position 

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):

  • A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
  • Curriculum vitae / Resume
  • Five professional references including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address
  • Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at .

    Questions should be directed to: Ashley Newton [email protected]  

    Screening of Applications Begins:

    Immediately and continues until position is filled. 

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    ADA Statement:

    The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected] ​.

    Background Check Statement:

    The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

    Vaccination Statement:

    CU Anschutz strongly encourages vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and other vaccine preventable diseases . If you work, visit, or volunteer in healthcare facilities or clinics operated by our affiliated hospital or clinical partners or by CU Anschutz, you will be required to comply with the vaccination and medical surveillance policies of the facilities or clinics where you work, visit, or volunteer, respectively. In addition, if you work in certain research areas or perform certain safety sensitive job duties, you must enroll in the occupational health medical surveillance program



          Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References 
    Job Category
    : Faculty 
    Primary Location
    : Aurora 
    Department: U0001 — DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS  21905 – SOM-AN Peds General Operations 
    : Full-time 
    Posting Date
    : Oct 12, 2023 
    Unposting Date
    : Ongoing 
    Posting Contact Name: Ashley Newton 
    Posting Contact Email: [email protected] 
    Position Number: 00816539

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