Careers at Vogel Alcove

Find your nonprofit career here. Vogel Alcove is a 36-year-old nonprofit in Dallas. Our mission is dedicated to the care and early childhood education of young children from homeless and domestic abuse shelters in our NAEYC accredited childcare facility. 

We work through a two-generation approach to assist both children and their parents, providing resources for families to begin a path toward a better future. 

Vogel Alcove is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We accept resumes for posted, open positions. We do not accept unsolicited resumes. Resumes are kept on file for six months. Vogel Alcove is an at-will employer. Our career opportunities are listed below. Offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, a generous benefits plan, and a great working environment.

Vogel Alcove team members are happy to work here because:

  • Benefits are extremely competitive with Medical, dental, vision, HSA, 403b with employer matching and PTO
  • Compensation is competitive within the overall market
  •  Team finds meaning and satisfaction in Vogel Alcove’s mission because their work contributions have a direct impact in overall organization success
  • Vogel Alcove is committed to career advancement and training opportunities within the organization
  • This organization encourages and supports communication between employees and senior management
  • The team is excited and passionate about their work, enabling job related goals to be met 
  • Teaching staff work on a low teacher to child ratio, allowing for more detailed 1:1 time with the children
  • The Early Childhood Education Program is NAEYC accredited, a distinction only 5% of facilities receive

Open Positions


Provides direct care to children experiencing trauma to support their educational growth and experiences. Partner with staff to ensure the program provides quality and developmentally appropriate services to children and families and establish a work climate that nurtures growth, learning, and positive interaction while ensuring that all center regulations as mandated by Vogel Alcove Operational Procedures, NAEYC Standards, Head Start Performance Standards and TX Minimum Standards are maintained at all times. Promotes the social-emotional development of all children by prevention and/or interventions of problems that interfere with the tasks of learning. This will be done with close collaboration between case managers, parents, developmental and behavioral staff, and leaders in the organization. The employee in this position is expected to become familiar with the concepts of The Pyramid Model, Conscious Discipline, and Trauma-Informed Care or other theoretical models which inform care at Vogel Alcove.

  • Promote and model excellence in daily program operations that support the provision of quality services for children and families, and a therapeutic learning environment where all staff can thrive; Interact and communicate with children in an age appropriate and developmentally responsive manner; Individualize interactions to a child’s special talents, interest, individual style, abilities, pace of learning and cultural/family background.
  • Responsible for daily modeling for other center staff, volunteers, and families of best practices on caregiving and engaging young children.
  • Basic care for the needs of children including but not limited to diapering and toileting, feeding and family style dining, napping and daily routines
  • Coordinate food and nutrition activities with the Kitchen Manager, Gardener, Enrichment Coordinator, and/or Nurse to ensure quality learning experiences indoors and outdoors.
  • Create and implement developmentally appropriate weekly lesson plans with activities individualized for the children in the classroom by using assessment information and observations.
  • Manage multiple forms of on-going, developmentally appropriate assessments and utilize the information to plan activities and set goals. Share assessment outcomes with families.
  • Implement and maintain the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and Criteria, Head Start Performance Standards, Agency and Department Policies and Procedures, TX State Licensing minimum standards and early childhood best practices, CACFP Feeding Guidelines, Positive Behavior Support (PBS) strategies, Conscious Discipline strategies (including baby doll circle time and classroom commitments), monthly Reflective Supervision sessions, daily Frog Street Press Curriculum lesson plans and activities, Second Step lessons, and weekly Farm to Preschool activities.
  • Continually assess both child behavior and classroom management strategies, with emphasis on preventive practices to ensure that children acquire social/emotional skills needed to become successful in the classroom community.
  • Utilize Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Conscious Discipline strategies to prevent and reduce challenging behaviors in the classroom. Implement skills and strategies in a classroom setting with children whose challenging behaviors require intensive interventions. Participate in Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) meetings, as needed.
  • Collaborate with licensed therapists (ST, OT, PT) for children with developmental delays to increase skill development and mastery; Participate in developmental, behavioral, and mental health clinical consultations to support enrolled children and their families.
  • Responsible for completion of required data entry in agency approved data systems, for example HiMama, KidKare, TECPDS, and HSGDcis are current systems we use.
  • Facilitate classroom team meetings. Team meetings include lesson planning, zoning discussions, upcoming tasks that need completed, guiding the problem-solving process and/or seeking assistance to assure delivery of quality services.
  • Ensure that children’s allergy/dietary/medical needs are being met while in care; follow health plans for those that have one.
  • Complete necessary forms and documentation relevant to program and staff management.
  • Conduct home visits and parent teacher conferences. Provide child progress report during parent teacher conferences, home visits and/or upon request of parent. Assist families with creating school readiness and social emotional goals for their child, along with planning activities to aid in meeting these goals.
  • Set up a developmentally appropriate classroom based on Head Start Performance Standards-using Frog Street, Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) system, PBS (Positive Behavior Support) and other identified strategies with assistance from the early childhood director/assistant director.
  • Make the appropriate referrals to the Developmental and Behavioral Services Director, as needed.
  • Maintain dependable, punctual attendance, and adhere to appropriate break times.
  • Attend mandatory In-Service trainings and staff meetings.
  • Maintain required training hours and courses annually.
  • Adapt and respond to changing and challenging conditions in ways that enhance the program quality of Vogel Alcove.
  • Understand and know the signs of abuse and neglect; Responsibility to report any suspected abuse or neglect to appropriate authority.
  • Maintain daily written and oral communication with families.
  • Address all family concerns and grievances according to Vogel Alcove policy.
  • Conduct Quarterly Conferences to create a home/school collaborative team to support both the child and the classroom.
  • Develop and maintain high quality collaborative relationships with all stakeholders: teaching staff, case management, families, parents, therapists, and community partners, etc.
  • Participate in all regularly scheduled staff and departmental meetings as well as trainings.
  • Be available to travel within the DFW area for the occasional off-site professional development training or conference.
  • Maintain and assure confidentiality and privacy of Vogel Alcove clients
  • Uphold and promote the cultural fundamentals and mission statement of Vogel Alcove
  • Support management decisions both in actions and words.
  • Other duties, responsibilities and activities assigned as appropriate to maintain quality services, fiscal accountability, and overall operations of the organization.

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Reach with hands and arms; Able to lift at least 40 lbs.; Able to walk, kneel, stoop, bend, and sit on floor.
  • Required vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Manage working in occasional high-stress, high noise environment.
  • Have the physical strength and stamina to work with children energetically.
  • Function in a varied work environment indoors and outdoors.
  • Occasional exposure to wet and/or humid conditions.
  • Outside weather conditions.
  • Extreme cold and extreme heat.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to empathize, understand, and engage target populations.
  • Strong technology and organizational skills.
  • Reliable, punctual, resourceful, self-initiated, follows through on task.
  • Willingness and ability to work autonomously and maintain accountability.
  • Seek and utilize supervision appropriately.
  • Ability to manage a complex workload. Willingness and ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Superior interpersonal skills. Ability to get along with diverse personalities; tactful, mature, and flexible.
  • Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the general public and to communicate effectively and clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with co-workers, community partners, and customers.
  • Ability to learn and adapt.
  • Follow Vogel Alcove Ethical Code of Conduct & NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct Guidelines.
  • Maintain Professional Development Plan.
  • Participate and contribute the early childhood community learning
  • Work assigned work hours and make all requests for time off according to the Vogel Alcove procedures set forth.

Knowledge of:

Relevant rules, regulations, guidelines, and their correlating agencies.

Best practices in early childhood education/ infant mental health.

  • Prefer a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or Degree in related field with 15 hours in Early Childhood education, or Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education or degree in related field with 15 hours in Early Childhood. Minimum requirement is to have or obtain a CDA in the correct option.
  • 3-5 years of experience working with young children in a classroom setting preferred. Minimum requirement is none if Bachelor or Associate degree is in Early Childhood.
  • Be eligible to obtain program approval through the State.
  • Obtain CDA credentials within 6 months of employment and keep current if does not have Early Childhood equivalent degree.
  • Obtain First Aid and CPR certification at orientation and keep current.
  • Submit to and pass criminal history check, as required by the State.
  • Successfully complete a drug screen and TB skin test upon hire


Certified Teachers a plus

Qualified candidates should submit their resumes and cover letter with salary history to

No phone calls, please.


The contract child therapist position will report to the Director of Family Support/Mental Health Services and the Lead Mental Health Therapist collectively. The individual will work collaboratively with the Center Team Directors, social work team, classroom teachers, parents, and referred children in carrying out our mental health program for children and families. The focus of this position is to provide a resource for assessment and therapeutic support for children that may have challenging behaviors. The support will include play therapy services for children between the ages 2-5 that are enrolled in our early childhood education program. This position may also work with children that are between the ages of 6-10 who are the siblings of our early childhood students and/or who are enrolled in our Summer Camp Program.

  • Conduct assessments of children in order to lead to recommendations for the development of a parent/child mental health intervention plan.
  • Provide trauma specific interventions for children affected by homelessness in the childcare setting.
  • Meet with children for weekly sessions in a therapeutic setting.
  • Work collaboratively with all team members to integrate assessments and interventions into the comprehensive plan for the child/family.
  • Refer out for mental health consultation for further assessment or community resources, if needed.
  • Provide crisis intervention in the classroom as needed.
  • Work with parents individually and in group to teach parents proactive behavioral prevention strategies.
  • Provide education, guidance, and support for families.
  • Prepare and deliver oral and written case presentations to the team and parents.
  • Provide timely documentation for all clinical assessments, individual, family, and group sessions, treatment goal development, progress, and discharge summaries.
  • Maintain records as required by organization policies and regulatory and accrediting agencies.
  • Maintain compliance with organizational policies.
  • Participate in program, committee and other staff meetings as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Effective counseling skills.
  • Excellent clinical skills in developing strategic plans of care to address specific issues.
  • Compassion and patience to work with children who can sometimes present with challenging behaviors.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, especially the ability to relate to children.
  • Ability to listen and truly understand the child’s feelings and emotions.
  • Ability to serve as a calm and efficient mediator.
  • Ability to work between the hours of 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM to schedule meetings with children and/or parents as required.


Master’s degree in counseling, education, social work or related field with experience working with parents and children impacted by trauma.

Licensed in one of the following:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Certification as a Play Therapist or working towards certification.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in providing trauma informed clinical services to young children and their families.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) speaking a plus.

Qualified candidates should submit their resumes and cover letter with salary history to

No phone calls, please.

Vogel Alcove Core Values


We exercise compassion in order to understand ourselves and others, we listen generously, with care and empathy, and without judgement.

Integrity is the foundation on which coworkers build relationships and trust, and how our team meets and exceeds goals.

We earn the trust of our guests and teammates every day
by doing what’s right at all times.

We honor our commitments and go the extra mile in order to deliver results to those we serve. 

Vogel Alcove core values banner on career page


Keeping You and Your Family Healthy