Careers at Vogel Alcove

Find your nonprofit career here. Vogel Alcove is a 35-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. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, a generous benefits plan, and a great working environment.

What the Vogel Alcove Team Says

Vogel Alcove team members are happy to work here because:

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

Open Positions

POSITION DESCRIPTION

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.

JOB DUTIES
  • 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.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT

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.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
  • 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.
PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS
  • 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.

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • 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

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION

Certified Teachers a plus

Qualified candidates should submit their resumes and cover letter with salary history to hr@vogelalcove.org.

No phone calls, please.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Part-time School Nurse in their NAEYC Accredited child care facility. The part-time schedule for this position is 10-hour work days, Mondays & Tuesdays. The overarching responsibility of this position is to help keep children safe, healthy, in school, and ready to learn.

National research on family homelessness indicates that life-altering levels of trauma affect the overwhelming majority of homeless families. For this reason, all services provided by the Vogel Alcove School Nurse must be informed by an understanding of how trauma affects both child and adult neuro-cognitive development and behavior.

JOB DUTIES
  • Planning and oversight of creation of Vogel Alcove school clinic.
  • Manage Vogel Alcove health program.
  • Manage collaboration with community providers, collaborators, and partners, including Parkland Homeless Medical Outreach Services; Care Options for Kids, Inc.; Head Start of Greater Dallas, and Dallas Independent School District.
  • Become familiar with health related requirements of NAEYC, Head Start, DISD, and Child Care Licensing.
  • Provide direct health care to students who become ill or injured during the school day.
  • Refer children, as appropriate, to primary health care providers or other community providers.
  • Eliminate or minimize health problems which impair learning.
  • Implement a system for identification of students with chronic/acute healthcare needs.
  • Follow action plans and physician’s orders and develop individual health plans as needed.
  • Communicate information contained in the action plan with staff on a need-to-know basis.
  • Maintain parental authorization records for health care services (medication administration, etc.) and release of health information.
  • Establish safe systems of medication administration with proper documentation.
  • Where applicable, train and monitor staff in the provision of health services (e.g., tube feedings) including delegated procedures, medication administration, and other related matters.
  • Maintain an orderly, clean, safe and properly supplied clinic.
  • Develop an effective system for the acquisition, maintenance, and use of supplies and equipment for the clinic.
  • Create and maintain an emergency bag and evacuation system.
  • Participate in emergency response drills (fire, tornado, etc.).
  • Participate in the development of the Vogel Alcove emergency planning.
  • Know and follow immunization laws for Texas, as they pertain to each age served at Vogel Alcove.
  • Implement communicable disease control in the school including monitoring, surveillance, assessing, and excluding as appropriate.
  • Assist with disease prevention and outbreak management.
  • Assure that health services and activities are appropriately documented in the appropriate data base according to professional school nurse standards.
  • Adhere to HIPPA/FERPA and confidentiality rules and regulations.
  • Collaborate with Family Support staff to coordinate care, access to care, compliance with health requirements, and developmental services.
  • Provide classroom and parent health instruction, serving as a resource to children, parents, and staff.
  • Provide required staff training such as medication administration.
  • Practice in accordance with the principles of Trauma-Informed Care to create a safe and caring system of support for children and their parents.
  • Follow the guidelines of the Nurse Practice Act and follow The Scope and Standards of Practice.
  • Demonstrate behavior that is professional, ethical, and responsible.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Familiar with the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the National Association of School Nurses’ Standards of Nursing Practice.
  • Knowledge of national, state, and local student health requirements.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to empathize, understand and engage with target population.
  • Strong computer and organizational skills.
  • Reliable, punctual, resourceful, self-initiating, and able to follow through on tasks.
  • Ability to work in a culturally competent way with diverse populations.
  • Ability to work with autonomy and accountability.
  • Ability to utilize supervision and management appropriately.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
  • Graduate of an accredited professional nursing education program.
  • Valid Registered Nurse license to practice professional nursing in Texas from the State Board of Nurse Examiners.
  • Valid Current CPR Certification – Healthcare Providers

Job Type: Part-time
Pay: From $28.00 – $35.00 per hour

 

Vogel Alcove Core Values

COMPASSION:

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

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

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

COMMITMENT:
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

Benefits

Keeping You and Your Family Healthy