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EMPLOYMENT WITH VOGEL ALCOVE

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 open positions are listed below. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, a generous benefits plan and a great working environment. Qualified candidates should submit their resume and cover letter with salary history to hr@vogelalcove.org. No phone calls, please.


Prep Cook
As a member of the Vogel Alcove Kitchen team, the Prep Cook position ensures responsible food production according to Vogel Alcove Policy & Procedures as well as USDA CACFP regulations. This position is responsible for a high degree of safety and sanitation practices in accordance with Dallas County Health Department Standards. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to participating in menu planning, assisting with food purchasing, maintaining accurate record keeping and effectively monitoring for fiscal best practice.

The Prep Cook reports to the Assistant Director of Children’s Nutrition. The Prep Cook also works closely with the classroom teachers to ensure nutritious, visually appealing and tasty meals. It is important that meals are served as scheduled. The primary function of the Prep Cook is to maintain a high degree of safety, ensure sanitation in the food service areas, comply with the food preparation and non-food supplies guidelines and step into the Kitchen Leader role in the absence of the Assistant Director. Age of children served: 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Given the fact that Vogel Alcove provides childcare to children of homeless families, it is essential that everyone on our staff has compassion, patience and respect for our families at all times.

Qualifications

Minimum High School diploma, or G.E.D., at least 21 years old
A Food Service Certificate or an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts or equivalent as described by USDA regulations.
2-4 years’ experience providing professional food services to the public.
Demonstrated ability to assume leadership role in a kitchen in the absence of the Cook and maintain a professional environment.
Knowledge of the Dallas County Health Department regulations as they pertain safety and sanitation standards.
Have the physical strength and stamina to work in kitchen facilities energetically.
Ability to prudently and tactfully deal with other staff in supportive role.
Function in a varied work environment, indoors and outdoors.
Manage working in occasional high-stress, high noise environment
Able to lift 40 pounds as well as walk, kneel, stoop, bend and sit on the floor.

Responsibilities

Extend professional courtesy to families, children, staff, volunteers, board members and visitors at all times.
Effectively communicate kitchen department information as required.
Accept responsibility for the operations of the kitchen and classrooms as pertaining to USDA CACFP regulations, food production and sanitation.
Ensure that meals and snacks on the menu are nutritious, tasty and delivered according to the designated schedule.
Maintain all records as outlined by USDA CACFP and required by management.
Participate in training opportunities and proactively seek opportunities to increase knowledge of programs and regulations.
Ensure that food is prepared, packaged and delivered to the classroom for children with special diets, adhering to a physician’s documentation of needs.
Ensure that all kitchen equipment is functioning properly and report any problems to management immediately.
Recognize health and safety hazards to protect children from harm.
Encourage and provide children with a variety of nutritional experiences.
Adapt and respond to changes and challenging conditions in ways that enhance the quality of Vogel Alcove’s food program.
Advocate for best practices and regulations to ensure that Vogel Alcove maintains compliance in all aspects of food service.

Health & Safety Responsibilities

To show an active concern for the children’s physical health and safety at all times.
To take corrective actions to maintain the cleanliness, health and safety of the all elements of food production and service.
To read and demonstrate an understanding of the USDA CACFP, Dallas County Health Department Regulations and Texas Minimum Standards for child care centers.
To follow established procedures regarding kitchen sanitation and cleanliness standards. Develop and restructure procedures as necessary to maintain quality.
To follow personal hygiene for self.
To clean the physical environment to the highest standards of sanitation and to be accountable with the kitchen team for these spaces. To delegate and assume equal “housekeeping” duties.
To ensure multi-use areas are kept clean and equipment properly stored.
To follow Health Standards as outlined by all regular entities.
To understand and know the signs of abuse and neglect and know the proper reporting procedures.

Professional Expectations

To develop in cooperation with all Vogel Alcove employees a team relationship, which emphasizes and develops the strengths of each member.
To assume other duties as assigned by supervisor for professional growth and/or optimum benefit to program.
To offer constructive criticism and positive suggestions for program improvement.
To follow Vogel Alcove’s Ethical Code of Conduct & NAEYC Ethical Conduct guidelines.
To maintain training in accordance to USDA CACFP, NAEYC, Head Start Performance Standards and TXDFPS Regulations.
To follow the Vogel Alcove Dress Code Policy.
To work assigned work hours and make all requests for time off according to the Vogel Alcove procedures set forth.
All other duties as assigned.


Associate Director of Development
Vogel Alcove, a 30-year-old, non-profit organization in Dallas, whose mission is dedicated to the care and early childhood education of young children from homeless and domestic abuse shelters, has an opening for an Associate Director of Development. The Associate Director of Development’s major role is to invigorate, manage and grow our annual giving program. Under the direction of the Chief Development Director, the Associate Director of Development will oversee the management of a multi-channel, relationship-oriented annual giving program focused on cultivating, soliciting, retaining and acknowledging current and new individual and corporate donors.

Supervisory Authority:  Development Associate

Primary Responsibilities:
Manage, supervise and direct the work of the Development Associate.
Create and implement an annual giving plan for cultivation and solicitation of individual & corporate donors and prospects.
Implement strategies to upgrade existing donors.
Plan, schedule and conduct meetings and presentations for prospective donors.
Create and execute segmented fundraising campaigns across multiple platforms (e.g. direct mail, face-to-face, lead letters & phone calls, social media).
Collaborate with the Director of Marketing on the creation of annual giving materials.
Support the Chief Development Director in developing research and strategies for the major gifts program and coordinate the cultivation and solicitation of assigned major gifts portfolio.
Manage corporate sponsorship outreach, solicitation and retention, as assigned.
Manage the We Did It Card program to include solicitation and relationship management.
Develop donor proposals; oversee research by the Development Associate; oversee preparation of reports.
Oversee the Patron of the Hearts stewardship program for individual donors.
Act as liaison to Flight – the Young Professionals Group – and assist them in attaining their fundraising goals.
Partner with the Development team on the creation and execution of special events.
Prepare and analyze regular progress reports and provide reports to management as requested.
Manage all donor records in Salesforce.
Other duties as assigned by the Chief Development Director or the President/CEO.

Experience/Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree is highly desirable.
3-5 years direct fundraising experience, preferably in human services organizations.
Experience supervising people.
Strong administrative background; well-organized.
Progressive experience in successful development programs and knowledge of “best practices” in development.
Must be innovative, self-motivated and creative, with excellent interpersonal, oral & written communication skills.
Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects simultaneously with a strong attention to detail.
A strategic thinker with aptitude for analyzing data and solving problems, both individually and as a team.
High energy, positive attitude, able to work collaboratively with all levels of individuals.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office required; Salesforce proficiency is preferred.
Must be able to interact with skill and professional ease with donors & board members in business/social settings.
Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including weekends and evenings.

Vogel Alcove offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, a generous benefits plan for regular full-time and regular part-time employees and a great working environment. Qualified candidates should submit resume and cover letter with salary history to hr@vogelalcove.org.


Teacher Assistant – Full-Time
This is a regular, full-time position that serves as an Assistant working collaboratively with classroom teachers. The Assistant implements age-appropriate activities in coordination with the Lead Teacher according to the curriculum selected by Vogel Alcove, NAEYC Standards and Texas Minimum Standards. Assistants can work independently in a Lead Teacher’s absence but typically will work other classroom teachers. All activities support the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children assigned to a specific constant care group, which maintains an anti-bias, non-sexist, non-racist environment.

This position is a perfect fit for college students or parents needing flexible Monday-Friday hours while their children are in school. The minimum requirements for the position are a CDA or 12 credit hours in Early Childhood Education courses, Associate’s Degree preferred. At least three years’ experience working with and caring for young children would be a plus. Salary: $12 per hour.


Preschool Teacher – Full Time
This is a regular, full-time position that plans and implements appropriate activities that support the social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development of the children in our care. The ideal candidate must be flexible and able to communicate well with parents, volunteers and staff. This position must work well with other teachers to support the team approach to classroom staffing. The candidate also must understand that the families we serve are living in traumatic circumstances.

The minimum requirements for this position are: a BA degree in Early Childhood Education, Texas Teaching Certification preferred; at least two years’ work experience in direct service to young children (infants, toddlers and pre-school); and working knowledge of best practices for the management of challenging behaviors in young children. Salary: Commensurate with experience.

TESTIMONIALS
I love working for Vogel Alcove because of the
mission and vision. I also love working here as it is great to see many of my colleagues working hard to provide our families with support to make their road to self-sufficiency smoother.”
Gina Torres, Social Emotional
Learning Specialist
Employee since 2014
I love working at Vogel to be an advocate for the children. I love building trusting relationships with the children and families while getting to learn about the individual needs of each child. Every child has a story and my job is to make them feel safe and loved while in my care. ”
– Jamie Lenenberg, Therapeutic Early Childhood Educator
Employee since 2014
This is one of the few organizations whose mission is to truly prepare its clients for the rest of their lives. By improving EVERY known aspect of a person’s life, starting with education, Vogel Alcove is definitely in the forefront for improving the quality of lives for the children and families that have been affected by homelessness.”
Brian Millage, Volunteer Coordinator
Employee since 2014

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