Job Opportunities

VOC_Hiring-Image.jpgAre you looking for an exciting opportunity to work for the area’s leading non-profit Community Action agency? If so come join Valley Opportunity Council, whose work positively impacts the lives of local residents every day. Below are the positions currently open.  Resumes, cover letters/letters of interest, and references can be mailed or dropped off to our HR Director: 

Natali Flores
Human Resource Director
35 Mt. Carmel Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicopee, MA 01013

If you would like to email your resume, please fill out the contact us form at the bottom of the page and we'll send you the email address. Thank you for your interest in joining our team! 

Census Outreach Trainer

This is a part-time, temporary position. 25 hrs/wk, $17.50/hr. Position begins ASAP, ends 5/31/2020. Trains staff at key VOC service locations to assist clients with completing the census online. Organizes events promoting the census, assists clients and staff to complete the census. Required qualifications: H.S. diploma or equivalent, strong computer skills, personable and outgoing. Must have reliable transportation; position requires local travel to various sites. Preferred qualifications: Some teaching or training experience; fluent in a language in addition to English.

Start date ideally April 6, 2020.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. A background screening/CORI is required for these positions. AA/EEO

Program Assistant, 30-36 hrs/wk, Mon-Thurs.$16.25/hr.  Pro-rated full-time benefits, incl. health insurance and paid holidays. Answer phones and field in-person inquiries for adult education programs.  Enter data into funder databases, maintain spreadsheet of student inquiries, prepare student folders, schedule youth field trips, develop outreach materials, make reminder calls to students. Occasionally serve as 2nd person on youth field trips. Other special projects as needed.

Required qualifications:  H.S. diploma or equivalent.  Bilingual English/Spanish. Experience with customer service.  Strong computer literacy skills, e.g., advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, proficiency w/ Excel, ability to quickly learn to use program-specific databases.  

Preferred qualifications:  Certificate or AA/AS in office administration/clerical assistant.

Interested? Please send a resume and cover letter by 3/21/2020. 
AA/EOE

Maintenance Technician

Specific Essential Duties

  • Maintenance of housing sites in compliance with State building codes, subsidy regulations and funding source requirements.
  • Building repair projects as designated by supervisor. This includes but is not limited to :
    • Assist in the preparation of market ready units, including removing trash from vacant apartments prior to make-ready.
    • Assist in the repair of mechanical, paint, carpentry, some plumbing and electrical problems as needed in a timely manner.
    • Report any maintenance concerns for repairs on available apartments, and/or common areas to the Maintenance Supervisor.
    • Demonstrate effective communication skills for communicating with residents, co-workers, and management.
    • Demonstrate ability to contribute to and foster a team approach to serving residents and maintaining a successful community.
    • Assist maintenance team with snow removal.
    • Responsible for meticulous upkeep of grounds, building exteriors, leasing office, parking lots and other community buildings.
    • Contribute to the achievement of occupancy goals by cleaning vacant apartments and common areas daily.

General Requirements:

Valid Driver’s Licenses, Own tools, and Transportation, Five years in building maintenance. 

Send letter of application, resume, and names and contact information of 3 references.
AA/EOE

Homeless and Supportive Services Director 

General Duties:

  • Supervision of Case Managers, Administrative Assistant, and Assistant Director
  • The hiring of support staff including 24-hour relief staff
  • Oversee all homeless services for the agency
  • Coordination of case management services
  • Supervision of daily operation of the shelter for homeless families
  • Develop new programming and resources
  • Update and implement homeless policies
  • Represent the agency at local and state meetings
  • Conduct annual program evaluations
  • Foster and maintain relationships with funding sources, providers and programs 
  • Administrative oversight including management of budget and billing
  • Monitor timesheets and time-off requests
  • Compliance with all funding and reporting requirements
  • Ensure that the shelter units are maintained in a safe, sanitary, and comfortable manner, in compliance with applicable licensing and regulatory requirements
  • Responsible for data collection using the Homeless Management Information System (HIMS)
  • Provide 24-hour on-call backup support
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Programs

Group Leader, School Age Program

General Duties:

  • Supervise children in program activities, both in groups and on an individual basis.
  • Maintain safety and well-being of all children at all times.
  • Planning and implementing of school age program activities.
  • Post weekly activity plans in the classroom and on the Parent Information Board.
  • Communicate with Center Director and parents regarding each child’s progress in the program.
  • Maintain logs and other records as required by VOC and EEC.
  • Maintain positive relationships with parents of children in the program.
  • When possible, solicit ideas for program activities from school age program parents.
  • Take responsibility for care and use of classroom equipment.
  • Attend all workshops and/or training sessions as required by EEC, Center Director, or Early Education Department.
  • Participate as a team member in the general operation of the classroom, including cleaning and maintaining the classroom and child care environment to meet EEC and program requirements.
  • Assist as needed in the food program, including food preparation.
  • Complete and maintain paperwork necessary to meet EEC regulations and program policies.
  • Assist children who receive VOC transportation services to and from buses or vans.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
  • Provide documentation of successful completion of First Aid and CPR and bi-annual physical, as required by EEC regulations and VOC policies

Qualifications: Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree with three months of experience working with school age children. OR High School diploma and six months of experience working with school age children.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume.

AA/EOE

Classroom Lead Teacher

General Description: Work cooperatively with Supervisors in teaching, program planning and general operation of the classroom. Provide training and leadership to classroom staff in cooperation with the Center Director.

Specific Essential Duties:

  • Care and protection of all children at the center.  Report any changes in any child’s physical or emotional condition to the Center Director.
  • Complete and maintain all paperwork for the classroom required to meet EEC regulations and program policies.
  • Develop classroom curriculum, using Creative Curriculum 
  • Ensure classroom compliance and advancement in QRIS.
  • Ensure completion of ECERS in classroom.
  • Complete regular child assessments(ASQ) and progress reports(TS GOLD)
  • Coordinate supports and services for special needs/behavioral needs.
  • Work with Center Director to make child referrals, as needed.
  • Create purchase requests for classroom educational equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Oversee daily program functions in the classroom
  • Maintain an attractive, sanitary and positive child care environment that ensures compliance with EEC regulations, QRIS standards, and program policies.
  • Monitor educator compliance with training requirements. Attend any and all workshops or training sessions mandated by VOC as well as those required by EEC.
  • Work with Director to ensure educator progress in IPDP’s.
  • Participate in weekly planning meeting with classroom teachers.
  • Participate in regular meetings with other Classroom Lead Teachers.
  • Provide meaningful family involvement experiences on a regular basis.
  • Administer medication to children as prescribed by a physician and in compliance with EEC regulations and VOC Plan for Administration of Medication.
  • Willingness to lift children and classroom equipment in an appropriate manner as needed.
  • Keep Center Director regularly appraised of all issues and incidents concerning staff, parents and children.
  • Where applicable, utilize bi-lingual ability in working with bi-lingual children and family members, and assist in translating bi-lingual materials as needed.
  • Provide documentation of successful completion of First Aid, CPR and bi-annual physical, as required by EEC regulations and VOC policies.
  • May be required to perform Classroom Lead Teacher role in another classroom or at another center if deemed necessary for program improvement.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Center Director.

General Requirements:

  • Must have EEC Lead Teacher Certification
  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree and two years of experience in early childhood or be currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree program and have two years of experience in early childhood
  • Ability to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations, where possible, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume.

AA/EOE

Site Coordinator

General Description:

Supervise children in program activities, both in groups and on an individual basis.

Specific Essential Duties:

  • Maintain the safety and well-being of all children at all times.
  • Planning and implementing of school age program activities.
  • Post weekly activity plans in the classroom and on the Parent Information Board.
  • Communicate with Center Director and parents regarding each child's progress in the program.
  • Conduct intakes for children to be enrolled in the program.
  • Maintain files, logs and other records as required by VOC and EEC.
  • Maintain positive relationships with parents of children in the program.
  • When possible, solicit ideas for program activities from school age program parents.
  • Take responsibility for care and use of classroom equipment.
  • Attend all workshops and/or training sessions as required by EEC, Center Director, or Early Education Department.
  • Participate as a team member in the general operation of the classroom, including cleaning and maintaining the classroom and child care environment to meet EEC and program requirements.
  • Assist as needed in the food program, including food preparation.
  • Complete and maintain paperwork necessary to meet EEC regulations and program policies.
  • Assist children who receive VOC transportation services to and from buses or vans.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
  • Provide documentation of successful completion of First Aid and CPR and bi­annual physical, as required by EEC regulations and VOC policies

General Requirements:

  • Must be at least 20 years of age
  • Bachelor’s Degree with six months of experience working with school-aged children OR Associates Degree with nine months of experience working with school-aged children
  • Ability to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations, where possible, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume.

AA/EOE

Preschool Teacher

General Description:

  • Work cooperatively with Center Director and Lead Teacher in teaching, program planning and general operations of Center.
  • Assure care and protection of children at the center at all times.

Specific Essential Duties:

  • Supervise children in classroom learning activities, both in groups and on an individual basis, including planning and implementing of the program curriculum
  • Report on child’s progress to supervisor and parents, maintain daily log notes, document children’s progress throughout the year as required by EEC or as needed for services
  • Contribute to and follow through on recommendations of social service and educational staff and consultants
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Assist other Center staff when supervisor is absent
  • Responsible for care and use of educational equipment and toys during the school day
  • Attend all workshops and/or training sessions as required by EEC, Center Director, or Program
  • Participate as a team member in the general operation of the classroom, including cleaning and maintaining the classroom and child care environment to meet EEC and program requirements
  • Assist as needed in the food program, including food preparation
  • Provide well rounded, daily lesson plans to enhance the program curriculum
  • Complete and maintain paperwork necessary to meet EEC regulations, program policies, QRIS and NAEYC standards
  • Assist children who receive VOC transportation services to and from the van
  • Provide documentation of successful completion of First Aid and CPR and bi-annual physical, as required by EEC regulations and VOC policies
  • Where applicable, utilize bi-lingual ability in dealing with bilingual children, parents, etc.
  • Assist in translating bilingual materials as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

General Requirements:

  • Must have EEC Teacher Certificate
  • At least nine months experience in licensed child care setting with age appropriate children
  • Ability to lift children (up to 60 lbs.) and classroom equipment (such as dividers, playthings) in an appropriate manner as needed
  • Ability to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations, where possible, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume.

AA/EOE

Preschool Teacher Assistant

General Description:

  • Work cooperatively with Center Director and Lead Teacher in teaching, program planning and general operations of Center.
  • Assure care and protection of children at the center at all times.

Specific Essential Duties:

  • Supervise children in classroom learning activities, both in groups and on an individual basis, including planning and implementing of program curriculum
  • Report on child’s progress to supervisor and parents, maintain daily log notes, document children’s progress throughout the year as required by EEC or as needed for services
  • Complete child screenings (ASQ) and assessments (TSG)
  • Contribute to and follow through on recommendations of social service and educational staff and consultants
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Assist other Center staff when supervisor is absent
  • Responsible for care and use of educational equipment and toys during the school day
  • Attend all workshops and/or training sessions as required by EEC, Center Director, or Program
  • Participate as a team member in the general operation of the classroom, including cleaning and maintaining the classroom and child care environment to meet EEC and program requirements
  • Assist as needed in the food program, including food preparation
  • Provide well rounded, daily lesson plans to enhance the program curriculum
  • Complete and maintain paperwork necessary to meet EEC regulations, program policies, QRIS and NAEYC standards
  • Assist children who receive VOC transportation services to and from the van
  • Administer medication to children as prescribed by a physician and in compliance with EEC regulations and VOC Plan for Administration of Medication.
  • Provide documentation of successful completion of First Aid and CPR and bi-annual physical, as required by EEC regulations and VOC policies
  • Where applicable, utilize bi-lingual ability in dealing with bilingual children, parents, etc.,
  • Assist in translating bilingual materials as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

General Requirements:

  • Must complete the Child Growth and Development class and pass with a C or better
  • Must complete 9 months of work experience
  • Must have successfully demonstrated ability to fill classroom responsibilities.
  • Ability to lift children (up to 60 lbs.) and classroom equipment (such as dividers, playthings) in an appropriate manner as needed
  • Ability to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations, where possible, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks
  • High School Diploma Required

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume.

AA/EOE

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Contact:

(413) 552-1554
35 Mt. Carmel Avenue, 2nd Floor
Chicopee, MA 01013