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! 

WIC Nutritionist

As a full-time WIC Nutritionist, you would experience a fast-paced, friendly, engaging environment, knowing you will be making a difference in our community!

Specific Essential Duties:

Provide nutrition care to high-risk women, infants and children under the supervision of the senior nutritionist, including all aspects of:

  • Anthropometric and hematological data collection
  • Dietary assessment, nutritional risk assessment, and food package prescription
  • Nutrition and breastfeeding counseling and education
  • Documentation and data entry
  • Referrals to other health and social services 
  • Follow-up nutrition education

Participants in planning, development, and evaluation of:

  • Educational materials and group nutrition education sessions
  • Participant counseling and education strategies
  • Nutrition in-services and education strategies
  • Nutrition policies

Assists senior nutritionist in:

  • Training paraprofessional WIC staff
  • Conducting quality assurance activities
  • Communicates with health care community on issues pertaining to participant needs
  • Provides nutrition care for low-risk applicants and participants as needed
  • Quality assurance activities

Performs other duties as needed, including:

  • Assisting in the training of CPA Is and IIs

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in public health nutrition, nutrition, foods, and nutrition, or nutrition education
  • Master’s Degree in public health nutrition, nutrition, or food and nutrition, Registration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, or licensure with the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Dietitians and Nutritionists, desired
  • One year’s experience in clinical or community nutrition preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership and decision-making capabilities
  • Good communication skills
  • Sensitivity to the needs of the participant population
  • Availability to work at multiple WIC sites and during program clinic hours as needed
  • Ability to successfully perform the essential tasks of this job. Reasonable accommodation, where possible, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter. 

AA/EOE

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

Teacher-Director:

Teacher-Director for progressive Early Education & Child Care program in Holyoke. Duties include staff supervision and development, curriculum development, and parent involvement. Great opportunity to grow with a well-respected community action agency. Great benefits, salary commensurate with experience

General Description Responsible for the daily operation of the Early Education & Child Care Center with Enrollment less than forty (40). Functions as the lead member of the teaching staff, assuming classroom duties. Develop, implement and monitor the educational curriculum of the Child Care Program designed to meet the cognitive, social, emotional, and health needs of each child at the Center, as required by Agency policies and EEC regulations and policies.

Position requires Bachelor’s Degree, EEC Director Certification, strong communication, and supervisory skills, familiarity with QRIS and NAEYC accreditation.

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter. 

AA/EOE

Center Lead Teacher:

Currently seeking Center Lead Teachers for high quality, infant, toddler and preschool classrooms located in the Chicopee and Holyoke area. This a great opportunity to work for a well-respected nonprofit agency. Applicants must have EEC certification. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

General Description:

  • Work cooperatively with Supervisors in teaching, program planning and general operation of the classroom. 
  • Provide training and leadership to staff in cooperation with the Center Director.
  • Assume responsibilities for daily operations of the center in the Director’s absence.

General Requirements:

  • Must have EEC Lead Teacher certification
  • At least 9 months’ experience in a licensed child care setting with age appropriate children
  • Ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations, where possible, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks

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