Careers

AVANCE is dedicated to strengthening families and building stronger communities. We are looking for individuals who are committed to our mission. "Unlocking America's Potential" and who have a passion for family education services. AVANCE employees make a difference in the lives of many families, earn competitive pay and are eligible for the following benefits: health and dental care, life insurance, retirement, disability, vacation, sick leave, and more. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for the Open positions.

 

AVANCE-Houston's Job Openings for July 2014


Special Events & Marketing Coordinator                                                                                                
Job Code-SEMC
This position is responsible for assisting the Assistant Director of Development Marketing & Communications in the day to day functions of managing the department. The Special Events &Marketing Coordinator will be responsible for managing, planning and execution of special events and the Corporate Volunteer Program including logistical and creative support for special event planning and execution and support for major gift correspondence. The candidate must be comfortable independently managing some writing assignments, including pledge letters, grant proposals, stewardship reports and visit reports. Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or related field required. Experience: 4 years of experience in marketing and handling special events.

EHS Education Coordinator                                                                                                          
Job Code- EHS-COED
This position is responsible for planning and coordinating the early childhood education and development services provided in AVANCE’s Early Head Start Program to ensure compliance with the underlying principles and goals of AVANCE, Head Start Performance Standards, program goals and objectives, and the need of the community. Provide guidance, training, mentoring, and support to assigned staff and monitor the quality of early childhood education and development services that are provided to infants and toddlers, pregnant women, and their families. Education: Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. Preferred: Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. Work Experience: Four (4) years experience in early childhood education and development services. Work experience may be substituted by advanced training in Early Childhood Development or related fields. Preferred: Four (4) years experience in a home-based early childhood program serving infants and toddlers, or supervising and managing early childhood education and development programs for infants and toddlers.

Associate-Intervention Support                                                                                                                                
Job Code-HS-AINS
This position provides support, information and referrals to Head Start parents and staff through consultation regarding: children’s atypical behavior and/or development, appropriate techniques and methods for responding to and guiding early childhood development or behavior to facilitate a timely & effective response to children’s suspected and/or identified needs. Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Special Education, Social Work or a related field. Preferred: Master’s Degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work or a related field. Experience: One year experience in early childhood development, special education, or social services to children and families. Preferred: Two years experience providing mental health/health, disability services, or social services to children and families

Parent Educator
Job Code- CD-PE
This position is responsible for empowering parents to support the educational growth of their children. Work in a family-centered program and center your duties on the needs of the family. Education: Bachelors’ Degree. Work Experience: 2 years working in educational, social services or family literacy setting, working with parents and young children, and working with families with diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Biligual preferred.

Early Childhood Educational Aid                                                                                                                               
Job Code- ECEA
This position is responsible for providing a safe, educationally stimulating and nurturing environment for children at the AVANCE service site and teaching developmentally appropriate concepts and skills to young children. Education: High School Diploma/GED and CDA, or able to complete CDA within 1 year. Work Experience: 6 months – 1 year in early childhood setting. Bilingual preferred.

Workforce Services Manager                                                                                                                     
Job Code- WSM
This position develops employment opportunities for the Head Start parents, Adult Education and Healthy Marriage participants. The position builds relationships with employers, colleges and skill training organizations and job training agencies. Assists program participants with resume writing, job search techniques and interviewing skills. Conducts job market research, lines up appropriate trainings or develops in-house training programs. This position directs the record keeping that documents placement rates and improved wages. Work Experience: Minimum two years experience working in workforce programs as a coordinator, employment counselor, employment coach, or related field. Education: B.A. in Business Management, Human Resources, social work, or related field. Preferred: Master’s degree in Business Management, Human Resources, social work, or related field. Bilingual is a plus.

Director of Human Resources                                                                                                         
Job Code- DAC-DRHR
This position is responsible for deal with the full scope of human resource matter on a day-to-day basis. This will involve development of overall strategies, near-and long-term planning, training, compensation benefits, and recruitment. This person will be responsible for undertaking the task of introducing the appropriate level of human resource disciplines while maintaining and enhancing the creative process and team-orientated approach that categorizes the organization. Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communication, Psychology, Industrial Relations, Labor Relations, or Human Resources from an accredited University. Work Experience: 8 years of HR experience, 8 years experience in investigating and resolving employee relations issues and organizational development problems and initiatives, 8 years experience in communicating and negotiating with senior management, 5 year experience in leading or managing a team, strong generalist background in human resources with specific experience in training and development, human resource planning, compensation, benefits and human resource information system. Preferred: Human Resource Certification (PHR, SPHR), Bi-lingual is a plus, Experience with non-profits or community services agencies

Director of Facilities                                                                                                                   
Job Code DOF
Director of Facilities plans, organizes, and directs the operation, preventive maintenance, plant management, and repair of facilities which includes two (2) administrative buildings with their adjoining warehouses, and standalone school sites with grounds.  Assists with maintenance of an additional sites located in public schools, low income housing projects, and non-profits.   Is responsible for maintenance of company vehicles.  Works with the Sr. Directors to assure Safety Plans and Disaster Plans for every site.  Supervises at least four facilities employees, custodian of the Administrative building, and acts as liaison to contracted custodial services firm.  Prepares and monitors systems to assure routines which reduce emergency repairs.  Recommends projects necessary to maintain and improve centers, and communicates with vendors and contractors working at AVANCE sites.  Helps to arrange training for all custodial staff. Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, facility or plant management or related field, five years of experience in facility operations and management of multiple facilities including responsibility for HVAC systems, electrical, electric “security” doors and gates, and plumbing and structural features such as roofs, doors, drainage, parking lots, and knowledgeable of environmental regulations.

ESL Instructor                                                                                                                                                    
Job Code-ESL-INS
Responsible for providing quality instruction to adult learners, integrating meaningful classroom activities and valuable experience that facilitate student’s learning goals and workforce skills. Supports AVANCE adult education initiatives by assuring hat students are making levels and gains. Assists the Adult Education Lead Teacher with: recruitment and enrollment, program evaluation and reports as needed. Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field. Preferred: Master’s Degree in Adult Education. Work Experience: Must have at least 1-2 years of experience in teaching Adult learners or related fields.  Preferred: Bilingual English/Spanish.

EHS Health Aide – Home Based                                                                                                                 
Job Code-EHS-AH
This position is responsible for helping families access needed health services by setting up appointments, providing transportation, language translation, assisting with the purchase of prescriptions, and helping families understand instructions from the doctor and pharmacist. Experience: Previous AVANCE participation, experience in community public health services. Education: High School Diploma/GED and some college course work. Preferred: AVANCE Graduate, First Aide Certification, CDA in Infants and Toddler or able to complete CDA with (1) year from date of hire. Bilingual Preferred.
 

Program Assistant
Job Code- PA
This position provides support to the Hispanic Healthy Marriage Program Coordinator, program staff, and assists in delivery of services. Experience: 2 years work experience. Education: HS Diploma/GED. Required: Bilingual Spanish/English


EHS Program Aide
Job Code- EHS-PA
This Position provides support to the Center Administrator, program staff, and assists in delivery of services to ensure a safe and healthy environment for infants and toddlers at all times. Experience: At Least 6 months working with children in an Early Childhood Setting. Education: HS Diploma/GED Preferred: Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development, or certification in a related field. CDA Certification in an Infant and Toddler Center Based Setting.
 
Nutrition Technician
Job Code – NA
This position is responsible for the administration of AVANCE’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) contract, including implementing systems for CACFP operations and procedures, preparing contract renewals and amendments, assisting in conducting monitoring visits of the Head Start/Early Head Start centers, assisting cooks with food orders, conducting research analyzing data and preparing reports. Experience: 2-5 years working in a social service agency as a case manager, nutritionist, research assistant or executive assistant; must be well versed in preparing business correspondence, and have excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications. Education: Associates Degree in Business Administration or Business and Office Training Program at junior college level. Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Business Administration or Business and Office Training Program at junior college level.
 

Cook
Job Code HSC
This position is responsible for providing nutritious meals and snacks for HS participants and for special program events. Required:  One (1) year in commercial kitchen EDUCATION:  Required:  High School Diploma or GED, Preferred: Avance Graduate

 
Nutrition Specialist
Job Code NS
The Nutrition Specialist is responsible for developing procedures and systems to ensure the Head Start and Early Head Start Program comply with all Head Start Program and USDA requirements for nutrition services.  The goal of the Head Start Nutrition Services is to promote child wellness by providing nutrition services that supplement and complement those of the home and community.  The nutrition services assist families in meeting each child’s nutrition needs and in establishing good eating habits that nurture healthy development and promote lifelong well-being.  The following are the main components of the Head Start/ Early Head Start nutrition services: (1) Identification of each child’s nutritional needs; (2) design and implementation of nutritional services programs; (3) meal service; (4) family assistance with nutrition; and (5) food safety and nutrition. Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition with Registered Dietician Certification, Nutrition Care or related field. Preferred: Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Foods with current state or local certificates as needed.
 
EHS-Instruction Support Aide                                                                                                                 
Job Code EHS-ISA
This position is responsible for providing a safe, educationally stimulating and nurturing environment for children at the AVANCE Early Head Start (EHS) service sites. Preferred: at least 6 months experience working in an infant and toddler setting .EDUCATION:  Required:  HS School Diploma or equivalent Preferred: Associates Degree in Child Development in Infants and Toddlers (Center-Based) Bilingual in English and Spanish, both oral and written.
 
Teacher Aide      (HS- Various Locations) Starting Salary: $8.00                                  
Job Code HS TA
The Teacher Aides are responsible for providing childcare services for children of the Head Start enrolled in the Head Start  Program. The Teacher Aide is responsible for providing children with a safe learning environment and providing them with child development instruction/activities as directed by the Teacher, Center Administrator, and Curriculum Facilitator.  
Required: High School Diploma and CDA.  Preferred: One year working in a licensed child care facility.
 
Bilingual -English/ Spanish.
Teacher (Early Head Start –Openings) Starting Salary: $9.00                         
Job Code EHS-T
The Teachers are responsible for providing a safe and developmentally appropriate environment that promotes the child’s cognitive, social / emotional, health and physical development.  Develop individualized developmental and educational goals for each child. Assess each child’s outcomes to monitor developmental progress, and use various teaching strategies with an emphasis on language and literacy skills to meet the needs of each individual child. Required:  High school diploma or GED and CDA certification. Preferred: Bilingual English/Spanish.
 
Teacher (HS, Various locations) Starting Salary: $19.00                              
Job Code HS T
Responsible for providing a safe and developmentally appropriate environment that promotes the child’s cognitive, social /  emotional, health and physical development.  Develop individualized developmental and educational goals for each child.
Assess each child’s outcomes to monitor developmental progress, and use various teaching strategies with an emphasis on language and literacy skills to meet the needs of each individual child.  Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or in a related field with 24 college credit hours of Early Childhood Education.  Experience with working with young children in an educational capacity.  Bilingual English/Spanish.  Preferred:  Two years working in a licensed child care facility.  Head Start experience plus
 
Teacher Aide Substitute (HS – various locations) Salary: $8.00                  
 Job Code TAS-HS
This position is responsible for assisting the program teachers with all aspects of the program, including intake, filing, organizing and maintaining participants’ files.  It is also responsible for assisting teachers in providing children with a safe learning environment that includes children with disabilities, to meet their differing abilities, developmental levels and approaches to learning.  Required: High School Diploma or Equivalent,1-2 years of experience, and CDA in pre-school.  Preferred: Bilingual English/Spanish, college hours in Education or related field, and AVANCE graduate.
   

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All positions are security sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

ATTN: HR @ 713-812-1473 (Fax) or hrhouston@avancehouston.org (Email)

Only selected candidates will be contacted.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Due to the volume of interest, we cannot respond to every resume and we are unable to provide ongoing status. You will only be contacted if you are determined to be one of the most qualified candidates for the position(s) based on your skills and experience.

Positions open until filled. Must have valid driver’s license and pass background check, physical and drug screen. EEO

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