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"When I see the kids' smiles, I know I am having a positive impact on local families." --Helen S., Head Start Teacher

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for Otsego is currently seeking qualified applicants for the positions listed below. To apply, send a fully completed application package to Human Resources, Opportunities for Otsego, 3 West Broadway, Oneonta NY  13820, which includes:

  • A fully completed Opportunities for Otsego employment application form and
  • An updated resume and
  • A cover letter

Be sure to specify the position(s) you are applying for and sign the application form. Applications may be downloaded by clicking here, picked up at 3 West Broadway in Oneonta, or can be requested by email or telephone (607.433.8000). 

Fully completed application packages are acknowledged by mail and forwarded to the hiring manager who will contact candidates whom they wish to interview. OFO respectfully asks applicants not to call the agency regarding the status of their application.  

Applications are job specific. For your convenience, applicants should save a copy of their original completed application form for use in applying for other OFO position(s) that open in the future.  OFO cannot update applications on behalf of applicants.

Opportunities for Otsego is an equal opportunity employer.

Early Childhood Services

Assistant Teacher
The Assistant Teacher works in the Head Start Program that supports children, ages 3-5 from low income families, to develop the skills needed to be successful in school.  Responsibilities include assisting a classroom teacher in daily classroom activities, keeping records, and working with children and parents in a center based program.  Positions available at our Unadilla, Oneonta and Schenevus sites.
Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED; current preschool CDA preferred; one year experience working with pre-school children; a valid New York State driver’s license.

Bus Driver
The Bus Driver works in the Head Start program that supports children, ages 3-5 from low income families, to develop the skills needed to be successful in school.  Responsibilities include driving a school bus, observing traffic regulations for bus operations, enforcing bus and rider safety, ensuring that children are left only with authorized caregivers, and providing required reports to supervisor.  This position is located at our Schenevus site.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma/GED; possess or able to obtain CDL-C license with School Bus Endorsement; able to pass a physical examination required by New York State Department of Motor Vehicles; successfully complete all training required before assuming driving duties.

Center Associate (Substitutes)
The Center Associate works in the Head Start Program that supports children, ages 3-5 from low income families, to develop skills needed to be successful in school.  Responsibilities include assisting a classroom teacher in daily classroom activities, school bus monitoring, and working with children and parents in a center-based program.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.  
Qualifications:  High School Diploma/GED; one year experience working with pre-school children; a valid New York State driver's license (not mandatory for substitutes).

Children’s Center Associate (Full-time and Substitutes)
The Children’s Center Associate works at The Children's Center, a drop-in day care center for children whose parents have business in the Otsego County Courts.  Responsibilities include assisting a classroom teacher in daily classroom activities and working with children and parents in a center based program.  Full-time is 35 hrs/week.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.  
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or GED; one year experience working with pre-school children; valid New York State driver’s license. 

Early Head Start Caregiver I
The Early Head Start Caregiver I works in the Early Head Start program that supports children, 18 to 36 months from low-income families to develop the skills needed to be successful in school.  Responsibilities include assisting a Caregiver II in planning and conducting daily classroom activities, documentation and record keeping, screenings, assessments, and working with children and parents in a center based program.  This is position is located at one of our Oneonta sites.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or GED with a current Infant/Toddler CDA or Associate’s Degree in early childhood education; one year experience in an early childhood program; valid New York State driver’s license.

NEW!  Family Support Worker
The Family Support Worker is a member of a team in the Building Healthy Families Program that works with clients to support parent-child bonding, child health and development, and family self-sufficiency by reducing the stress that comes with parenting.  Responsibilities include conducting home visits with families to administer assessments and case management, making referrals to medical and family support services in the community, and providing parenting education and activities that promote resiliency and family well-being. 
Qualifications:  Degree in a human services related field OR an Associate’s Degree in human services related field and  two years of relevant  experience; valid New York State driver’s license.

Home-Based Family Partner
The Home-Based Family Partner works in a community-based program that supports low income families with children and prenatal women enrolled in Head Start/Early Head Start.  Responsibilities include assisting families to design and implement development plans, planning and conducting client home visits, promoting full attendance in the program, maintaining data and records, and writing reports.  This position is located at one of our Oneonta sites.
Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Social Work, Family Services, Counseling or related field OR Associates degree in Human Services, Social Work, Family Services, Counseling or related field with a  home-based CDA or equivalent credential and one year of related experience in Human Services; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable vehicle.

Senior Cook
The Senior Cook works in the Head Start/Early Head Start program that supports children, ages 0-5 from low income families, to develop skills needed to be successful in school.  Responsibilities include purchasing and preparing food, ensuring compliance with food safety standards, setting up and clearing eating areas, cleaning tools used in preparing and serving food, and preparing reports.  This position is located at our Unadilla site.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or GED; one year of experience in school or Institutional food service; knowledge of acceptable food safety and sanitation procedures; valid New York State driver’s license.

Energy Services

Housing Energy Specialist
The Housing Energy Specialist assists households to reduce their heating and cooling costs by providing comprehensive Home Energy Assessments on dwellings, preparing cost estimates, and developing comprehensive work scopes for crews to follow. Responsibilities include performing visual observations as well as technical tests in order to calculate the heat loss in a home as well as Health & Safety concerns needing to be addressed, educating clients in energy conservation, and performing energy conservation work on client’s homes as needed to meet production goals. This position supports operation of Weatherization and Energy Opportunities.
Qualifications:  HS Diploma or GED; two year technical degree, or five years construction experience; 2-year HVAC experience preferred; basic knowledge of computers required; relevant knowledge of standard construction practices as they apply to energy conservation; obtain certifications as required (generally within 6 months of hire or establishment of new requirement); and valid New York State driver’s license.

Housing and Employment Services

EHAP Residential Associate (Full-time, Part-time, and Substitutes)
The EHAP Residential Associate works in the Emergency Housing Assistance Program to support and advocate for clients at the emergency housing residential facility, helping them attain permanent housing, employment, and other goals to achieve self-sufficiency. Responsibilities include ensuring the security, safety, and health of residents and staff, collaborating with other community programs and organizations, responding to the emergency housing hotline, and providing on-call coverage as assigned.  Full-time is 40 hrs/week, second shift hours.  Part-time is 16 hours/week, weekends.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.
Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED; experience in human services area; a valid New York State driver's license. 

Housing Case Coordinator
The Housing Case Coordinator works with the Emergency Housing Assistance team to provide a variety of support services for clients who need assistance to obtain or retain safe, stable, affordable housing.  Responsibilities include conducting client assessments, assisting clients to locate or retain appropriate housing, providing supportive counseling and training to eligible homeless and at risk households, maintaining data, and writing reports.
Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field; one year of relevant experience working in human services; knowledge of issues related to homelessness and low-income housing; proficiency in computer software and internet applications; valid New York State driver’s license; reliable vehicle. 

Victim Services

Counseling Advocate
The Counseling Advocate works with the Violence Intervention Program team to support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes.  Responsibilities include client intake and screening, service planning, counseling clients, client advocacy and referral, record keeping, and program reporting.
Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in social work or highly related field with one year of relevant experience in domestic violence, sexual assault and counseling; New York State Department of Health Rape Crisis Certification required within first six months of employment; valid New York State Driver’s License and reliable transportation.

VIP Residential Associate (Substitutes)
The VIP Residential Associate works in the Violence Intervention Program to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by maintaining a safe environment at the domestic violence shelter, conducting intake interviews, providing client support, advocacy, and medical accompaniment, assisting in case management and crisis intervention, and answering the domestic violence/sexual assault hotline.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.
Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED; a valid New York State driver's license; and experience in human services. 

 

 -- Updated 10.16.2017