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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

OFO is accepting applications and conducting virtual interviews during the COVID-19 situation.  Interested candidates may submit application packages - including an application, resume, and cover letter - for consideration.  See How To Apply.

Employment Opportunities

Make a difference in our community by joining one of the largest employers in Otsego County.  Opportunities for Otsego - also known as OFO - has been positively impacting the lives of low income individuals and families since 1966.  Our diverse team of hardworking and talented individuals deliver services, support and administration in over a dozen programs.  OFO employees gain personal satisfaction by knowing they are helping to change lives in our community and are offered:

  • Generous holiday schedule
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Health, dental, vision, and other optional benefits
  • Employer Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions on eligible plans
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Merit-based increases and annual COLA
  • Local, state, and national training and certification opportunities
  • A technology-rich environment
  • Comfortable and private breastfeeding/pumping areas
  • Eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program

Opportunities for Otsego is an equal opportunity employer.

Start your career at Opportunities for Otsego by sending a fully completed application package to our Human Resources Department. Learn how to apply

Current Opportunities

Assistant Teacher

Bus Driver

Campus Coordinator/Advocate

Center Associate (preschool)

Center Associate (toddler)

Classroom Teacher

Counseling Advocate

Energy Services Crew Leader

Family Partner

Food Service Supervisor

Head Start Director

Residential Associate (Emergency Housing)

Residential Associate (Violence Intervention Program)

WIC Nutritionist/Breastfeeding Coordinator

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Administration

Head Start Director
From pregnancy to preschool, Head Start promotes family health and well-being and prepares young children for kindergarten and life beyond school.  Opportunities for Otsego is seeking a Head Start and Early Head Start Director to lead Head Start, Early Head Start and Universal Pre-Kindergarten classrooms and home-visiting components in whole family approaches in early childhood development.

Responsibilities include leading a program management team, nine Head Start Centers and home visiting services for 305 families. The successful candidate should be able to process complex regulations and implement early childhood educational strategies. This includes managing a $4 million budget, supervising 85 employees and representing the program and OFO on community and regional task forces and advisory groups. Experience with Federal contracts and local advisory boards a plus. Minimum salary starting at $61,341.71

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Education, Management, or Administration and five years’ experience in budget management, administration and supervision of staff; OR a Master’s degree in Education, Management, or Administration and two years’ experience in budget management, administration and supervision of staff; valid New York State driver’s license. How to apply

Early Childhood

Assistant Teacher
Join our team of dedicated and caring preschool educators and professionals. From pregnancy to preschool, Head Start promotes family health and well-being and prepares young children for kindergarten and life beyond school. 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.  Full-time positions available in Schenevus and Unadilla; with school breaks and summers off.  Pay for this position starts at $14.29/hour.
Qualifications: High School Diploma or HSE Diploma; current preschool CDA preferred; one year experience working with pre-school children; a valid New York State driver’s license. How to apply

Bus Driver
Join our team of dedicated and caring preschool educators and professionals. From pregnancy to preschool, Head Start promotes family health and well-being and prepares young children for kindergarten and life beyond school. 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.  Pay for this position starts at $13.76/hour.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma/GED; possess or able to obtain CDL-C license with Passenger and 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.  How to apply

Center Associate (Full-Time & Substitutes)
Join our team of dedicated and caring preschool educators and professionals. From pregnancy to preschool, Head Start promotes family health and well-being and prepares young children for kindergarten and life beyond school. 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.  Full-time positions available in Cooperstown, Oneonta, Schenevus, and Unadilla.  (Oneonta and Schenevus positions also float to other sites in the County.)  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program and are needed at multiple sites.  All positions have school breaks and summers off.  Pay for this position starts at $12.04/hour.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or HSE Diploma; one year experience working with pre-school children; a valid New York State driver's license (not mandatory for substitutes). How to apply

Classroom Teacher
Join our team of dedicated and caring preschool educators and professionals. From pregnancy to preschool, Head Start promotes family health and well-being and prepares young children for kindergarten and life beyond school. The Classroom Teacher 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.  Some Classroom Teachers also work in the UPK program.  Responsibilities include planning and conducting daily classroom activities, conducting screenings and assessments, parent-teacher conferences and home visits, record keeping, and supervising Assistant Teachers and classroom volunteers.  This position is a UPK position and is located in Oneonta, with school breaks and summers off.  Pay for this position starts at $18.04/hour.
Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Elementary Education or a related field; one year of experience in an early childhood program; Teacher certification (for UPK program teachers only); valid New York State driver’s license and reliable transportation. How to apply

NEW!  Early Head Start Center Associate (Full-Time & Substitutes)
Join our team of dedicated and caring toddler educators and professionals.  From pregnancy to preschool, Head Start/Early Head Start promotes family health and well-being and prepares young children for kindergarten and life beyond school.  The Early Head Start Center Associate works in the Early Head Start Program that supports children, 18 to 36 months from low-income families, to develop skills needed to be successful in school.  Responsibilities include assisting an Early Head Start Classroom Teacher in daily classroom activities, and working with children and parents in a center-based program.  This position works 12 months/year.  Pay for this position starts at $12.04/hour.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or GED; one year experience working with infant/toddler children; valid New York State driver’s license (not mandatory for substitutes).  How to apply

Family Partner
Join our team of dedicated and caring preschool educators and professionals.  From pregnancy to preschool, Head Start promotes family health and well-being and prepares young children for kindergarten and life beyond school. The Family Partner works in a community-based program that supports low-income families with children enrolled in the Head Start/Early Head Start Program.  Responsibilities include assisting families to design and implement development plans, planning and conducting client home visits, promoting full enrollment in the program, maintaining data and records, and writing reports.  There are two openings - one is located in Schenevus, and one is located in Cooperstown.  Both have school breaks and summers off.  Pay for this position starts at $15.82/hour.
Qualifications:
  Associates degree in Human Services, Social Work, Family Services, Counseling or related field; a Family Development credential (generally within 18 months of hire); and one year of related experience in Human Services; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable vehicle.  How to apply

Food Service Supervisor
Join our team of dedicated and caring preschool educators and professionals. From pregnancy to preschool, Head Start promotes family health and well-being and prepares young children for kindergarten and life beyond school. The Food Service Supervisor works in the Head Start Program that supports children, ages 0-5 from low-income families, to develop the early reading and math skills needed to be successful in school.  Responsibilities include purchasing food, supervising the work of food service staff, preparing food, maintaining a clean, orderly kitchen facility and operation, and preparing reports.  Pay for this position starts at $13.14/hour.
Qualifications:
  High School Diploma or GED; two years’ experience in food preparation including one year of supervisory experience; knowledge of acceptable food safety and sanitation procedures;  New York State driver’s license.  How to apply

Emergency Housing

EHAP Residential Associate (Substitutes)
Be a part of the solution to the local housing crisis. Through our emergency shelter program, you can offer hope and stability to homeless individuals and families at risk of losing their homes.  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.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.  Pay for these positions starts at $12.39/hour with additional shift pay for qualifying shifts. (Full-time position has a pending hire.)
Qualifications: High School Diploma or HSE Diploma; experience in human services area; a valid New York State driver's license.  How to apply

Energy Opportunities

Energy Services Crew Leader
Use your construction and HVAC skills to help improve the lives of area residents. The Energy Services Crew Leader works in the Energy Services programs to assist households to reduce their heating and cooling costs by installing energy-efficient devices and systems. Responsibilities include installing insulation, windows, and other energy-saving improvements on home energy systems, following work plans and directions, organizing materials for daily work activities, driving and proper care of agency work vehicles, and complying with safety rules and guidelines. The Energy Services Crew Leader also assigns and oversees the work of crew members. 
Qualifications:  High school diploma or GED; 2-year technical degree or 5-years residential housing construction experience; 2-years HVAC experience preferred; relevant knowledge of standard construction practices as they apply to energy conservation; valid New York State driver's license; obtain certifications as required.  How to apply 

Health & Nutrition

WIC Nutritionist/Breastfeeding Coordinator
Improve the health of pregnant women, infants, and young children who are at nutritional risk by joining one of the nation's largest food and nutrition assistance programs.  The WIC Nutritionist/Breastfeeding Coordinator works in the Women, Infants, and Children Program that provides education, support, and supplemental food to promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children. Responsibilities include reviewing applications and enrolling participants, assessing and creating plans to meet participant needs, providing education and counseling in nutrition and breastfeeding, assistance in program planning, record keeping and reporting.  This position works 20 hours/week.
Qualifications:  Registered Dietitian preferred; or BS/BA, Masters or PhD in Nutrition; practical experience with breastfeeding principles preferred;  experience in breastfeeding counseling preferred; must obtain Certified Lactation counselor credential within one year of hire; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable transportation.  How to apply 

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
Improve the health of pregnant women, infants, and young children who are at nutritional risk by joining one of the nation's largest food and nutrition assistance programs. The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor works in the Women, Infants, and Children Program that provides education, support, and supplemental food to promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children. Responsibilities include providing education and to prenatal clients, maintaining records, writing reports, and administrative support for program activities.
Qualifications:  High school diploma, GED or equivalent; successful completion of Peer Counselor Training after hire; practical knowledge of breastfeeding principles; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable transportation. How to apply

Victim Support

Campus Coordinator/Advocate
For over 25 years, the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) has provided support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes throughout Otsego County.  The Campus Coordinator/Advocate works with the Violence Intervention Program team to support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes.  Responsibilities include providing prevention and educational programs to the higher education campus community (faculty, staff, students, and athletes) with the goal of supporting the student population impacted by sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking within the campus community. The Campus Coordinator will also serve as a confidential victim advocate for students, providing confidential, survivor-focused services and resources to students seeking support and information in response to experiences involving sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking.  Pay for this position starts at $902.70/week.
Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services or related field with one year of relevant experience preferably 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.  How to apply

Counseling Advocate
For over 25 years, the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) has provided support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes throughout Otsego County. The Counseling Advocate is part of the Violence Intervention Program team, which offers comprehensive services to victims so they may find safety, support, and live free from abuse.  Responsibilities include client intake and screening, service planning, counseling clients, client advocacy and referral, record keeping, and program reporting.  Pay for this position starts at $902.70/week. This position has a pending hire.
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.  How to apply

VIP Residential Associate (Part-Time & Substitutes)
For over 25 years, the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) has provided support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes throughout Otsego County. Through our emergency shelter program you can help break the cycle of violence.  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. Part-Time works 8 am - 4pm, Sat & Sun, every other weekend.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.  Pay for these positions starts at $12.39/hour with additional shift pay for qualifying shifts. 
Qualifications: High School Diploma or HSE Diploma; a valid New York State driver's license; and experience in human services. How to apply 

Updated 11.30.2020 
 

How to Apply

Send a fully completed application package - application, cover letter and current resume - to Human Resources by mail/drop off (to mailbox in front of building), email, or fax. 

  • Mail/drop off: 3 West Broadway, Oneonta NY  13820
  • Email:  jobs@ofoinc.org  (files must be .doc, .docx, or .pdf)
  • Fax: 607.433.8013

Be sure to specify the position(s) you are applying for, in order of preference, and sign the application form.  Applications may be downloaded or requested by email or telephone (607.433.8000).

After You Apply

Fully completed application packages are acknowledged by mail and uploaded to our database for hiring managers to review.  Hiring managers will contact candidates whom they wish to interview. OFO respectfully asks applicants not to call the agency regarding the status of their application. 

For 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.

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