Make a difference!

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

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: Early Head Start (Toddler)

Assistant Teacher: Head Start (Preschool) 

Building Healthy Families Support Specialist

Center Associate

Center Director (Preschool)

Children’s Center Associate

Classroom Teacher (Head Start/UPK)

Mental Health Therapist

Residential Associate (Emergency Housing)

Residential Associate (Violence Intervention Program)

WIC Nutritionist

 

Early Childhood

Assistant Teacher (Early Head Start)
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 Early Head Start Assistant Teacher 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 an Early Head Start Classroom Teacher in planning and conducting daily classroom activities, documentation and record keeping, screenings, assessments, and working with children and parents in a center based program. Pay for this position starts at $14.01/hour.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or HSE Diploma 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. How to apply

Assistant Teacher (Head Start)
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: Cherry Valley, Morris, Schenevus, and Unadilla; with school breaks and summers off.  Pay for this position starts at $14.01/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

Building Healthy Families Support Specialist
The Building Healthy Families Support Specialist is a member of the dynamic Building Healthy Families Program Team that supports expectant and new parents to get off to a great start on their parenting journey.  Responsibilities include meeting with enrolled families in their own living environment, offering healthy pregnancy and parenting assessment and information, sharing resources to address challenges, and exploring parent-child activities that promote bonding, create happy healthy childhoods, and offer resiliency in times of stress.  This position includes travel throughout Otsego County using personal vehicle with mileage reimbursement.  Pay for this position starts at $15.97/hour.
Qualifications:  Bachelor’s 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. 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, and Unadilla. 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 $11.43/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

Center Director
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 Director 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 supervising employees, managing operations of a multi-classroom center, purchasing, ensuring compliance with regulatory and program standards, maintaining data, and report writing.  This position is located in Oneonta, with school breaks and summers off.  This is an exempt, salaried position.  Pay starts at $925.52/week.
Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, or a related field; two years teaching experience; two years supervisory experience; valid New York State driver's license. How to apply

Children’s Center Associate (Substitutes)
The Children’s Center Associate works at The Children's Center, a day care center in Cooperstown 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.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program, with school breaks and summers off.  Pay for this position starts at $11.43/hour.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or HSE Diploma; one year experience working with pre-school children; valid New York State driver’s license. 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 located in Oneonta, with school breaks and summers off.  Pay for this position starts at $17.69/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

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.  Pay for this position starts at $11.77/hour with additional shift pay for qualifying shifts.
Qualifications: High School Diploma or HSE Diploma; experience in human services area; a valid New York State driver's license. How to apply 

Health & Nutrition

WIC Nutritionist
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 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.  
Qualifications:  Bachelors Degree in appropriate health related field with at least 6 credit hours in nutrition or Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (DTR/NDTR) or Registered Nurse (RN) with a Bachelor’s Degree; valid New York State  driver’s license and reliable transportation.  How to apply 

Victim Support

NEW!  Mental Health Therapist
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. Join our team and help break the cycle of violence and support victims on the road to recovery and healing.  The Mental Health Therapist provides counseling services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crime. Responsibilities include client counseling, assuring service quality, and maintaining client records for reporting.  This is an exempt, salaried position.  Pay starts at $1,018.07/week.
Qualifications:  LCSW-R,  LCSW or LMSW; relevant experience in domestic violence, sexual assault; New York State Department of Health Rape Crisis Service Certification desired or required to be obtained within first six months of employment; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable transportation. How to apply 

VIP Residential Associate (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.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.  Pay for this position starts at $11.77/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 11.25.2019 

 

How to Apply

Send a fully completed application package - application, cover letter and current resume - to Human Resources by mail/in-person, email, or fax. 

  • Mail/In-Person: 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, picked up at 3 West Broadway in Oneonta, 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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