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"Working with families and seeing the kids from Head Start now all grown up in the community is very rewarding."

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 - Head Start (Preschool)

Building Healthy Families Resource Specialist

Center Associate - Head Start (Preschool)

Center Associate - Early Head Start (Toddler)

Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) Residential Supervisor

Energy Services Crew Laborer

Energy Services Crew Leader

Energy Services Housing Energy Specialist

Family Partner (Head Start)

Food Service Associate

Home Visitor (Early Head Start)

Maintenance Mechanic

Residential Associate (Emergency Housing)

Residential Associate (Violence Intervention Program)

Senior Cook

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

WIC Nutritionist/Breastfeeding Coordinator

WIC Program Manager

 

Administration & Management

Maintenance Mechanic
Join our administrative team in supporting program operations and the agency mission to promote healthy lives, thriving families, and caring communities. The Maintenance Mechanic is a skilled member of the facilities team that maintains, repairs, and upgrades facilities and equipment at Opportunities for Otsego.  Responsibilities include general and skilled repair, maintenance, and construction work, overseeing the work of a maintenance assistant and the work of contractors performing maintenance and repair work, assisting the Facilities Supervisor in projects, and following safety procedures.  Pay for this position starts at $14.08/hour and includes a uniform and access to agency tools and a vehicle for work-related duties.  This position has a pending hire.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or HSED; five years of relevant experience in building/equipment maintenance and construction/repairs, valid New York State driver’s license. How to apply

NEW!  WIC Program Manager
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 Program Manager manages 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 program planning and management, employee supervision, budgeting, assuring compliance with a variety of programs and services within WIC, and providing direct service to clients. 
Qualifications:  BS or BA in Health, Nutrition, or other related field; one year experience in human services; experience in administration and supervision; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable transportation.  How to apply

Early Childhood

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 Cooperstown, Oneonta, Schenevus, and Unadilla; all with school breaks and summers off.  Pay for this position starts at $14.29/hour.
Qualifications: High School Diploma or HSED; current preschool CDA preferred; one year experience working with pre-school children; a valid New York State driver’s license. How to apply

NEW!  Building Healthy Families Resource Specialist
Building Healthy Families is a program designed to help parents be the best parent they can be! From pregnancy to kindergarten, the team supports parents with the changes and challenges of parenting by offering information, fun activities and resources that strengthen parent-child bonds, foster happy childhoods, and help parents reach their family goals.  The Building Healthy Families Resource 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 building partnerships with pregnant and new parents and community service providers, conducting outreach, screening, and assessments throughout the county and in family homes, and exploring resources with families to address challenges and promote healthy pregnancies, childhoods, and family development.  Pay for this position starts at $16.30/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: Head Start (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 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 $12.50/hour.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or HSED; one year experience working with pre-school children; a valid New York State driver's license (not mandatory for substitutes). How to apply

Center Associate: Early Head Start (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 is located in Oneonta and works 12 months/year.  Pay for this position starts at $12.50/hour.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or HSED; one year experience working with infant/toddler children; valid New York State driver’s license (not mandatory for substitutes).  How to apply

Family Partner: 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 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.  This position is located in Schenevus with 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 Associate
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 Associate 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 preparing food, handling and storing food, preparing and clearing eating areas, cleaning kitchen areas, and delivering food to sites.  This position is located in Oneonta with school breaks and summers off.  Pay for this position starts at $12.50/hour.
Qualifications:
  High School Diploma or HSED; one year experience in food preparation; knowledge of acceptable food handling and sanitation procedures; New York State driver’s license.  How to apply

Home Visitor: Early Head Start
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 Home Visitor 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, socializations, parent-teacher conferences, screenings and assessments; promoting full enrollment in the program; maintaining data and records; and writing reports.  This position is 40 hours/week, 12 months/year and includes local travel and work in client residences.  Schedule may vary depending on home visits.  Pay for this position starts at $18.04/hour.
Qualifications:  Bachelor’s 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 experience in an early childhood program; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable vehicle.  How to apply

Senior Cook
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 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 in Oneonta, and is a year-round position..  Pay for this position starts at $13.27/hour.
Qualifications:
High School Diploma or HSED; 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.  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 $12.88/hour with additional shift pay for qualifying shifts.
Qualifications: High School Diploma or HSED; experience in human services area; a valid New York State driver's license.  How to apply

NEW!  EHAP Residential Supervisor
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 Supervisor leads the Emergency Housing Assistance Program team that provides a variety of support services for clients facing a housing crisis and oversees sheltering clients in OFO's emergency housing facility or in off-site lodging. Responsibilities include supervising employees, supervising on-site shelter services and operations, case management, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures, record keeping, and writing reports. Requires availability to be on-call and periodically work evenings and weekends.  Pay for this position starts at $1,012.50/week.
Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree, in Human Services or highly related field with 1-3 years relevant experience in human services or Associates degree in Human Services or highly related field with 5 years relevant experience in human services; one year supervisory experience; valid New York driver’s license.  How to apply

Energy Opportunities

We're Growing!  Opportunities for Otsego's Weatherization Program has expanded into Chenango County and is hiring new crew members.  Energy Service crews work four, 10-hour days and are provided uniforms, tools, and transportation to job sites.

Energy Services Crew Laborer
Use your construction and HVAC skills to help improve the lives of area residents.  The Energy Services Crew Laborer works in the Energy Services programs to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing heating and cooling energy use in households by installing energy-efficient devices and systems. Responsibilities include installing insulation, windows, and other energy-saving improvements, following work plans and directions, organizing materials for daily work activity, driving and proper care of agency work vehicles, and complying with safety rules and guidelines. Duties are performed under the direction of the Energy Services Crew Leader.  This position works four, 10-hour days and is provided a uniform, tools, and transportation to job sites.  Pay for this position starts at $15.82/hour.

Qualifications:  High school diploma or HSED; 2-years relevant experience in residential housing construction and weatherization; obtain certifications as required by program; valid New York State driver's license.  How to apply

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 reduce our carbon footprint by reducing heating and cooling energy use in households 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. This position works four, 10-hour days and is provided a uniform, tools, and transportation to job sites.  Pay for this position starts at $17.00/hour.

Qualifications:  High School Diploma or HSED; 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 

NEW!  Energy Services Housing Energy Specialist
Use your construction and HVAC skills to help improve the lives of area residents.  The Energy Services 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 Energy Services 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.  Pay for this position starts at $18.04/hour.

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); valid New York State driver’s license.

Health & Nutrition

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 support to prenatal clients, maintaining records, writing reports, and administrative support for program activities.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or HSED; 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

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

Victim Support

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 8AM - 4PM, Sat & Sun, every other weekend.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.  Pay for this position starts at $12.88/hour with additional shift pay for qualifying shifts. 
Qualifications: High School Diploma or HSED; a valid New York State driver's license; and experience in human services. How to apply 


Updated 04.30.2021

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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