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Employment Opportunities

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
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 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

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

Building Healthy Families Resource Specialist

Bus Driver

Classroom Aide: Head Start

Classroom Aide: Early Head Start

Community Educator  NEW

Family Partner: Head Start

Home Visitor: Early Head Start - Pending Hires

Senior Victim Advocate  NEW

Shelter Associate: Emergency Housing

Shelter Associate: Violence Intervention Program

Shelter Supervisor: Violence Intervention Program

Teacher/Center Director - Pending Hire

Transitional Housing Navigator

Weatherization/Energy Services Crew Laborer

Weatherization/Energy Services Crew Leader

Weatherization/Energy Services Home Energy Auditor

WIC Qualified Nutritionist

 

Early Childhood

Assistant Teacher: Head Start
Head Start is seeking an energetic team player to be a part of its preschool teaching team. Assistant Teachers promote family well-being and prepare children for kindergarten and life beyond school by:

  • Supporting the lead classroom teacher in developing, organizing, and implementing daily lesson plans, classroom activities, field trips, and special events
  • Guiding children during mealtime, circle time, open play, and classroom transitions
  • Conducting health, developmental and educational screenings and assessments
  • Encouraging parents to be active participants in their child’s education

This position has school breaks and summers off. Current openings at our centers in Cherry Valley, Oneonta, and Unadilla. Pay starts at $14.46/hour.

Qualifications:  Associate degree early childhood education or related field OR High School Diploma/equivalent and possess or able to obtain preschool CDA certification; one year experience working with preschool children; proficient in basic computer skills and software; valid New York State driver’s license. How to apply

Building Healthy Families Resource Specialist
Building Healthy Families is seeking a creative and compassionate individual to join our enthusiastic home visiting team.  As Resource Specialist you offer support to expectant and new parents as they begin their journey of nurturing and bonding with their children by:

  • Partnering with medical providers and community organizations to connect families with program resources
  • Building positive relationships with expectant and new parents of diverse cultural backgrounds in their own homes
  • Linking families to community supports, healthcare, and other resources based on their strengths, interests, and needs
  • Plan and participate in community outreach events and represent the program at networking meetings

This position is 30 hours/week and involves travel within Otsego County. Building Healthy Families offers mileage reimbursement, flexible hours, outstanding professional development opportunities, and a supportive team environment.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in a human services-related field OR Associate’s degree in a human services-related field with 2-years relevant experience; proficient in basic computer skills and software; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable vehicle.  How to apply

Bus Driver
Head Start is looking for friendly and caring individuals to safely transport enrolled children to and from program each day. As the first person to greet families in the morning and the last person to send children off for the day, our Bus Drivers:

  • Build positive relationships with preschoolers and their families through welcoming and open communication
  • Ensure children arrive to program on time and safely return home to their caregivers
  • Partner with bus monitors to ensure riders follow all bus and road safety rules
  • Conduct daily cleaning and visually inspection of buses and assist with coordinating routine maintenance
  • Support educational activities by transporting and accompanying classrooms on field trips and helping teaching staff as needed with mealtime and breaks between bus runs

Head Start maintains a fleet of 24-passenger buses. This position has school breaks and summers off and is based in Oneonta. Pay starts at $14.86/hour.

Qualifications:  High School Diploma/equivalent and 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. Per New York State DMV guidelines, CDL-C drivers must be at least 21 years of age. How to apply

Classroom Aide: Head Start (Full-Time & Substitutes)
Head Start is seeking flexible team players to assist our teaching teams in meeting the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional needs of preschool children. As Classroom Aide you will:

  • Assist teachers with preparation, implement and cleanup of daily classroom activities
  • Accompany bus drivers during morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off of enrolled children
  • Create a welcoming learning environment by helping to maintain proper adult:child ratios, promoting safe exploration for children, and encouraging parent involvement

These positions have school breaks and summer off. Full-time openings at our centers in Cooperstown, Laurens, and Schenevus. Substitutes work hours as needed by the program. Sites can vary from day to day. Pay starts at $13.20/hour.

Qualifications:  High School Diploma/equivalent; one year paid or volunteer experience working with preschool children; a valid New York State driver's license (not mandatory for substitutes). How to apply

Classroom Aide: Early Head Start (Substitutes)
Head Start is seeking flexible team players to assist our teaching team in meeting the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional needs of toddlers enrolled in the Early Head Start center-based program. As Classroom Aide you will:

  • Assist teachers with preparation, implement and cleanup of daily classroom activities
  • Support children as they learn new skills including feeding, toileting, and self-care
  • Create a welcoming learning environment by helping to maintain proper adult:child ratios, promoting safe exploration for children, and encouraging parent involvement

This is a year-round position located in Oneonta. Substitutes work hours as needed by the program. Pay starts at $13.20/hour.

Qualifications:  High School Diploma/equivalent; one year paid or volunteer experience working with preschool children; a valid New York State driver's license (not mandatory for substitutes). How to apply

Family Partner
Head Start is seeking caring and resourceful individuals to work closely with families to promote their preschooler’s overall development and prepare them for kindergarten and life beyond school. As Family Partner you will:

  • Collaborate with classroom staff, program specialists, and families to develop child and family goals plans
  • Link families and children to community supports, healthcare, and other resources based on their strengths and needs
  • Coordinate family engagement events (e.g. program orientation, parent groups) and conduct home visits with each assigned family at least twice per program year.
  • Promote program participation by attending outreach events, canvasing neighborhoods, and maintaining relationships with community service providers
  • Assist with classroom activities as needed

This position has school breaks and summers off and is given access to an agency vehicle/mileage reimbursement for travel within Otsego County. Occasional evening and weekend hours. Current openings based at centers in Morris/Laurens, Oneonta, and Schenevus. Pay starts at $16.01/hour.

Qualifications:  Associates degree in human services, social work, child and family studies or related field; one year of related experience in human services; proficient in basic computer skills and software; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable vehicle; obtain Family Development Credential within 18 months of hire. How to apply

Home Visitor - Pending Hires
Head Start is seeking compassionate “go-getters” to build relationships with parents and provide home-based services that promote the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development of infants and toddlers. As Early Head Start Home Visitor you will:

  • Conduct weekly home visits to enrolled families and organize monthly family engagement events
  • Guide parents to be their child’s first teacher and promote the home as a primary learning environment by introducing parents and other family members to fun educational activities and curriculum
  • Link families and children to community supports, healthcare, and other resources based on their strengths and needs
  • Promote program participation by attending outreach events, canvasing neighborhoods, and maintaining relationships with community service providers

This is a year-round position offering flexible hours and access to an agency vehicle/mileage reimbursement for travel within Otsego County. Occasional evening and weekend hours. Pay for this position starts at $18.26/hour.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in human services, social work, child and family studies or related field; one year experience in an early childhood program; proficient in basic computer skills and software; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable vehicle; obtain Family Development Credential within 18 months of hire. How to apply 

Teacher/Center Director I - Pending Hire
Head Start is seeking a creative, organized individual to lead a preschool teaching team and oversee operations of a one-classroom center. As Teacher/Center Director I you will:

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement daily lesson plans, classroom activities, field trips, and special events
  • Foster a welcoming and safe learning environment, that promotes overall child development and encourages parents to be active participants in their child’s education
  • Hire, supervise, and schedule center staff to ensure proper adult:child ratios and smooth program operation
  • Maintain an inventory of center materials and supplies, initiate purchases, and coordinate facility improvements
  • Assist Head Start management in ensuring compliance with day care licensing and Head Start Performance Standards

This position has school breaks and summers off. Current opening at our Unadilla center. Pay starts at $948.94/week.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field; one year teaching experience; one year supervisory experience; proficient in basic computer skills and software; valid New York State driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.  How to apply 

Emergency Housing

EHAP Shelter Associate (Substitutes)
Be a part of the solution to the local housing crisis by offering hope and stability to homeless families and those at risk of becoming homeless. Our Emergency Housing Assistance Program is hiring compassionate individuals to provide support to homeless families, children, and individuals requesting services through the 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter. As Shelter Associate you will:

  • Provide coverage at the emergency homeless facility and answer the 24-hour hotline
  • Collaborate with other community organizations to address housing and other client needs (e.g. food, transportation, employment)
  • Support case management plans for shelter clients
  • Maintain a safe, secure, clean shelter environment by overseeing shelter activities, ensuring residents have essential supplies, and addressing any facility concerns

Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.  Pay for this position starts at $13.60/hour with additional shift pay for qualifying shifts.

Qualifications: High School Diploma/equivalent; one-year experience in human services preferred; a valid New York State driver's license.  How to apply

Energy Services

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.

Weatherization/Energy Services Crew Laborer
Join the nation’s longest-running and largest green energy program. Our Weatherization/Energy Services team is hiring new and experienced installers and trades people to retrofit residential homes with energy-saving devices and systems. Responsibilities include:

  • Installing insulation and windows, air sealing residential buildings, cleaning, tuning, and repairing heating systems, and other tasks as directed in work plans
  • Organizing materials for daily work activity
  • Driving and proper care of agency work trucks
  • Complying with safety rules and guidelines

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/equivalent; 2-years’ experience in residential construction, weatherization, carpentry, or similar field; ability to safely use hand and power tools including ladders; an understanding of building construction and materials; a valid New York State driver's license; obtain certifications as required by program. How to apply 

Weatherization/Energy Services Crew Leader
Join the nation’s longest-running and largest green energy program. Our Weatherization/Energy Services team is hiring experienced installers and trades people to lead crews in retrofitting residential homes with energy-saving devices and systems. Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the work of crew members and ensuring jobs are completed per work scope specs and on schedule
  • Working alongside crews to install insulation and windows, air seal residential buildings, clean, tune, and repair heating systems, and other tasks as directed
  • Organizing materials for daily work activity
  • Driving and proper care of agency work trucks
  • Complying with safety rules and guidelines

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:  Two-year technical training/certification in building trades or similar field OR High School Diploma/equivalent with 5 years’ experience in residential construction, weatherization, carpentry, or similar field; 2-years HVAC experience preferred; ability to safely use hand and power tools including ladders; knowledge of standard construction practices as they apply to energy conservation; a valid New York State driver's license; obtain certifications as required by program. How to apply 

Weatherization/Energy Services Home Energy Auditor
Join the nation’s longest-running and largest green energy program. Our Weatherization/Energy Services team is hiring an experienced installer or trades person to conduct comprehensive home energy assessments, prepare cost estimates, and develop work scopes for crews to follow. Responsibilities include:

  • Performing visual observations and diagnostic testing from attic to basement
  • Utilizing computer software to determine necessary energy-saving and health/safety measures
  • Educating clients on energy conservation
  • Completing work on client homes as needed to meet production goals 

Pay for this position starts at $18.26/hour.

Qualifications:  Two-year technical training/certification in building trades or similar field OR High School Diploma/equivalent with 5 years’ experience in residential construction, weatherization, carpentry, or similar field; 2-years HVAC experience preferred; proficient in basic computer skills and software; ability to safely use hand and power tools including ladders; knowledge of standard construction practices as they apply to energy conservation; a valid New York State driver's license; obtain certifications as required by program. How to apply

Health & Nutrition

WIC Qualified Nutritionist
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) - one of the nation's largest food and nutrition assistance programs - is seeking an empathetic and optimistic individual to become part of our “family”.  As Qualified Nutritionist you will improve the health of pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children by:

  • Building positive relationships with all participants through welcoming and open communication
  • Conducting nutrition and health assessments to identify areas of need or risk (e.g. nutrient intake, BMI, birth weight)
  • Developing care plans and providing nutrition education and counseling based on participant and family strength and needs
  • Overseeing all activities of the breastfeeding peer counselor program, including supervision of peer counselors. The peer counselor team is currently working remotely.

This position is 40 hours/week and involves travel to outreach clinics and scheduled evening and weekend hours once a month.

Qualifications:  Registered Dietitian OR  Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition; experience with breastfeeding practices and/or breastfeeding counseling preferred; proficient in basic computer skills and software; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable vehicle; obtain Certified Lactation Counselor credential within one year of hire. How to apply

Victim Support

NEW! Community Educator
For nearly 30 years, the Violence Intervention Program - also known as VIP - has provided support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes throughout Otsego County. VIP is seeking a creative and engaging individual to become part of our team and spearhead awareness and outreach activities that help to break the cycle of violence. As Community Educator you will:

  • Develop and deliver domestic violence and sexual assault prevention education curriculum in a variety of forums including schools, businesses, and community groups
  • Organize, staff, and represent the program at community awareness and networking events
  • Create program content for agency website and social media
  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and interns
  • Coordinate Rape Crisis Counselor certification program
  • Assist victim advocates with program intake, accompaniment to hospitals/police stations/court, and hotline coverage as needed

This position offers mileage reimbursement for travel and occasionally requires working evening hours. Pay for this position starts at $16.01/hour.

Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in education, social work, criminal justice, or related field; one year of relevant experience and public speaking preferred; proficient in basic computer skills, design software, and knowledge of digital media platforms; a valid New York State driver's license and reliable transportation. New York State Rape Crisis Certification required within first six months of employment.

NEW! Senior Victim Advocate
The Violence Intervention Program, the primary provider of victim services in Otsego County, is seeking a reliable and empathetic team player to offer trauma-informed support to persons impacted by interpersonal violence. As Senior Victim Advocate you will:

  • Hire, supervise, and schedule counseling-advocates to ensure adequate staff coverage and smooth program operations
  • Oversee all aspects of non-residential client services including intake, assessment, service planning, and case management
  • Offer emotional support, individual and group counseling, advocacy, and information and referrals to program clients
  • Provide crisis counseling, accompaniment, and safety planning to meet the immediate needs of clients and callers on the domestic violence/sexual assault hotline
  • Support program operations by monitoring and documenting provision of services, representing the program at coalition meetings, and assuming managerial duties in the absence of the program director

This is a full-time, salaried position with occasional on-call responsibilities outside of normal business hours. Pay for this position starts at $1,069.20/week.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field with 1-3 years of relevant experience; one-year supervisory experience; ability to adapt to crisis situations; proficient in basic computer skills and software; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable vehicle. New York State Rape Crisis Certification required within first six months of employment. How to apply

Shelter Supervisor
Offer hope to victims of interpersonal violence and assist survivors in rebuilding their lives by joining the Violence Intervention Program. We are now hiring an organized, compassionate, and flexible individual to lead our domestic violence emergency shelter team. As Shelter Supervisor you will:

  • Foster a safe, secure, comfortable environment by ensuring 24-hour staffing, maintaining an inventory of food and other essential supplies, and coordinating facility improvements
  • Offer emotional support, information, referrals, accompaniment, and safety planning to residents and callers on the domestic violence/sexual assault hotline
  • Provide case management and assist survivors in moving to safe, permanent housing in partnership with program advocates, counselors, and community service providers
  • Support program operations by monitoring and documenting provision of services, including bed nights and meals provided

This is a full-time, salaried position with occasional evening and weekend hours as needed. Pay for this position starts at $1,069.20/week.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field with 1-3 years relevant experience OR High School Diploma/equivalent with 5 years of relevant experience; proficient in basic computer skills and software; knowledge of purchasing, invoicing, and vouchering preferred; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable vehicle. New York State Rape Crisis Certification required within first six months of employment. How to apply

Transitional Housing Navigator
For nearly 30, the Violence Intervention Program has provided support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes throughout Otsego County. Become part of our team to help break the cycle of violence and assist survivors in rebuilding their lives. As Transitional Housing Navigator you will:

  • Work closely with shelter staff and victim advocates to identify clients feeling abuse
  • Determine eligibility for transitional housing services and coordinate access to supportive services
  • Facilitate communication with landlords to secure suitable housing, execute housing agreements, and payment arrangements on behalf of clients
  • Maintain contact with clients to ensure safety, housing stability and address other household needs
  • Provide coverage for the 24-hour crisis hotline as needed

Pay for this position starts at $14.86/hour.

Qualifications: Associate degree in human services, criminal justice, sociology or related field OR High School Diploma/equivalent with one year of relevant experience; preferred experience conducting intakes/screenings, housing assistance, human services, victim services; proficient in basic computer skills and software; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable transportation. New York State Rape Crisis Certification required within first six months of employment.  How to apply

VIP Shelter Associate (Full-time, Part-Time & Substitutes)
Help break the cycle of violence and assist survivors in rebuilding their lives by becoming part of the Violence Intervention Program team. Though our emergency shelter, you will offer compassion and hope to adult and child victims of domestic violence as they transition to a life free from abuse. As Shelter Associate you will:

  • Maintain a safe, secure, comfortable environment by overseeing shelter activities and organizing self-care and group events
  • Answer the domestic violence/sexual assault hotline
  • Provide crisis counseling, safety planning, and information/referrals to residents and callers on the hotline
  • Coordinate intake into the shelter
  • Accompany victims to hospitals and police stations
  • Assist with case management

Full-time positions (2) work 11PM - 8AM, Fri - Sun OR Mon - Thur (both eligible for $1.00/hr shift pay); Part-Time works 8AM - 4PM, Sat & Sun, every other weekend.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.  Pay for this position starts at $13.60/hour with additional shift pay for qualifying shifts. 

Qualifications: High School Diploma/equivalent with one year of relevant experience; preferred experience victim services, counseling, or human services; a valid New York State driver's license and reliable transportation. New York State Rape Crisis Certification required within first six months of employment. How to apply 

Updated 01.05.2022
 

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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