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 

Building Healthy Families Support Specialist

Center Associate

Center-Based Family Partner

Center Director (Preschool)

Children’s Center Associate

Classroom Teacher (Head Start/UPK)

Custodian

Home-Based Family Partner

Residential Associate (Emergency Housing)

Residential Associate (VIP)

 

Early Childhood

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.  Full-time positions available in: Cherry Valley, Morris, Oneonta, Schenevus, and Unadilla.  School breaks and summers off.
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. 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.
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)
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:  Cherry Valley, Oneonta, Schenevus, and Unadilla. Substitutes work hours as needed by the program, and are needed at multiple sites.  School breaks and summers off.
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). How to apply

Center-Based Family Partner
The Center-Based 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 attendance in the program, maintaining data and records, and writing reports.  Full-time positions available in: Cherry Valley/Richfield Springs, and Oneonta.  School breaks and summers off.  (Hire pending for Cherry Valley/Richfield Springs.)
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 credential and  one year of related experience in Human Services; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable vehicle. How to apply

Center Director
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 at one of our Oneonta sites. School breaks and summers off.
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.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or GED; one year experience working with pre-school children; valid New York State driver’s license. How to apply

Classroom Teacher
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 is a UPK program position, located in Oneonta.  School breaks and summers off.
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!  Custodian
The Custodian does cleaning in OFO facilities.  This position is located at our Unadilla Head Start site.  Responsibilities include cleaning floor and surface areas in working areas and bathrooms, waste disposal, and replacing consumable items in washrooms.  This position is part-time, 10 hrs/week. Flexible hours, week days between 3PM-6PM
Qualifications:  Experience providing custodial services.  How to apply

NEW!  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.
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.  How to apply

Emergency Housing

EHAP Residential Associate (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.  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. How to apply 

Victim Support

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. How to apply 

Updated 09.17.2019 

 

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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