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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

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for Otsego is currently seeking qualified applicants for the positions listed below. To apply, send a fully completed application package to Human Resources, Opportunities for Otsego, 3 West Broadway, Oneonta NY  13820, which includes:

  • A fully completed Opportunities for Otsego employment application form and
  • An updated resume and
  • A cover letter

Be sure to specify the position(s) you are applying for and sign the application form. Applications may be downloaded by clicking here, picked up at 3 West Broadway in Oneonta, or can be requested by email or telephone (607.433.8000). 

Fully completed application packages are acknowledged by mail and forwarded to the hiring manager who will contact candidates whom they wish to interview. OFO respectfully asks applicants not to call the agency regarding the status of their application.  

Applications are job specific. For your 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.

Opportunities for Otsego is an equal opportunity employer.

Building Operations

Maintenance Assistant
The Maintenance Assistant is a skilled member of the facilities team that maintains, repairs, and upgrades facilities and equipment at Opportunities for Otsego.  Responsibilities include general repair, maintenance, and construction work, and assisting the Facilities Supervisor in projects, and following safety procedures.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or GED; three years of relevant experience in building/equipment maintenance and construction/repairs, valid New York State driver’s license.

Custodian/Maintenance Assistant
The Custodian/Maintenance Assistant does cleaning and basic maintenance tasks in OFO Head Start facilities.  Responsibilities include cleaning floor and surface areas in working areas and bathrooms, waste disposal, replacing consumable items in washrooms, and performing basic maintenance and minor repairs on equipment and facilities.
Qualifications:  Experience providing custodial services; knowledge of basic maintenance procedures.

Early Childhood Services

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.
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.

Bus Driver
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.  There are two openings for this position - starting in August.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma/GED; possess or able to obtain CDL-C license with 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.

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 position is 25 hrs/wk.  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program. 
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).

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.
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.

Children’s Center Associate
The Children’s Center Associate works at The Children's Center, a drop-in day care center 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.
Qualifications:  High School Diploma or GED; one year experience working with pre-school children; valid New York State driver’s license.

Education/Disabilities Supervisor
The Education/Disabilities Supervisor 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 supervision and support of Center Directors and education staff, ensuring program compliance, planning and implementing programs and curricula, maintaining data, and writing reports.
Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with four years’ early education teaching experience and two years’ supervisory experience OR Master’s Degree in Education with two years’ early education teaching experience and two years’ supervisory experience; valid New York State driver’s license.

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.  There are 2 openings for this position - starting immediately.
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.   

Teacher/Center Director
The Teacher/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 center staff, managing center operations, ensuring compliance with regulatory and program standards, purchasing, and classroom teaching.  This position starts in August.
Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Elementary Education or related field; one year teaching experience; one year supervisory experience; valid New York State driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.

Energy Services

NEW!  Housing Energy Specialist
The Housing Energy Specialist assists households to reduce their heating and cooling costs by providing comprehensive Home Energy Assessments on dwellings and developing comprehensive work scopes for 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.
Qualifications:  HS Diploma or GED; two year technical degree, or five years construction experience; 2-year HVAC experience preferred; 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); and valid New York State driver’s license.

Housing and Employment Services

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. 

Victim Services

Crime Victim Advocate
The Crime Victim Advocate works with the Violence Intervention Program team to support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes.  Responsibilities include client intake and screening, client advocacy and referral, record keeping, and program reporting.
Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in social work, criminal justice, sociology or highly related field with one year of relevant experience preferably in domestic violence and sexual assault; 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.

NEW!  VIP Residential Associate (Full-time, Part-time, and 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.  Full-time position is 24 hrs/week, overnights, weekends.  Part-time position is every other weekend, 8am - 4pm.  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. 

 

 -- Updated 06.20.2017