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

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

OFO requires vaccination for all Head Start positions and vaccination or weekly testing for all other positions.  Please refer to our COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing and Face Covering Policy for details.

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

Bus Driver

Classroom Aide: Head Start

Classroom Aide: Early Head Start

Classroom Teacher - UPK: Head Start 

Classroom/Toddler Teacher: Early Head Start 

Community Educator

Family Partner: Head Start

Family Resource Specialist

Maintenance Worker

Shelter Associate: Emergency Housing

Shelter Associate: Violence Intervention Program

Transitional Housing Navigator

Weatherization/Energy Services Crew Laborer

Weatherization/Energy Services Crew Leader

Weatherization/Energy Services Home Energy Auditor

WIC Qualified Nutritionist Pending Hire

 

Administration 

Maintenance Worker
Opportunities for Otsego is seeking a skilled laborer to assist our Facilities Supervisor in maintaining, repairing, and making improvements to agency facilities and equipment. Responsibilities include:

  • Completing general and skilled carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and maintenance work as assigned
  • Seasonal tasks including mowing lawns, landscaping, and snow removal
  • Maintaining inventory of supplies, parts, and equipment
  • Overseeing the work of hired contractors
  • Complying with safety rules and guidelines

This position involves travel to agency facilities throughout Otsego County in agency vehicles. Pay for this position starts at $14.86/hour.

Qualifications: High School Diploma/equivalent; 5-years relevant experience in building/equipment maintenance and construction/repairs; ability to safely use hand and power tools and equipment; valid New York State driver’s license. How to apply

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, Cooperstown, Oneonta, Morris, Schenevus, 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

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 Unadilla. 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, Morris, Oneonta, and Schenevus. Substitutes work hours as needed by the program. Substitutes needed in Cherry Valley, Laurens, Morris, Oneonta, Richfield Springs, Schenevus, and Unadilla. 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

Classroom Teacher - UPK:  Head Start
Head Start is seeking a creative, organized individual to join our teaching team in meeting the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional needs of pre-school children enrolled in the Head Start center-based program. As a Classroom Teacher you will:

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement daily lesson plans, classroom activities, and outreach events
  • Guide children as they learn new skills including feeding, toileting, and self-care
  • Foster a welcoming and safe learning environment that promotes safe exploration for children and encourages parents to be active participants in their child’s education
  • Assist in supervision of classroom teaching staff, volunteers, and support management in ensuring compliance with day care licensing and Head Start Performance Standards.

This position has school breaks and summers off and is located in Oneonta. Pay starts at $18.26/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

 Classroom/Toddler Teacher: Early Head Start
Head Start is seeking a creative, organized individual to join our teaching team in meeting the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional needs of toddlers enrolled in the Early Head Start center-based program. As a Classroom Teacher you will:

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement daily lesson plans, classroom activities, and outreach events
  • Guide children as they learn new skills including feeding, toileting, and self-care
  • Foster a welcoming and safe learning environment that promotes safe exploration for children and encourages parents to be active participants in their child’s education
  • Assist in supervision of classroom teaching staff, volunteers, and support management in ensuring compliance with day care licensing and Head Start Performance Standards.

This is a year-round position located in Oneonta. Pay starts at $18.26/hour.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in early childhood, elementary education or a related field with a focus on infant and toddler development; one year of experience in an early childhood program; proficient in basic computer skills and software; valid New York State driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.  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 covering centers in Morris/Unadilla and Richfield Springs/Cherry Valley. Pay starts at $16.01/hour.  Pending hire at Morris/Unadilla location.

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

Family 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.  Pay for this position starts at $17.00/hour.

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

Emergency Housing

EHAP Shelter Associate (Full-Time anSubstitutes)
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

Full-time (2 positions):  10PM-8AM, Mon-Thurs [eligible for $1/hr addl. shift pay] OR 1PM-10PM, Mon-Fri [eligible for $0.50/hr addl. shift pay].  Substitutes work hours as needed by the program. Pay range for this position is $13.60-$17.00/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 - Pending Hire
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

Community Educator
For nearly 30 years, 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 Community Educator you will:

  • Develop and update curriculum/presentations for relevant program prevention and community activities
  • Organize and present programs, special events, and workshops on violence/sexual assault prevention education to schools, community, and professional groups
  • Coordinate rape crisis training
  • Recruit, train, and supervise program volunteers and interns

Pay range for this position is $16.01-$20.01/hour.

Qualifications:  Bachelor's Degree in Teaching, Social Work, Criminal Justice Human Services, or discipline related to the job preferred;  one year of relevant experience preferred (experience best if related to:  education, human services, victim focused work, or social work); New York State Department of Health Rape Crisis Certification within first six months of employment; valid New York State driver’s license and reliable vehicle.  How to apply

Transitional Housing Navigator
For nearly 30 years, 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

This position works 20 hours/week and offers a flexible schedule, paid time off and other benefits  Pay range for this position is $14.86-$18.58/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 & 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 event
  • 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 (2 positions): Mon-Thurs 1PM-11PM OR Mon-Thurs 11PM-8AM (both eligible for differential pay); Substitutes work hours as needed by the program.  Pay range for this position is $13.60-$17.00/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 06.16.2022
 

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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