Week’s memory verse: Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.Ephesians 6:13

Pray the week: Lord Jesus, I thank and praise You for the gift of victory. Help me to be steadfast in faith and commitment.

We are almost
there.

He said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.” As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.

Two hands reaching for each other. A couple in love. Children in the back seat of the car, wondering ‘are we there yet.’ An action movie where the hero rescues others at the very last second. These are all examples of reaching for achievement.

As we have seen over these weeks, Jesus has been approaching this dramatic last moment. He is completing His teaching on the great gift He gives us, His very body and blood, His soul to live within us forever. Jesus is the mountain climber approaching the summit. He is about to cross the goal line. What happened?

It is often said that life is full of disappointments. It is hard to find fulfillment, acceptance, and victory, to reach our goals and end up a winner. We bet on the horse that doesn’t win. We put our eggs in the wrong basket. We weren’t at the dock when our ship came in.

All of the people hearing Jesus were at the dock (literally since they were in the seaside town of Capernaum). They were in the right place at the right time. The summit was in reach. Their team was about to win. Their hands were about to touch hand of God. And they walked away from Him.

They… were… almost… there… and they walked away both in body and soul. While a few stayed, even among those one had lost faith, Judas. This giver of God’s body and blood, of God’s soul, wasn’t what he wanted. He continued to live in his disappointments and that disappointment would later turn to anger and betrayal. Judas… was… almost… there… and lost his faith.

We are faced with the same challenge the crowd in Capernaum faced. Jesus offers us words that are Spirit and life. We continually have Him within our reach and can come to Him to receive His body and blood, His soul to live within us forever. We are almost there. Like Joshua before the people of Israel, we must declare whom we will serve – the gods of the times or the Lord.

We… are… almost… there… If we chose the Lord we have real life, true regeneration, purpose, fulfillment, acceptance, and victory. Let us grasp His hand and find in Him real life.

Week’s memory verse: But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. — James 3:17

Pray the week: Lord Jesus, grant me the wisdom to see Your gift and to live in accord with its generosity each day.

Let us seek
His wisdom.

Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns; she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine, yes, she has spread her table. She has sent out her maidens; she calls from the heights out over the city: “Let whoever is simple turn in here; To the one who lacks understanding, she says, Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding.”

Jesus was really putting it all out there: “the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The people listening to Him went from confusion to serious concern: “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

How indeed! To keep properly Kosher, that is to observe Kashrut, the body of Jewish law dealing with what foods can and cannot be eaten and how those foods must be prepared and eaten, these people could not possibly consume human flesh nor drink blood. Not consuming blood is strictly prohibited in the Torah (see Leviticus 7:26-27 and 17:10-14). The Torah states that one must not eat blood because the life of the animal (literally, the soul) is contained in the blood.

Therein is the wisdom of what Jesus is saying to us, the key to His love for us. His earthly mission and His everlasting desire are to give Himself for and to us. He gives us His soul – His lifeblood.

Some of us may have donated blood at work, church, or in our community. What a wonderful gift to give. We can draw a comparison between our gifts of life giving blood to what Jesus has done for us in His flesh and blood. We can perceive the great wisdom of His gift.

While our gift can only help a few people and as a rule only those who have compatible blood types, Jesus gave His blood for each of us. Jesus’ blood reaches people of every blood type – of every race, rank, class, tribe, and tongue. Our giving of blood is a donation while Jesus’ gift was a complete sacrificial self-giving. When we give blood we do so in sterile conditions under medical supervision. Jesus’ gift was drawn-out, tortuous, and painful. Our donated blood is very expensive for those who may receive it. Jesus’ blood is free to all who claim Him by faith. If our blood is not used, it expires in a little over a month. Jesus’ blood is as effective today as it was when it was given at the cross. One pint of our blood can save up to three lives. One drop of the Jesus’ blood has saved the world (John 3:16).

By giving us the gift of His flesh and blood He fully gives Himself to us. The wisdom therein is that through His gift we have His soul in us and inherit eternal life. Ever seek His wisdom.

The Guilderland Branch of the Capital District YMCA – Activities Assistant

Under the direction of the Site Supervisor, the Activities Assistant is responsible for assisting with the implementation of all school age child care activities.

Job Requirements: Must be 16 years of age. Prior experience working with children preferred. Submission of NYS Medical Statement of Childcare Staff Form documenting physician clearance to work in a childcare setting. TB Test which meets Health and Social Service requirement. Clearance from Criminal Background check. Maintain 15 hours of childcare related training annually. Excellent human relation skills, good organizational and communication skills. 

Principal Responsibilities: Assist in preparation and implementation of all activities for the site. Assist the site staff with distribution and cleanup of daily snack. Work with the children in small groups with age appropriate activities such as crafts, games, clubs and science. Maintain clean, neat and organized environment at the site. Maintain a safe and secure environment for all program participants. Appropriately communicate with parents. Maintain all applicable state regulations re: school age child care programs. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. All other duties, as requested.

Scheduled Shift: Part time; 1:30pm – 6:00pm Approx. 20 hrs. Per week
Hourly Rate: $9.00
Deadline: 8/17/2015

Please forward resumes or applications to: Jenna Graber, Child Care Director, Capital District YMCA – Guilderland Branch 250 Winding Brook Drive, Guilderland, NY 12084 or by E-mail.

The Guilderland YMCA – Site Supervisor, Before and After School Care Programs

Under the general direction of the Childcare Director, the Site Supervisor is responsible for planning and supervising a developmentally appropriate childcare program.

Job Requirements: Minimum one year in a supervisory capacity preferred. Two years direct experience with children under age 13. BA/BS in Child Development (Elementary Ed, Physical Ed, Recreation Ed or related field), OR School Age Child Care Credential, OR Two years of College with 18 credits in Child Development, Elementary Ed, Physical Ed, recreation or related field, OR
AAS in Child Development, Elementary Ed, Physical Ed, Recreation or related field. Candidates must submit a NYS Medical Statement of Childcare Staff Form documenting physician clearance to work in a childcare setting. TB Test which meets Health and Social Service requirement. Clearance from a Criminal Background check. First and CPR certifications. Preferred candidates must possess excellent human relation skills, good organizational and communication skills.

Principal Responsibilities: Plan, implement and supervise a developmentally and academically appropriate curriculum for the assigned site. Maintain positive working relationship with school personnel in coordination of the building site and related issues. Develop and maintain weekly and monthly calendar of activities for display to parents. Maintain daily schedules of activities, etc. Maintain an organized, clean and safe learning and recreational environment for all program areas. Develop and consistently maintain appropriate and professional communication with parents. Supervise all site staff and provide input and written evaluations as requested. Establish and train staff, children and parents on emergency procedures in compliance with OCFS regulations. Manage and control inventory of equipment and supplies, in accordance with budget. Ensure all applicable OCFS regulations are followed. Maintain all required records and logs. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. All other duties, as requested.

Available Shift: Part time, 1st shift (approx. 25 hrs. per week)
Pay Range: $12.75
Deadline: 8/17/2015

Please forward resumes or applications to: Jenna Graber, Child Care Director, Capital District YMCA – Guilderland Branch 250 Winding Brook Drive, Guilderland, NY 12084 or by E-mail.

The Troy YMCA – Three Part-time Site Supervisors I Positions for before and After School Care Programs.

Under the general direction of the Childcare Director, the Site Supervisor is responsible for planning and supervising a developmentally appropriate childcare program.

Job Requirements: Minimum one year in a supervisory capacity preferred. Two years direct experience with children under age 13. BA/BS in Child Development (Elementary Ed, Physical Ed, Recreation Ed or related field), OR School Age Child Care Credential, OR Two years of College with 18 credits in Child Development, Elementary Ed, Physical Ed, recreation or related field, OR
AAS in Child Development, Elementary Ed, Physical Ed, Recreation or related field. Candidates must submit a NYS Medical Statement of Childcare Staff Form documenting physician clearance to work in a childcare setting. TB Test which meets Health and Social Service requirement. Clearance from a Criminal Background check. First and CPR certifications. Preferred candidates must possess excellent human relation skills, good organizational and communication skills.

Principal Responsibilities: Plan, implement and supervise a developmentally and academically appropriate curriculum for the assigned site. Maintain positive working relationship with school personnel in coordination of the building site and related issues. Develop and maintain weekly and monthly calendar of activities for display to parents. Maintain daily schedules of activities, etc. Maintain an organized, clean and safe learning and recreational environment for all program areas. Develop and consistently maintain appropriate and professional communication with parents. Supervise all site staff and provide input and written evaluations as requested. Establish and train staff, children and parents on emergency procedures in compliance with OCFS regulations. Manage and control inventory of equipment and supplies, in accordance with budget. Ensure all applicable OCFS regulations are followed. Maintain all required records and logs. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. All other duties, as requested.

Available Shift: Part time, 1st and 2nd shift (approx. 25 hrs. per week including planning) 1:30pm-5:30pm
Pay Range: $12.03-12.50
Deadline: 8/19/2015

Please forward all resumes and applications to: Peggy Maliski, Childcare Director, Capital District YMCA, Troy Family Branch, 2500 21st Street, Troy, NY 12180, or by E-mail.

The Bethlehem Branch of the Capital District YMCA – Activities Assistant

Under the direction of the Site Supervisor, the Activities Assistant is responsible for assisting with the implementation of all school age child care activities.

Job Requirements: Must be 16 years of age. Prior experience working with children preferred. Submission of NYS Medical Statement of Childcare Staff Form documenting physician clearance to work in a childcare setting. TB Test which meets Health and Social Service requirement. Clearance from Criminal Background check. Maintain 15 hours of childcare related training annually. Excellent human relation skills, good organizational and communication skills.

Principal Responsibilities: Assist in preparation and implementation of all activities for the site. Assist the site staff with distribution and cleanup of daily snack. Work with the children in small groups with age appropriate activities such as crafts, games, clubs and science. Maintain clean, neat and organized environment at the site. Maintain a safe and secure environment for all program participants. Appropriately communicate with parents. Maintain all applicable state regulations re: school age child care programs. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. All other duties, as requested.

Scheduled Shift: Part time; M-F 7 – 9am and /or 3-6pm (Approx. 25 hrs. Per week)
Hourly Rate: $9.00
Deadline: 8/18/2015

Please forward resumes or applications to: Katie Eagan, Childcare Coordinator Capital District YMCA Bethlehem Area Branch, 900 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054 or by E-mail.


The Bethlehem YMCA – Group Leader

Under the direction of the Childcare Director, a Group Leader is responsible for assisting with the planning, development and implementation of all classroom activities.

Job Requirements: AAS in Child Development, Recreation or related field, OR HS Degree/GED and two years’ experience working with children under age 13. Submission of NYS Medical Statement of Childcare Staff Form documenting physician clearance to work in a childcare setting. TB Test which meets Health and Social Service requirement. Clearance from Criminal Background check. Maintain 15 hours of childcare related training annually. Excellent human relation skills, good organizational and communication skills.

Principal Responsibilities: Assist in planning, preparation and implementation of all activities for the site. Assist the site staff with distribution and clean-up of daily snack. Work with the children in small groups with age appropriate activities such as crafts, games, clubs and science. Maintain clean, neat and organized environment at the site. Creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment for all program participants. Foster appropriate communication with parents. Maintain all applicable state regulations school age child care programs. Assist in maintenance of required log and record books. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team and all other duties, as requested.

Scheduled Shift: Part time; M-F 7 – 9am and /or 3-6pm (Approx. 25 hrs. Per week)
Hourly Rate: $9.54
Deadline: 8/18/2015

Please forward resumes or applications to: Katie Eagan, Childcare Coordinator Capital District YMCA Bethlehem Area Branch, 900 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054 or by E-mail.

NYS Department of Health – Pharmacy Consultant

Applications Due: 08/15/15
Vacancy ID: 21064
Salary Range: From $75,243 to $94,834 Annually
Employment Type: Full-Time
Schedule: Mon-Fri/37.5 hours weekly/8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Location: Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, Riverview Center, Menands, NY 12204

Minimum Qualifications: Permanent Transfer Candidates: Current DOH employee with permanent or contingent-permanent service as a Pharmacy Consultant OR current NYS employee with one year of permanent or contingent-permanent service in a title Grade 23 or higher, and meets the Open Competitive qualifications below.

Open Competitive Candidates: Possession of a current license and registration to practice pharmacy in NYS and 2-years of post-licensure experience as a pharmacist.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in public health programs and/or healthcare project management. Administrative and program experience, including but not limited to: interpretation of Federal and State guidance for program staff, developing guidance, program policy and other documents, and preparing reports and correspondence. Ability to formulate program recommendations based upon data analysis. Development and delivery of presentations, written and verbal communications and reports are preferred

Duties Description: This position will work with internal DOH staff, including Wadsworth Center and ITS staff, as well as external vendors to oversee and participate in the implementation and maintenance of the NYS Medical Marijuana Program. You will analyze medical marijuana certification and dispensing data to detect diversion; provide pharmacological research and consultation on special projects relating to drugs, pharmacy, and public health concerns. You will assist in the review of information concerning serious conditions included in the program and review information from registered organizations concerning products and advertising. You may provide presentations, as well as written and verbal responses, to healthcare professionals, patients, and other external stakeholders; as well as assist in the development of program policies, regulations and laws. You may conduct reviews to identify aberrant utilization patterns or cases and intervene when warranted and assist in Bureau initiatives and programs as assigned.

Additional Comments: Contingent-permanent, full time. Periodic in-state travel is required; including travel to some areas that may not be served by public transportation.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Notes on Applying: Please submit resume to Human Resources Management Group, JB/75031/PC, Room 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12237-0012, or by e-mail to [email protected] or by fax to (518) 473-3395. Please use a subject line of JB/75031/PC. Resumes accepted until position filled.

Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) – Program Manager-NYS Partnership for Patients, Statewide

Experience: Mid-Senior level
Job function: Project Management
Employment type: Full-time
Industry: Hospital & Health Care
Job ID: 62323706

Job description: We are seeking a Full-Time Program Manager for Northeastern New York. This is a great opportunity to use your clinical healthcare experience in a consultative role helping hospitals improve patient safety quality outcomes!

Reporting to the Senior Director, Strategic Quality Initiatives, this newly created position supports the NYS Partnership for Patients (PfP) program through CMS. The PfP is a public-private partnership that will offer support to hospitals to make patient care safer and to support effective transitions of patients from hospitals to other settings.

The role of the Program Manager will be to provide project management, education, materials development, and member support in various assigned quality improvement projects and initiatives including but not limited to:

Primary role: Work with a cohort of hospitals on site and virtually to provide support, technical assistance, quality improvement coaching and observation/evaluative support. Coordination of project plan. Adherence to budget, timeline, and deliverables. Facilitation of positive member impacts. Research on evidence-based and best practices. SME on project topics and sub-tasks. Coordination of data management and analysis. Coordination of programs, events, meetings, and various activities. Written documentation and reports.

As a member of the Quality and Research Initiative (QARI) team, the Program Managers will stay up-to-date in HANYS advocacy and quality programming to ensure full service and support to the members and participate in associated activities when needed.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree required (Master’s degree preferred) in a related field or a BS in Nursing with a minimum 2 years of experience in a hospital. Extensive proven clinical knowledge with hospital, physician practice and/or other healthcare environment operations can substitute for nursing degree. Proven track record as a leader in quality improvement, patient safety, hospital and/or physician practice operations best practices and facilitation. Demonstrated proficiency in establishing and maintaining key relationships. Strong project management and organizational skills. Ability to coach and facilitate to maximize the member’s success. Ability to problem-solve and mentor to provide effective problem resolution solutions. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to understand, apply, and educate on basic quality improvement statistics and reports. Flexibility to travel in the assigned area approximately 3 days per week. Basic skills in Microsoft office, excel and technology systems for data and web conferencing.

Qualified candidates may send a resume and salary history/requirements in confidence via E-mail (preferred) or to: Human Resources, Healthcare Association of New York State, One Empire Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

New York State School Boards Association – Chief Financial Officer

The Position: Serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Association in a senior financial-management role. The CFO will be a seasoned and mature leader with at least 10 years of broad nonprofit finance experience. Candidate must have experience in gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. In addition, the CFO monitors and reports all financial activities. Directs and has immediate responsibility for accounting practices, maintenance of fiscal records and preparation of budget and financial reports.

Your Qualifications: CPA or MBA required. Minimum of 10 years nonprofit experience. Minimum of 5 years as a CFO or equivalent preferably in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $5 million. Financial and board reporting experience. Budgeting experience. Dashboard development, design and reporting. Ability to design and recommend increased efficiencies to current accounting system. Excellent written, verbal, presentation and interpersonal communication skills. Excellent analytical, management and organization skills. Proficient with computerized accounting systems, budgeting software and other computer applications including MS Dynamics (or similar accounting software), MS Excel, ADP, PowerPoint, and MS Access (or similar database software).

To apply for confidential consideration, E-mail resume, cover letter, and compensation requirements by August 31, 2015 with the subject line: CFO Position.

New York State Department of Civil Service Exam Announcements

When filing your online application, be aware there is no technical assistance on weekends, or after 5 PM on weekdays.

25-991, Assistant Building Construction Engineer

25-992, Assistant Building Structural Engineer

25-993, Assistant Superintendent of Construction and 25-994, Senior Superintendent of Construction

28-327, Budget Examiner

25-996, Campus Safety Specialist

25-995, Senior Building Structural Engineer

26-028, Fire Protection Specialist Trainee 1 and 26-029, Fire Protection Specialist 1

26-030, Medical Test Assistant

25-998, Park Engineer and 25-999, Senior Park Engineer

26-000, Toll Electronic Systems Technician

28-328, Veterinarian 2

20879, Verbatim Reporter 1

Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce – President/CEO Position

Reporting to the Chamber’s Board of Directors, the President/CEO serves as a community leader and ambassador for the region, collaborating closely with other business organizations with the goal of improving the business climate across the region. The President/CEO is responsible for working closely with the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors to develop and execute strategic initiatives.

Position requirements include but are not limited to: Exceptional strategic, analytical, judgment and problem-solving skills; possesses strong mental agility. Demonstrated ability to discern and conceptualize present and future trends and communicate options and choices regarding the same to the Chamber’s leadership. A successful track record for engaging, partnering and building alliances with a wide range of constituencies and influencers that include business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, elected officials and the media; strong relationship-building skills. Proactive advocate for the organization; working knowledge of legislative and political process and environments; economic development experience a strong plus. Ability to motivate others to be champions of the Chamber’s initiatives and key goals. Professional presence and public speaking ability required. Able to align diverse interest groups on issues and opportunities that will benefit the overall business community; a consensus builder with a personal style that engenders confidence. Experience recruiting, developing, motivating and retaining a strong, diverse staff. Evidence of creating strategic directives and turning them into successful tactical programs. Exceptional verbal and written communications skills. Highly skilled leader able to lead in a fast-paced, pressured and changing environment. Proven record of accountability in financial and people development.

Education and Experience: Minimum bachelor’s degree required with an MBA or advanced degree preferred. Fifteen or more years of experience in progressively responsible leadership positions in corporate, political, community or not-for profit management areas. An understanding of leading a not-for-profit is critical. Eight years or more as the president or senior staff leader of a membership-based organization is strongly preferred. Experience in reporting to a Board of Directors and building consensus with diverse constituencies. Proven leadership in program and resource development (fundraising). Demonstration of a strong financial acumen. Experience with public relations and marketing campaigns; expertise in dealing with local and regional media.

Applicants should send a cover letter with salary requirements and resume via E-mail by August 28, 2015.

New York State School Boards Association – Associate Policy Consultant

The Position: Researches and responds to policy-related questions from staff, board members and school administrators. Researches and keeps apprised of issues affecting education policy. Assists with the development, preparation and delivery of quarterly policy update service. Assists in marketing policy services by making presentations to school districts. Provides administrative support to the policy unit.

Your Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Proficient in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Familiarity with public education issues helpful. Excellent written, public speaking, presentation and interpersonal communication skills.

To apply for confidential consideration, E-mail resume, cover letter, and compensation requirements by August 31, 2015 with the subject line: Policy Position.

College of Saint Rose – Current Job Openings

Descriptions for these jobs are found on our website

  • Coordinator of Veteran Enrollment*
  • Equipment Room Coordinator – Part-time*
  • Security Officer: 4 POSITIONS
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Assistant Director of Institutional Research
  • Asst. Vice President of Graduate Recruitment and Enrollment
  • Asst. Director of Undergrad Admissions-New England Region
  • Asst. Director of Undergrad Admissions-Long Island Region
  • Technology Support Technician (2 positions)
  • Enrollment Management Analyst
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Assistant Professor of Accounting

Albany School District – ESL Teaching Positions

ESL Teaching positions are available in the for this upcoming school year. Applicants must hold a valid NYS Teacher’s Certification for English to Speakers of Other Languages. Application will be accepted through the District’s On-Line Application System.

For further information contact the District’s Office of Human Resources, Academy Park, Albany, New York 12207.

Schenectady County Department of Public Health – Early Education Specialist

The Schenectady County Department of Public Health (Children with Special Needs) has a full-time opportunity available for an Early Education Specialist.

The 2015 salary is $59,954 (grade 19, step 1).

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master’s degree in Special Education and five (5) years of experience working as a Special Education teacher with preschool and/or elementary aged children with disabilities. This experience shall have included at least two (2) years of experience conducting special education evaluations and development of individual education plans.

Application: Civil Service applications will be accepted from applicants who meet the minimum qualifications. CSEA bargaining unit members within the department will be given preference in appointment, based on seniority. Submit applications to the County Personnel Department, by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

Schenectady County Building
620 State Street, 2nd Floor,
Schenectady, NY 12305

Schenectady County Civil Service Exams

Below is a list of all current exams within Schenectady County. For all exams, please see the General Conditions. At this time, applications are not accepted via the internet. Please follow the application guidelines. Please note, not all exams listed below are for the County of Schenectady. Each exam announcement will identify the jurisdiction the exam is for.

Open Competitive Exams:

City of Schenectady Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator/Operator Trainee, 300-84, file by August 31, 2015

Schenectady County Eligibility Clerk, 60-801, file by August 31, 2015

Schenectady County Motor Vehicle Representative II, 61-688, file by August 31, 2015

Schenectady County Senior Clerk, 61-684, file by August 31, 2015

Continuous Recruitment Exams:

Schenectady County Librarian I, 66825

Schenectady Librarian II, 66827

Schenectady County Public Health Nurse, 400

The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) – Director of Policy

Schuyler Center is looking for a thoughtful and experienced Director of Policy to play a leading role in SCAA’s policy and advocacy efforts with diverse allies and partners, conduct analyses and develop policies that positively impact the status of vulnerable New Yorkers, including children and families. Experience in public sector budget analysis and state policy and politics is desired.

Reports to President and CEO

Special Skills Required: Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills. Proven track record in policy analysis and advocacy. Familiarity and comfort with data. Experience working in coalition and the ability to work in a team environment with diverse allies. Presentation and public communication skills and the ability to communicate data findings and issues to external audiences. Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Master’s degree or equivalent in public policy, public health, public administration or related field and 5 years of related experience.

Major Responsibilities: Participate in development of the organization’s policy agenda. Oversee and manage policy projects as directed by the President/CEO. Oversee and manage grants and reporting as directed by the President/CEO. Supervise policy staff as directed by the President/CEO. Write issue briefs, fact sheets, email alerts, media pieces and other materials. Analyze State budget proposals and legislation. Manage relationships with coalitions and other organizations. Track bills, Committees, and other legislative activity during the legislative session. Work closely with State agency leadership and staff. Represent the agency as needed on committees and coalitions and at public events. Raise grant funding for related work by identifying appropriate funding opportunities, working with foundation program officers, and writing concept papers, grant proposals and project reports.

Submit cover letter and resume via E-mail to Helen Smith.

Air Products – Gas Technicians (20+ Positions)

Air Products is hiring 20+ techs to work onsite at GlobalFoundries to support a new contract. Job Fairs are being held in the local area at:

  • Saratoga County Employment ad Training – Ballston Spa, 152 West High St. on Monday, August 17th from 1pm through 5pm.
  • Hampton Inn, Clifton Park, 620 Plank Rd. on Tuesday, August 18th from 7am through 7pm and Wednesday, August 19th from 7am through 1pm.

Interested candidates may also apply online. Reference Job Req# 17210BR.

These jobs will start in the range of $18-21/hr depending on experience – full benefit package to start after 30 days of employment.

The Center for Community Justice – Part Time Reentry Program Assistant

The Center for Community Justice is hiring a part time Reentry Program Assistant, working 15 hours per week assisting the Schenectady County Reentry Task Force Coordinator. This professional candidate will work with the Task Force Coordinator on trainings, complete intake assessments, and perform other general program duties. Case management experience is necessary and group facilitation experience is a plus. Must have ability to use a computer in general office setting, word/excel.

This position will mainly be scheduled during normal business hours, but some evenings may be required.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or Associates. Two years experience in human services or criminal justice setting is required. Ability to work with diverse populations

Compensation between $14 and $18 per hour, depending on experience

To apply forward cover letter and resume via E-mail or send by mail to: The Center for Community Justice, Attn: Human Resources, 144 Barrett Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

Resumes Accepted until September 15, 2015

The Albany Branch of the Capital District YMCA – Daycare Director

Under the general direction of the Director of Operations, the Day Care Director manages the Day Care center of the Albany branch of the Capital District YMCA. This includes staff and budget management, as well as program and service development and oversight with customer retention as a primary goal.

Job Requirements: BA/BS in Education or a related field. One year full time teaching experience in a child day care center, a family or group family day care home or other early childhood program. Two years’ experience with budget management, staff supervision, and program development preferred. Excellent human relation skills, good organizational and communication skills. Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of the YMCA and its capacity to build strong kids, families and communities. The ability to articulate and model YMCA’s four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibilities are essential.

Principal Responsibilities: Develop annual operating objectives and plan for the Childcare Center. Monitor the achievement of these objectives, taking appropriate action to ensure they are met. Develop, monitor and administer annual budget (income and expense) for the Childcare Center. Ensure that the center maintains a positive fiscal position. Manage all staff and volunteers – recruit, hire, train, develop, supervise and evaluate. This includes following all policies, procedures and timeframes of the association. Plan, develop, implement and evaluate a full range of childcare programs and services, including a needs analysis of new programs, development, marketing and implementation. Maintain compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations. Cultivate and maintain excellent working relationships with applicable school districts and communities. Actively support financial development events of the CDYMCA such as Reach out for Youth, President’s Award Dinner, Capital Campaign and Golf Classic. Participate as an active member of P-Groups and committees, as requested. Special projects as requested and needed. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. All other duties, as assigned.

Salary range: Low 40s
Deadline: 8/24/15

If you are interested please send a resume and cover letter to: John J. Hayden, Vice President of Human Resources, Capital District YMCA, 465 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or via E-mail.

The Albany Branch of the Capital District YMCA – Lead Teacher

Under the general direction of the Daycare Director, the Lead Teacher is responsible for planning and managing a developmentally appropriate program. The Lead Teacher also supervises the Assistant Teachers assigned to their room.

Job Requirements: AAS in Child Development, Elementary Ed, Physical Ed, Recreation or related field OR HS Degree/GED and two years direct experience with children under age 13, OR Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of the YMCA and its capacity to build strong kids, families and communities. The ability to articulate and model YMCA’s four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibilities are essential.

Principal Responsibilities: To assist with planning, implementing and supervising a developmentally and academically appropriate curriculum for the assigned program. Maintain daily schedules of activities, etc. Maintain an organized, clean and safe learning and recreational environment for all program areas. Develop and consistently maintain appropriate and professional communication with parents. Train children and parents on emergency procedures in compliance with OCFS regulations. Maintain inventory of equipment and supplies. Ensure all applicable OCFS regulations are followed, including but not limited to ratios, child abuse reporting and emergency procedures. Maintain all required records and logs. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. All other duties, as requested.

Scheduled Shifts: Full Time, 80 hours biweekly
Deadline: Open

Please send all applications and resumes to: Brittany Farrell, Assistant Childcare Director, Capital District YMCA, Albany Branch via E-mail.

The Albany Branch of the YMCA – Assistant Teacher

Under the general direction of the Daycare Director, the teacher assistant is responsible for assisting with the planning and implementation of a developmentally appropriate childcare program.

Job Requirements: AAS in Child Development, Elementary Ed, Physical Ed, Recreation or related field OR HS Degree/GED and two years direct experience with children under age 13, OR Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of the YMCA and its capacity to build strong kids, families and communities. The ability to articulate and model YMCA’s four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibilities are essential.

Principal Responsibilities: To assist with planning, implementing and supervising a developmentally and academically appropriate curriculum for the assigned program. Maintain daily schedules of activities, etc. Maintain an organized, clean and safe learning and recreational environment for all program areas. Develop and consistently maintain appropriate and professional communication with parents. Train children and parents on emergency procedures in compliance with OCFS regulations. Maintain inventory of equipment and supplies. Ensure all applicable OCFS regulations are followed, including but not limited to ratios, child abuse reporting and emergency procedures. Maintain all required records and logs. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. All other duties, as requested.

Scheduled Shifts: Full and part time
Deadline: Open

Please send all applications and resumes to: Brittany Farrell, Assistant Childcare Director, Capital District YMCA, Albany Branch via E-mail.

The Albany Branch of the Capital District YMCA – Activities Assistant

Under the direction of the Site Supervisor, the Activities Assistant is responsible for assisting with the implementation of all school age child care activities.

Job Requirements: Must be 16 years of age. Prior experience working with children preferred. Submission of NYS Medical Statement of Childcare Staff Form documenting physician clearance to work in a childcare setting. TB Test which meets Health and Social Service requirement. Clearance from Criminal Background check. Maintain 15 hours of childcare related training annually. Excellent human relation skills, good organizational and communication skills.

Principal Responsibilities: Assist in preparation and implementation of all activities for the site. Assist the site staff with distribution and cleanup of daily snack. Work with the children in small groups with age appropriate activities such as crafts, games, clubs and science. Maintain clean, neat and organized environment at the site. Maintain a safe and secure environment for all program participants. Appropriately communicate with parents. Maintain all applicable state regulations re: school age child care programs. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. All other duties, as requested.

Scheduled Shift: Part time; 2pm-6pm Monday-Friday
Deadline: Open

Please send all applications and resumes to: Brittany Farrell, Assistant Childcare Director, Capital District YMCA, Albany Branch via E-mail.

The Albany YMCA – Part-time Group Leader

Under the direction of the Childcare Director, a Group Leader is responsible for assisting with the planning, development and implementation of all classroom activities.

Job Requirements: AAS in Child Development, Recreation or related field, OR HS Degree/GED and two years’ experience working with children under age 13. Submission of NYS Medical Statement of Childcare Staff Form documenting physician clearance to work in a childcare setting. TB Test which meets Health and Social Service requirement. Clearance from Criminal Background check. Maintain 15 hours of childcare related training annually. Excellent human relation skills, good organizational and communication skills.

Principal Responsibilities: Assist in planning, preparation and implementation of all activities for the site. Assist the site staff with distribution and clean-up of daily snack. Work with the children in small groups with age appropriate activities such as crafts, games, clubs and science. Maintain clean, neat and organized environment at the site. Creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment for all program participants. Foster appropriate communication with parents. Maintain all applicable state regulations school age child care programs. Assist in maintenance of required log and record books. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team and all other duties, as requested.

Scheduled Shift: Part time; 2pm-6pm Monday-Friday
Deadline: Open

Please send all applications and resumes to: Brittany Farrell, Assistant Childcare Director, Capital District YMCA, Albany Branch via E-mail.

The Albany YMCA – Part-time Site Supervisor

Under the general direction of the Childcare Director, the Site Supervisor is responsible for planning and supervising a developmentally appropriate childcare program.

Job Requirements: Minimum one year in a supervisory capacity preferred. Two years direct experience with children under age 13. BA/BS in Child Development (Elementary Ed, Physical Ed, Recreation Ed or related field), OR School Age Child Care Credential, OR Two years of College with 18 credits in Child Development, Elementary Ed, Physical Ed, recreation or related field, OR
AAS in Child Development, Elementary Ed, Physical Ed, Recreation or related field. Candidates must submit a NYS Medical Statement of Childcare Staff Form documenting physician clearance to work in a childcare setting. TB Test which meets Health and Social Service requirement. Clearance from a Criminal Background check. First and CPR certifications. Preferred candidates must possess excellent human relation skills, good organizational and communication skills.

Principal Responsibilities: Plan, implement and supervise a developmentally and academically appropriate curriculum for the assigned site. Maintain positive working relationship with school personnel in coordination of the building site and related issues. Develop and maintain weekly and monthly calendar of activities for display to parents. Maintain daily schedules of activities, etc. Maintain an organized, clean and safe learning and recreational environment for all program areas. Develop and consistently maintain appropriate and professional communication with parents. Supervise all site staff and provide input and written evaluations as requested. Establish and train staff, children and parents on emergency procedures in compliance with OCFS regulations. Manage and control inventory of equipment and supplies, in accordance with budget. Ensure all applicable OCFS regulations are followed. Maintain all required records and logs. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. All other duties, as requested.

Available Shift: Part time, 2pm-6pm Monday-Friday
Deadline: Open

Please send all applications and resumes to: Brittany Farrell, Assistant Childcare Director, Capital District YMCA, Albany Branch via E-mail.

The Troy Branch of the Capital District YMCA – Part-time Member Service Representative

Under the direction of the Member Service Manager, the Member Services Representative provides excellent customer service to members, through selling memberships, answering questions.

Job Requirements: Prior work experience (1-3 years) in a customer oriented environment. Current CPR, First Aid and AED certifications. Positive outlook and the ability to multi task in a high pace environment. Excellent human relation skills, good organizational and communication skills.

Principal Responsibilities: Responsible for providing daily services to all members, prospective members and program participants. This includes greeting members by name, scanning membership cards, registering members for programs, membership sales, and tours. Answer phones promptly, within 3 rings, in a courteous and friendly manner. Answer member questions and issues in a positive manner, meeting their needs whenever possible. Ensure each person using the facility is a member or program participant; scan cards of each member. Ensure neatness of the lobby area and entire facility. Assist with lobby exhibits and/or bulletin boards. Promote and sell goods for resale. Accurately input new membership sales, renewals and programs into the computer. Report any errors in writing by the end of shift. Accurately cash out at the end of the day. May assist in training new staff. Other duties, as assigned.

Scheduled Shifts: Part Time ;( Approx. 5-10 weekly) Evenings, Weekends
Pay Range: $9.54
Deadline: 8/21/2015

Please send all applications and resumes to: Tiffany Hults, Member Service Manager Troy Family YMCA, Capital District YMCA, 2500 21st Street, Troy, NY 12180 or via E-mail.

In August 2014, President Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (VACAA) of 2014, which directed the establishment of a new program to better meet the health care needs of our nation’s Veterans. The law directs the establishment of a Veterans Choice Card benefit that allows eligible Veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or are unable to get a VA appointment within 30 days of their preferred date, or are within 30 days of the date determined medically necessary by their physicians, to obtain approved care in their community instead.

If you are a veteran and are already enrolled in VA health care, the Choice Program allows you to get health care from non-VA doctors. Using this program does NOT impact your existing VA health care, or any other VA benefit.

More information is available at the Veteran’s Administration’s Veterans Choice Program website.

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Week’s memory verse: For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.Hebrews 2:18

Pray the week: Lord Jesus, grant that I may always recognize Your care for me. Abide with me and feed me with the Bread that brings everlasting life.

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I’m not going to
let go of you!

Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert, until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it. He prayed for death saying: “This is enough, O LORD! Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” He lay down and fell asleep under the broom tree, but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat. Elijah looked and there at his head was a hearth cake and a jug of water. After he ate and drank, he lay down again, but the angel of the LORD came back a second time, touched him, and ordered, “Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!” He got up, ate, and drank; then strengthened by that food, he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.

Elijah had defeated the prophets of Baal – a real high point in which he, acting a God’s prophet, had seen God’s total victory. Now he had run off, afraid of Jezebel’s revenge. It is odd, isn’t it – Elijah sees the strength of God’s hand and then looses trust that God could possibly protect him.

If we have ever been part of some great victory, be it personal or part of a team, it is unlikely that our next act would be to run off in fear and pray for death. Well that’s exactly what Elijah did. Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert, until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it. He prayed for death.

The power of God comes to the fore again. He steps in and sends a message to Elijah – get up and eat. He sent Elijah bread and water. Even though Elijah gave up again, God sent more bread and His messenger: the angel of the LORD came back a second time, touched him, and ordered, “Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!”

God had plans for Elijah despite Elijah’s lack of faith and his fear. God was not going to let go of him.

The same message is apparent in Jesus’ discourse with the Jews. They murmured about Jesus. They thought they had Him defined: “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother?” Yet He would not give up. Having fed them, having taught them about the value of the Bread that came down from Heaven, He was still trying to lead them to the ultimate truth: “I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever…”

That is what the Bread of Life is all about. It is Jesus’ everlasting expression of His abiding presence, the fact that He remains with us, feeds us, and cares for us. Despite our weaknesses and failing, He will never give up on us or leave us. Our journey is fed by the Bread that came down from Heaven; Bread that brings us eternal life.

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Week’s memory verse: Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.1 Corinthians 10:17

Pray the week: Lord Jesus, I praise and thank You for providing me with Your living bread. Help me to choose this bread over all else.

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The slow, long
slide.

I declare and testify in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; that is not how you learned Christ, assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus, that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.

We have reached the mid-point of summer vacation – at least for our youth. As they and their brave parent rush down rollercoasters and waterslides, we have to wonder if they wish it might slow down – slow down so it might last longer.

Two opposing forces become more and more evident in our gospel messages. This gets to the message St. Paul is trying to convey in his letter telling the people to put away the futility of your minds; remember how you learned Christ. Put away the old self, your former way of life, and put on the new self, created in God’s way.

The people came searching for Jesus because they were fed and had seen a great miracle. They had wanted to proclaim Him King of Israel right there in the wilderness. Now they wanted more bread and circuses – show us another miracle. They were thinking in purely human terms and from worldly desires. They were caught up in the futility of their minds.

Jesus does not change His message – but now makes it much more evident. The Kingdom of God is not a kingdom focused on fulfilling whatever the world may wish – but rather a kingdom where God and His faithful live in joyful union – focused on fulfilling the entirety of His potential that is already in us. We are renewed in Him, made new, to live in righteousness and holiness of truth.

Over the next few weeks we see the slow, long slide toward the cross. The people caught up in the futile desires of their minds – power, success, and greed become more and more aware that Jesus has come to call them to a completely new and greatly different life. It is a life that eschews the former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires. It is a life that offers the ultimate in rewards – eternal life with God in perpetual bliss and joy.

The people trapped in the futile desires of their minds wished that their “summer” would last forever. Jesus would feed, entertain, heal – give them all that the moment desired. Jesus offers the better alternative, the more perfect gift when He says: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

Lord, I choose this bread! It lasts forever and will not slide away!