Now Thank We…

As I reflect this special day, I cannot help but give thanks to God for our beautiful family in the faith right here in Schenectady. I have been so blessed to minister to all of you and our wider community. I wish on this day that many more may find the Lord — come to know, love, and serve Him — among us so that they too would know the same joy that fills my heart.

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Now thank we all our God,
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom this world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us;
and keep us still in grace,
and guide us when perplexed;
and free us from all ills,
in this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given;
the Son, and him who reigns
with them in highest heaven;
the one eternal God,
whom earth and heaven adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.

Now Thank We All Our God
Text: Martin Rinkart; Trans. by Catherine Winkworth
Music: Johann Cruger; Harm. by Felix Mendelssohn


December Newsletter (delivered on Thanksgiving)

December, a journey through Advent and on to Christmas. Will you be going to church? If so, do you expect condemnation and judgment or joy? We should be expecting joy! This December is jam packed with events, from an ordination to our vigil dinner and children’s Christmas presentation, free lunch on Sunday, Christmas decorating and the joy of beginning the forty days of Christmas. Be an active part of the church this December, discover joy, and greet the Lord.

You may view and download a copy of our December 2014 Newsletter right here.

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2014 VA “Adopt -A-Vet” Holiday Program

remember-vetswithbow_225x225_thumbThe annual Holiday gift donation program for HUD-VASH & Veterans in need is now underway. Each year has been more successful; the first year the VA helped 8 Veteran families, last year, VA employees and many other community groups and agencies helped a total of 40 Veteran families in HUD-VASH and other programs. This year the VA has a list of over 40 Veterans in need who have requested items for their families this Holiday Season.

This donation program is part of Voluntary Services Holiday outreach for Veterans. A “needs” list of gifts that can be donated is being be maintained by Mike Fitzpatrick and Noney Grier. If you wish to fulfill a Family’s needs or a portion of it, or have any questions, please contact Mike Fitzpatrick at 518-626-6919 or Noney Grier at 518-626-5507.

All gifts must be brand new in original packaging and unwrapped. Gifts can be dropped off at the: Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Avenue, Room 304 or 305 “B” wing (Voluntary Services), Albany, NY 12208

In addition, rolls of wrapping paper will also be accepted and the VA will be scheduling volunteer “working parties” to help wrap the gifts at the VA prior to distribution out to Veteran families.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of our Veterans!


New job postings as of November 24, 2014

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The Bethlehem Family YMCA — Property Director

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Property Director manages the physical facilities of the branch which includes maintenance, cleaning and supervision of staff. The property director is also responsible for the administration of the dept. (budgeting, etc.).

Job Requirements: High School degree/GED is required. 3-5 years’ experience in cleaning and building trades. Prior supervisory experience. 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: To develop annual operating plan for the Maintenance Department. 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 Department. Ensure that the department maintains a positive fiscal position. Is liaison with outside contractors and vendors. Manage the staff and volunteers – recruit, hire, train, develop, supervise and evaluate. This includes following all policies, procedures and timeframes of the association. Assure the facility is cleaned on a daily basis to the standards and guidelines of the CDYMCA. Create and implement a preventative maintenance for appropriate building equipment and facilities. Oversee and perform, as necessary, all maintenance and repair activities. Oversee and coordinate snow removal and lawn grooming. Monitor and maintain aquatic facilities in accordance with applicable standards and regulations. Participate and support all CDY special events and fund raising activities, including Reach out for Youth, annual membership campaign, branch fundraisers and open houses. Serve as staff representative to the branch Program Committee, CDYMCA P-Group and other committees, as requested. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. Other duties, as directed.

Salary: – Low to mid 50s
Deadline: 12/5/2014

Please send all resumes and applications to: Derek S. Martin, District Executive Director Capital District YMCA Bethlehem Area Branch 900 Delaware Ave. Delmar, NY 12054 or by E-mail.

The Troy Family YMCA — Property Director

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Property Director manages the physical facilities of the branch which includes maintenance, cleaning and supervision of staff. The property director is also responsible for the administration of the dept. (budgeting, etc.).

Job Requirements: High School degree/GED is required. 3-5 years’ experience in cleaning and building trades. Prior supervisory experience. 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: To develop annual operating plan for the Maintenance Department. 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 Department. Ensure that the department maintains a positive fiscal position. Is liaison with outside contractors and vendors. Manage the staff and volunteers – recruit, hire, train, develop, supervise and evaluate. This includes following all policies, procedures and timeframes of the association. Assure the facility is cleaned on a daily basis to the standards and guidelines of the CDYMCA. Create and implement a preventative maintenance for appropriate building equipment and facilities. Oversee and perform, as necessary, all maintenance and repair activities. Oversee and coordinate snow removal and lawn grooming. Monitor and maintain aquatic facilities in accordance with applicable standards and regulations. Participate and support all CDY special events and fund raising activities, including Reach out for Youth, annual membership campaign, branch fundraisers and open houses. Serve as staff representative to the branch Program Committee, CDYMCA P-Group and other committees, as requested. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. Other duties, as directed.

Salary: – Low 40s
Deadline: 11/28/2014

Please send all resumes and applications to: Thomas Anadio, Executive Director, Capital District YMCA-Troy Family Branch 2500 21st Street, Troy, NY 12180 or by E-mail.

The Guilderland Area YMCA — Third Shift Custodian

Under the direction of the Property Director, the custodian is responsible for cleaning the facility according to the standards of the CDYMCA.

Job Requirements: One year prior experience in custodial work preferred. Excellent human relation skills and communication skills. At the Y, our cause is to strengthen community. To fulfill this promise, we require strong cause-driven leaders to effect lasting personal and social change regarding our organization’s three key areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our employees are all leaders committed to nurturing the potential of all, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

Principal Responsibilities: Follow and complete daily housekeeping work schedule in all assigned areas, including climbing up and down ladders daily to maintain light fixtures, cleaning of windows (interior and 2nd floor exterior), cleaning of ventilation systems, vacuuming, moping, etc. Clean and sanitize assigned areas, according to established procedures and standards, using muriatic acid and sodium hypochloride on a daily basis. Assist with building repairs as requested. Loading and unloading of trucks, with lifting up to 50 lbs. Floor maintenance including operation of commercial buffers and scrubbers for extended periods of time. Assist in snow removal (running a snow blower and shoveling) or lawn grooming when necessary. Assist in set up and cleanup of rooms for special events, carrying and lifting tables and chairs. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. Other duties, as directed.

Scheduled Shift: Part Time; weekends, 10:30pm – 7:00am (8hrs plus fill in)
Pay Range: $9.35
Deadline: ASAP

Please forward all resumes and applications to: Jim Kisby, Property Director, Capital District YMCA – Guilderland Branch 250 Winding Brook Drive, Guilderland, NY 12084 or by E-mail.

The Schenectady County Library — Library Assistant (part-time)

Salary: The 2014 hourly rate for this position is $22.12 (Grade 13, Step 1)
Location: Central Library

Applicants who meet the following minimum qualifications may apply:

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a bachelor’s degree and one (1) year of library experience which shall have involved assisting in the day-to-day operations of a library.

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, County Building 2nd Floor by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Schenectady County Civil Service Exams

Forestry Crew Leader
Exam number: 63-834
Salary range: $35,788 – $42,601
Last date for filing: December 8, 2014
Exam date: January 24, 2015

Duties: This is a supervisory position involving responsibility for the efficient performance of assignments requiring a practical working knowledge of tree surgery practices. Provides instructions to city personnel indicating work to be done and work methods to be used. Checks work in process and upon completion. Also schedules and checks the work of outside vendors for tree removal. The work is performed under the supervision of the Commissioner of General Services or his/her designee. Supervision is exercised over all tree work and scheduling of tree work by both city personnel and outside contractors. The incumbent oversees park labor performing specific tasks. Does related work as required.

Caseworker
Exam number: 300-81
Salary range: $46,137 – $54,547
Last date for filing: December 8, 2014
Exam date: January 24, 2015

Duties: This position involves responsibility for assessing the social service needs of individuals and families within the community. The incumbent renders these services to families and individuals who are experiencing emotional, social, environmental and economic problems. Incumbents receive ongoing in-service training in social casework practices and procedures including training in applicable laws and regulations. General supervision is received from a senior caseworker or other supervisory personnel. General supervision may be exercised over the work of caseworker trainees. The incumbent does related work as required.

Caseworker (Spanish Speaking)
Exam number: 300-82
Salary range: $46,137 – $54,547
Last date for filing: December 8, 2014
Exam date: January 24, 2015

Duties: This position involves responsibility for assessing the social service needs of individuals and families within the community. The incumbent renders these services to families and individuals who are experiencing emotional, social, environmental and economic problems. Incumbents receive ongoing in-service training in social casework practices and procedures including training in applicable laws and regulations. General supervision is received from a senior caseworker or other supervisory personnel. General supervision may be exercised over the work of caseworker trainees. The incumbent does related work as required.

If you have questions regarding these examinations call (518) 388-4233 or write to Schenectady County Civil Service Commission, 620 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305.

Hope House, Inc. – Program Manager

Hope House, Inc., a multi-faceted treatment program for chemically dependent individuals, is currently seeking a Program Manager for our Outpatient Clinic. This position is located in Albany, NY.

Primary responsibilities include responding to the needs of the clients by developing activities/treatment services to enhance the clients’ abilities to address their substance abuse issues; supervision of staff and budgets; responsible for clinical treatment and decisions as team leader including keeping appropriate documentation and adherence to 822 regulations; must maintain a positive working relationship with regulatory agencies, referral sources and community based providers.

CASAC and/or QHP/license required and experience working with chemically dependent individuals. Prior supervisory/managerial experience, as well experience working in an outpatient clinic also required.

Please send your resume by E-mail.

Trinity Nursery and Day Care Center – NYS Certified Pre-K Teacher

Trinity Nursery and Day Care Center is seeking a NYS Certified Pre-K Teacher for our UPK classroom in Albany, NY. Trinity Nursery and Day Care Center offers a competitive salary and benefit package.

Please call Kathleen at (518) 436-4514 or E-mail your resume.

Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce — Membership Manager

The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, “One of the Top 3 Chambers in the Nation,” is seeking a Membership Manager to contribute to the chamber’s continued success.

To Apply for This Job, please send your salary requirements, cover letter and resume to Cindy Lovely, Executive Assistant at the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce by E-mail.

Our ideal candidate is a creative and enthusiastic self-starter with great organizational and multi-tasking skills. Through the development of sales leads, cold calls and client visits, this key position will sell and promote chamber membership benefits to a variety of area businesses and organizations.

This opportunity provides a competitive compensation package including base salary plus commission and 100% paid individual health insurance benefits.

Albany County Department of Civil Service — Exam Announcements

Please be aware that new exam announcements have been posted on the Albany County Department of Civil Service website.



Reflection for the Solemnity of Christ the King 2014

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The best life
can be.

I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal

Why did Jesus come to us? Why would the eternal Son of the Father give up the glory of heaven, His absolute power and Kingship to walk among us as a man, subject to all the temptations, pains, suffering, and sorrows we so often face as human beings?

Love! God’s answer to us is always love. He came so we would know exactly how much He, as God, loves us. He came to give us the promise only love could give: I love you so much that I am willing to give it all up. I am willing to empty Myself of everything and lay My life on the line, so you could have the promise of love – a life that will never end, in perfect joy and peace, with me in heaven. If I do not give up my life for you, you could never enter into heaven. Now you can, because I loved you enough to do all that for you.

This presents us with a challenge. How can we possibly respond to this enormous love? Our response is contained in the picture at the top of our bulletin: by making the rest of our life the best of our life. What does it mean to have the best life? Is it gathering goods, focusing on our personal successes, being satisfied in what we have and our pleasures? No, not at all! Making the rest of our life the best of our life means being changed, that we allow ourselves to be changed by the love of God and to be about the business of love.

To be engaged in the business of love starts with making love known. Jesus points out many ways we can do this: ‘I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.

Of course, those are means – but what’s the point? These actions only make sense, make a point, if they are the means by which we bring knowledge of Jesus’ love to others and help them enter His love. We use human means to make Jesus known and as an invitation. This includes our charity, words and the way we act toward others. Making Jesus known and inviting others into His love is the point, the basis, of every Christian’s life. It is the way we make the rest of our life the best of our life. It is the way we carry out His work and help people into the Kingdom. To make the rest of our life the best of our life let’s set to work in helping people know how good and loving God is. The world is missing His love. Let us help them partake of His love.


Mentors needed – RAMP Program

YOUTH POWER!‘s Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) is actively seeking dedicated and caring individuals to serve as mentors to help young people grow in their knowledge of careers and themselves.

RAMP is a high tech, career focused mentoring program for youth ages 11 to 17 who have a disability (diagnosed or perceived) and are involved with or at risk of entering the juvenile justice system. RAMP teaches youth about job options, how to set goals for themselves, and how to reach those goals with steps anchored in their daily lives to successfully transition them to employment, post secondary education and independent living. RAMP is seeking caring and dedicated individuals to spend 2 hours a week serving as mentors for weekly meetings at sites in Albany, Ravena and Cohoes. Mentors receive training and ongoing support as well as have the opportunity to participate in structured mentor-mentee activities which are payed for by the program. Mentors should be willing listeners, encouraging and supportive, patient and flexible and tolerant and respectful of individual differences.

Interested parties are encouraged to watch the four minute YouTube video below, view our recruitment flyer, and contact Elijah Fagan-Solis, YOUTH POWER! Mentoring Coordinator by E-mail or by calling 518-432-0333 ext 19.

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Job postings as of November 19, 2014

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The Troy Family YMCA Branch — Property Director

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Property Director manages the physical facilities of the branch which includes maintenance, cleaning and supervision of staff. The property director is also responsible for the administration of the dept. (budgeting, etc.).

Job Requirements: High School degree/GED is required. 3-5 years’ experience in cleaning and building trades. Prior supervisory experience. 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: To develop annual operating plan for the Maintenance Department. 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 Department. Ensure that the department maintains a positive fiscal position. Is liaison with outside contractors and vendors. Manage the staff and volunteers – recruit, hire, train, develop, supervise and evaluate. This includes following all policies, procedures and timeframes of the association. Assure the facility is cleaned on a daily basis to the standards and guidelines of the CDYMCA. Create and implement a preventative maintenance for appropriate building equipment and facilities. Oversee and perform, as necessary, all maintenance and repair activities. Oversee and coordinate snow removal and lawn grooming. Monitor and maintain aquatic facilities in accordance with applicable standards and regulations. Participate and support all CDY special events and fund raising activities, including Reach out for Youth, annual membership campaign, branch fundraisers and open houses. Serve as staff representative to the branch Program Committee, CDYMCA P-Group and other committees, as requested. Maintain cleanliness of facility as a member of Clean Team. Other duties, as directed.

Salary: – Low 40s
Deadline: 11/28/2014

Please send all resumes and applications to: Thomas Anadio, Executive Director, Capital District YMCA-Troy Family Branch, 2500 21st Street, Troy, NY 12180 Or by E-mail.

Census Jobs for the 2015 American Housing Survey

The United States Census Bureau is recruiting for part-time Temp Field Representatives in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie Counties. Must be over the age of 18, pass a background check, be a United States citizen, pass a written test and two interviews. Valid driver’s license, insured vehicle and phone required. Hiring begins in early 2015, work assignments March to August 2015. To learn more, or register for a test, E-mail your name, phone number and zip code or call (212) 584-3495.

Empire Justice Center — Health Law Paralegal-Full time, Albany Office

The Position: The paralegal will provide consumer assistance to Medicaid beneficiaries in need of long-term care services in ten counties in and near the Capital Region (Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia, Greene, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, Otsego and Delaware). They will be able to provide assistance and education on Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) as well as long-term care services in mainstream managed care and fee-for-service Medicaid; advise individuals on accessing care through these models, advocate for long term care services, assist with appeals, and identify and report on systemic problems in accessing appropriate care and services. This position does require the ability to establish an on-the-ground presence through partner organizations.

Skills and Abilities: 5-10 years’ experience; Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred; Ability to work independently and as part of a team; Strong written and verbal communication skills; Strong negotiation skills; Strong leadership skills; Strong organizational skills and adept at managing multiple priorities; Ability to manage time-sensitive obligations in client cases; Background in health law preferred, especially familiarity with public programs and the needs of dual eligibles.

Core Responsibilities and Duties: Develop on-site presence in ten counties in the Capital Region for consumer assistance to Medicaid beneficiaries receiving or in need of long term care services; Assist consumers in navigating Medicaid managed care and managed long-term care; Educate clients on long-term care services; Assist clients in accessing services through Medicaid Managed Care, Managed Long-term Care, and Medicaid waivers; Assist clients in appeals of service denials, reductions and terminations; Provide monthly reports on client services; Provide community presentations on Medicaid and Medicare.

Qualifications

Education: 5-10 years’ experience with either Paralegal certification or BA.

Special Knowledge and Skills: Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, and Excel desired.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the organization’s salary scale. Empire Justice Center offers a generous benefits package, including health insurance; pension and life insurance; vacation, holiday, personal and sick time. We are an organization that supports and encourages a work/life balance.
Empire Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and desires a diverse work force.

Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2014. If interested please E-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional references to Rebecah Corcoran, Human Resources Manager, Empire Justice Center.

Albany County – Real Property Clerk

Distinguishing features of the class: This position involves responsibility for performing a variety of para- professional tasks assisting in the administration of the real property tax service agency. The incumbent has the responsibility to assist town assessors with various questions as they relate to exemptions, preparation of assessment rolls, processing corrections of assessment rolls, refunds of taxes assessor reports and re-levied taxes. The work is performed under the direct supervision of the Director of Real Property Tax Service Agency. Does related work as required.

Typical work activities: Processes RP5217s after filing in the County Clerk’s Office which includes reviewing for accuracy and distributing to the individual local municipalities and reporting to NYS Tax and Finance; Gathers data and prepares correspondence to be submitted into the monthly audit and finance meeting and county legislative meetings; Maintains records of subdivision maps for all of Albany County and does preliminary work before they are finalized and filed, including parcel merger requests; Answers incoming phone calls and provides information regarding deed references, tax maps, correction of errors on assessment and tax rolls and other information as it relates to the Real Property Tax Law; Provides information to individuals visiting the agency, including the general public, tax searchers, surveyors, county employees and other local government agencies; Maintains a log of incoming correspondence and subsequent action taken; Receives, reviews and collects all necessary data for the processing of applications of correction assessment rolls, tax rolls and applications for refunds of taxes, which includes mathematical computations, in order for the County Directors to make their recommendations to the Legislature; Tracks the terms of Board of Assessment Review (BAR) members for all municipalities in Albany County and is responsible for assuring they meet the minimum qualifications to serve on the BAR; Coordinates the training of BAR members; Assists with the training of local assessors.

Full performance knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characterisitcs: Good knowledge of real property terminology and tax structure, procedures and forms; Good knowledge of modern office terminology, procedures, equipment and business English and arithmetic; Good knowledge of the methods and procedures of record maintenance and the processing of land transfer and taxation transactions; Working knowledge of New York State Real Property Tax law and local policy; Working knowledge of real property valuation and assessment; Working knowledge of the New York State Real Property Information System; Ability to deal effectively with the public; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet and databases at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

The Salary is $36,617.

Minimum qualifications: Either:

A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college with at least an Associate’s degree and one (1) year of work experience involving real property assessment records, real estate values or title search techniques; OR,

B. Graduation from high school and three (3) years of work experience involving real property assessment records, real estate values or title search techniques.

Please E-email a resume to Ainsley A. Thomas, Director of Affirmative Action, Albany County Department of Human Resources.

Albany County Civil service Positions

Please be aware that new exam announcements have been posted on the Albany County Department of Civil Service website.

New York State Correction Officer Exams


The New York State Department of Civil Service has announced examinations for the position of Correction Officer Trainee
(25-831) and Correction Officer Trainee (Spanish Language) (25-832)
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Schenectady County Correction Officer Exams

Minimum qualifications: On the date of the written test, graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.

Exam Title: Correction Officer

Exam Number: 65-844 Spanish, 65-843 English

Salary Range: $34,217 – $53,061 (2012)

Last Date For Filing: November 24, 2014

Date Of Examination: January 10, 2015

Residency requirement: Immediately preceding the date of the written test and appointment, candidates must have been legal residents of Schenectady, Albany, Schoharie, Montgomery or Saratoga county for at least one month.

Special requirements: See announcements please

Special note: Permanent appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check. Failure to meet the standards set for the investigative screening may result in disqualification.

Assistant Principal – Vanderheyden

Position Summary: The Assistant Principal’s primary job responsibility is the supervision, discipline, and monitoring of students. The Assistant Principal, under the direction of the Building Principal, implements and enforces school board policies, administrative rules and regulations. In the absence of the Building Principal, the Assistant Principal shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the Building Principal. The Assistant Principal will work cooperatively with the administrative team, support goals and initiatives, and be held directly accountable to the Principal.

Primary Duties & Essential Functions: Understand and support the Agency Mission. Adheres to and enforces policy, school guidelines, administrative directives, and Agency standards. Enforces guidelines to maintain proper discipline and conduct. Assists in the development and administration of policies dealing with discipline, conduct, and attendance. Communicates relevant policies and procedures with regard to student discipline, conduct, and attendance to students, staff, and parents. Assists the Building Principal with student actions. Works with and assists faculty in the development of effective classroom discipline and organization. Maintains an effective and safe school environment. Assists Building Principal with safety drills on a regular basis and is able to implement emergency evacuations and lock-downs effectively. Assists in curriculum development to meet the needs of all students. Prepares required reports and paperwork such as discipline reports, suspension reports, expulsion paperwork, discrimination complaints, injury reports, parent communications, and other paperwork as assigned. Works with the Building Principal in the preparation of appropriate handbooks. Assists in the selection and mentoring of staff. Works as a team member to meet the system-wide needs of the school. Assists in supervision of special events. Assists in the care and management of the building and grounds, furniture, equipment, apparatus, books, and supplies. Notifies the Building Principal when maintenance is needed. Assume other responsibilities that belong to all education staff members such as participation in the behavior management program, insuring the health, safety and supervision of students and enforcing the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Provide training and support to staff within the Education Department. Develop supportive and nurturing relationships with students while consistently reinforcing program expectations. As this list of duties and responsibilities are not intended to be all-inclusive, other tasks and responsibilities may be assigned from time to time as business or school needs require.

Required Education, Knowledge and Skills: Master’s Degree in Education with New York certification as a school administrator. Minimum of 2 years of successful experience with at-risk youth and or youth with special education needs. Minimum of 2 years successful experience as a classroom teacher – special education experience preferred. Experience in interviewing, hiring, supervising, and appraisal of staff. Knowledge of state and federal laws, guidelines, and regulations regarding education of special needs and non-special needs children in this state, including Part 100 and Part 200 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Knowledge of the provision of educational services to disabled and non-disabled children. Knowledge of the federal and state grants applicable to education programs in similar settings. Working knowledge of the principles of curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. Working knowledge of teacher competencies, training, supervision and appraisal.

Abilities and Working Conditions: Must be available to work a first shift, 40 hour work week. Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation. Willingness to respond to the needs of a culturally diverse population. Ability to deal positively with changing priorities in a fast paced environment. Display a positive, professional and proactive attitude to accomplish quality work that is in line with the agency’s mission statement. Seek opinions, alternative viewpoints in decision making. Understand and respect the expertise and experience of others, appreciate the different views, and the perspective and limitations of other individuals. Exhibit a professional, courteous demeanor with internal and external constituents.

Vanderheyden is committed to the Sanctuary Model – a blueprint for clinical and organizational change which, at its core, promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community. The Sanctuary Model’s focus is not only on the people who seek services, but equally on the people and systems that provide those services.

To Apply send cover letter and resume by E-mail.


Ś+P Edward Panfil

EdwardPanfilLifelong parishioner and member of our Holy Polish National Catholic Church, śp. Edward Panfil, 95, passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side on Friday, November 14th, 2014.

238Born and raised in Schenectady, NY, he was the son of the late śp. Lawrence and śp. Catherine (Mortka) Panfil. In addition to his parents, Edward was predeceased by his wife, śp. Josephine (Kopec) Panfil; and his sisters, śp. Florence Panfil, śp. Gladys Ordyk, śp. Emily Kopec, and śp. Nellie Kosiba.

Ed was a gentle, caring man who loved his family. He enjoyed working in his woodworking shop, designing and building many wonderful things out of wood. He also enjoyed playing pool, bocci ball, and darts, and he looked forward to his daily bourbon manhattan and watching his NY Giants and Mets.

Edward is survived by his sons, Lawrence E. Panfil (Donna) of Saratoga Springs, NY, Allen C. Panfil (Anne) of Chalfont, PA; his grandchildren, Laurie Woodworth and Lawrence A. Panfil (Beth); his great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jack, Shawn and Tyler; and several nieces and nephews who all loved him dearly. He will also be missed by his longtime friend, Edith Derico.

Ed grew up in Schenectady, graduated from Nott Terrace High School, and then entered the Apprentice Training Program at the Watervliet Arsenal. In 1943 he joined the army and served as a technician fourth grade with the Fifth Army, 350th Infantry, in Italy during WWII. Post war he was employed as a toolmaker first class at ALCO Products in Schenectady. Two years later he became a planner with General Electric’s Guided Missile Dept., working on the development of rocket engines. GE then moved Ed and his family to San Jose, CA, in their Atomic Power Equipment Department which was at the forefront in the manufacturing of nuclear fuel. After moving back East, he served as a manufacturing engineer with GE’s ordinance dept. in Pittsfield, MA, with responsibility for numerically controlled machine tools used in the manufacture of Polaris Guided Missile Systems. Ed was a founding member of the National Numerical Control Society and cofounder and twice chairman of the GE Numerical Control Group which was dedicated to the sharing of information among various company departments. He then left GE to be the Eastern Regional Sales Representative for numerical controlled machines with the Burgmaster Corporation. Four years later he returned to General Electric in Schenectady where he retired as a senior manufacturing engineer in 1979 with 27 years of service. After retirement he worked briefly for Gordon Light at Light’s Funeral Home. Ed was part of The Goose Hill Gang, a group of men who grew up together in that section of Schenectady and gathered weekly in their later years to have lunch together at various restaurants. His friend, former Mayor Frank Ducci, is now the last survivor of the group.

śp. Edward was a lifelong communicant of The Holy Name of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church where he was a member of the HarmoniacChoir (an occasional soloist), and a past member of the Parish Committee. He was also a member of the GE Quarter Century Club, the Colonie Elks, and the Son’s of Italy where he had many friends. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 19th at the Holy Name of Jesus Church. Interment followed in Holy Name of Jesus Cemetery, Donald Ave., Schenectady.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1040 Pearl St., Schenectady, NY 12303 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may the perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.


Bible Study for the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time 2014

Pray the week: Lord Jesus, I praise and thank You for all the gifts You have given me. Grant that I may make a profitable return of Your gifts.