Employment Division

The Employment Unit is committed to the philosophy that the best way to succeed in the job market is to join it, developing work habits and skills on the job.  By coordinating with our local BOCES, Working Solutions One Stop Centers, community agencies, as well as the disability community, the Employment Division is able to provide a wide range of job seeking and retention activities.

Temporary Assistance applicants and recipients and SNAP recipients are usually referred by their eligibility examiner to either the Utica or Rome DSS Employment Division office to work register.  Case managers in the Employment Division work to meet State and Federal requirements while individually tailoring an Employment Plan to the talents and needs of the recipients.

When a Temporary Assistance individual obtains a job, he or she is assigned an eligibility examiner in a special unit for employed individuals.  This unit works hand in hand with the Employment division to insure a smooth transition process as they work their way towards independence.  When the Temporary Assistance case closes due to wages, transitional services are available such as Medicaid, SNAP, Daycare, and community referrals to meet the family’s needs.

If you are on Temporary Assistance and have not been referred to meet with Employment Division staff, please contact your examiner.  If you have recently closed your Temporary Assistance case, or have questions about transitional services such as Daycare, Medicaid, SNAP, or other community services, please call the Utica Employment Unit located at 800 Park Ave., Utica, phone (315) 798-5015 or Rome Employment Unit located at  the DSS building at 300 West Dominick St., Rome, phone (315) 338-0242.