Connecting Top Talent with Top Jobs in Plattsburgh, New York

About Us

Welcome to Spherion®, Plattsburgh’s best source for qualified talent and exciting career opportunities. Building on nearly 25 years of staffing success, local owner Ken Ballard and his recruiting team have been serving the workforce needs of the North Country for many years—from Plattsburgh and Malone to Lake Placid and beyond. In 2010, they expanded their offices to the Plattsburgh area to better serve the needs of their clients and candidates.

Spherion is a national staffing leader with a distinct local focus and more than 65 years of experience connecting talent to companies that prove a mutually successful fit. Partnering together, your workforce and job search needs will be met by a team of staffing experts with 30 years of combined industry expertise and a willingness to go above and beyond to meet your unique needs.

Our Plattsburgh staffing team lives by four basic principles: integrity, professionalism, helping people and ethics. This is what you can expect, and nothing less, when you work with Spherion. We are passionate about what we do and committed to your highest satisfaction!

Our Services

Spherion® provides a broad range of recruiting and staffing services to businesses and those who live in the Plattsburgh area. Local owner Ken Ballard and his staffing team have a reputation for delivering the highest standard of service to their customers. Whatever your needs, you can count on us to go the extra mile to ensure your workforce needs are met with exceptional service and outstanding results. We are also well-versed in New York labor laws, so you can rest confident in the solutions we deliver.

Spherion places a wide spectrum of flexible, temp-to-hire and direct-hire talent, including:
• Administrative & Clerical
• Light Industrial
• Customer Service & Call Center
• Educational Support Services
• Non-Clinical Healthcare
• Professional

Flexible Staffing
Spherion helps companies meet the fluctuating needs of their business by providing short-term talent with the skills to keep their business operating productively. From sourcing, screening and validating candidate skills, to tracking attendance, processing payroll, government compliance and health insurance, our team manages every aspect of the staffing process.

For businesses that require staffing support but are not ready to fill a permanent position, Spherion offers temp-to-hire solutions. It’s a great way to “try out” an employee for a period of time before making a full-time commitment. If you’re happy with their performance, you can easily transition them to a permanent role within your organization.

Direct Hire
The Plattsburgh Spherion team has extensive expertise filling permanent positions across a range of skill sets and professional specialties. When you need to find talent with unique skills and experience, we can tap into our robust network of local talent, as well as our national database of candidates and quickly identify the ideal person for your opportunity.

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Awards and Recognitions

Plattsburgh Spherion® owner Ken Ballard and his recruiting team have a reputation for staffing excellence, and it’s evident in the accolades they have achieved, including:
• Spherion Corporation President’s Award (2011, 2010, 2008, 2007)
• Spherion Corporation Owner of the Year Award (2008)

Affiliations and Partnerships

Spherion® is a locally owned staffing company with deep roots in the Plattsburgh market. A big part of their business is connecting with others and building relationships with the diverse people who live in their community. Owner Ken Ballard and his staffing team are involved in a variety of local organizations that make a positive difference in their community and their business:
• American Heart Walk Association
• Work Readiness Program
• Adirondack Young Professionals
• Business Professional Women
• Plattsburgh Chamber of Commerce
• Boys & Girls Club
• Medical Milestone Sponsor

Meet our Team

Kenneth J. Ballard
  • Kenneth J. Ballard
  • Owner/President
  • Ken is a 16-year veteran in the recruiting industry. He currently owns and operates two staffing offices with locations in Plattsburgh, New York and South Burlington, Vermont. Ken’s career in staffing began in 1997, when he became a temporary employee with Spherion. Shortly thereafter, he was offered a permanent position in their Vermont staffing office. Through promotion and tenure, Ken was presented with the opportunity to purchase the operation. What began as a team of three, has since grown to 10 associates who have proudly served hundreds of clients and thousands of employees over the years. Ken maintains an active status on multiple non-profit boards, a state-wide business advocacy board, and has been appointed twice by Vermont governors to an employment advisory council. Ken hails from New Hampshire and is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine.
Jana Venable
  • Jana Venable
  • Branch Manager
  • Jana began her career in the recruiting industry in 2003, working as a Headhunter in Orlando, FL. After specializing in direct-hire placement for three-and-a-half years, Jana decided to give the recruiting and staffing side of the industry a shot. In 2008, Jana moved to the Adirondack region and fell in the love with the mountains and Lake Champlain. She applied to be an administrative temp with the South Burlington Spherion office, but was offered a full-time position as a recruiter instead. In 2010, owner Ken Ballard expanded his offices to the Plattsburgh NY area, promoting Jana to Branch Manager and Lead Recruiter of the new office. Jana has enjoyed getting to know the local community and takes pride in caring for the employees, clients, and talented candidates she works with every day. Jana’s outgoing personality and genuine passion for helping people grow and excel makes Spherion the perfect home for her, as the company’s ideals and integrity reflect her own.
  • Michelle Boyea
  • HR Coordinator
  • Michelle got her start in recruiting at CVPH Medical Center where she interned in their Recruitment Department during her last two semesters at SUNY Plattsburgh. After graduation, she moved to New Jersey to look for work in Manhattan. As luck would have it, she got a job with a staffing agency looking for short-term office support during their busy season. After three months on assignment with them, they offered her a full-time position—and so began her career in the staffing industry. While she gained a lot of experience in the hustle and bustle of a New York City office, she missed Plattsburgh and all of her friends and family. During that time, Spherion’s Plattsburgh office was looking to expand their staff and she proved a great fit for the position. Michelle’s bubbly personality and knowledge of the area has been a true asset to their team. She has been with Spherion since 2011 and is so happy to be back home matching local people to exciting opportunities!
  • Kelley Plummer
  • Business Development Manager
  • Having owned and operated a successful business for 17 years, Kelley decided it was time to spend more time with her children and start giving back to the community. While it was a difficult decision to sell her company, it led her to discover her true passion of helping small companies reach their full potential. By volunteering her time and sharing her HR and management knowledge, she was able to help a number of companies become compliant with government policies, streamline business processes and create new marketing avenues. When Kelley came to Spherion, she interviewed for a different position, but after meeting her, Spherion wanted her on their team. They offered her the position of Business Development Manager in 2012, and never looked back. Kelley believes in superior customer service and constantly strives for service excellence. With Kelley’s ethical nature and savvy business sense, she fits right in at Spherion!

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  • Spherion
  • 14 Durkee Street, Suite 125
    Plattsburgh, New York 12901
  • 1-518-825-2060
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Meet Our Team

Kenneth J. Ballard
  • Kenneth J. Ballard
  • Owner/President
Jana Venable
  • Jana Venable
  • Branch Manager
  • Michelle Boyea
  • HR Coordinator
  • Kelley Plummer
  • Business Development Manager
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