Good Shepherd Services, a leading NYC non-profit committed to the success of young people and families, is currently seeking an Advocate Counselor/Career Specialist, for our West Brooklyn Community High School Program in Brooklyn.
The Advocate Counselor plans and teaches the Paper Chasers course. Provides individual and group counseling to high school students and assists in implementing the Learning To Work initiative and other aspects of the program.
Plan, teach, and grade the Paper Chasers course.
Individual responsibility for 30 students, including maintaining their attendance and educational progress, and providing regular individual counseling meetings. Attendance outreach includes phone calls, homes visits and visits to work sites.
Responsible for planning and facilitating the Community Leaders group twice weekly.
Assist students to attain an attendance rate of at least 90% regularly. Provides crisis intervention and assistance with in and out-of-school issues.
Develop student schedules; monitor and counsel students on credit accumulation and graduation requirements.
Develop and implement workshops for job readiness, college & career exploration for school.
Provide students with job and career development activities such as resume and cover letter writing, preparing for job applications and interviews and learning about positive work habits.
Recruit students and conduct intake assessments and interviews. Orient students to the program; assist them in developing and implementing academic goal plans, from their initial enrollment through graduation.
Assist students with Post High School planning and with completing the College Application process, in collaboration with guidance counselor.
Participate in school’s post secondary planning committee.
Assist with gathering and review of LTW documentation.
Coordinate ongoing implementation of career and employment skills assessment for new students.
Assist with referrals to outside resources, including employment, emergency shelter, day care, and additional social services.
Develop and facilitate health services and insurance enrollment for youth from WBCHS.
Timely completion of program documentation, statistics, and assisting guidance counselor with school records.
Support student growth by providing continuous feedback and resources to meet the individual needs of his/her students.
Work as collaborative team with faculty to support student progress.
Engage students’ families to support positive outcomes for the student. Assisting families with identified needs.
Assist students with finding and sustaining employment, including employment during the summer.
Participate in staff meetings, overnight retreats and staff development.
Develop and implement student enrichment activities.
Occasional evening and Saturday hours required.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
Valid driver’s license preferred.
May require use of public transportation and ability to walk up flights of stairs.
Extensive experience working with adolescents individually and in groups.
Committed to assisting students in understanding and working with the school mission and philosophy.
Committed to working as a member of the school team.
Must have a commitment to work from a strength based and or youth development perspective.