Advocate Counselor (Bilingual)
Good Shepherd Services - Brooklyn, NY

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ADVOCATE COUNSELOR (BILINGUAL)
WEST BROOKLYN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

_Building on Strengths in
Individuals, Families and Communities!_

OUR MISSION

  • To lead in the development of innovative programs that ensures a more promising future for our program participants.
  • To advocate zealously for principles necessary to empower those with whom we work.
  • To provide quality service to individuals consistent with their dignity and to communities consistent with their needs.

*WHO WE ARE
Good Shepherd Services* has won the Non Profit Excellence Award for Overall Management Excellence given by the New York Times Company! Good Shepherd Services is a non-sectarian, social service and youth development agency which positively affects the lives of more than 18,000 children and families annually. Throughout our history, we have shown leadership in developing effective programs that help New York City's more vulnerable residents gain the support, skills and opportunities necessary for success in life. United by our shared mission and vision, these programs are characterized by a profound respect for the strengths inherent in individuals, families and communities. We provide city-wide residential and foster care services with concentrations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. In addition, we have developed two networks of community-based educational support, youth development, family support, and after school programs, in Brooklyn, primarily in the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Red Hook and Gowanus and in Central Bronx. Through our professional training services, we help to ensure the implementation of best practices in human services agencies across the City.

JOB SUMMARY:
The Advocate Counselor provides individual and group counseling to high school students and assists in implementing other aspects of the program. The Advocate Counselor and facilitates the Community Leaders’ class. Hours: 35 Hours/Week, Exempt.

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Monitor student attendance and educational progress.
  • Provide counseling and conduct attendance outreach including homes visits and visits to work sites.
  • Plan and facilitate Community Leaders’ group classes.
  • Recruit students and conduct intake assessments and interviews.
  • Support student growth by providing continuous feedback and addressing behaviors to meet the individual needs of students.
  • Develop student schedules; monitor and counsel students on credit accumulation and graduation requirements.
  • Provide crisis intervention and conflict mediation and assistance with out-of-school issues.
  • 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 the high school.
  • Complete program documentation, statistics, and assist guidance counselor with school records.
  • Orient students to the program and assist them in developing and implementing academic goal plans.
  • 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.
  • Facilitate workshops for students regarding job and career development activities.
  • Assist students with finding and sustaining employment.
  • Assist students in preparing financial aid, college applications and other post-high school career/academic plans in collaboration with guidance counselor.
  • Participate in staff meetings, overnight retreats, and staff development.
  • Develop an elective, after-school component to the program.
  • Develop and implement student enrichment activities.
  • Occasional evening and Saturday hours required.
  • Perform other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required.
  • Valid driver’s license preferred.
  • Extensive experience working with adolescents individually and in groups.
  • Commitment to assisting students in understanding and working with the school mission and philosophy.
  • Commitment to working as a member of the school team.
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based and or youth development perspective.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
All staff members are expected to be committed to the mission, vision and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment.

We offer an outstanding work environment, opportunities for career development and competitive benefits. Interested and qualified parties should apply now!

Employee Referral Award Program: If you, as our employee, refer an outside candidate for this position, you will be awarded $300: $150 upon the candidate starting as an employee and $150 upon successful completion of the first six months of employment.

Good Shepherd Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


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