Advocate Counselor
Good Shepherd Services - Brooklyn, NY

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South Brooklyn Community High School
Temporary: April 28th-June 27th, 2014

Building on Strengths in Individuals, Families and Communities!


  • 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.

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.

Our High School serves students who are over-age, under credited and have a history of truancy. The Advocate Counselor provides attendance outreach and individual and group counseling to students and assists in implementing other aspects of the GSS/DOE partnership school program to promote the education and leadership goals of the students. He/She will support the school’s mission of providing students with a quality academic experience that prepares them for post-secondary education, meaningful employment, healthy relationships, and participation in the life of their communities.


  • Responsible for a caseload of students, including maintaining their attendance and educational progress and providing regular individual counseling meetings.
  • Provide attendance outreach, counseling and family support to help students attain a regular attendance rate of 90%. This includes home or work site visits.
  • Plan and facilitate advisory group sessions twice weekly.
  • Support student progress and development by providing student & family with continuous feedback and resources to meet the individual needs of students and ensure success in achieving a high school diploma.
  • Monitor and counsel students on credit accumulation and graduation requirements.
  • Work as part of a collaborative team of DOE/GSS faculty to support student progress and develop appropriate educational goals and plans for individual students.
  • Provide crisis intervention, conflict mediation, and social-emotional support.
  • Ensure timely completion of Powerschool documentation, other documentation of work, and statistics, and assist DOE to ensure accuracy of student records.
  • Actively engage in individual and team use of data to inform practice.
  • Engage students’ families to support positive outcomes for the student; assist families with identified needs.
  • Participate in staff meetings, overnight retreats, and staff development.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required.
  • Valid driver’s license preferred.
  • Experience working with adolescents, individually and in groups.
  • Must be able to use of public transportation and the ability to walk up stairs.
  • Commitment to assisting student in understanding and working with the school mission and philosophy.
  • Commitment to working as a member of an interdisciplinary school team.
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based or youth and family 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 forward their resume by clicking Apply Now and indicating position & location of interest.

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. Any offer of employment is contingent upon receiving satisfactory references and approval of hire by applicable regulatory bodies, as appropriate. For programs regulated by the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Department of Youth Justice Programs, the respective City departments determine employment eligibility and advise Good Shepherd Services (GSS) if the organization can hire the individual. Falsification or omission of relevant information in connection with any application for employment is grounds for denial or dismissal.

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