School Based Social Worker/Counselor Advocate
Flushing, New York
STATEMENT OF THE JOB
The Counselor Advocate will work in a school based setting to provide counseling and academic advisement to a caseload of students who have had a history of chronic absenteeism. The Counselor Advocate must have a passion for youth development and experience working with adolescents from a strengths based perspective. This position will be employed through the Attendance Improvement Dropout Prevention Program under the direct supervision of the Director of Youth & Adolescent Based Programs of the Central Queens Y.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Counselor Advocate will
- Provide individual and group counseling to program participants.
- Provide academic advisement and tutoring to students in program.
- Develop and implement mental, emotional, educational and programmatic goals in collaboration with the participant and follow up throughout the duration of their involvement in program.
- Provide attendance outreach to students to assist them in improving attendance from pervious year.
- Administer home visits to program participants.
- Maintain ongoing communication and outreach with student’s families throughout the school year.
- Complete intake assessments and educational action achievement plans with students.
- Work collaboratively with all school based and agency staff. Attend all necessary interdepartmental meetings.
- Complete case notes, input outreach in online database and maintain case records and files for each student.
- Provide crisis intervention and make referrals as necessary.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
- An MSW or Masters degree in Counseling/Psychology.
- Experience providing high quality youth and adolescent supportive and education programming.
- Bi-lingual English/Spanish speaking strongly preferred.
- Computer skills required.
- Experience working in a school based setting preferred.
- Interest and passion in providing social services to youth and families in need.
- Ability to analyze information and evaluate results in order to help youth and their families choose the best solutions in solving problems.
- Experience working with patients from culturally diverse backgrounds, and the ability to demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity.
- Organizational skills to coordinate multiple tasks and responsibilities.
- Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, networking, and transactional skills.
SPECIFICATIONS FOR PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to travel to multiple service sites within the division, and to the homes of program participants for home visits.
Start Date: July 1, 2013
Salary: Commensurate with experience
How to Apply:
Please email a cover letter and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please indicate “GPS – Counselor Advocate” in subject of email.
Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.