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School Based Social Worker/Counselor Advocate
Flushing, New York


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.


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.   


  • 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.


  • 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
Please indicate “GPS – Counselor Advocate” in subject of email.      

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.