Re-Entry Vocational Counselor

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States



The SMART Program is a new collaboration between Housing Works and the NYC Department of Corrections (DOC) aimed at reducing the likelihood of recidivism for detainees in the custody of DOC. Specifically, the SMART program provides individual and group services to detainees at the Manhattan and Brooklyn Detention Centers, provides assistance with transition from jail to the community, and offers community based services to help stabilize participants, including connection to health care, housing, case management and vocational support services. The target population for this project is adult males (22 years and older). With support from the Reentry Vocational Program Manager, the Vocational Counselor will assist in developing and maintaining internal and external partnerships aimed at creating suitable paid internships and job placements for formerly incarcerated SMART Program participants. Additionally, the Vocational Counselor will be responsible for working with individual program participants to engage in career assessment and planning and conduct training on soft skills and career readiness topics. The ideal candidate for the position will have experience in vocational counseling, partnership development, and direct work with criminal justice involved population. A Bachelors Degree required or Master’s Degree preferred in a related field is required. Working knowledge of issues related to employment of formerly incarcerated individuals is preferred.


  • Provide vocational counseling and support to program participants.
  • Conduct career counseling and assessment activities.
  • Link participants with Housing Works services and programs for support and assistance.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with external partners with goal of creating placement opportunities for program participants.
  • Support clients through the implementation of the work assignment plan by determining their job goals and matching them with a job opening appropriate to their level of skill and ability.
  • Facilitate employment readiness groups.
  • Create weekly and monthly reporting on placement activities and retention data.
  • Work collaboratively with all SMART Program staff.
  • Adhere to policies as set by Housing Works and NYC DOC staff.
  • Maintain communication with NYC DOC regarding operations.
  • Promote Housing Works’ core values in day to day activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Document client progress and outcomes utilizing EMR software.


  • Bachelors required or Master’s Degree preferred in related field.
  • Experience with group facilitation preferred.
  • Vocational counseling and placement experience
  • Professional communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience and commitment to working with individuals with criminal justice involvement, substance use and mental health issues preferred.

Housing Works provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements. Housing Works complies with applicable state and loc al laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.




Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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