Learning to Work - Counseling Director

Job Type

Full Time




593 Columbus Avenue
New York
New York
United States


Intro/Program Description: Goddard Riverside Community Center (GRCC) Learning to Work (LTW) for Transfer Schools Program at Edward Reynolds West Side High School supports students who are over-aged and under-credited (ages 16 -21) to graduate with a high school diploma and a realistic and meaningful post-secondary plan. In partnership with the school, the program provides individualized and group support through counseling, advisory groups and advocacy, paid and unpaid internships and college and career exploration. Counseling services are delivered in partnership with the DOE school support team through a seamless collaboration. The 2018-2019 is a start-up year for this program.

Purpose of Position: The LTW Counseling Director provides supervision of the counseling staff of the Goddard Riverside LTW program. As the first Counseling Director for a new program, establishing protocols for staff and the DOE collaboration will be an essential leadership function. The Counseling Director will provide capacity building towards evidence-based and best practices in delivery of counseling services and case management to ensure positive program engagement of LTW team with participants as well as ongoing case conferencing in collaboration with the school counseling staff. Counseling Director will also provide crisis intervention, individual and group counseling for students as well as referrals as needed to other resources to prevent barriers to success. Counseling Director will also be partner with LTW Program Director to ensure the smooth day-to-day running and supervision of program-related staff and services in accordance with all program goals, targets, and performance outcomes and adhere to all GRCC program policies, procedures, and protocols.

Monday through Friday - 8:00am - 4:00pm

Full Time - Exempt

Role, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties

1. Supervision

  • Oversee the counseling, advisory and student advocacy within the program in close collaboration with the DOE support team (guidance and social work staff).
  • Hire, train and supervise the counseling staff (2 in year 1, expanding to 4 in year 2)
  • Provide professional development opportunities to LTW team to ensure evidence-based and best practices to case management and counseling services to participants.
  • Provide program leadership including supervision of LTW team in absence of the Program Director

2. Collaborate with DOE Student Support team

  • Establish protocols with the DOE support staff (guidance and social work staff)
  • Collaborate with DOE support team to strengthen the family advisory groups (student advisory)

3. Direct Service

  • Provide primary person services to a small caseload of participants as needed.
  • Conduct small groups as needed.
  • Participate in student recruitment, intake and assessment
  • Collaborate in the successful launch of program with LTW Program Director including hiring, training and supervision of program staff and collaborating with the NYCDOE Staff and the school community.

4. Program Leadership

  • In collaboration with school leadership, LTW Program Director and ADED, develop program protocols and practices.
  • Participate in the development of partnerships with organizations and entities needed to meet social and emotional needs of program participants.
  • Develop protocols for working with and supervise ongoing work with families and supportive adults
  • Participate as a member of the leadership team to conduct ongoing data review and strategize responses.
  • Work collaboratively with school community and program leadership to ensure professional development opportunities and a healthy work environment for LTW Staff and School Community.
  • Attend and organize, when appropriate, school / community-based meetings, administrative meetings, professional development trainings and other meetings as needed.
  • Participate in advocacy and community building efforts as needed to bring visibility and voice for the program, school community and Goddard Riverside Community Center.
  • Participate in all Goddard Riverside meetings of youth department and department heads, and agency-wide events and activities as needed,
  • Complete task and/ projects assigned by LTW Program Director, ADED and DED.


Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Master’s in Social Work (preferred), School Counseling or Mental Health
  • State license in social work (strongly preferred); may consider license in mental health or school counseling
  • Minimum of two years of experience providing counseling and/or case management
  • Experience with teens, older youth and/or young adults
  • Knowledge of evidence-based and/or Best Practices
  • Must obtain Department of Education fingerprint clearance and maintain throughout duration of employment.
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Ability to self-reflect
  • Efficient and organized
  • Self-starter
  • Knowledge of trauma and approaches effective for teens and young adults
  • Team player
  • Knowledgeable or willing to learn web-based systems
  • Compassionate
  • Sense of humor a plus
  • Flexibility
  • Multitasker

Physical Requirements

  • Frequent walking and standing

Work Environment

  • School Community
  • Fast paced
  • Team Oriented


Excellent Benefits!

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree