Counselor- Young Adult Literacy Program-Full-Time, Brooklyn, NY

Job Type

Full Time




United States


As Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) celebrates its 35th Anniversary, we are looking for an energetic, committed and passionate Young Adult Literacy (YALP) Counselor to work with youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who lack the reading, writing and/or math skills needed to enroll in a High School Equivalency (HSE) Test Preparation Program. Trainees receive pre-HSE basic skills training along with full support services.  The Counselor is responsible for four general areas including: Outreach, Intake & Assessment; Individual Counseling and follow-up; Small Group Counseling and; Case Records Management and Reporting.


Who We Are and Where We Are Going:

OBT, a premier Workforce Development organization in NYC, is in the process of developing its next phase of growth, focused on expanding employment opportunities for our clients. Founded in 1983, we have established a proven track record as a strong community-based organization. We have assisted thousands of NYC opportunity youth and adults gain critical skills and obtain employment. As a leading Workforce Development training not-for-profit, OBT provides a training program that balances high accountability and high support, with the goal of developing self-sufficiency and providing access to quality career pathways. We are excited to continue to develop on our strong foundation and demonstrated success while meeting the challenges and opportunities of the modern workplace.


Specific Duties:

▪      Assist the Director in coordinating the daily activities of the YALP program;

▪      Conduct outreach and recruitment to enroll trainees into the program;

▪      Maintain trainee case files and accurately record case notes on a regular basis; enter data into the funder’s and OBT’s data management systems.

▪      Maintain contact with current and past participants via approved social networking sites such as Facebook, using established OBT protocols;

▪      Conduct intake assessments with youth applicants to ensure both eligibility and suitability for the program using standard OBT and funder guidelines;

▪      Where appropriate, refer ineligible applicants to other programs and services;

▪      Maintain an active database of support services and other programs for referral purposes;

▪      Conduct weekly individual counseling sessions with each assigned trainee to ensure adjustment to and compliance with program requirements and is progressing within their competencies (program goals);

▪      Conduct group counseling (twice weekly) using a prescribed curriculum that addresses such topics as: time management, managing stress, building self-esteem, effective listening, goals setting, teamwork, adjusting poor attitude, and general life skills;

▪      Enter counseling case notes into funders data base on a weekly basis;

▪      Provide daily intervention on disciplinary cases and provide corrective action recommendations based upon program and OBT guidelines; enforce program dress and behavior codes as well as punctuality and attendance requirements;

▪      Review trainee evaluations with teachers and discuss trainee progress on a regular basis; along with teachers, develop individual strategies for corrective action;

▪      Provide ongoing feedback on trainee issues to other staff, including Job Developers and administration especially as it relates to trainee progress and employment readiness;

▪      Follow-up with trainees regarding outstanding required documentation;

▪      Administer the Individual Service Strategy (ISS) questionnaire (required government form) with each trainee;

▪      Coordinate service learning projects; collect timesheets;

▪      Create and submit monthly reports for funders;

▪      Perform all other appropriate duties as assigned by supervisor.


Qualifications: BA required; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred; experience with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access) required; excellent writing and verbal skills; must be detail oriented and learn quickly; must possess a friendly, outgoing and professional personality and be able to maintain a high degree of discretion in dealing with confidential information.


Why You Should Join Us:

·        Competitive salary and full benefits

·        Satisfying and team-oriented work environment

·        Company events and outings (ongoing professional development; coaching, staff retreats)

·        Passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s youth and adult communities

·        Equal Opportunity Employer


To apply go to Enter Position code JQULC when prompted.











Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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