CDI Career Advisor

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



240 Second Avenue
New York
New York
United States


About CDI

Comprehensive Development, Inc. (CDI) is a nonprofit that partners with NYC public high schools to prepare young adults, ages 14 - 24, to secure a successful future for themselves and their families. Through this partnership, our students develop the capability to graduate from high school and make informed decisions on higher education and careers.

We provide our services through a network of four partner sites: Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High SchoolThe High School for Health Professions and Human ServicesCity-As-School High School, and the CDI Career Academy at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

About the team

The team is comprised of college and career advisors, an employment coordinator, and site coordinator. Together, they work year-round to matriculate 90%+ students into college, or otherwise a meaningful career/vocational alternative to secure a successful future. There is a strong spirit of collaboration, enthusiasm, and genuine connection and passion towards working with first-generation students. 


About the school

HS for Health Professions and Human Services (HPHS) is a public high school that serves approximately

1800 students grades 9 -12. Students have the opportunity to choose from a three-year Science Research or Medical Assisting track and are largely interested in the health field, but have diverse interests. Our students reside in all five boroughs of New York City. Most come from low income families with 100 percent of our students qualifying for free or reduced price lunch. Our student population is approximately 50 percent Hispanic or Latino, 25 percent Black or African American, and 20 percent Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. Nearly 71 percent of our students are female.

Position Reports To: 

HPHS Site Coordinator 

Job Summary: 

The Career advisor will focus predominately on employment and career services. This advisor plays a key role in exposing all grade levels (9th-12th) with concrete career and job readiness skills (resume, interviews, dress, career assessment, etc.), self-advocacy, and more. This position involves individual and group advising, classroom presentations, project management, and a lot of lot of collaboration! The advisor also assists seniors who are 

seeking a non –traditional post-secondary plan. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and lead the weekly Young Women’s Leadership Group which focuses on leadership skills, socio-emotional learning, and empowerment. You will also co-facilitate the Young Men’s Leadership Group.
  • Gather information from job sites (and partners) and prepare a weekly “Job/Internship blast” sent to all students, assist with SYEP applicatins
  • Work with teachers and CDI staff to manage, prep, and facilitate workshops to all freshmen and sophomores to introduce our services and career readiness components
  • Help design programming and lead an ongoing “Career Leaders” program that ensures students school wide have a resume, job application preparedness, career assessments, interview skills, and more.
  • Bring in diverse professionals and host panels, career lunches, and corporate visits
  • Work with college advisors and assist students with completing essential applications, such as CUNY and FAFSA
  • Manage a caseload of juniors and seniors who will take a non-traditional pathway to college. This includes outreach, connecting, connecting them to resources, and supporting them with applications.
  • Recruit and supervise student interns, training them to be peer leaders in the school
  • Build partnerships within the school building including teachers, guidance, and social workers and work together to help all students, but especially those with high academic or socio- emotional needs
  • Co-facilitate monthly themed “tabling” sessions in the cafeteria to promote events and resources to underclassmen
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of best practices, new developments and professional opportunities in the workforce development, education, and college access fields
  • Ensure compliance with safety management and data management protocols
  • Participate in school based team meetings as assigned
  • Lead exploration trips to colleges and industry offices and locations
  • Provide monthly one page narrative and statistical reports


  • Baccalaureate Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in providing career services to first-generation students (preferably at least one year) with commitment to the field and direct service work
  • Knowledge of and commitment to strength-based and youth development perspective, workforce development, curriculum and training
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience working in school environment
  • Flexible and resourceful team player and enjoys working on a team!
  • Commitment to CDI’s mission, vision and values
  • Commitment to create and nurture an inclusive, welcoming and respectful environment
  • Computer literacy using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Drive
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; comfortable facilitating/presenting in front of small and/or large groups is a must
  • Enthusiasm, initiative, sense of humor, patience, and creativity
  • The ability and desire to work with a diverse and underserved student population and an understanding of their strengths and challenges.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings or Saturdays (e.g. Parent-Teacher Conferences, Open Houses, College Nights)
  • Spanish fluency a plus



CDI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package as well as the rewards of serving high- need students from across New York City. CDI is committed to affirmation action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, send a resume and cover letter in PDF format to HRatCDI@gmail.comwith “Career Advisor” as the subject.