Youth Academic Advisor

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




450 Seventh Ave
Suite 403
New York
United States




New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) seeks an experienced, compassionate, and informed individual to serve as the Youth Academic Advisor (YAA). Reporting to NYFC’s Manager of Programs, the YAA will identify qualified youth with potential for education at the post-secondary level and provide counseling, academic advising and serve as a facilitator of school, agency, and community support. 



As the nonprofit partner to New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), NYFC protects, ensures, and promotes the safety and well-being of NYC’s children and families. With a focus on youth in foster care, NYFC supports programs that promote paths to stable adulthood through education, access to jobs and sustainable relationships with caring adults.


There are nearly 9,000 children in foster care in New York City, and many of them face unique and complex challenges in their efforts to become successful, self-sufficient adults. Since being founded in 1996 by former Commissioner of ACS, Nicholas Scoppetta, NYFC targets older youth, ages 12 to 27, as they prepare to transition out of foster care and into adulthood. Each year, NYFC touches the lives of almost 1,000 youth in foster care through our signature programs, including the Back-to-School Package Program (BTS), Youth Advisory Board (YAB), the Nick’s Scholars Program, and the Emergency Educational Fund. Below is a summary of some of the programs that the Youth Academic Advisor will support:



1.      The Nick’s Scholars Program is a comprehensive program for youth in foster care who are enrolled at colleges and universities in metro NY area. The Nick’s Scholars program provides essential financial, academic, and emotional support to help students become successful, self-sufficient adults.


2.      The Youth Advisory Board is a group of 10-15 high school and college students in foster care who serve as advocates for youth in foster care in New York City.


3.      The Back-to-School Program provides college-enrolled youth in foster care with the tools and educational supplies necessary to succeed during their entire college experience.


4.      The Emergency Educational Fund ensures that youth who encounter an unforeseen or unusual financial emergency can continue their education without interruption by providing small financial grants to students.



The Academic Advisor provides students with individualized and group counseling and makes referrals to the appropriate services as necessary.

  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of underrepresented populations.
  • Knowledge of post-secondary institutions, admissions, scholarships and financial aid process for low-income and underrepresented youth.
  • Familiarity with the administration and interpretation of standardized testing for basic skills and college placement examinations.
  • Meets once monthly with Nick’s Scholars and provides academic advising, and career and personal counseling.
  • Assists Scholars with setting academic, professional, and personal goals and developing individual plans to achieve their goals.
  • Coordinates and conducts workshops focusing on academic success and college preparation.
  • Monitors students’ program participation, academic progress and in-school attendance.
  • Maintains and prepares weekly student case notes and records attendance at program activities.
  • Experience in student leadership and mentoring programs.
  • Makes recruitment presentations targeted to foster care agency staff, students and community partners.
  • Reviews applications and participate in applicant interviews along with Manager of Programs and Executive Director.
  • Assists in the tracking of program alumni.
  • Track student progress and provide consistent documentation/progress notes about observed student needs and recording in Salesforce.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage confidential information.
  • Assists the Manager of Programs in the implementation of outreach activities to meet program objectives.
  • Must be willing to travel to several New York City schools for training, meetings and events.
  • Working and demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office including Publisher, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Must be flexible to work one evening per month and an occasional weekend.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, counseling or related field from an accredited institution. Master’s in Social Work degree strongly preferred.
  • Two years of experience working with TRIO programs and/or high school students, parents and college residential programs.
  • An interest in child welfare and youth development.
  • Self-starter with the ability to be a proactive, flexible, and creative problem solver in a fast-paced work environment with changing priorities.
  • Ability to connect with people, provide needed support and demonstrate patience and maintain positive attitude.
  • Personal qualities of integrity and commitment to and passion for NYFC’s mission.



Full benefits package available including Medical, Dental and 403b.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply for this position, please email a complete application package including:


1.     Resume

2.     A cover letter outlining how your skills and qualifications meet the position requirements


Application packages should be sent to Please include Youth Academic Advisor in the subject line.

Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed. No phone calls, please. Only email submissions accepted.