College & Career Counselor

Job Type

Full Time




West 110th Street
New York
New York

United States


Intro/Program Description: Goddard Riverside Community Center (GRCC) is a well-established Manhattan community-based agency with an annual operating budget of approximately $30 million. GRCC is one of New York City’s leading human service organizations meeting the basic needs of children, youth and families, homeless people, and older adults through 25 plus programs at 22 sites across Manhattan.

The GRCC Options Center supports New Yorkers to enroll in and complete college by counseling teens and adults, training school and community professionals, and convening the larger community on critical issues around equity in post-secondary education. Options has supported young people to enroll in college since 1985, professionals to support others since 2005, and college students to persist in college since 2012. Options currently serves over 2,000 people a year.

Purpose of Position: The College & Career Counselor is a full-time counseling position based at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School, a transfer high school in Manhattan, and a Learning to Work site for Goddard Riverside Community Center. The College and Career Counselor will have a key role in implementing college and career readiness counseling in collaboration with school-based staff. This is a dynamic position that includes individual advising, group work facilitation, classroom teaching, project and partnership management, and curriculum development.

Roles, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties

  • Manage a caseload of students to provide one-on-one and group advisement on college and postsecondary certification program applications, financial aid applications, and college matriculation
  • Build partnerships and effective relationships with admissions counselors and other referral partners to advocate for students and assist them in reaching their goals
  • Prepare and conduct ongoing college and career access workshops and advisory lessons for all grade levels that supports the college and career readiness of West Side HS students
  • Track, evaluate and report on student and program performance for on-going program improvement and growth
  • Coordinate job shadow, career speaker and career service events that promote college and career preparation
  • Support and attend college-related events, including, but not limited to college fairs, college trips, representative visits, etc.
  • Collaborate with Options, LTW and West Side staff to build partnerships that supports postsecondary success for students
  • Participate in Student Review meetings to case conference around student issues
  • Participate in scheduled planning sessions to develop key tools and strategies in order to meet annuals goals of Options, West Side High School and the College Access for All initiative
  • Demonstrate commitment to learning and professional development, community building, and advocacy as strategies for social change
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • At least two years of experience in postsecondary education options or advising work with young people of diverse backgrounds; counseling in an urban, multicultural setting a plus
  • Experience working in school environment preferred

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Knowledge of U.S. higher education system, especially New York City and State, including CUNY, SUNY, and support programs
  • Ability to inspire and motivate young people
  • Demonstrated passion for social justice and equity and the belief that all young people deserve the opportunity for a great education
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to listen and clearly respond to various constituents (i.e. students, parents, school counselors, admissions counselors)
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships with college admissions and support staff
  • High attention to details and meeting deadlines, especially regarding application paperwork and data tracking
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment
  • Valid NYS driver’s license and a driving record that meets the agency’s auto insurance guidelines (including no suspensions within the last three years) preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; comfortable facilitating/presenting in front of small and/or large groups is a must
  • Ability to work occasional evenings or Saturdays (e.g. Parent-Teacher Conferences, Open Houses, College Nights)

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have/be:

  • Excellent computer skills including, but not limited to, Microsoft Excel, Office, Powerpoint

Physical Requirements

  • Computer use

Work Environment

  • School-based, office setting
  • Heavy computer use


Excellent Benefits!

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in Spanish a plus

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree