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Job Opening:

Advocate Counselor /
Academic & Career Counselor

Brooklyn Democracy Academy

New York City Mission Society improves the lives of children, youth, and families in the city’s most underserved communities. Through programs and services that respond to community needs, we create cycles of success for generations to come.

Position Summary

The Level Up Program administered at Brooklyn Democracy Academy is a collaboration with the NYC Department of Education.  The program assists students, who are over-aged and under-credentialed, in acquiring the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behavioral changes that will maximize their potential. The program’s aim is to enable students to graduate high school, transition into post-secondary education, or into meaningful permanent employment. 

Title: Advocate Counselor / Academic & Career Counselor

Program: Brooklyn Democracy Academy

Reports To: Program Director

Supervises: N/A

Employment Status: Full-Time Non-Exempt

Basic Function: Provide academic and career counseling for caseload.  Perform counseling duties consistent with the needs of program participants.  Assist with the delivery of educational services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish a rapport with program participants.  Assist them in identifying their educational and career goals; help them to formulate future plans.

  • Maintain a caseload of participants.  Complete the individual services strategy with participants.

  • Provide crisis intervention services.

  • Advocate for in-school remediation for participants as appropriate.  Assist in the coordination and implementation of leadership development activities.

  • Provide individual and group workshops focusing on post-secondary, social emotional, and employability skills.

  • Monitor the attendance and academic progress of participants on assigned caseload and provide home visits as necessary.

  • Assist participants in transferring to alternative schools as appropriate.

  • Advocate for access needed participant services and care.

  • Conduct employability skills and work readiness activities.

  • Provide interpersonal and life management skills counseling.

  • Participate on interdisciplinary participant progress team.

  • Assist in insuring that participants are appropriately matched to jobs.

  • Input data in multiple data bases in a timely manner

  • Sit on various school teams i.e. attendance team, guidance team, pupil personnel team, post-secondary team

  • Work collaboratively with LTW staff, CBO’s, school staff and school administration 

  • Accompany staff on local and out of state day and overnight trips

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of BA or BS

  • At least 1-2 years’ experience working and providing counseling services to children and adolescents

  • Knowledge of adolescent development

  • Experience working with inner-city youth; and the issues of inner-city youth

  • Astute knowledge of performance based contracting.  

  • Bilingual Required: Haitian-creole, Arabic, French, Spanish. 

General Requirements

Staff is expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Mission Society. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range high $40k’s based on experience, qualifications and fit. Comprehensive benefits include Medical, Dental, and Life & Long Term Disability Insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan with Employer Match, TransitChek, Employee Wellness Program, Municipal Credit Union Membership, and Voluntary Supplemental Insurance options.


Interested and qualified individuals should forward their resumes with cover letter to

Subject:  Brooklyn Democracy Academy Advocate Counselor.

Note: We are unable to accept phone calls. Applicants must meet qualifications stated above. Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Mission Society of New York City is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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