Job Opening:

Advocate Counselor

Washington Irving Young Adult Borough Center (YABC)

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 at the Washington Irving Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) provides academic, social-emotional, post-secondary planning, and career-readiness counseling to YABC's students.  YABC is an evening academic program designed specifically to meet the needs of high school students who might be considering dropping out because they are behind in meeting their graduation requirements or because they have adult responsibilities that make attending school in the daytime difficult.

Title: Advocate Counselor

Program: Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) @ Washington Irving HS

Reports To: Program Director

Supervises: N/A

Employment Status: Full-Time Exempt

Basic Function: Provide comprehensive support services to program participants as required by the LTW program contract and appropriate to students’ needs. Outreach to students who fail to attend school.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish a rapport with program participants.  

  • Provide attendance support and individual counseling on a monthly basis to caseload of program participants.

  • Provide individual- and group-counseling focusing on post-secondary planning, social-emotional development, and career-readiness skills.

  • Collaborate with other LTW and Department of Education staff to track student progress and attendance, develop individualized participant support plans, and conduct telephone, in-school, and home visit outreach.

  • Input data in multiple databases in a timely manner.

  • Identify participants educational and career goals and help them to develop post-secondary plan.

  • Assist Internship Placement Specialist in matching participants to appropriate internship opportunities.

  • Assist LTW Social Worker in providing crisis intervention services.

  • Accompany participants on day- and overnight- trips to locations within and outside of New York State.

  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Minimum of B.A. or B.S. degree

  • Demonstrated interest in working with low-income students and/or students of color

  • Knowledge of basic youth development principles

  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment

  • Detail oriented and capable of managing multiple simultaneous projects


  • Ability to speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, or Arabic

  • At least 2 years' experience working and providing counseling services to children and adolescents

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 $40's based on experience, qualifications and fit.  Comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, life, long term disability insurance, voluntary 403(B) plan, TransitChek, Employee Wellness Program, Municipal Credit Union membership, voluntary supplemental insurance options.


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

Subject: YABC Washington Irving 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.