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Job Opening:

Advocate Counselor

Emma Lazarus High School 

Mission Society of New York City (NYCMS) helps children, youth, and families in New York City’s poorest neighborhoods transcend the ills of poverty and create a cycle of success for generations to come. We have a dynamic portfolio of education, workforce development, prevention, and youth development and community-building programs.

Position Summary

The Level Up Program administered at Emma Lazarus High School for International Scholars is in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education. The program assists students, who are over-aged and under-credited, in acquiring the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behavioral changes that will maximize their potential, all while learning English as a second language. 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

Program: Emma Lazarus High School

Reports To: Program Director

Supervises: N/A

Employment Status: Full-Time Exempt

Basic Function: 
Provide case management services to program participants. Perform advisory duties consistent with the needs of program participants. Assists 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 requiring case management services and resource brokering

  • Facilitate and lead two advisory groups that meet twice a week of 15 students each. Responsible for following up with them and their academics, family life, social life, attendance issues.

  • Facilitate and lead 2 seminar groups, topic tbd

  • Coordinate community service / service learning activities for the school community

  • Support students and families in acquiring outside services, including but not limited to legal aid, immigration services, Medicaid, Food Stamps, housing, etc.

  • Create and maintain a running collection of up- to- date resources in greater NYC area

  • Maintain accurate case notes and referral logs

  • Provide crisis intervention services

  • Advocate for in-school remediation for participants as appropriate. Prepare paperwork i.e. intake forms, evaluations, reports etc. as needed

  • Advocate for participants needing social services and care

  • Provide interpersonal and life management skills support

  • Participate on interdisciplinary participant progress teams within the school

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum BA degree

  • Bilingual required (Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Bengali, French, Creole, Russian ideal)

  • Knowledge of resources in the greater NYC area

  • At least 2 years’ experience working and providing counseling and case management services to youth and adolescents

  • Knowledge of adolescent development and youth development principles

  • Experience working with immigrant youth and the issues of immigrant youth

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for work, sense of humor, patience and self-control

  • Values providing outstanding customer service and working in a team environment with school personnel

General Requirements

All staff are expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Mission Society.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $49,000-$52,000 based on qualification, experience, and fit. Comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, and life & long term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 5% employer contribution, 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:  Emma Lazarus High School 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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