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Job Opening:

Advocate Counselor 

Emma Lazarus High School 

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 is a collaboration with the NYC Department of Education. The program assists students who are over-aged and under-credentialed English language learners in assimilating into their new lives in the United States while acquiring the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behavioral changes that will maximize their academic and growth potential. The program's goal is to enable students to graduate high school, transition into post-secondary education and/ or into meaningful permanent employment. The program creates and provides opportunities for students to engage in paid internships throughout the school year.

Title: Advocate Counselor 

Program: Emma Lazarus High School

Reports To: Program Director

Supervises: N/A

Employment Status: Full-Time Exempt

Basic Function: Provide academic, career, college counseling. 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 including soon- to- be graduates and an advisory group.

  • 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

  • Support the college process, specifically with soon- to- be grads and their applications, fafsa, tap.

  • Support all graduates and their scholarship applications.

  • 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 college process.

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

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, 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:  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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