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Job Opening:

Advocate Counselor

ELLIS Preparatory Academy

Mission Society of New York City 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 ELLIS Preparatory 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. ELLIS Preparatory Academy is a welcoming school designed for new immigrants over the age of 16, who have been in the U.S. for less than 1 year. Some know almost no English and have had little education in their home countries. Others have strong academic skills and are nearly ready for college. The primary languages spoken at ELLIS are Spanish, French and Arabic.

Title: Advocate Counselor

Program: ELLIS Preparatory Academy

Reports To: Program Director

Supervises: N/A

Employment Status: Full-Time Non-Exempt

Basic Function: 
Provide academic, SEL, and career counseling for caseload.  Perform counseling duties consistent with the needs of program participants.  Assists with the delivery of educational, programmatic, & other services that are offered at ELLIS-Level Up.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support with intake & enrollment services of school & program participants. Prepare paperwork i.e. intake forms, evaluations, reports etc. as needed.

  • 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.Provide individual and group counseling.

  • Assist in the coordination and implementation of leadership development activities.

  • Monitor the academic progress of participants on assigned caseload.

  • Assist participants in transferring to alternative schools as appropriate.

  • Advocate for access to needed participant services and care.

  • Conduct employability skills, work readiness activities, and facilitate advisory/elective lessons.

  • Provide interpersonal and life management skills counseling.

  • Participate in an interdisciplinary participant progress team.

  • Assist with post-secondary and/or internship preparation when needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum of BA or BS; at least 2-3 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.  Demonstrates enthusiasm for work, sense of humor, patience and self-control.  Values providing outstanding customer service and working in a team environment.

General Requirements

Staff is expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Mission Society.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range: $49,500-$52,500 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: ELLIS Preparatory 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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