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Job Opening:

Advocate Counselor 

Harlem Renaissance 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 administered at Harlem Renaissance High School 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 

Program: Harlem Renaissance High School

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.  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. Complete the individual services strategy with participants.

  • Provide crisis intervention services.

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

  • 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 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.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Assist with post-secondary and/or internship preparation

  • Attendance outreach via home visits, calls, emails, etc.

  • Creating individual and group activities to assist with the overall goals of ltw

  • Assist with morning welcoming efforts


  • 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. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range high $40k 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:  Harlem Renaissance 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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