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Job Opening:

Sr. Advocate Counselor /
Internship Placement Specialist

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: Sr. Advocate Counselor / Internship Placement Specialist

Program: Harlem Renaissance High School

Reports To: Program Director

Supervises: N/A

Employment Status: Full-Time Non-Exempt

Basic Function: Perform all duties related to internships including developing sites, job training and intern supervision. Provide academic and career counseling. Perform counseling duties consistent with the needs of program participants & assists with the delivery of educational services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate workshops that prepare participants for the world of work and for entrepreneurial endeavors.

  • Partner with businesses, corporations, and community-based organizations to develop student internships and a wide variety of employment opportunities.

  • Assist participants with resume development, job interviewing skills and all job readiness skills.

  • Establish a rapport with program participants, assist them in identifying their educational and career goals & help participant formulate future plans.

  • Conduct daily attendance outreach.

  • Maintain a caseload of participants, monitor the academic and employment progress of participants on assigned caseloadprovide interpersonal and life management skills counseling.

  • Provide crisis intervention services as needed.

  • Advocate for in-school remediation for participants as appropriate.

  • Prepare paperwork i.e. intake forms, Level Up contracts, evaluations, reports etc. as needed.

  • Advocate for participants in need of social services and additional support.

  • Participate on interdisciplinary participant progress teams within the school.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum BA degree

  • At least 2-3 years’ experience working and providing counseling services to children and adolescents.

  • Knowledge of adolescent development and youth development principles

  • Familiarity with YABC or LTW programs preferred.

  • Experience working with inner-city youth and the issues of inner-city youth.

  • Detail oriented.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrate interpersonal, organizational, multi-tasking and communication skills.

General Requirements

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

Salary and Benefits

The salary range is 56,100-$59,100 based on experience, qualifications and fit. Comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, life, long term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 5% employer contribution, 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:  Internship Placement Specialist Sr. Advocate Counselor – LU Harlem Renaissance HS.

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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