After School Counselor Advocate


Central Queens Y is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community center serving over 10,000 persons of diverse backgrounds in Queens County. The CQY provides a continuum of social, recreational, and educational services for children, families and adults.  For over two generations, the Central Queens Y, located in Forest Hills Queens, has been a special place for thousands of families, older adults, children and individuals who participate in its parenting, preschool, after school, cultural arts, camping, health and fitness, social services, and senior programming.

The Central Queens Y is looking for a well-qualified Counselor Advocate for the various programs across multiple sites​. The Counselor Advocate serves as the primary person in guiding at-risk participants in 9-12th grade through the academic and social challenges that are involved in achieving successes toward graduation.  The Counselor Advocate will be responsible for providing academic, work readiness, life skills, and career counseling to participants of our programs.  He/She will perform individual and group counseling duties consistent with the needs of program participants and will assist with the delivery of educational services.


  1. Establish a rapport with all program participants. Assist them in identifying their educational and career goals; help them to formulate future plans.
  2. Implement and conduct workshops on work readiness, career development, life skills, and student enrichment.
  3. Recruit students; and conduct intake assessments and interviews.
  4. Monitor the attendance, academic, and career progress of participants on assigned caseload.
  5. Provide interpersonal group and individual counseling.
  6. Provide necessary referrals to community resources.
  7. Work in a collaborative team, including participation in staff meetings, contractor meetings, and staff development in order to support student progress.
  8. Monitor and document student progress in various service areas (guidance and counseling, academic support, life skills, work readiness).
  9. Conduct daily attendance outreach, including home visits if necessary.


  • Master's Degree Required.
  • LMSW Preferred.
  • SIFI Certification is a plus.


  • At least 1 year's experience working with high school youth.
  • Astute knowledge of performance-based contracting.
  • Experience working with students on achieving positive outcomes for success.
  • Workshop implementation experience preferred.


  • Excellent customer service skills. Must be friendly, engaging and patient with clients.
  • Experience working within an administrative environment and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure to ensure program compliance.
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize workload.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency through familiarity in working with people from a very diverse number of backgrounds.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills as well as verbal and written communication skills.
  • Computer literate, including experience with all Microsoft Office software packages; Google Drive (Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, Docs, Sheets, etc.); knowledge of ResSched or other room reservation software; and efficient use of the Internet.


Salary: Commensurate to prior experience
Hours: Part-Time, 19 hours per week
Schedule: Schedules Vary
Location: NYC High Schools across Queens
Expected Start Date: October 2017

To Apply:  
Please email a cover letter and résumé, as a Word or PDF document only, to Danielle Hersch at Please indicate “Counselor Advocate Position​” in the subject line of the email. 

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.



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Samuel Field Y
58-20 Little Neck Pkwy
Little Neck, NY 11362
(718) 225-6750

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212-00 23rd Ave
Bayside, NY 11360
(718) 423-6111


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