Counselor Advocate, High School and College Success

Martin Van Buren High School

Counselor Advocate, High School and College Success
Status: Full Time & Part Time Positions
Location: Martin Van Buren High School


Commonpoint Queens is a non-profit, multi service agency with a flagship sites in Forest Hills and Little Neck, along with 33 additional sites throughout the community that provides a diverse array of programs and services to over 35,000. Our mission is to sustain and enhance the quality of family and individual life for all members of our community, regardless of religion, ethnic or cultural background, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual preference, age, or disability, within a pervasive and inclusive environment that facilitates individual growth, meets individual needs and builds community. We accomplish this mission through a broad range of social, educational, and recreational services that reach community members of all ages and backgrounds.


Within our framework of a holistic, strength-focused, and family-supported practice, an individual hired as Counselor Advocate in the Community Schools portfolio of services and will report directly to the Community School Director and/or Program Coordinator.


  • Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, School Counseling, or related course of study required.
  • At least five (3) years’ experience working with adolescents in an urban environment providing services that reduce barriers and facilitate educational success and social emotional wellbeing.
  • At least five (3) years’ experience providing outcomes oriented supervision and professional development to a team of youth development specialists.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strong rapport with an urban adolescent population and their families.
  • Familiarity with various test prep and social emotional learning curricula.
  • Familiarity with NYS high school graduation requirements and experience with the college application and financial aid application processes.


  • Establish a rapport with all program participants. Assist them in identifying their educational and career goals; help them to formulate future plans.
  • Implement and conduct workshops on work readiness, career development, life skills, and student enrichment.
  • Recruit students; and conduct intake assessments and interviews.
  • Monitor the attendance, academic, and career progress of participants on assigned caseload.
  • Provide interpersonal group and individual counseling.
  • Provide necessary referrals and connections to community resources.
  • Provide support to participant’s families and deliver a holistic approach to overcoming and eliminating barriers.
  • Work in a collaborative team, including participation in staff meetings, contractor meetings, and staff development in order to support student progress.
  • Monitor and document student progress in various service areas (guidance and counseling, academic support, life skills, work readiness, college access and employment).
  • Conduct daily attendance and participation outreach to ensure success in all required program areas.
  • Assist with the recruitment of program participants annually and help to complete the enrollment and intake process.
  • Participate in ongoing professional case conferences, schedule site-based trainings as well as staff meetings, with agendas and attendance sheets.
  • Conduct regular visits to sites to provide participant support and to keep track of engagement.

General Tasks of Commonpoint Queens Staff

  • Promote and implement the Core Values of the Community Center. 
  • Participation in all staff meetings and staff training seminars.
  • Participation in agency-wide programs and program committees, as assigned. 
  • Active involvement, as a supervisee, in the supervision process. 
  • Support the mission of Commonpoint Queens
  • Other tasks appropriate to Commonpoint Queens staff, as assigned. 

Commonpoint Queens reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. 

Commonpoint Queens is a equal opportunity employers/programs.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and résumé, as a Word or PDF document only, to .. Please indicate “Counselor Advocate” in the subject line. Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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