This position is responsible for supervising the Turning Point Education Center’s counseling team, further developing the department (as detailed below), and providing important leadership between departments and overall at the Education Center. The counseling team is an integral part of the Education Center’s mission. As the leader for this department, this position has the chance to make a broad impact at Turning Point and in Sunset Park.
This position also has a caseload as an ABE/HSE counselor, working with students (primarily youth, but also some adults) to identify, predict, and prevent obstacles to learning. S/he provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, goal setting, and employment readiness assistance. Counselors work closely with teachers and administrative staff to provide 360 degree service.
This is a full-time position that requires a flexible weekday schedule, a mix of day-time and evening shifts.
We are especially interested in candidates with clinical experience who can provide both programmatic and clinical supervision; however, we encourage all interested candidates to apply.
Turning Point’s Education Center is a community-based program in Sunset Park (Brooklyn) offering free Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency (HSE), and English (ESOL) classes, as well as support services. Our qualified staff is committed to creating an holistic learning community where students develop the skills to reach their goals. Peer support, student-centered learning, and critical thinking are central to the program. Our basic literacy and HSE programs primarily serve out-of-school youth, and our program embraces youth culture and youth development strategies.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Provide programmatic and clinical supervision for ABE/HSE and ESOL counselors
- Lead the continuous improvement of the department and the program by co-leading staff development, strategic and tactical program decisions, and development of new projects or programs, as needed
- Represent the Education Center at meetings with community partners, city-wide events, and/or
- Turning Point programs
- Data: oversee data accountability for the team; develop processes as needed; collect and maintain accurate data on student outcomes; submit accurate monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as required
- Lead regular interdisciplinary case conferences with teaching and counseling staff. Collaborate with teachers by sitting in on classes and case conferencing on a regular basis to co-evaluate student progress
- Regular, confidential, individual supportive counseling for youth, proactively resolving student issues that may interfere with academic success
- Crisis intervention conferencing
- Facilitate student group sessions that support holistic personal growth, provide resources to help overcome obstacles, and activities that build social skills
- Refer students as needed, and assist and/or advocate for students to obtain: benefits, housing, school, employment, emergency assistance, shelter, day care, and additional social services
- The following duties are to be performed as assigned by the supervisor:
- Attend and participate in staff meetings and staff development sessions.
- Lead design and facilitation of special events and student productions, such as the graduation ceremony
- Keep abreast of trends and developments in the fields relevant to the work of the Education Center,
- represent its work at professional networks and meetings, and advance the work and reputation of the Education Center in the community.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
- LMSW required with experience working directly with adolescents, young adults, and/or immigrants in an advocacy/empowerment position.
- LCSW candidates and those with a background in clinical supervision strongly encouraged to apply.
- Background in popular education philosophies a plus.
SPECIAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
- The ideal candidate for this position possesses most or all of the following:
- Excellent leadership and collaborative skills
- Commitment to youth development and adult education principles
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
- Out-going, friendly, patient, helpful, and professional demeanor
- Proven leadership experience; ability to think and act independently
- Experience with and ability to positively engage a young, diverse population with many needs, and be knowledgeable of the issues facing youth
- Experience with conflict resolution
- Knowledge and belief in the mission of the agency
- Tech fluency: adept at word processing, spreadsheet, databases, and social media, or ability to quickly learn
- Bilingual a plus (Spanish, Chinese, or Arabic)