Vocational Counselor, 185th Street Shelter

The Vocational Counselor will be responsible for the employment and education services provided at the 185th Street Shelter. He/she will conduct vocational assessments, develop and implement service plans to remove barriers to employment, coordinate referrals to job training programs and support clients throughout the job readiness process.

Duties include:

Assessing client vocational skills, strengths, and barriers to employment.

Determining level of job readiness and subsequent services.

Coordinating client services with the team (including Case Managers, Entitlement Specialists, Coordinators, & Peer Specialists) to remove barriers to employment.

Conducting career exploration and vocational counseling.

Developing realistic training and employment goals for those who indicate employment as a priority.

Discussing with clients how employment will impact their benefits.

Helping clients prepare resumes and obtain references.

Referring job-ready clients to Next Step, Culinary Arts Training Program, Janitorial Internship Program, ACCES-VR, or other job training providers as needed.

Following up on referrals made and client progress/compliance.

Supporting clients throughout the Janitorial Internship Program, as well as other job training and placement programs.

Providing job retention and re-placement support to employed residents.

Facilitating group workshops, as needed.

Tracking and reporting on program data and outcomes.

Entering accurate and timely client information, progress, and documentation into required databases and case records.


Bachelor's Degree, required; Master's Degree, preferred.

Must have at least 2 years of experience in vocational counseling or workforce development.

Experience with LGBTQ population preferred.

Experience with conducting vocational assessments is strongly preferred, as well as knowledge of public benefits and entitlements.

Strong communication and computer skills are a must. Must also take initiative and be a team player.

To apply: e-mail resume and cover letter, indicating position and salary requirements to: careers@projectrenewa.org EOE