Mental Health Counselor

Location: Brooklyn, NY (Hybrid Work Model)
Position Code: JQULC
Salary Range: $42,000 – $46,000

Position Summary:

The Mental Health Counselor (“Counselor”) provides ongoing individual and group counseling services to young adults ages 16 – 24 enrolled in OBT’s Train and Earn program and High School Equivalency course load programs. These programs are designed to prepare the participants to pass the HSE, High school equivalency diploma paving the way to successful careers. Additionally, the counselor will engage in community outreach to promote the programs, help the participants reach economic stability through advocacy, tenacious case management, and the facilitation of training workshops.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

  • Exemplify the OBT model of high accountability and high support in all interactions with participants, all staff, and partners.
  • Develop and conduct group counseling sessions addressing essential skills, including time management, managing stress, building self-esteem, effective listening, goal setting, teamwork, coping strategies, etc.
  • Provide supportive counseling and crisis intervention to participants.
  • Maintain participant case files and enter all data including but not limited to case notes and attendance into required databases (e.g., Salesforce and PTS); assist with any relevant reporting required by funder contracts.
  • Provide ongoing feedback to the team on participant progress and barriers to successful completion of the programs.
  • Conduct intake assessments with applicants to ensure both eligibility and suitability for the programs; follow-up with accepted participants regarding outstanding required documentation for enrollment into the programs; refer ineligible and/or incompatible applicants to other programs and services.
  • Maintain consistent contact with current and past participants for the time period established by our contracts via calls, texts, emails, and social networking sites using established OBT protocols.
  • Conduct, at a minimum, bi-weekly individual supportive counseling sessions with each assigned participant to ensure they are progressing toward personal and career related goals.
  • Participate and seek professional development opportunities.
  • Assist with community outreach and program promotional activities.
  • Carry out delegated duties by Program Director.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Passion for OBT’s mission.
  • Possess a passion for and experience working with Opportunity Youth.
  • Working knowledge of workforce development.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and conflict de-escalation skills.
  • Able to develop goals and reduce barriers to education, program persistence and employment through effective case management and counseling strategies.
  • Able to manage competing priorities in a human-focused performance-based environment.
  • An adept problem solver who brings energy and enthusiasm to the work.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; database management–i.e., Salesforce and/or PTS preferred.

Education and Experience/Training:

  • Master’s in social work or Mental Health Counseling (candidates working toward graduate degree in social work or counseling may be considered).
  • 2 years’ human services or social services experience.

Other Qualifications:  These are the skills & attributes that all OBT employees need in order to meet the expectations of each other, our participants, and our partners.

Communicate with Clarity – Be clear, concise, and actionable. Be relentlessly constructive. Seek and provide meaningful feedback.

Work with Purpose – Exhibit a “We Can” mindset. Results outweigh effort. Everyone understands how their role contributes. Set aside personal objectives for team results.

Drive to Decision – Cut the swirl with defined deadlines and decision points. Be clear on individual accountability and decision authority. Guided by a commitment to and accountability for mission outcomes.

Own the Outcome – Defined milestones, commitments and intended results. Assess your work in context, if you’re unsure, ask. Demonstrate unwavering support for decisions.

Why You Should Join Us:

  • We are a passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s youth and adult communities.
  • Salary $42,000 – $46,000 plus benefits that include generous paid time off with summer Fridays and a winter break, 403(b) retirement plan, and medical, dental, vision plans.