Mental Health Counselor

Location: Brooklyn, NY Hybrid work schedule (Work onsite and remote)
Position Code: JQULC

Position Summary
The Mental Health Counselor (“Counselor”) provides ongoing individual and group counseling services to young adults ages 16 – 24 enrolled in OBT’s Medical Administrative Assistant and High School Equivalency course load programs. These programs are designed to prepare the participants to pass the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exams, 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 Duties 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.


  • Passion for OBT’s mission.
  • Possess a passion for and experience working with Opportunity Youth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Adept problem solver who brings energy and enthusiasm to the work.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; database management–i.e., Salesforce and/or PTS preferred.

Why You Should Join Us

  • Salary is $50,000k + full competitive benefits
  • We are a passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s young adult communities
  • Growth orientated, entrepreneurial work environment that pairs high accountability with high support