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Vocational Counselor - DR II

Location:New York, NY
Employment Type:Full Time
Department/Program:Dona Rosita II
Description: The Vocational Counselor is responsible for providing vocational services to clients living at Dona Rosita House: assessing/evaluating level of education, work experience and aptitude; formulating a vocational and/or Employment Plan for clients which will become part of the service plan(s); and, assisting and providing instruction in the preparation of resumes, referrals for job training, trade school and other institutions. Accompanying clients in the field may be required.


1) Assess clients ability and motivation for psycho-social rehabilitation ( educational, vocational and employment)
2) Provide referrals to employment programs for training and placement for competitive, supported or volunteer job opportunity.
3) Provide supportive counseling and vocational related services to clients/families,
4) Assist in the development and implementation of the comprehensive service plans and service plan reviews that identify mutually agreed upon long and short-term vocational/employment related goals.
5) Responsible for contacts as specified in the service plan(s).
6) Implement rehabilitation/vocational weekly training program; including “the job club”, “the job group” and “Making a Plan” curriculum
7) Provide assistance in activities for daily living; assistance in employment assessments, training, and private sector placement services; and other necessary services to clients to increase their capacity for independent living.
8) Provide linkage to other Educational and Vocational Programs in the community.
9) Participate in case conference, training and team meetings as required.
10) Responsible for the timely completion and documentation of assessments, evaluations, vocational/employment plan(s), progress notes, training/group notes as determine by program standards.
11) Perform other duties as assigned.


1. Knowledge of principals and practices of Psycho-social Rehabilitation with chronic/clinically ill individuals.
2. Knowledge of HRA Supportive Housing Program Desk Guide
3. Responsible, organized, effective, and efficient. Ability to perform multiple assignments simultaneously.
4. Communication skill (effectively/active listening, verbal and written)
5. Community minded, patient, creative, flexible, compassionate, and culturally sensitive to persons who are diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
6. Ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with Federal, State, and City officials, professional and technical groups, clients, and the general public.


Education and Experience Requirement(s)

Minimum Bachelors Degree in Human Services, Education or related area and two (2) years experience in Vocational, Employment and Educational counseling, training and referrals particularly with HIV+/AIDS affected populations and/or substance abuse individuals. Preference given to persons with experience in Scattered Sites Programs, bi-lingual, bi-cultural in Spanish.

Physical Demands


Working Conditions

General office work environment. Some field work may be required.

Certifications & Licenses Required

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