Youth Care Counselor (SYN556)

Union, NJ, USA Req #1858
Thursday, June 9, 2022

About Us:

Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-GNY) is an anti-poverty organization that seeks to end homelessness in the New York metropolitan area by the year 2050. We focus our continuum of care to address the most prevalent causes of homelessness: (1) lack of affordable housing; (2) unmet health needs, including but not limited to mental health and substance use; and (3) lack of jobs that create wealth. In each of these areas we strive to incorporate strategies that address issues of racial equity. We know that our clients are confronting longstanding barriers to accessing quality housing, healthcare, and employment. Our programs are designed to ensure that our clients do not have to face these challenges alone.

Now in our second century of serving those in need, VOA-GNY understands what it takes to heal families and individuals who are in crisis and have experienced trauma. We operate and provide services in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for close to 11,000 men, women and children through 65 programs located in New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Westchester annually. We are one of the largest providers of services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness in the Greater New York area, serving survivors of domestic violence, people living with HIV/AIDS, veterans, and others who have behavioral health or substance use needs. Many of VOA-Greater New York’s programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC.

"Successful applicants must be vaccinated for COVID-19 before their start date with VOA-GNY, unless you have been approved by VOA-GNY for a medical or religious exception to this requirement."


Position: Youth Care Counselor (SYN556)


The Youth Care Counselor is responsible for implementing and teaching targeted skills, carrying out individual service plans and counseling residents in skill and goal development. In the absence of family parents or supervisors, may be responsible for total care of residents. Completes reports or program materials as required.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a mental health, health or other appropriate human services related discipline, or a high school diploma and two years experience involving the supervision of adolescents in the human services field.  The availability to work a changeable schedule including nights, weekends and holidays.


Supervisory Role:

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.


Principal Responsibilities:

The below enumerated principal responsibilities are inclusive of both program specific and firm-wide related administration, as applicable.


  1. Teach targeted skills to residents and counsel residents in skill and goal development.
  2. Role model appropriate social behavior, teaching interactions and corrective feedback.
  3. Develop and maintain positive relationships with residents, co-workers, family members, neighbors, and community resources.
  4. Counsel towards resource development and use of behavioral therapeutic intervention towards goal attainment.
  5. Coach and assist residents in the performance of daily household chores.
  6. Assist in the planning and supervision of recreational activities.
  1. Perform other related duties as requested.

Expected Results of Principal Responsibilities:

  1. To assure residents live in a stable and safe environment.
  2. To assure residents are successful in reuniting with families and/or foster programs.
  3. To improve and stabilize the resident’s mental health.
  4. To maintain continuity of services and record keeping in the program.
  5. To assure a positive residential setting is achieved.
  6. To assure residents will learn skills necessary to attain their goals.
  7. All other related tasks are completed on time and accurately.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of the job, the employee will be in a transitional/residential shelter environment.


Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to have visual acuity, talk and hear while communicating with peers and/or vendors. This position requires sitting, standing and walking. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items up to 20 pounds.


Position Type:

This is a part – time position.


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Other details

  • Job Family Counselor
  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • Union, NJ, USA