Organization: Villa of Hope
Posting Start: 2022-03-17
Job Title: Vocational Counselor
Posting End: 2023-03-01
A Brief Job Description:
Villa of Hope helps youth and families rebuild relationships, recover from trauma and renew Hope for their future.
JOB TITLE: Vocational Counselor
DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Work Based Learning
SUPERVISOR: Lead Work Based Learning Specialist
Under the direction of the Lead Work Based Learning (WBL) Specialist, supports the Villa of Hope programs (e.g., school, Apex & LIFE) programs as a job coach and may assist with operational management of transition and career development programming at the Agency. The Vocational Counselor will collaborate with “internal” Villa of Hope departments and “external” community agencies and employers to build, support, and enhance the partnerships necessary to achieve the transitional and vocational goals of all eligible students. This position will also serve as a vocational counselor to support the Villa of Hope Work Based Learning program, along with other agency level programs as needed. Carries out all job responsibilities with fidelity and accountability to the Agency’s Mission, Vision, Values, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Plan.
- Exercises full compliance with the Agency’s Code of Conduct, all Agency policies and procedures, and Federal and State laws and regulations.
- Maintains certification in TCI techniques and utilizes them in all aspects of interactions with students to ensure safety for students, staff, and the community at all times.
- Provides onsite and offsite job coaching to all WBL program participants.
- Maintains accurate records of all job responsibilities, including student assessments, attendance in program, progress notes, grades, incident reports, etc. as required by all applicable policies, procedures, and regulations.
- Provides and updates career plan and vocational assessments to assess students’ vocational interests, aptitudes and capabilities and makes appropriate recommendations.
- Demonstrates, promotes, and practices cultural sensitivity towards students and staff through respect and understanding achieved through training and Agency cultural activities.
- Facilitates the identification and enrollment of eligible students into placement in campus-based vocational training programs and, when needed, community-based programs.
- Maintains documentation of work-based learning costs for assigned students, including following standard payroll procedures paid to students.
- Evaluates and recommends instructional materials and/or resources.
- Coordinates, supervises, and provides job coaching for assigned students in their work experiences.
- Coordinates, supervises, and provides job coaching for assigned students in their summer employment experiences.
- Provides appropriate education, training, and skill development enrolled in vocational training, workforce readiness, and work experience components of programming.
- Facilitates ACCES-VR and internal referrals and linkages for eligible students, in conjunction with Social Workers/Case Workers.
- Works collaboratively with Agency staff, local school districts, and community partners/providers to ensure the delivery of career and workforce development experiences to support students’ transition to post-secondary education and/or employment.
- Character and Courage (Integrity and Trust)
- Customer Focus
Leading the Organization
- Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Justice and Equity
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor degree in Human Services or education field. Bachelor of Vocational Education (BE or BVEd) and/or Master’s degree in related field from an accredited institution preferred. Relevant experience in an educational setting. Two or more years’ experience working with at-risk youth preferred. Valid NYS driver license required.
SPECIAL SKILLS: Some flexibility for work hours outside traditional school hours (ex: early morning, late afternoon, possible weekends). Must have flexibility, patience, and resiliency to deal with sudden crisis and deviation from work plans and schedules. Self-motived, strong verbal and writing skills, attention to detail, problem-solving, flexible and adaptable.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The following lists physical demands an employee will perform on a regular basis: standing, walking, sitting, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling and climbing; Must be able to perform a variety of tasks, climb stairs, move throughout the building , work cooperatively in a team environment and quickly respond to emergencies. Position requires that the employee must be able to restrain clients utilizing Therapeutic Crisis Intervention techniques. Position may also require employee to transport clients utilizing an agency vehicle.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully complete Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Training: the ability to drop repeatedly to knees, twist and turn, exert oneself physically at an intense level, and support another adult’s weight.