Vocational Counselor

Project Renewal - New York, NY3.5

Full-timeEstimated: $51,000 - $67,000 a year

Project Renewal’s mission is to end the cycle of homelessness by empowering individuals and families to renew their lives with health, homes and jobs. Our comprehensive and integrated 24/7 programs are designed to offer the holistic care our clients need. With a staff of 950+ and an annual budget of $82 million, Project Renewal is one of the larger social service nonprofits in New York City.

Title: Vocational Counselor

Program: Next Step Ace

Program Description:

Next Step ACE is an employment program for individuals with serious mental illness who seek meaningful jobs in the competitive employment market. The ACE Vocational Counselor will work one-on-one with clients to assess their capability and experience and to develop and implement vocational plans that provide them with the tools they need to find and retain employment. This will include preparing resumes, conducting mock job interviews, responding to job leads, assisting clients applying to on-line positions and providing extensive retention support. The Vocational Counselor will also assist with outreach and recruitment efforts to help enroll new clients.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Next Step ACE, duties include but are not limited to:

  • Placing clients into jobs that result in achievement of job placement and retention milestone goals for various contracts.
  • Assessing client vocational skills and limitations.
  • Developing highly customized employment plans for each client.
  • Completing all client documentation, including weekly and monthly case notes that record services provided and outstanding issues to be addressed.
  • Entering client information and progress into various databases including Salesforce, NYESS, NYC MedPortal, and others as required.
  • Helping clients with full range of job preparation activities including preparing resumes, drafting cover letters, applying for jobs online, and practicing effective interview skills.
  • Advocating on a client’s behalf in all job related issues (post employment).
  • Providing retention support including regular in-person or phone/email contact.
  • Providing supplementary vocational counseling to clients when necessary.
  • Scheduling and conducting outreach for client recruitment.


  • Master’s degree strongly preferred in mental health, vocational counseling, social work or related field.
  • Previous experience in vocational counseling and/or working with individuals with serious mental illness or similar population is essential.
  • Two years previous vocational experience required.
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred.
  • Computer proficiency is a must.

Project Renewal is an equal opportunity employer. Its long-standing policy has been to embrace the equality of opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, religion or creed, gender (see separately issued Gender Discrimination policy for more detail), physical or mental disability, age (18 and over), military status, arrest record, marital status, domestic partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristic, sexual orientation, status as a victim or witness of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking, unemployment status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws.

Job Type: Full-time