Counselor-Youth Care (RCS552) in Jersey City, NJ at Volunteers of America Greater New York

Date Posted: 6/13/2020

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Job Description

Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-Greater New York) is the local affiliate of the national organization, Volunteers of America, Inc. and is one of the largest providers of human services in the metropolitan New York area. Founded in New York City in 1896 as a charity staffed by volunteers tending to the city’s poor, today VOA-Greater New York has 1,300 paid staff that provide life-changing, often life-saving services through 80 programs in New York City, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.

VOA-Greater New York services extend to survivors of domestic violence; individuals and families — including veterans — experiencing, or at risk of homelessness; people living with HIV/ AIDS, behavioral health, and substance use issues; adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities; preschoolers with developmental delays; older adults on limited incomes, many with a history of homelessness; and at-risk youth. 

VOA-Greater New York expands, and introduces new services in response to community needs. As such, it is at the forefront of building affordable, supportive housing for seniors; providing a service-rich continuum of care for formerly homeless veterans; and expanding its services for those recovering from domestic violence. Battle Buddy Bridge®, a peer counseling program for veterans, and the work VOA-Greater New York is doing to raise awareness of the impact of Moral Injury, are examples of the organization’s responsiveness, creativity and life-altering work. 

Many of VOA-Greater New York’s programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC. Operation Backpack® is the organization’s signature community service campaign that ensures every student who calls a NYC shelter “home” has a new backpack full of supplies in time for the first day of school.

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled


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.


The position a 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. This position
shall also have a valid state driver’s license with a safe driving record that meets agency procedures and the availability to work a changeable schedule including nights, weekends and holidays.


  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.

  7. Perform other related duties as required.


Volunteers of America offers a comprehensive benefits package to help protect you and your family, top-notch training opportunities, and an energetic and professional work environment. 

Make a living by making a difference. Apply online today! Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled/Other Protected Categories.