Position: Vocational Counselor/Evaluator
Program/Department: VAP / Rehabilitative Services Department
Reports To: Director, Vocational Assistance Project
Location: Mount Vernon
Hours: 35 Hours Per Week / Full-Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Position Summary: The VAP (Vocational Assistance Project) is contracted through an MOU with partner Substance Use Programs to deliver vocational services to those receiving treatment services. The VAP counselor is part of the interdisciplinary team at the assigned site. Vocational services provided include, but are not limited to: individual and group meetings focusing on work activities, available financial assistance, barriers to employment, referrals to outside providers, TGCW team meetings, partner site meetings, OASAS trainings, tracking of data for monthly reports, job search assistance, application completion assistance, budgeting and financial literacy, legal implications for eligibility to work, etc.
Responsibilities: Support a high-performing culture aligned with TGCW core values and B.A.S.I.C. Tenets: Balance, Accountability, Satisfaction, Inclusion, and Communication. Complete vocational paperwork due within scheduled timeframes (treatment plans, OASAS reports, etc.) Conduct vocational assessments Provide individual and group vocational counseling Complete required documentation (progress notes, daily activity logs) Attend staff and assigned program treatment meetings Compliance with all applicable regulations and guidelines Completion of ACCES-VR referral packets as needed Conducting initial vocational background forms on new clients Other job-related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Three years' experience providing vocational services with a bachelor's degree in vocational rehabilitation, counseling, psychology, sociology, or related fields. One year experience with a related master's degree. Valid NYS Driver's License with a clean driving record. Knowledge of goals, objectives & psychosocial dynamics of people in addiction recovery treatment & familiarity with common barriers to employment they face. Knowledge of labor market trends/requirements and skills/abilities required in a wide variety of occupations. Familiarity with job search sites (Indeed, ZipRecruiter, LinkedIn, etc.) Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including interviewing and vocational assessment skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365, Zoom, and electronic health records required. Ability to work at partner agencies as the primary work location.
Travel Requirements: ~ 20%, but typically less each week. Traveling to area college campuses, NYS DOL sites, various meetings, or training sites, or meeting with employers who might be hiring to develop job leads at times may be required.
Physical Requirements: These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to perform the job's essential functions successfully. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the position, which are reviewed in each case.
While performing the responsibilities of the role, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
EEO Statement: The Guidance Center of Westchester (TGCW) is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. TGCW encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.
TGCW undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.
We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: droyal at theguidancecenter.org. Correspondence sent to this e-mail address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.
About Us: The Guidance Center of Westchester's mission is to improve the well-being of people of all ages through innovative and effective programs that enable everyone to learn, work, and thrive.
TGCW offers essential and lasting support to those in our communities challenged by mental illness, substance use, poverty, and homelessness. We empower our participants to become active members of their community through education, treatment, housing, rehabilitative and vocational services. Founded in 1942, TGCW is a community-based nonprofit organization helping over 5,000 people each year. TGCW has an annual operating budget of ~$22 million and employs 250 people. We provide services to communities throughout Westchester County, with service sites in Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Yonkers, and Peekskill.
Send Resumes To: Please apply via our website at www.theguidancecenter.org/employment
The Guidance Center of Westchester
256 Washington Street
Mount Vernon, NY 10553