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Leake and Watts Services Senior Counselor in Brooklyn, New York

This ACS-funded Gender Responsive Diversion Demonstration Project will be facilitated by Rising Ground’s STEPS to End Family Violence program in collaboration with Girls for Gender Equity (GGE). This project is a holistic, gender-responsive program for girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer/transgender and gender non-conforming (LGBQ/TGNC) youth who are involved, or at high risk of involvement, in the youth justice system. The project - which is grounded in the tenets of healing-centered, anti-oppressive practice - brings together highly-skilled individual coaching; evidence-based clinical interventions; opportunities for young people to engage in group-based activities; economic empowerment skill building; a workplace pilot project; and space where young people can come together to build community. All elements of the project are intentionally designed to support young people in cultivating their leadership skills; building their self-reliance; forging healthy social relationships; developing diverse strategies to avoid engaging in criminalized behavior/activities; and greatly enhancing their educational experiences and work opportunities.

The full-time Senior Counselor will provide youth-driven, healing-centered, anti-oppressive, clinical and emotional support and advocacy to all young people engaged in the project. This is an exciting and demanding opportunity for an emerging therapist looking to participate in the launch of a project that is designed to become a national model. Core responsibilities include:

  • Connect with all young people within the project and serve as their primary point of contact throughout their engagement in the project;

  • Intentionally and regularly engage all young people in frequent individual sessions;

  • With each young person, co-construct individualized engagement plans and asses and revise the throughout the length of the young person’s engagement with the project;

  • On a rotating schedule, be available - by phone - on evenings and weekends to respond to the needs of the young people involved in the project;

  • Engage in collaboration and case coordination with all project staff and a vast network of stakeholders;

  • Participate in weekly supervision, team supervision, and attends other required meetings as required

  • Maintain program records, case files, and funder reports with accuracy and attention to timeliness detail;

  • Other duties are required.

  • MSW, MHC-LP or other graduate clinical degree required;

  • Professional licensure preferred but not required;

  • Highly organized, self-motivated worker who can easily manage competing demands; 


  • Creative problem-solver who anticipates challenges and seizes opportunities for collaboration; 


  • Able to implement vision, think strategically, exercise good judgment, and lead change; 


  • High level of self-awareness and ability to give and receive feedback well. 


  • Impeccable attention to detail, systems, and processes; 


  • Ability to work with flexibility, independence, accountability, passion, and humor;

  • Meaningful commitment to practicing from a healing-centered, anti- oppressive stance;

  • Lived experience within systems that impact the young people who will be involved in the project including the youth justice and criminal legal system strongly preferred but not required.

Job ID: 2020-1667

External Company Name: Leake and Watts Services, Inc

External Company URL: (No Website Given)

Street: 151 Lawrence Street

Post End Date: 2/28/2021

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