Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

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Job Description

With community residents leading the way, the mission of Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) is to build a strong, sustainable Cypress Hills/East New York, where youth and adults achieve educational and economic success, secure healthy and affordable housing, and develop leadership skills to transform their lives and community.  
CHLDC has openings for one (1) full time College Access Counselor at the Student Success Center located at the Thomas Jefferson High School campus.  The Student Success Center (SSC) is a youth and adult staffed college access center that works to support college guidance teams, and grow college-going culture for the campus. The SSC provides additional resources and tools necessary for each student to reach his/her post-secondary education goals.  

Principal Duties:

         Provide college application support and group workshops around college access, career exploration, and educational success

         Implement comprehensive outreach and recruitment strategy to promote the programming of the SSC

         Help coordinate activities including parent information sessions, college visits, leadership activities and program celebrations

         Supervise and train a group of youth leaders—high school students who serve as peer mentors supporting their classmates through the college application process

         Communicate with key stakeholders at the Thomas Jefferson Campus and related agencies to support student progress toward educational success

         Act as a liaison between students and school personnel

         Implement comprehensive outreach and recruitment strategy to promote the programming of the SSC

         Ensure the maintenance and growth of the SSC through supporting fundraising activities and tracking SSC student utilization and outcomes

         Work with school guidance teams to track student data and progress

         Share aggregate of student touchpoints through monthly updates to school staff and leadership.

         Collaborate with CHLDC and school staff to meet needs of participants and provide crisis intervention and referrals as needed.

         Participate in meetings and staff development sessions with CHLDC.

         Perform other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements:

         BA in education, counseling or related field.

         2-3 years experience strongly preferred.

         Strong knowledge of CUNY and SUNY application process; FAFSA/TAP application process, and familiarity with applying to competitive private colleges and universities

         Must have flexible schedule, some evening/weekend hours may be required

         Strong interpersonal skills, highly organized and motivated

         Commitment to youth development perspective

         Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred

         Must clear DOE and DOH fingerprinting and background authorizations before they can work


Work Environment:

This position works in a school setting during the workday. This role routinely uses standard equipment such as computers, walkie-talkies, phones, photocopiers, and standard equipment such as staplers, scissors and tape dispensers.



·        No travel is expected for this position.



·        Reports directly to Director of Student Success Center at Thomas Jefferson.

Salary Information

$42,000-45,000 annually, dependent upon experience. We also offer a very competitive benefits package.

To Apply

Please forward your cover letter and resume (including three professional references) to Lawrence Louis, Director of College Success Programs at:


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

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