Position Title: Supported Education/Employment Counselor

Department: Supported Education and Employment

Reports to: Supported Education Manager

Essential Functions:

The Supported Education/Employment Counselor supports people in mental health recovery to: enroll in, attend and successfully complete post-secondary educational and vocational programs; or, find, get and keep competitive employment of their choice, using a proven evidence-based practice. Generally 70% of clients will be in Education and 30% in Employment but that can adjust depending on client demand.

Scope:

The Supported Education/Employment Counselor provides support to program participants who are pursuing educational and employment goals, including assistance to establish reasonable goals and objectives related to their pursuit of higher education or employment. Occasionally a client who begins in Supported Education may also seek employment after he/she has an established a routine in school.

Job Criteria

Position Responsibilities
  • Assist participants who are attending or would like to attend colleges, universities or technical schools in the area, including help with the admissions process, applications for financial assistance, coordinating tutoring and mentoring arrangements, transportation, and all other issues and activities related to education.
  • Respond to education or employment related queries in a timely fashion.
  • Facilitate vocational counseling and career exploration for people in recovery.
  • Maintain data entry for client meetings, goals, progress notes, milestones and outcomes in SalesForce database and recovery goal plans in client charts.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of goal plans related to education and/or employment.
  • Develop job placement opportunities appropriate to individual needs of participants.
  • Work with employers and prospective employers in the community to develop job opportunities as needed.
  • Provide training and support on campus and on the job as required.
  • Help enhance participant skills related to their employment goal, including resume/cover letter writing, interview preparation and job searching skills.
  • Maintain communication with other providers on the individual’s support team, including clinicians, case managers, educational advisors and employers.
  • Facilitate transportation to/from college campus or work site during the initial enrollment or hiring process for the program participant.
  • Facilitate Supported Education and Employment programming such as participating in skill building workshops as requested (e.g., time management, learning strategies).
  • Meet program participants on campus or in the community in addition to at the Laurel House Resource Center.
Knowledge and Skills Required
  • Knowledge of financial assistance application procedure (FAFSA).
  • Familiarity with resources on campuses in the region and in the general community, such as disability support, tutoring, mentoring and financial assistance.
  • Ability to work well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently; self-motivated and takes initiative.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills; outgoing, persuasive.
  • Ability to motivate and engage clients.
  • Ability to promote community based independence through skill building and constructive feedback as appropriate.
  • Ability to document according to guidelines; comply with policies (e.g., HIPAA compliance) and procedures.
  • Computer proficiency and ability to use video conferencing tools such as Zoom and TEAMS to conduct virtual meetings.
  • Knowledge of mental health and/or substance use disorders, a plus.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelors in social work, mental health counseling, human services, rehabilitative services such as education or employment, or related field.
  • Minimum of 1 year relevant work experience.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus, but not required.
  • Must successfully pass the pre-employment drug test and background check.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a safe driving record

Laurel House, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families achieve and sustain mental health to lead fulfilling lives in the community.  Our core purpose is early intervention, social inclusion and recovery.  Laurel House is an equal opportunity employer.  Laurel House and www.rtor.org, a free service of Laurel House connecting families to expert mental health treatment, are committed to the advancement of racial equity and social justice, and to making mental health services accessible to all.

To apply for this position please send your cover letter and resume to coverlettersandresumes@laurelhouse.net