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Career Advisor/Group Facilitator

The Fortune Society


Unit: Employment Services

Reports to: Manager of Vocational and Educational Counseling

Status: Full Time; Regular; Non - Exempt

Job Code: TBD

Location: Long Island City and Rikers Island Correctional Facility

Days/Hours: 5 days / 35 hours per week, which may include evenings

Date Prepared: April 24, 2017

Position Summary:

Responsible for supporting I-CAN participants during the in-jail phase and post release by providing 1-on-1 career counseling and career planning services and facilitating work readiness training. The candidate will also ensure I-CAN participants are immediately connected to an Account Manager/ Vocational Coordinator upon release during in-community phase to begin assisting participants with seeking & securing employment. He/she will also facilitate an iterative resume process involving client drafts, volunteer prepared work product and subsequent client feedback as well as on-island mock interviews and subsequent video mock interviews in the community. The Career Advisor/Group Facilitator will be working both at Rikers Island and out of Fortune’s office at our main office in Long Island City, Queens and both daytime and evening hours and dynamic scheduling to maximize client availability may be required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Utilize a case management approach to assist incarcerated individuals with their personal and professional transition back into society; execute detailed vocational needs and career readiness assessments for I-CAN participants by developing individualized employment and barrier-removal plans. Set schedules for goal completions and follow-up on participants progress regularly;
Conduct job readiness workshops, individual assessments, and group and individual counseling sessions at Rikers Island to engage each client;, Support I-CAN participants career readiness during incarceration through one on one counseling and group sessions, and establish a rapport that will contribute to meaningful discourse, connection to services at Fortune’s program site, successful transition into employment, and continued post placement support/contact;
Monitor and record participants individual and group attendance (both at Fortune and on-island), progress towards goals, and overall performance in the agency’s central CLIMB database;
Attend weekly case conferences and planning meetings with Employment Services and ICAN staff;
Conduct ad hoc and scheduled trainings on particular topics related to transition and work readiness;
Modify, inform, and revise curriculum in concert with management and staff to obtain participant based goals;
Notify supervisor of participant specific or program issues and problems with regard to interaction at Rikers, the issues with the training program and/or participant transition and employment;
Work alongside ICAN staff, Employment Services ICAN Account Manager/ Vocational Coordinator and other agency staff to help ensure participants smooth transition from Rikers Island Correctional Facility to the community;
Facilitate iterative volunteer driven resume process for I-CAN participants utilizing client input, volunteer driven labor, and client edits;
Collaborate with I-CAN staff to track placement and retention outcomes; and
Provide additional program and administrative support to the unit as necessary.


Minimum of an Associate’s degree preferred;
At least 2 years of prior experience as a Case Manager or Counselor or similar experience strongly preferred;
Ability to obtain correctional facility clearance and work within the constraints of facility
guidelines which can include lock downs, screening of personal items including food and
clothing restrictions, which can be changed at the discretion of the Department of
Must possess the ability to execute multiple assignments within a dynamic, fast-paced environment;
Experience working with at risk and/or formerly incarcerated population a plus;
Demonstrable counseling and facilitation skills;
Strong administrative and organizational skills;
Resume development ability;
Excellent written, verbal and public speaking skills;
Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus; and
Proficient in MS Office; proficient in MS Outlook; knowledge of MS Excel;
We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to this mission. Relevant personal experience is a plus.

Travel Requirements :

Frequent travel between Riker’s Island Correctional Facility and Long Island City office. May require travel to Harlem office for staff meetings, trainings etc.

Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.


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Posted on 04/27/17; CVMHA ID #10965