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2 Dec 2022

Full-Time Counselor I, School Partner Program: Downtown High School

Jewish Vocational Service – Posted by JVSHR225 San Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

Why Join JVS?

JVS is a nonprofit working to close opportunity gaps in employment by supporting jobseekers with the skills and confidence to secure quality careers with family-sustaining wages. Grounded in core values of racial equity and focused on helping our clients achieve economic mobility, we believe everyone deserves access to training and the chance for a good job. JVS develops training programs in close partnership with employers in high growth sectors, offering high quality jobs.

Building on decades of experience and success, JVS is a data-driven organization that takes a whole systems approach to addressing employment and economic equity. Through our direct service programs, employer engagement and policy change, JVS is working toward a future where everyone has access to quality education and training programs that lead to high quality employment and economic mobility.

The Role

This position is embedded at, and partners with, Downtown High School (DHS) to provide career exploration, career readiness and work-based learning activities that support students’ current and future educational and employment success. As part of the DHS community, this program collaborates deeply with the school administration, leadership team, teachers and staff to create dynamic program activities that are responsive to students’ needs.


Client Support

  • Through one-on-one and group coaching, support program participants in:
    • Exploring jobs/careers of interest and the associated career pathway training and internship programs
    • Preparing  for, and obtaining, competitive employment, entry into career pathway training and internship programs
    • Successful completion of career pathway training and internship programs and successful retention of competitive employment
    • Connecting to programs with caring and appropriate adults to support their continued transition
  • Collaborate with employers and career pathway training/ internship programs to support the above outcomes for program participants
  • Under the supervision of the Senior Coordinator or Program Manager, collaborate with school-site administration, teachers, and staff to provide a high-quality experience for students both on-site and off
  • Identify participant needs and work with the school and program staff to connect the participant to resources


Program Support

  • As appropriate, participate in planning for, coordinate additional program activities, and support teammates
  • Identify and provide feedback on ways to increase student support, successful transition, and overall program outcomes
  • Support the development of collaborative vision with school site while maintaining alignment to agency, department, and program goals
  • Support with Soft Skills, and Success & Retention and other skill development trainings for students
  • Support with student recruitment and onboarding for program activities


School Partner Support

  • Actively engage in fostering a positive community at DHS including
    • Timely and appropriate communication with administration, leadership, teachers and staff
    • Participation in school-site meetings and activities (e.g. all staff meetings, back to schools nights, etc.), as appropriate


  • Excellent youth engagement and relationship management skills with school and employer/training partners
  • Strong decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Able to utilize an intersectional racial equity lens while working in a multi-cultural environment with diverse staff, partners, and clientele
  • Strong organizational skills, able to manage priorities, meet deliverables and deadlines
  • Able to work independently, as part of a team, and flexible to meet evolving needs of participants, partners, and program
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Strong computer proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Drive
  • Experience supporting youth in learning about jobs/careers and obtaining competitive employment or entry into career training programs
  • Experience working with youth and maintaining appropriate boundaries
  • Experience facilitating engaging youth workshops both in-person and remotely
  • Ability to pass DOJ and FBI background checks in accordance with Education Code Section 45125.1
  • Ability to pass a Tuberculosis Risk Assessment before working in-person with youth participants and every 4 years thereafter in accordance with California Education Code sections 4906 and 87408.6 and Health and Safety Code sections 1597.055 and 121525-121555
  • Has received a full series of vaccination for Covid-19 or, for those who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to a disability or sincerely held religious believe, are willing and able to engage in weekly COVID-19 testing in accordance with SFUSD policy for Community Based Organizations working with students at school sites

What We Offer 

  • Annual Salary: $55,000 – $60,000
  • Equitable pay
  • 100% covered medical and dental plans for the employee
  • Twenty (20) days of PTO +  twelve (12) days of Paid Sick Leave
  • Paid federal and Jewish holidays
  • 403(b) retirement contribution match
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care FSA
  • Pet Insurance Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Professional development opportunities and $500 Work-From-Home stipend


JVS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnic background, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disabilities. We welcome diverse applicants. Please let us know if you need accommodations or auxiliary aids for the interview process.


JVS values intersectional racial equity and strives to center people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ+ people. We strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other communities that experience marginalization.

How to Apply

Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 22 days.

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