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Early Awareness Advisor 

About the Organization A pioneering not-for-profit affordable housing developer and community programs initiator in New York City, Settlement Housing Fund, Inc. has worked since 1969 to create more than 8,700 apartments through 64 affordable rental and homeownership development projects. Settlement Housing Fund presently owns and maintains 36 buildings containing 1,979 apartments in various locations, with concentrations of housing and programs in the Mt. Eden section of the Bronx, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Two Bridges neighborhood on the Lower East Side, as well as at other sites throughout Manhattan. We expect that our portfolio will continue to grow. Settlement Housing Fund is equally committed to bringing amenities, programs and services to communities we serve through the development and operation of affordable housing. Settlement Housing Fund is the parent organization of The Crenulated Company, LTD dba New Settlement which was created in 1989 with the acquisition of 14 abandoned buildings from the City of New York. New Settlement has evolved into a robust social service organization offering a range of community-based services in education, college access, youth development, arts, workforce development, community organizing, wellness and other key services that provide important resources to the neighborhood's youth and families. New Settlement's success has been achieved through close collaboration with a wide range of educational institutions, housing and community development organizations, businesses, youth development and social service agencies - in the neighborhood, Bronx-wide, across New York and nationally. The programs at New Settlement are supported by local, state and federal government agencies, as well as foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals.  

JOB SUMMARY: The New York City Public Schools aims to ensure every student is prepared for and on a path to a rewarding career aligned with their passion and purpose and offering long-term economic security. Today, too few students have the information and advising support required to explore and understand their career entry options and develop a robust, high-quality, personalized plan to pursue their desired path after high school. Academic research suggests regular, individualized postsecondary advising improves key student outcomes, including career readiness metrics, FAFSA submission, and college enrollment rates. Quality advising enables students to make more informed decisions on their postsecondary paths, including which colleges they apply to, where they enroll, what major they select, what skills and experiences they consider building, and how likely they are to persist. These factors are tied to postsecondary graduation rates, employment rates, and wage outcomes.

The Strong Plan/Head Start pilot will offer personalized college and career pathways advisement as an additional, critical layer of support to students in temporary housing through their high school experience. Advising will be designed to build on the system-wide expansion of career-connected learning and to link students to high quality work-based learning opportunities in market-aligned career pathways. The pilot will be implemented in partnership with existing Student Success Center at the Taft Educational Campus. Programming will be designed to support students starting in freshman year through the summer after graduation, and will be grounded in multiple individualized advising sessions each year to support students in developing and refining a personalized college and career plan.

Goals include:

  • Engage 500 students in temporary housing with regular 1:1 advisement toward graduation with a robust, personalized college and career plan
  • Connect 200 students to paid work-based learning opportunities

Advisors will be expected to provide all participants with clear and scaffolded work-preparation content, which will increase student’s employability. Students will be better prepared for application milestones and challenges they may encounter before employment. Advisors will provide assistance with creating accounts, applying for opportunities, resume development, informational interviewing, interview preparation and etiquette. Students can also expect support with completion of job and opportunity applications.

Job Duties include but not limited to:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct one-on-one advising with students in temporary housing that are served at the Taft Student Success Center participants regarding early exposure to college and career readiness, not limited to career exploration, experiential learning, pre-college level classes, scholarship programs, among other opportunities
  • Lead Early Awareness initiatives on the Taft Educational campus, including family events, parent nights, enrichment program information sessions for students and families, in-class workshops, trips, and summer programming
  • Collaborate with Student Success Center team in planning and executing year-round calendar of early awareness programming
  • Responsible for all aspects of field trips for 9-11th graders including planning, scheduling, confirming, filling out DOE documents, developing school year trip calendar, printing out driving instructions, collecting and making duplicate copies of student permission slips, and chaperoning.
  • Incorporate Youth Leaders into early awareness programming to co-lead workshops, conduct outreach, and plan events, while directly supervising their performance in meeting expectations.
  • Work closely with Career Readiness Advisor to make sure you all are meeting the Strong Plan/Head Start goals
  • Demonstrate commitment to leadership development, community building, and community organizing as strategies for social change.
  • Record onto Salesforce database in real-time: students’ progress including but not limited to student interests and activities, SMART goals, attendance outreach, individual counseling, career and college advisement and exploration, service and volunteer activities, and other information as required by program
  • Attend and participate in-school / community-based meetings, administrative meetings, professional development trainings relevant to student needs/ issues and other meetings as needed
  • Meet established goals and objectives and other tasks as provided by the Director. Track progress toward meeting all outcomes and contractual obligations. Develop and execute action plans to address gaps in early awareness programming
  • Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned.


  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree and 2+ years of work experience with young adults, and career coaching
  • Master’s in Social Work (or related field), preferred
  • Bilingual, preferred
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including students in temporary housing, English Language Learners, students with disabilities, etc.
  • Commitment to further strengthening the Student Success Center pipeline with other programs within New Settlement
  • Strong organizational skills, time management skills, and attention to detail
  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team; demonstrated willingness to take initiative and aptitude to work independently.
  • Proven ability to multitask and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Significant experience working with adolescents and young adults.
  • Familiarity with the college admission process, career services, application procedures, or related.
  • Experience in facilitating groups and providing individual counseling.
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Computer literacy: experience using Microsoft Office Suite including PowerPoint, Experience with Google Drive platforms, electronic communications and databases.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain professional relationships with students, alumni, employers and colleagues.
  • Commitment to youth development and strengths-based perspectives.
  • Commitment to leadership development, community building, and community organizing as strategies for social change
  • Must clear DOE fingerprinting and background authorizations.


  • Candidates must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to be considered for employment. Proof of vaccination is required upon hiring. Applicants may seek medical or religious exemption from this requirement in accordance with applicable law.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

  • The ability to sit, stand, walk and use hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and telephone to talk and hear.
  • The ability to frequently sit and reach with hands and arms.
  • The ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Working Conditions: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Must be able to utilize office equipment such as desktop/notebook computers, copiers, printers, scanners, telephones, and calculators.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Employment is at will and employees will undergo 45- and 90-day check-ins during their 90-day probationary period.

NOTICE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the environment and level of work being performed by this job. This job description in no way states or implies that the duties and responsibilities listed are the only tasks to be performed by the employee in this job. The employee will be required to follow other instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor. This job description supersedes prior job descriptions. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the job description will be reviewed and subject to changes of business necessity.

New Settlement is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

This job description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions expected of an employee. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of you as an employee. You may be asked to perform other duties as required.

$55,000.00 - $58,000.00 per year

Position Requirements  
Salary $55,000.00 - $58,000.00 per year  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Early Awareness Advisor  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Hiring Manager(s) Cindy Concepcion, Evelyn Reyes Delgado, Magdelinne Pimentel  
Location New Settlement  

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