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HANAC, Inc. Counselor in Astoria, New York

HANAC, Inc. – originally founded by George Douris as the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee – is a New York City-based multi-faceted social services organization. The organization was founded in 1972 to serve the needs of vulnerable populations throughout New York City. 

The Counselor evaluates and works closely with the client,  by identifying problems and creating a plan for services to help the client solve these problems. This process which includes evaluating the client’s support system, environment, and values—is tailored to each individual’s needs. The Counselor helps every client make good decisions, find resources to overcome problems and inspire the client to make improvements in their life.     

Hourly pay: $38.00 per hour (20 hours per week)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. (seasonal position October to June)

Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • To support learners’ ability to identify and overcome barriers that prevent them from attending class regularly and cause them to drop out prematurely. Follow up with daily phone calls to students.

  • To help participants navigate, engage and access the myriad of resources and services they need and make appropriate referrals within HANAC and our partner agencies, in order to address their challenges and achieve their academic, career, personal, and social goals that will empower them to advocate for themselves and become self-reliant

  • Interact with students at both locations,  on an ongoing basis, dedicating 20 hours per week to counseling services, addressing participant's needs, such as assisting students in creating a resume or looking for a job, etc., and documenting each interaction with a participant in DYCD’s Participant Tracking System

  • Work with the students to identify interests and strengths.

  • Work with students to develop an individual education plan that clearly lists the long-term and short-term educational goals with specific action steps required to meet each goal.

  • Be able to demonstrate a positive impact of counseling on attendance, retention, and academic achievement.

  • Help participants develop skills to improve study habits, social skills, and time management.

  • Assist in ensuring the implementation of policies and practices

  • Meet with Program Director once a month to review participant progress, exchange information, and share instructional strategies         


  • Minimum Associate’s Degree in a Human Services field (or currently enrolled in college) plus 2 years of relevant experience or 5 years of relevant experience.

  • Bilingual English and Spanish a MUST

  • Excellent active listening, communication, written and verbal skills

  • Strong interpersonal and mediation skills, sound judgment, and discretion

  • Empathetic and compassionate to the needs of others

  • Excellent computer skills and ability to learn new software applications. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Google Docs, and in DYCD Connect Participant Tracking System (PTS)

  • Good organizational, time management skills and meticulous record keeping

  • Be a solid team player with demonstrated ability to work with flexibility and efficiency in a fast-paced environment

  • Knowledge of programs and services offered within HANAC and community resources with our partner social service agencies

  • Experience with counseling principles, techniques, and practices applied to students’ problems and developmental needs

  • Must be comfortable working with diverse populations

  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the commencement of employment or adhere to enhanced protocols if the Company determines your job position requires accessing a HANAC worksite.



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