Good Shepherd Services

Part Time Independent Living Counselor - Weekends

Location : Name Chelsea Foyer
Location : Location US-NY-Manhattan
Job ID
USD $36,000.00/Yr.
USD $45,000.00/Yr.

About Us



Good Shepherd Services is a leading multi-service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 youth and families each year – and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success.  At Good Shepherd we respect the dignity and worth of every person and reject intolerance, inequity and injustice in whatever form it may take. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain’s New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference! 


NOTE: As a NYC contracted agency all positions at Good Shepherd Services fall under the NYC vaccine mandate. All employees, volunteers and interns must show proof of vaccination upon hire.




As a member of a multidisciplinary team, the responsibility of the Independent Living Counselor is to provide a safe and secure environment and dynamic life skills programming for the Chelsea Foyer residents.  The Chelsea Foyer is an innovative 40-bed residential and vocational program for young adults who are preparing to transition into independent living once gaining job training, employment, educational and life-skills competencies.


Reports To:     Social Work Supervisor, The Chelsea Foyer

Location:        202-212 West 24th Street, New York, New York 10011

Hours:             Up to 18 Hours/Week; Non-Exempt 

Major Duties:

  • Be able to work shifts by oneself as scheduled on overnights, weekends, and holidays.
  • While on the shift alone, be able to work through emergencies, which place the participants at risk. Such emergencies include but are not limited to fires, gas leaks, earthquakes, power loss, city wide emergencies, etc.  This work includes communicating with security, staff and residents what the emergency is and what actions need to be taken.  Evacuating all 5 residential floors (40 units total) including the shared spaces on the main floor and the cellar.  Assisting security with identifying that all participants have been evacuated to the proper emergency meeting points.
  • Work with security staff to ensure that only appropriate visitors remain in the residence during designated visitation hours assuring the safety of residents.
  • In partnership with the case manager, ensure that residents are meeting the expectations of their contract and support them as they develop life and work skills.
  • Ensure residents compliance with all programs policies and procedures.
  • Diffuse potential crisis situations and take appropriate action in resolving crises.
  • Regularly communicate with the Social Work Supervisor and all other Chelsea Foyer team members.
  • Complete a written transitional report for each shift and be actively involved in shift transition.
  • Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar), and self-care in the department/program to create a nonviolent and trauma sensitive culture.
  • Promote and model the seven Sanctuary Model commitments to create a nonviolent and trauma sensitive culture.
  • Integrate the Sanctuary Model S.E.L.F (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to ensure quality care and an effective work environment.
  • All other duties as specified 


  • High School Diploma or Equivalency. Bachelor’s degree preferred plus one or more years’ experience working in a residential setting.
  • Must have a clear understanding of the needs of young adults experiencing homelessness and a sensitivity to ethnic and cultural differences, and an understanding of the needs of the LGBTQ community.
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength based, youth and family development and trauma informed perspective.
  • Excellent crisis intervention, advocacy and problem-solving skills.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and advocate on behalf of residents.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills to maintain required documentation.
  • Must be able to provide first aid.
  • Flexible hours to ensure access and availability, including weekends and evenings.


Additional Information

Good Shepherd Services is an equal opportunity employer that is proudly committed to becoming an anti-racist and multicultural organization that stands up for justice and equity. We welcome prospective employees from diverse backgrounds, for administrative support and direct service and leadership roles, who will join us on that journey, uphold our values and approach, and believe in our mission. Additionally, we aim to have a racially representative leadership and workforce that is reflective of the communities we work in partnership with.


Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.


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