Mental Health Counselor

Mental Health Counselor

Mental Health Counselor

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
Job Category: Programs/Services
Location: Manhattan
Job Sectors: Community Improvement

The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) is seeking an individual to join our team in supporting our youth members, their families, and the community! This position will provide mental health support and counseling for our youth and families, provide psychoeducation for our families and community, and train Girls Club staff. The Mental Health Counselor will also be able to gain post-degree clinical experience, under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional, to count toward licensure.




  • Providing individual and group counseling to youth, their families, and the community

  • Connecting (in-person) directly with youth members, assessing their needs and providing resources and support

  • Offering socially distanced in-person and virtual consultations, as needed

  • Conducting initial assessments of an individual, determining needs and making recommendations for support

  • Creating small group cohorts to increase engagement and visibility with members

  • Connecting with youth during programs, responding to challenging situations as they arise

  • Advocating for youth and their families 

Case Management

  • Developing individualized care plans 

  • Researching, advocating for, and educating parents and families on, appropriate resources

  • Making referrals to other providers and services where appropriate

  • Establishing and maintaining a case file system and ensuring that case files and other records strictly comply with relevant policies, regulations, and procedures

  • Participating actively in weekly supervision and case conferences


  • Building the capacity of staff to respond to the mental health needs of youth, their families, and the community through training

  • Identifying external training and resources for staff and parents/caregivers 


Education and Experience:

  • Required:

    • Master’s or higher degree in counseling, or its equivalent, with required coursework in mental health counseling theory and practice, assessment, psychopathology, ethical practice and a supervised internship

    • Must obtain a limited permit to practice under supervision, if applicable

    • Proven experience with youth and family populations in New York City

    • Understanding of issues of equity and social justice

    • Experience with utilizing a Restorative Justice framework

  • Preferred:

    • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Masters Social Work (LMSW), Licensed Masters Social Work (LCSW)

    • 3-5  years of relevant counseling experience

    • Conversational Spanish and/or French fluency

    • Experience serving, and knowledge of, the Lower East Side community


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of mental health counseling principles, methods, procedures, and standards

  • Interviewing and psychological/developmental evaluation skills

  • Ability to apply mental health counseling methods and techniques

  • Knowledge of healing-centered and strengths-based approaches

  • Utilizes restorative justice framework 

  • Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques and trauma informed practices

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, crisis, and other stresses

  • Knowledge of community mental health resources and referrals

  • Ability to develop and present educational and training workshops to LESGC staff

  • Belief in the mission and values of LESGC

  • Flexibility and the ability to work collaboratively

  • Professional, well organized and strong attention to detail



The salary for this position is $60,000-$65,000, commensurate with experience. The LESGC’s benefit package includes medical, dental, vision insurance, a flexible spending account, dependent daycare, and a pre-tax transit benefit. 


Apply Today:

Please send resume and cover letter via email to [email protected]


COVID Response

LESGC is complying with New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development’s vaccination mandate for all staff members. In addition, LESGC expects all staff members and building visitors to comply with LESGC’s COVID response policy:

  • Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing 

  • Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease 

  • Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households 

  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings 

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms 

  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers 

  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations




About the Lower Eastside Girls Club 


Since 1996 the Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) has supported young women and gender expansive youth of color throughout New York City in leveraging their inner power to shape a better future for themselves, their community and the world. As an innovative learning hub we model practices of community resilience and healing-centered engagement. By championing young people and channeling their curiosity and creative energy, we are transforming our world to one of  “Joy. Power. Possibility.”   In 2020, we expanded our mission and service population with the launch of our Center for Wellbeing and Happiness (CWBH) with a core belief that the wellbeing of our members is intimately connected to the wellbeing of her family, her community, and her world. 


LESGC’s 40,000 sq. ft. facility offers a safe space of belonging for young people ages 10-23 with programs in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, college and career prep and culinary. Facilities include a Maker Shop; Biology lab; Art and Design Studio; Digital Media Center;  Sound Studio; Material Arts  Studio; Rooftop Farm; Culinary Learning Center; and Planetarium. We offer 40+ unique programs a week, free of charge.  Our Center for Wellbeing & Happiness encompasses classes in yoga, movement, mindfulness, meditation, nutrition, and access to counseling and family support services. Through CWBH we deepen support for wrap-around mental health services with the aim of fostering collective healing and psychosocial well-being to ensure our members thrive now and in the future.


LESGC Equal Opportunity Employer Policy 

LESGC is an equal opportunity employer. Equal employment opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at LESGC, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, sex (including pregnancy status), gender, creed, religion, sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, national origin, age, ancestry, alienage, citizenship, marital status, partnership status, being a party to a civil union, handicap or disabilities or perception of disabilities, military status (or unfavorable discharge from military service), political activity, status as a victim of a sex offense, stalking, or domestic violence or other protected class status. Discrimination in violation of this policy is prohibited. LESGC does not discriminate in the hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors or the provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients.


This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant.


The Lower Eastside Girls Club

  • 402 East 8th Street
  • New York, New York 10009
  • Phone:

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