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Career Counselor

John Jay College Institute for Justice and Opportunity

Full-Time | On Location / In Office

$50,000 - $55,000/yr.

Annual Salary Range
$50,000.00 – $55,000.00
Closing Date
Aug 22, 2023 (Or Until Filled)

General Description
The John Jay Institute for Justice and Opportunity seeks a full-time Career Counselor to provide programmatic support for Career Pathways programs and services. The Career Counselor will assist students in the Navigator Course, College Initiative, Fellowships, as well as alumni of any of these programs.


John Jay College Institute for Justice and Opportunity (The Institute) opens doors and eliminates barriers to success for people who have been involved in the criminal legal system as a champion of institutional, structural, and personal transformation. The Institute is one of twelve research entities that collectively comprise the Research Consortium of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The Institute has a diverse portfolio of projects that focus on identifying what it takes for people to live successfully in the community after justice involvement and on increasing the effectiveness of the professionals and systems working with them.  Recognizing the transformational power of education, the Institute focuses much of its work on increasing access to higher education for people with criminal histories.  The Institute’s comprehensive and strategic approach includes direct service, research, and technical assistance. To learn more please visit our website:

Responsibilities Include, but not limited to:
Utilize major and career assessments of students to prepare for conversations pertaining to career counseling
Meet regularly with students to provide career counseling, which includes counseling pertaining to obtaining a career, promotion, and professional development
Co-create individualized resumes and cover letters with students to prepare them for applying for careers
Coproduce a 1-year career roadmap with each graduating Navigators, actively engaged college students, recent graduates, Tow Fellows, and alumni in road mapping workshops
Provide assistance in creating and improving LinkedIn profiles to enhance students’ online presence for future employers, including providing headshots, best practices, and social media 101
Learn and continue education on navigating barriers (licensures, background checks, etc.) to career’s in New York State for justice impacted individuals
Develop and maintain partnerships with community-based organizations to be aware of what certificates, degrees, and professional development they are seeking in future candidates
Event plan and carry out networking events, job fairs, and professional development workshops for different programs at the Institute on a quarterly basis
Other Duties
Collaborate with other program staff to develop partnerships for host sites for the Tow Fellowship and Navigator Course
Input notes into Salesforce for attendance at events, career counseling, and career placement, and ensure its up to date
Increase the Institute and Career Pathways’ visibility through social media platforms
Be available and hold regular drop in hours for students to ask career related questions and quick resume/cover letter help
Additional duties as assigned

A Bachelors’ degree or advanced degree in a related field required;
At least two years of experience providing career counseling and/or direct service to students and/or justice impacted individuals
Prior knowledge of employment related barriers that justice impacted individuals face
Demonstrated ability to respond calmly and thoughtfully to emergencies and develop solutions in partnership with colleagues, students and relevant stakeholders
Preexisting connections to community-based organizations, and understanding of the importance and enjoys networking
Experience in event planning
Innovative spirit and willingness to learn
Ability to work independently and collaborative in an environment that requires both
Excel, Powerpoint, and database skills required, Salesforce experience a plus
Excellent customer service skills for interacting with students, faculty, consultants, facilities staff, and other program partners
Commitment to delivering trauma-informed services
Commitment to anti-racism work and social justice


At the Institute, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  The Institute believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.
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About the Research Foundation
The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) was established as a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1963. RFCUNY supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support (pre-award) from government and private sponsors and is responsible for the administration of all such funded programs (post-award).

RFCUNY stands between CUNY’s principal investigators (PIs) and the sponsors who support them and strives to fulfill its essential responsibilities to both groups. Working closely with individual PIs and Grants Officers on the campuses, RFCUNY oversees employment, accounting, audit, reporting, purchasing, and special responsibilities that include management of a planned giving program; liaison with governmental agencies and foundations; negotiation of agreements; facility construction and renovation; protection and commercialization of intellectual property; and compliance with applicable standards in research involving human subjects, animal care, environmental and radiological safety, and conflicts of interest.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer. It is the policy of the Research Foundation of CUNY to provide equal employment opportunities free of discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, criminal conviction history, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

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