Vocational Coordinator - Reentry


Brooklyn, NY


The SMART Program is a new collaboration between Housing Works and the NYC Department of Corrections (DOC) aimed at reducing the likelihood of recidivism for detainees in the custody of DOC. Specifically, the SMART program provides individual and group services to detainees at the Manhattan and Brooklyn Detention Centers, provides assistance with transition from jail to the community, and offers community based services to help stabilize participants, including connection to health care, housing, case management and vocational support services. The target population for this project is adult males (22 years and older). With support from the Program Director, the Vocational Counselor will develop and maintain internal and external partnerships aimed at creating suitable paid internships and job placements for formerly incarcerated SMART Program participants. Additionally, the Vocational Coordinator will be responsible for working with individual program participants to engage in career assessment and planning, conduct training on soft skills, professionalism, and interviewing. The ideal candidate for the position will have experience in vocational counseling, partnership development, and direct work with criminal justice involved population. A Bachelors or Master’s Degree in a related field is required. Working knowledge of issues related to employment of formerly incarcerated individuals is preferred.


  • Provide vocational counseling and support to program participants.
  • Conduct career counseling and assessment activities.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with internal and external partners with goal of creating placement opportunities for program participants.
  • Weekly and monthly reporting on placement activities and retention data.
  • Provide supervision to the Vocational Counselor
  • Adhere to policies as set by Housing Works and NYC DOC
  • Maintain communication with NYC DOC regarding operations
  • Promote Housing Works’ core values in day to day activities


  • Bachelors or Master’s Degree in related field
  • Vocational counseling and placement experience
  • Professional communication and presentation skills
  • Experience and commitment to working with individuals with criminal justice involvement
  • Ability to maintain records, track and report on outcomes
  • Knowledge of issues impacting employment of formerly incarcerated individuals
  • Ability to obtain DOC clearance
  • Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel, required
  • Ability to use data to inform decision making

Housing Works provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements. Housing Works complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.