The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund, a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment, seeks an Education Counselor to provide educational, transitional and vocational support services to program youth, families and alumni. Education Counselor will provide educational case management, counseling, education and vocational themed groups and workshops for clients.
The Education Counselor for the Looking Ahead program provides educational and transitional support services to program youth, families and alumni. Education services include assisting families locate and explore schooling options, find educational resources and understand and plan for college and careers. Will continually assess the needs of the population and develop strategies to provide support. Will assist youth and their parents develop individual education/career plans and will provide short and long-term counseling services as needed.
The Education Counselor will assist Social Work Supervisor and Youth Programs Specialist in planning balanced calendar of events, which they will also chaperone with their colleagues. Education Counselor’s planning assistance will be geared toward education and vocational pursuits (e.g. college tours, entertainment industry tours.)
Will facilitate a monthly leadership group for program youth. Develop curriculum for each month’s meeting.
Will develop materials for individual and group programs, seminars and panel presentations with an emphasis on education and vocational themes. Will also develop and maintain list of educational resources for clients. Counselor will work with parents as needed to provide career support including resume review, interviewing techniques and career search strategies.
Cultivates relationships with LAUSD and other public and private school entities, community agencies, SAG-AFTRA Young Performers Committee, studio teachers and members of the Looking Ahead Advisory Committee. Plans and facilitates yearly studio teacher’s luncheon and will participate in outreach opportunities with various stakeholders as needed.
Will work to engage program alumni in services and will provide routine outreach to alumni to keep track of their transition into college and vocational life. Maintain all client records, charting and statistics pertinent to the program(s), ensuring the confidentiality of all information.
Master’s degree in education, career counseling, or social work with an emphasis on education.
Minimum three years of vocational/educational/career counseling experience with youth ages 9-18. Experience providing these services with adults is not required but highly desired.
Minimum two years’ experience facilitating educational or enrichment groups for youth.
An valid unrevoked driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
An interest in developing and implementing workshops and groups.
Ability to work irregular hours, including a minimum of one to three evenings per month and one to three weekends
Ability to attend and or participate in, with or without reasonable accommodation, a range of indoor and outdoor physical activities (e.g. paintball, laser tag, amusement parks, fitness and beach volleyball) in order to sufficiently supervise the program participants.
Experience and/or understanding of entertainment industry is preferred.
Skilled at public speaking and curriculum development.
One years of relevant event planning work experience is preferred.
Counselor should demonstrate the willingness to be self-reflective and engaged with the individual and group clinical supervision process, in order to understand and explore effective clinical practice.
ABOUT THIS POSITION
This is a full-time salaried position based in The Actors Fund’s Western Region offices in Los Angeles. The Actors Fund offers a competitive salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package, including: choice of multiple health and dental plan options, voluntary vision, flex and dependent care plans, employer-paid life and long-term disability insurance, supplemental life and disability, 401(k) plan with generous employer match, tuition reimbursement, generous paid time off and paid parking.
Please follow this link to begin the application process. A complete application will include a resume, cover letter and salary expectations.
ABOUT THE ACTORS FUND
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Visit www.actorsfund.org.