Within the boundaries of federal, state, local, and agency regulations, the Pathways to Justice Careers for Youth Career Counselor will maintain a caseload of 25 youth ages 16 to 21 who are at-risk and/or court-involved. The Career Counselor will recruit and orient youth and families, conduct one-on-one biweekly counseling sessions with all youth on his/her caseload, make referrals to appropriate support services, collaborate with other program staff to provide comprehensive services, coordinate and plan program sessions, and maintain necessary documentation.
- Counsel on an individual and/or group basis as necessary to assess participants' needs and identify available support services.
- Administer and score skills and aptitudes assessments.
- Assist in enrollment and certification processes.
- Develop Individual Service Strategy with each youth, review and revise these plans monthly to reflect changes in the youths’ academic and career situations.
- Maintain contacts with participants through telephone calls, home visits, etc.
- Participate in weekly staff case conferencing sessions.
- When special issues arise, refer participants to the appropriate support services.
- Plan, coordinate, and implement program sessions to provide contextualized job readiness and educational learning experiences to prepare youth for entry into justice and emergency service career pathways.
- Work with Job Developer to assist youth in finding subsidized or unsubsidized employment opportunities and provide career counseling to youth once he/she is placed in employment.
- Provide program related information to participants as necessary.
- Keep current, accurate and complete records for each case; submit information to the Director in a timely manner to ensure deadlines are met.
- Participate in training and orientation.
- Establish and maintain rapport with appropriate referral organizations/program partners - follow-up and monitor referrals.
- Advocate for participants by contacting agencies, support service providers and other resources, which will assist clients in obtaining required services and other advocacy needs.
- Perform such duties as the supervisor may assign.
- Attend Urban League of Rochester events and fund raising functions.
- Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, education or related social science required.
- At least one year of experience in working with youth and families in an urban setting.
- Ability to relate to and work with a diverse population and understand the issues relevant to such population.
- Experience working with community organizations.
- Knowledge of the justice and emergency services career pathways.
- Knowledge of available community resources.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to function effectively as part of a team.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple, competing tasks and demands.
- Ability to provide own transportation. Valid New York State Driver’s License with clean abstract.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends, when required.
- Must be customer service oriented.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.