Program Counselor-Gear Up


The Program Counselor will be responsible for planning and implementing the daily program operations of GEAR UP, a program that provides college-readiness services for high school students in the Rochester City School District. The Program Counselor must have experience working with youth and families in an urban setting.



  1. Plan and implement weekly afterschool program and in-school sessions in accordance with the program funder’s guidelines
  2. Develop, organize, and promote interdisciplinary activities through authentic curriculum experiences
  3. Plan and implement cultural diversity guest speakers, field trips, high school workshops, SAT/ACT test preparation classes, and creative, fun enrichment activities aimed at strengthening math and reading skills
  4. Plan daily lesson plans and lead group sessions after school
  5. Develop Individual College Preparation Plans with each youth, and periodically review and revise these plans to reflect changes in the youths’ academic situations
  6. Provide case management and counseling (group and individual) to participants to help address any unmet needs of the youth and their families
  7. Administer pre- and post tests and assist with the tracking of participants’ outcomes for the purposes of program evaluation
  8. Under the direction of the GEAR UP Program Coordinator, monitor the program’s progress towards goals and develop plans for corrective action as required
  9. Complete records and reports to track and assure successful program outcomes
  10. Participate in training and orientation as required and approved by the GEAR UP Program Coordinator for effective program operations
  11. Assist in the marketing, recruitment, and retention efforts of the program
  12. Perform such duties as the supervisor may assign
  13. Attend/support Urban League of Rochester events and fundraising functions



  • Bachelors degree in education, counseling, human services or social work and or related field is required
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting
  • Ability to relate well to youth from diverse backgrounds and understand the barriers to success that less advantaged youth often face
  • Ability to function effectively as part of a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple, competing tasks and demands
  • Must be customer service oriented
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and be available past 5 p.m. on weekdays and on scheduled Saturdays
  • Knowledge of community resources for youth and families is a plus
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus