Youth Career Counselor - Pathways to Justice


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.




  1. Counsel on an individual and/or group basis as necessary to assess participants' needs and identify available support services.
  2. Administer and score skills and aptitudes assessments.
  3. Assist in enrollment and certification processes.
  4. Develop Individual Service Strategy with each youth, review and revise these plans monthly to reflect changes in the youths’ academic and career situations.
  5. Maintain contacts with participants through school visits, telephone calls, home visits, etc.
  6. Participate in weekly staff case conferencing sessions.
  7. When special issues arise, refer participants to the appropriate support services.
  8. 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.
  9. Work with Director/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.
  10. Provide program related information to participants as necessary.
  11. Keep current, accurate and complete records for each case; submit information to the Director in a timely manner to ensure deadlines are met.
  12. Participate in training and orientation.
  13. Establish and maintain rapport with appropriate referral organizations/program partners - follow-up and monitor referrals.
  14. Advocate for participants by contacting agencies, support service providers and other resources, which will assist clients in obtaining required services and other advocacy needs.
  15. Perform such duties as the supervisor may assign.
  16. Attend Urban League of Rochester events and fund raising functions.




  • Bachelor’s degree in counseling, human services, 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.