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YouthBuild Counselor

YWCA jobsMonday – Friday 8a-4p with flexibility to meet program needs

(including evening activities for students and/or graduates)



  • B.A. in social work, counseling or Human Services or equivalent education; BSW preferred
  • Minimum 3 years related experience in personal and career counseling with young adults
  • Ability to establish and relate sensitively to a multiracial/multicultural group of young people
  • Knowledge of human service, health, court and criminal justice systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete Individual Development Plan for each student
  • Assess personal needs of YouthBuild participants and help coordinate resources to meet their needs.
  • Provide immediate crisis intervention and support students in the moment; develop relationships within mental health system and refer students for long-term counseling needs as necessary
  • Advocate with human service, health, court and criminal justice systems to resolve issues facing young people.
  • Meet with participants at regular intervals to assess their goals and progress or barriers to achievement and submit progress reports to Site Director
  • Red flag and put plans in place with any students who have attendance concerns so that minimally 85% attendance rates may be achieved
  • Teach life skills classes to students
  • Assist in teaching of leadership development classes and develop leadership opportunities with members
  • Assist Employment Navigator in teaching and/or reinforcing of career development skills ( those needed to transition to the workplace, including:  job search methods, telephone skills, job applications, resumes, interviewing skills, cover  letters and thank you letters, terminating from a job, local labor market, education and training requirements for various career areas, work maturity skills, dependability, communication skills, interpersonal relations, initiative/productivity, and managing personal responsibility) including arranging speakers to help implement the career development program.
  • Assist with program recruitment, intake and assessment of new participants
  • Participate in student evaluation process.
  • Complete all agency records, reports and data collection as required and in a timely manner
  • Attend all YWCA staff and supervision meetings and trainings as required
  • Ongoing communication with Site Director and other staff regarding any concerns and issues in addition to student goal attainment.
  • Coordinate programming for graduates and submit any changes in contact information to administrative assistant to update in data base.
  • Other related duties as assigned


Location:  Springfield                    Hourly Rate:  $14.00

Please e-mail resume/cover letter to:  jobs@ywworks.org

Internal applicants must submit update resumes with letters of interest.

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