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The Salvation Army -Pittsburgh PA

Youth at Risk Counselor

The Salvation Army -Pittsburgh PA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Date Posted: 01/17/2008
Categories: Education
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Job Summary:
The Youth at Risk Counselor serves to provide direct counseling services to students in local elementary and middle schools who have been assessed to be at risk by their school administration/faculty team. The Counselor serves as the direct link between The Salvation Army Northside Corps and both the local school counselor/teacher as well as parent and/or guardian as well as the young person himself/herself. The counselor will also be directly involved in linking the persons in his/her caseload to the full gamut of Salvation Army ministries at the corps. The Counselor will take on added responsibilities in an envisioned Youth Center which is in primitive stages of development. This will be with a view to developing and providing a continuum of services to the student in the Army facility itself.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Give oversight to all components of Youth at Risk Counseling Program.
Maintain weekly counseling caseload with students from local elementary and middle schools (currently serving seven schools)
Provide intervention and support to multi-problem, academically challenged youth.
Maintain current contacts with school representatives. This will include teacher consultations, working with school counselors to identify students who might be potential candidates etc.
Complete all required paperwork and maintain case files including written narratives and reports to C.O.
Communicate with parents/guardians of clients.

Additional Responsibilities:
Develop and implement seasonal (summer) small group activities/recreation promoting social skill building and providing and environment for mentoring
Responsible for recruitment, application, processing of summer campers for Camp Allegheny from client/contact base
Responsible to process client family applications for Seasonal Social Services Assistance and substitute for Caseworker when necessary
Give input to development of Youth Center with a particular view toward implemented extended services within the Center itself including extended counseling and tutoring sessions
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Use of personal vehicle (mileage reimbursed).
Skills to work cooperatively in school and family environment
State/Childline/FBI clearances
Education and Experience:
Masters degree in Educational Counseling
Outreach experience with schools, families and youth preferred
Three to Five years experience in related areas