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Transitional Day Program Counselor

If you are passionate about social justice, working with young people, ending the cycle of homelessness and have experience in the youth development and/or human services we invite you to apply.

For more than 48 years, Bridge Over Troubled Waters has provided a comprehensive continuum of care for runaway, homeless, and high risk youth in Boston, and has been a national model in providing innovative youth services. Our mission is to transform the lives of youth through safe, supportive and encouraging relationships, counseling, housing, and skill-building, to guide them towards self-sufficiency and achieving their goals.

If you are looking for a career in a fast paced setting that is committed to collaborating with all youth who come through the door and finding creative solutions to difficult problems, we invite you to apply for one of our open positions.

Job Description: Transitional Day Program Counselor
Hours: Full Time: Monday – Friday
Job Site: West Street
Reports To: Transitional Day Program Coordinator
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

POSITION SUMMARY

The Transitional Day Program (TDP) is a drop-in center for homeless youth 18-24 years old in Boston. Youth utilizing the TDP are typically sleeping outside, staying an emergency shelters or couch surfing. The TDP offers survival services (food, showers, laundry, & clothing) as well as intensive case management and support services to help youth move beyond the streets into safe and stable housing. The TDP Counselor is responsible for overseeing the program milieu, building therapeutic rapport with youth and providing case management services to youth using the program.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Clinical

  • Drop-in
    • Respond to drop-in clients including: breakfast, lunch, showers, laundry, computer games, field trips, outings, and physical exercise
    • Provide crisis intervention
  • Provide regular skills-building activities
  • Provide expressive based groups, arts & crafts, mindfulness, sensory coping groups,
  • Provide educational and job development referral
  • Assist homeless youth in obtaining, housing, mental healthcare, and substance abuse services
  • Provide advocacy services

Administration

  • Compile statistics as required
  • Participate in weekly program meetings
  • Participate in quarterly all staff meeting

Public Relations

  • Serve as a liaison between street youth and establish agencies
  • Youth advocate

Diversity

  • Ensure that all activities, services and programs through Bridge are conducted in a manner that is sensitive to and shows respect for the cultural and ethnic diversity for all Bridge clients

Other

  • Other related tasks as required/requested
QUALIFICATIONS
  • BA/BS Degree required or related degree or
  • Minimum two year experience working with young adults
  • Previous experience/knowledge in the following areas
    • Housing search/placement
    • Substance abuse
    • Job development
    • Community relations
    • Recreational counseling
  • Continuous clean driver’s record (car not required
  • Valid Licenses as required
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Supervision with Transitional Day Program Coordinator
  • Consultation with Clinical Consultant
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