PATHS Program Advanced/Senior Counselor Position

Rochester, NY


The Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) Program senior counselor works with the Director of Socioemotional Learning/PATHS and under the direct supervision of the PATHS Program Coordinator/Assistant Director of SEL to support program logistical operations and service delivery. This role works collaboratively to assist in day to day program responsibilities to support program families and provide therapeutic services of the PATHS program. This includes assisting in behavioral and crisis intervention support for children during program time, organizing program materials and conducting community outreach to assist in recruitment and retention of program children and families. Staff member will work to support therapeutic efforts and intervention goals of the PATHS Program and Mt. Hope Family Center overall.

The successful candidate will demonstrate insight and experience working with preschool and school age children and their families who have experienced potentially traumatic events and who are at high-risk for emotional and behavioral dysregulation. They will exhibit willingness and ability to foster an environment in the programs in which evidence-based services are provided and program evaluation is completed. They will exhibit respectful and clinically informed approach with parents and caregivers while assisting in program recruitment efforts. The successful candidate will be self-reflective and open to feedback and development of clinical skills and approach as well as possessing a strengths based, person centered and culturally humble perspective on wellbeing. The ability to attend to detail and to adjust to ongoing program changes and growth are essential. Possesses and exhibits independence, vision, and creativity, as well as the maturity to interact with former peers in a nonsupervisory leadership role. This position assists with behavioral and crisis intervention support, community outreach for recruitment and retention of families participating in the program, and other daily operational support of the program, as needed under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Socioemotional Learning.

Position will be supervised by Assistant Director of Socioemotional Learning/PATHS Coordinator or other designated authority.


  • Works with Assistant Director of SEL/PATHS Coordinator to assist in the implementation of clinical and operational aspects of Mt. Hope Family Center’s After School and Summer Camp Programs.

  • Assists in recruitment of program community families and community outreach to support program enrollment; with specific regard to times of increased enrollment (summer camp, availability of additional therapeutic school year groups)

  • Assists in meetings and communications with caregivers, school personnel and others regarding program needs– 10%

  • Assists with daily preparation of staff/child/program needs to include material preparation and support transportation changes/challenges under direction of Assistant Director.

  • Attends group supervision meetings for program counselors to better assist in duties and promote positive program development

  • Works with group counselors to support planning and implementation of classroom lessons utilizing the PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) Curriculum for classrooms of 6-8 assigned children. Includes managing behaviors, using behavior management and reward system to encourage development of positive social emotional habits and coping skills.

  • Collaborates with program supervisors to function as extension of crisis intervention and 1:1 support service for more advanced behavioral and mental health challenges experienced by program children

Other duties as assigned.


  • High school graduation with courses in sciences and mathematics required

  • Some bachelor's level work in psychology, social work, school counselor or related fields and/or child development and experience with children strongly preferred

  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred

  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal, oral communication, and writing skills required.

  • Scope: Problem Solving: High level of problem-solving ability required

  • Familiarity and comfort with MS Office Applications, particularly Access and Excel are desired.

  • Must have a driver’s license, clean driving record, and reliable transportation required.

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Location: The College
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Opening: Part Time 25 hours Grade 075 Psychology-MHFC
Schedule: VARIES