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The City of Worcester is an EEO/AA Employer. Preference is given to Worcester residents.

If you wish to apply for this position, the deadline is Open Until Filled. Please note the following application options for this position:
  • Applicants are Encouraged to Apply Online
  • By Mailing to the Department of Human Resources, ATTN: ADJUSTMENT COUNSELORS, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608
    (If applying via US Mail, please include a completed Application Questionnaire & VSID)
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$35.00 per Hour



The Recreation Worcester Adjustment Counselor will collaborate with Youth Workers and Assistant Recreation Leads to design and develop Social Emotional Learning curriculum for Recreation Worcester Youth Programming and support staff and youth in mental health and behavioral needs. Responsibilities for this position include infusing Social Emotional Learning into program procedures and curriculum, and coaching Youth Worker staff to implement Social Emotional Learning techniques throughout youth programming. He/she will promote the social-emotional well-being of youth during programming and will also provide referrals to outside community services so ongoing therapeutic relationships can be established and maintained when necessary. In addition, he/she will also engage in consultations with Youth Workers and families to provide appropriate support services within the program setting. Work is performed individually and/or in small groups.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills; will have a strong understanding of best practices related to Social Emotional Learning and trauma informed frameworks; will have experience in developing and implementing Social Emotional Learning-focused youth programming; will have experience in engaging Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and English as a Second Language (ESL) student in literacy activities; and will also have experience in supporting youth with behavioral and mental health needs. The qualified candidate will have knowledge of community resources specific to mental health and behavioral health needs for Worcester youth; will have the ability to ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse populations, organizations, and interests; the ability to work with students with special educational or emotional needs; ability to build relationships and networking skills with students, colleagues, and community members; ability to provide and receive constructive feedback; the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and multitask.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

• High School Diploma or Equivalent
• One (1) year experience in developing and implementing youth programming and/or lesson planning
• Familiarity with Social Emotional Learning best practices
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to pass CORI/SORI check
• Must have an updated physical exam in the past 12 months
• Must be 18 years of age or older

• Two (2) years of experience in developing and implementing youth programming and/or lesson planning
• Experience working with children and families from diverse cultural, socioeconomic backgrounds and abilities
• Social work/case management experience
• Experience facilitating activities and programming

STARTING SALARY: $35.00 per hour, part-time, temporary, non-benefitted

To apply, please visit: www.worcesterma.gov/employment or send resume and cover letter to: City of Worcester, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608. Preference given to Worcester Residents. The City of Worcester is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Direct inquiries to: City Hall Human Resources, 508-799-1030, HR@Worcesterma.gov.

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