College, Career and Life Readiness Counselor, Full-Time

Department: Youth Arts Program

The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology College, Career and Life Readiness Counselor provides
support to BCAT High School students: creating strong pathways to postsecondary education and
careers; developing and maintaining positive personal agency in our youth; and supporting BCAT youths’
social and emotional needs. This full-time position reports to the Youth Arts Program Director, requires
flexibility with the work schedule, but normally requires being on-site between 10:30am-6:30pm
Monday through Friday. Some early mornings, evenings and weekends will be required.

Job Responsibilities:

College and Career Readiness Support:

● Monitor BCAT youths’ course selection, grades and attendance at their high schools each year from
freshman to senior years and ensure they are on a realistic pathway to college and/or career that is
reflected in their choices.
● For youth on a path to college, assist students in researching potential post-high school secondary
education opportunities; identifying, accessing , and pursuing opportunities to secure financial
● Maintain BCAT’s Next Step Career Readiness Program by working one-on-one with students to
develop, document and implement plans for post high school and set and achieve realistic academic
and career goals
● Work with students to develop career skills, such as organization, communication, writing, time
management, and effective study habits
● Collect all data necessary for accurate evaluation of BCAT Career Readiness program. Analyze data
and create reports each trimester, annually and as needed.
Social-Emotional Support and Guidance:
 Assess and respond to the social and emotional needs of youth as individuals and as peer groups
(e.g., preventing crises, abuse and assessing for self-harm) to offer referrals to internal supports (in
coordination with BCAT’s Social Worker and/or local mental health services)
● Coordinate with BCAT’s Social Worker and other agencies/organizations providing social and
educational services in the local community (this includes connecting youth to community and social
services resources outside of BCAT)
● Available to support Youth Arts Director and Social Worker for crisis intervention, and mediation for
staff and students, ensuring personalized, prompt and respectful attention
Youth Arts Program Duties:
● Maintain YAP database and ensure all relevant and required data are collected, archived and
analyzed each trimester and at the end of each school year
● Research, obtain and allocate new resources for Youth Career Readiness Program
● Develop and maintain individual student transition plans
● Manage all student records and ensure confidentiality of data

● Develop and sustain productive relationships with relevant guidance counselors and teachers at
high schools of BCAT’s attending students
● Participate in program development, evaluation and enhancement
● Participate in shared organizational responsibilities as needed, including field trips, gallery events,
community events, etc.
● Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience Requirements

 Master’s Degree in Counselor Education, School Counseling or related field; holds or has met
requirements to obtain NYS School Counselor Certification
 Minimum of five year’s experience working with high school students preferred
● Familiarity with college search, selection, and application process
● High levels of accountability, self-motivated and takes initiative to succeed
● Flexible, able to work under pressure and work with diverse teams
● Ability to form strong relationships with stakeholders (students, families, scholars, staff, admissions
officer, etc.)
● Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills
● Knowledge of Buffalo Public and Public Charter School Systems
● Proficiency in Microsoft excel, Word and Powerpoint, and database management
● Ability to pass a background check

About Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology

BCAT’s mission is to provide opportunities for careers through the arts and workforce development. Our
vision is improved high school graduation rates; access to safe environments to learn and prosper; develop
family-sustainable wage earners; and contribute to economic and social growth in Buffalo. BCAT is based
on MacArthur Fellow Bill Strickland’s Manchester Bidwell Guild and is a results-driven organization
focused on ensuring students graduate from high school and adults in the training programs to secure
careers with family sustaining wages.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and the names of three references to
. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Incomplete
applications will not be considered.