City of Cambridge Senior Counselors/ Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (Temporary – 5 positions available) in Cambridge, Massachusetts


The Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP), operated by the Office of Workforce Development (OWD), is a public sector summer employment program serving approximately 950 Cambridge teens every year. Under the supervision of the Director of Youth Employment, the Senior Counselors will:

  • Provide peer mentorship and support to new Counselor staff
  • Chair Counselor committees to plan events and activities
  • Supervise 20-30 youth at worksites
  • Keep progress reports on each youth and worksite
  • Act as liaison between MSYEP youth and worksite
  • Help design and deliver weekly youth development workshops for teens
  • Maintain clear records of youth work hours; participate in payroll generation and distribution
  • Assist in conducting evaluation of program
  • other program related duties as needed


At least one year of experience working as a MSYEP Counselor required. Strong leadership skills, ability to work both independently and in a group, familiarity with issues affecting young people. Prior counseling and training experience preferred. Candidate for BA/BS in related field desirable. Background in Cambridge services and neighborhoods a plus. **

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Sufficient mobility to travel back and forth from the MSYEP office to various sites throughout the city. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Office environment with fluorescent light, air conditioning, computers and other standard office equipment. Shared office space can be busy and loud.**


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Review of resumes is ongoing.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Department: Human Service Programs

Job Title: Senior Counselors/ Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (Temporary – 5 positions available)

Job Code: X984

Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position

Union Affiliation: None

Hours Per Week: 33 hours/week; 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-Th; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday. Some evening and weekend work will be required. Applicants must be available to begin June 18, through August 17, 2018.

POSTING DATE: March 30, 2018

RATE: $15.89/hour