Program Counsellor – Sutherland Shire Raise Foundation


Raise Foundation

  • Be part of the team responsible for delivering our best practice youth mentoring programs in public secondary schools
  • Casual position for 20 hours a week
  • Must be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday
  • Work in a growing not for profit



At Raise we exist to help young people. We do one thing, and we do it really well – youth mentoring.

Our best-practice, school-based program is proven to make positive and sustained change. Mentoring empowers young people to be resilient, connected and hopeful for the future. We match trained volunteers with teenagers who would benefit most from an independent, caring adult who is there to listen – and be there just for them.

Our early intervention youth mentoring program is currently in over 150 high schools across Australia. This translates to over 2,000 young people matched with a qualified mentor, and we are growing each year.

Raise Foundation is committed to being a Youth Safe, Youth Friendly organisation and will, for all children and young people who come into contact with our programs:

  • Provide welcoming, safe and nurturing services
  • Work to prevent child abuse and neglect within our services
  • Appropriately and immediately address child abuse and neglect if it occurs
  • Place the interests of any young person suffering harm, or at risk of harm, above the interests of any other individual or the organisation

Six values that express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we would like others to see our personality, what we aspire to as an organisation, and how we aim to behave:

Be Courageous – we are imaginative, driven, progressive, confident

Show Heart – we are kind, passionate, sincere, empathetic

Give Respect – we believe in acceptance, equity, inclusivity

Apply Integrity – we operate with authenticity, accountability, transparency

Bring Vitality – we are positive, fun, energetic, inspiring

Deliver Excellence – we are evidence-based, responsive, consistent, experts in our industry



Please note this role requires that you have qualifications in Social Work, Psychology or Counselling.

Our Program Counsellors are responsible for managing all aspects of our best-practice youth mentoring programs in their designated schools. The role is responsible for the successful implementation, delivery and completion of the program, including professional supervision of mentors and mentees, key stakeholder communication and quality reporting.


Other responsibilities include:

  • The successful set up of the program through collaborative communication with the school Principal, wellbeing team or other staff contacts
  • Mentor support and retention including the provision of a mentor support session each week
  • Program delivery over 20 – 23 weeks mostly during Terms 2 and 3
  • Mentee wellbeing and the escalation of any mandatory reporting requirements to the school as required
  • Evaluation of our programs on completion
  • Maintain confidentiality in line with Raise Policies
  • Operate within guidelines of the Raise Policy Manual


This is a casual position for 20 hours per week, leading 4 Programs for the following schools:

  • Lucas Heights Community School
  • The Jannali High School
  • Cronulla High School
  • Engadine High School



As a Program Counsellor you will be a dynamic, engaging and passionate professional with qualifications in Social Work, Psychology or Counselling.

You are a community minded individual with a genuine interest in the wellbeing of young people. Your vibrant personality will engage both the mentees and volunteer mentors during the session each week, as the nature of this role requires you to lead group activities in the session, supervise the mentoring matches and facilitate a debrief with the mentors each week.

Your outstanding skills in communication and organisation will see your programs run smoothly with the partnering school, as you will work closely with an appointed school contact to ensure a high standard of program delivery. Most importantly, you are someone who really understands young people.

Your excellent interpersonal skills will be underpinned by your outstanding attention to detail, along with proficiency in Microsoft Office to ensure that all administrative requirements of your program are in place. Experience with Salesforce, another CRM or a willingness to learn is ideal.

You will have or be willing to obtain a Working with Children Check and National Crime check.

You will report to and work closely with your Program Area Manager



Please send your application, including a cover letter, resume and a brief 2-minute video outlining the impact you will create in this role to [email protected] using the subject line: Program Counsellor – Sutherland Shire application via SEEK.

Do not submit your application via the form below, as we cannot receive videos through this method.



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