Counselor (IPS Employment Specialist) Knox

Help Others, Make a Difference, Save a Life.

Do you want to make a difference in people's lives every day?
Or help people navigate the tough spots in their life?
And do it all while working where your hard work is appreciated?

You have a lot of choices in where you work…make the decision to work where you are valued!

Join the McNabb Center Team as an IPS Employment Specialist today!

The IPS Employement Specialist is responsible for the completion of all phases of employment service:

1) Intake

2) Engagement

3) Assessment,

4) Job Placement

5) Job Coaching

6) Follow Along Supports.

  • Ensures consumers have access to benefits counseling/work incentives planning. 
  • Works closely with Vocation Rehabilitation Specialists and mental health treatment teams to place consumers in competitive, diverse jobs that are tailored to meet the consumer's individualized needs and preferences. 
  • Develops and maintains a strong employer network. 
  • Adheres to the 8 Practice Principles of IPS and assists in maintaining fidelity to the model.

COMPENSATION: Starting salary for this position is approximately $17.02 /hr based on relevant experience and education.


  • This position has a regular schedule of Monday - Friday 8am until 5pm. 
  • There is no on-call for this position and employee is off on Center designated holidays. 
  • In person daily attendance is essential for this position except in instances of approved time off. 
  • This position may be required to attend events outside of the standard schedule.


  • This position requires utilizing a personal dependable vehicle to conduct Center business. 
  • Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment. 
  • F endorsement is required.


  • This position does require high level computer skills for timekeeping, scheduling and use of electronic medical records entry, and extensive experience with Microsoft Office Products (Word/Excel/Outlook).

QUALIFICATIONS - IPS Employment Specialist


  • Must have at least a Bachelor's degree in a health-related field of counseling, psychology, social work, sociology, or a behavioral science field with course work or experience in the areas of cultural diversity, human development, etiology and treatment of mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, physical and sexual abuse, suicide, and intellectual disabilities. 
  • Candidates with a Bachelor's degree in rehabilitation, occupational therapy, criminal justice, education, or other fields; must have fifteen college-level semester hours of coursework in behavioral health and at least one year of work experience in the behavioral health setting. 

Experience / Knowledge

  • One year experience in employment counseling, job placement, job coaching, or public vocational rehabilitation program required. 
  • Certification from a nationally recognized supported employment program is preferred. 
  • Applicants without certification must be eligible to obtain certification within the first 90 days of hire.


  • Minimal exposure to biological hazards.
  • Hearing of normal/soft tones and close eye work.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching.
  • CPR and First Aid certification required (training provided).
  • Required to be certified in and adequately implement verbal de-escalation techniques.
  • Applicants should be able to exercise sound judgement under pressure.
  • Clinical staff may be required to get an F endorsement to transport clients as necessary.

Apply today to work where we care about you as an employee and where your hard work makes a difference!

Helen Ross McNabb Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

Helen Ross McNabb Center conducts background checks, driver's license record, degree verification, and drug screens at hire. Employment is contingent upon clean drug screen, background check, and driving record. Additionally, certain programs are subject to TB Screening and/or testing.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.