Counselor (SACET Victim Advocate) Knox

Help Others, Make a Difference, Save a Life.

The McNabb Center is the region's leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual's "Well Mind, Well Being," we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood.

Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position: SACET Victim Advocate

The Ideal SACET Victim Advocate is responsible for providing case management and crisis intervention services, which include victim accompaniment during forensic evaluations, interviews, and legal proceedings; filing of Victims' Compensation paperwork, referral-related activities to link clients with needed services, and assisting clients through the criminal and/or civil justice process. Provides follow-up to ensure treatment. Answers the 24/7 crisis line and provides crisis counseling. Coordinates closely with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) department, law enforcement, the district attorney's office, hospital personnel, and other agencies. Completes all necessary documentation in accordance with funding guidelines and policy and procedures.

Compensation: Starting salary for this position is approximately $15.78 /hr based on relevant experience and education.

Schedule: Office hours are from 8:30am-5pm. Position requires timely, in person attendance on a daily basis. After-hours work may be infrequently required to facilitate client needs. Occasional after-hours shift coverage may be required.

Travel: Travel is required throughout Knox and 12 surrounding counties in various community settings, hospitals, and McNabb offices. You may be asked to transport clients in your personal vehicle. An F endorsement is required for this position.

Equipment/Technology: Daily computer and phone use are essential functions for this role.

Duties: Answering crisis line and providing information and intervention over the phone. Responding to the hospital or the SAFE Center to provide accompaniment for SAFE exams. Completes documentation related to calls and client interactions. Maintains a caseload of clients to provide ongoing support, resources, and advocacy.

QUALIFICATIONS - SACET Victim Advocate

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree required, preference for 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, crisis intervention, and developmental disabilities.

Experience / Knowledge:

  • Experience/knowledge/front line service delivery in sexual assault, behavioral health, and/or victim services.

Physical:

  • Minimal exposure to biological hazards.
  • Frequent exposure to unpleasant odors.
  • Hearing of normal and soft tones.
  • Close eye work.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Pushing/pulling up to 150 lbs.
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching.
  • CPR and First Aid certification required.
  • Required to be certified in and adequately implement verbal and physical de-escalation techniques that include a wide range of bodily movements including but not limited to grasping, holding another person, running, and walking.
  • Physical de-escalation techniques will only be implemented at McNabb Center facilities and not in community settings.
  • Applicants should possess the ability to relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity. 
  • Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are necessary in order to work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals, as well as maintaining proper documentation. 
  • Clinical staff members must possess reliable transportation, the ability to acquire an F endorsement on driver's license, and transport clients.

Helen Ross McNabb Center (www.mcnabbcenter.org) is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services.  The Center provides quality care and serves all ages in a continuum of prevention, early intervention, social, co-occurring, addiction, outpatient, and crisis services.

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, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; and employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract 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.