Counselor (Workforce Support Employment Specialist) Blount/Anderson, Hamblen/Sevier, Knox

Help Others, Make a Difference, Save a Life.

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: Workforce Support Employment Specialist

The Ideal Workforce Support Employment 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 IOP 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
  • Assists in maintaining fidelity to the model

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

Schedule:  This position has a regular schedule of Monday to Friday 8a.m. until 5p.m. 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.

Travel: 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. Staff members may be required to provide transportation in their personal vehicle, and staff members are reimbursed for use of their vehicle for this purpose. This position may be required to travel to out of state conferences/meetings as applicable.

Equipment/Technology: 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 - Workforce Support 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.
  • Required to be certified in and adequately implement verbal de-escalation techniques.
  • 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 ( 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.

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.