Master's Clinical Counselor (Criminal Justice Navigator) Jefferson


Join the McNabb Center team to save lives as a Master's Level Criminal Justice Navigator. This position facilitates the implementation of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) which is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a "whole-patient" approach to treatment of substance use disorders within the Jefferson County Jail. 

COMPENSATION: Effective 8/1/22 Starting salary for this position is approximately $48,020 /yr based on relevant experience and education.

SUMMARY - Criminal Justice Navigator

The Master's Level Criminal Justice Navigator is responsible for creating medication assisted treatment (MAT) protocols, train corrections staff on proper use of MAT inside the Jefferson County Jail, and navigate individuals receiving MAT while incarcerated to MAT treatment providers post-release.  This position is located in the Jefferson County Jail. 

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.

REQUIREMENTS - Criminal Justice Navigator


  • Must have at least a Master's degree in a health-related field of counseling, psychology, social work, sociology, addictions, 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 disability. 
  • Candidates with a Master's degree in rehabilitation, occupational therapy, criminal justice, or education, 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.


  • One year experience in the social work and addictions field and/or behavioral health and criminal justice setting preferred.
  • 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. 
  • Valid driver's license with an "F" endorsement and a personal dependable vehicle to conduct community outreach and response is required.
  • Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.


  • Must have strong communication skills. Must be comfortable working with professional members of the community, including but not limited to law enforcement and corrections, psychologists and counselors, attorneys, judges, medical personnel and case managers.
  • Must be able to perform job responsibilities on an independent level.


  • Exposure to biological hazards. Hearing of normal and soft tones as well as 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.
  • To ensure the safety of the clients and staff, this position requires certification in and adequate implementation of verbal de-escalation techniques (Handle with Care).

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.

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.