Residential Counselor (Gateway) Blount


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: Gateway Adolescent Residential Counselor

SUMMARY - Residential Counselor

The Residential Counselor at Gateway will be responsible for:

·  The supervision of clients

·  Administration of the program rules and level system

·  Facilitation of a therapeutic, positive and safe milieu

·  Providing supportive listening to clients individually and in group settings

·  Assisting with milieu activities and overall supervision of clients on the unit. 

·  Reports to the Team Leader for milieu counselor duties and is responsible for creating an environment conducive to client personal growth and learning skills for Co-Occurring/ substance use reduction.

REQUIREMENTS - Residential Counselor

Education/Knowledge: Possess a minimum of a High school diploma or equivalency for a Milieu Counselor.  A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required for a program counselor.


·  Working with children/youth/families

·  One year of residential experience preferred or exposure via internship

Understanding of the expectations of DCS/DOE.

Abilities / Skills:

·  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

·  Work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals

·  Maintain proper documentation

·  Possess reliable transportation, the ability to acquire an F endorsement on driver's license, and transport clients.

·  Must be capable of driving clients to and from appointments, outing and other transportation needs

·  Valid driver's license with F endorsement

·  Lead students, staff effectively and utilize resources properly

·  Make sound judgment and utilize appropriate boundaries

·  Contribute to the therapeutic environment and provide feedback regarding the client's progress.


·  Hearing of normal and soft tones as well as close eye work

·  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 and physical de-escalation techniques (Handle with Care) that include a wide range of bodily movements including but not limited to grasping, holding another person, going down on knees, running, and walking.


HS: $13.20/hour

Bachelors: $15.99/hour

PLUS shift diff (an additional 5% for 2nd shift; 10% for 3rd)

The 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.

MC is an EOE. MC 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.

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.