Residential Counselor (Gateway) Blount

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 a Residential Counselor at Gateway today!

The Gateway Residential Counselor will be responsible for the supervision of clients, administration of the program rules and level system, and facilitation of a therapeutic, positive and safe milieu.  Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • providing supportive listening to clients individually and in group settings
  • weekend work
  • assisting with milieu activities and overall supervision of clients on the unit
  • reports to the Team Leader for milieu counselor duties
  • responsible for creating an environment conducive to client personal growth and learning skills for Co-Occuring/ substance use reduction

COMPENSATION: Starting salary for this position is approximately $14.19 / hr (HS level) or $17.02 (Bachelor's level) based on relevant experience and education. Additionally, there is a shift differential of 5% for 4pm-12am shifts and 10% for 12am-8am shifts.


  • Gateway is a residential program required staff coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  
  • Evenings, overnights, weekends, and holidays may be required.


  • F endorsement is required.


  • Basic computer skills are required for email, timekeeping, and documentation in the electronic medical record.

QUALIFICATIONS - Gateway Residential Counselor


  • HS Diploma / GED required.
  • Bachelor's preferred.

Experience / Knowledge

  • Working with children/youth/families. 
  • One year of residential experience preferred or exposure via internship.  
  • Understanding of the expectations of DCS/DOE.


  • 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 and physical 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.