Residential Counselor (Jail to Work) Claiborne

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 Residential Counselor for the Jail to Work program serving Claiborne County today!

The Jail to Work Residential Counselor serves as a counselor that provides case coordination using a social model approach to a predetermined number of adult women. The residential counselor provides information and referral, agency linkage, advocacy, and follow-up services as defined by the Program Residential Counselor Service Plan for female inmates at the Claiborne County Jail.

COMPENSATION: Starting salary for this position is approximately $13.80 /hr based on relevant experience and education.


  • Due to the diversity of job responsibilities, this position requires flexibility in scheduling (days, evenings, weekends, and holidays).


  • Must be capable of driving a van and also transporting clients in personal vehicle.
  • F endorsement is required.


  • Must be computer literate and have ability to communicate effectively (oral and written communication.)


  • The Jail to Work residential counselor will facilitate groups and interface with community agencies and referral sources to coordinate care. 
  • Any other duties may be assigned as deemed appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS - Jail to Work Residential Counselor


  • A bachelor's degree in a health related field of counseling, psychology, social work, CPRS, or a HS Diploma with three years experience working with individuals with mental illness, special populations with co-occurring and dual diagnoses preferred.
  • Must have coursework and/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 crisis intervention.

Experience / Knowledge

  • One year experience in the social work and addictions field and/or behavioral health and criminal justice setting required. 
  • Additional experience utilizing trauma-informed practices with female clients who have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. 
  • Experience with addiction, motivational interviewing and re-entry programming preferred.


  • 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 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.