Residential Counselor

Alexandria, VA
$18.89 - $25.89 Hourly
Nov 05, 2018
Nov 12, 2018
Full Time

Residential Counselor
1 Part-Time Position / 4 PRN Positions

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our multiple Part-time Residential Counselor positions.

What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:

  • Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
  • Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
  • Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
  • Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship

The Part-time Residential Counselor provides residential services to individuals with serious mental illnesses, substance abuse disorders and/or developmental disabilities. The Residential Counselor completes assessments, provide information to develop service plans, and provide assistance and training in daily living skills.

What You Should Bring
A person in this position should have good knowledge of large household coordination and maintenance; good knowledge of the nature of mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or developmental delay and the role of residential support services; empathy with the problems of people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or developmental delay; ability to identify behavior which indicates movement toward a crisis situation; ability to plan and supervise the work of clients; ability to instruct clients in basic living skills and to identify progress and learning requirements.
The Opportunity
  • Completes all applicable assessment documents to develop individualized service plans; write weekly progress notes;
  • Maintains clinical records following all applicable licensing and Medicaid regulations;
  • Instructs and guides residents in the completion of tasks to ensure the development of skills and confidence, and monitors, evaluates and records resident's performance through written progress notes;
  • Monitors medication management of residents by observation and reporting medication concerns to treatment team and/or supervisor; participates in treatment team meetings;
  • Assist residents in planning recreational and educational activities;
  • Identifies and responds to personal emergencies and crisis with referral to appropriate community resources and treatment team;
  • Reports all maintenance issues of the facility;
  • Assist residents with grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and other ADL skill building;
  • Provides transportation for residents using City Vehicles;
  • Call the relief counselor telephone list to find coverage for your shift when using sick or annual leave;
  • Performs related work as required.
About the Department
The Center for Adult Services (CAS) provides programs and services in Aging; Adult Protective Services; Clinical & Emergency Services; and Community & Residential Support Services for seniors and for persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. CAS provides compassionate and effective person-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety and recovery for Alexandria residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

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