Residential Counselor

Alexandria, VA
$40,483.82 - $55,476.72 Annually
Oct 03, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
Full Time
Residential Counselor

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 Residential Counselor position.

An Overview
The Residential Counselor provides residential services in a Housing First setting to individuals with serious mental illnesses, substance abuse disorders and/or developmental disabilities, complete progress notes/assessments, provide information to develop service plans, provide assistance, coaching and training with daily living skills.

What You Should Bring
The Residential Counselor will have good knowledge of large household coordination and maintenance; good knowledge of the nature of mental health, intellectual disabilities, 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
  • Complete all applicable documents to develop individualized service plans; write daily progress notes and assessments in the clinical record. Maintain clinical records following all applicable licensing and Medicaid regulations;
  • Instruct, guide, and train residents in the completion of daily tasks to ensure the development of living skills including grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, budgeting, access to community resources, and development of other living skills. Monitor, evaluate and record resident's performance through written progress notes;
  • Assist and monitor daily medication management of residents by observing and reporting medication concerns to treatment team and/or supervisor; participates in treatment team meetings;
  • Assist and support residents with medical, psychiatric, legal, and day support appointments;
  • Identify and respond to medical/psychiatric emergencies and crisis with referral to appropriate community resources and treatment team;
  • Provide transportation to residents using City Vehicles; Assist and support residents with transportation training;
  • Call the relief counselor telephone list to find coverage for your shift when using sick or annual leave;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents, coworkers, other DCHS departments, and partnering agencies;
  • Report and submit maintenance requests;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

High School Diploma or GED plus completion of post-high-school training/education pertaining to behavioral health, medical health, substance abuse and/or mental health; at least one year of direct work experience with individuals served by the specific program where the position is located (Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness, and/or Substance Abuse/Dependence); or an equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities; Must have the Qualified Mental Health Professional - Adults (QMHP-A) Accreditation from the Virginia Board of Licensing to qualify for this position; Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications

Possession of a Bachelors' degree approved by the Virginia Board of Licensing in human services or a related field from an accredited college plus one year of experience working with individuals suffering from mental illnesses and/or substance abuse disorder; Possession of QMHP-Adult (QMHP-A) license from the Virginia Board of Licensing.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment checks to include: FBI Criminal Record Check; VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry; Drug Testing; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; Driver's License from state of residence and education/certifications.

Schedule: Tuesday, 9:00AM - 3:30PM / Wednesday, 9:00AM - 3:30PM / Thursday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM / Friday & Saturday, 8:30AM - 6:30PM. As an Essential Employee, staff will be expected to be at work during weekends, holidays, or inclement weather if they have been scheduled.

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