Residential Counselor

Alexandria, VA
$40,483.82 - $54,229.24 Annually
Nov 20, 2021
Dec 04, 2021
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 to individuals with serious mental illnesses, substance abuse disorders and/or developmental disabilities, completes assessments, provide information to develop service plans, provides assistance and training in daily living skills.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate 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; ability to obtain the cooperation of clients in difficult situations; ability to understand the needs and abilities of mentally ill or intellectual disabled citizens; and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

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.

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 positionis 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 possess a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications

Licensed as a Qualified Mental Health Professional - Adult (QMHP - A). Possession of a Bachelor's degree in a social science field and one year of experience working with individuals suffering from mental illnesses and/or substance abuse disorder.


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


Overnight 40 hours - Tuesday, 9:00PM - 9:00AM, Wednesday, 9:00PM - 9:00AM; Thursday, 11:00PM - 9:00AM and Saturday, 9:00AM - 3:00PM. 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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