• Residential Counselor

    Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
    Position Number
    Livonia Residence
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
    Minimum Salary
    USD $31,200.00/Yr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $31,200.00/Yr.
  • Overview


    This is an entry-level direct care position assigned to community residences. Incumbents are assigned to shifts to ensure the provision of 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week coverage. Workers in this job category perform a wide variety of tasks related to the care, nurturing, treatment, education, socialization, habilitation, recovery/healing, safety, security, and support of adults diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse disorder. These tasks focus on supporting, instructing, and assisting recipients of services to develop the skills needed to attain personal goals, live, be educated, work, and socialize successfully in the community environments of their choice and also in maintaining a safe, clean environment.



    • Throughout assigned shift performs regular inspections inside of the facility to ensure the safety of the consumers and residents, accountability of property, cleanliness of consumer rooms and common areas.
    • Immediately reports serious incidents, serious incident allegations, incidents, or sensitive situations to supervisors. Completes incident reports in accordance with Institute for Community Living policy.
    • Explains the types of services, recreational activities and other programs available to consumers and residents, instructs the consumer or resident in daily living skills, socialization skill enhancement and conflict resolution.
    • Executes emergency plans as outlined in the policy and procedure manual under the direction of the assigned supervisor and adheres to program policy on securing the safety and well-being of consumers/residents, staff and visitors requiring emergency medical care.
    • Assists and instructs individuals in attending to personal hygiene, grooming, nutrition and daily living; ensures that sufficient and appropriate attire is available.
    • Encourages and assists individuals to participate in physical, social, recreational, educational, and other rehabilitation goals to enhance the individual's recovery/healing, and draw individuals into fuller participation in the life of their family and community.
    • Reviews the staff communication log at the beginning of the work shift and makes entries in the staff communication log concerning security checks, crisis incidents, emergency situations, incident reports, or other essential elements of information designated by program management.
    • Observes the physical environment and performs housekeeping tasks as necessary to ensure the maintenance of a safe, clean, comfortable and healing environment for individuals.
    • Documents all significant behavioral responses in prescribed format; assist in crisis and emergency situations to protect the welfare of individuals, staff, and others.
    •  Encourages and coaches individuals to participate in physical activities, exercise and athletic games, to promote physical well being; instructs and supports individuals in the performance of tasks such as shopping, meal preparation, housekeeping, transportation, and routine household operation and maintenance. 
    • Accompanies and/or transports individuals to regularly scheduled or emergency visits to medical treatment facilities, and therapy sessions, as necessary and to social agencies, government offices, and social activities, such as dances, picnics, shopping visits, field trips to cultural and athletic events, and weekend activities, or other locations associated with the treatment or assistance of the consumer.
    •  May assist in developing educational, vocational, and social skills within the framework of the individual's treatment/service plan. May lead skills development or activity groups with individuals and families, as appropriate.
    • Other job related duties that may be assigned from time to time.



    High school graduate or GED plus one year of related human services experience. Specialized training or education in human services may be substituted for experience. NYS driver’s license may be required of some assignments.


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