Sub - Acute Residential Counselor - Adult Mental Health

"We value the many contributions of our staff, and we recognize that every person, every job, contributes to the well-being of the children, adults, and families we serve. I hope you will consider joining one of our many teams to make a difference in the lives of so many of our neighbors and community members."

-Bob Bick, Chief Executive Officer

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SUB - Acute Residential Counselor - Adult Mental Health:

Provide support services to adults who have intensive needs that live in Howard Center short term or long-term residences.  Ensure a safe, healthy, and functional environment while providing direct service to adult clients. In this position you could train to work in up to 5 acute-level residential/group homes, each one unique in population, structure and shifts. 

A Substitute Acute Residential Counselor covers shifts due to vacancies and planned/unplanned time off and has the full responsibilities of an Acute Residential Counselor. 


  • Develop healthy therapeutic relationships with adult residents
  • Manage, assess and adjust the social and physical environments to ensure appropriate supervision and crisis management
  • Support residents in creating and following safety plans and crisis plans
  • Assist residents with de-escalation and conflict mediation
  • Assist with program operations, staff training, and resident daily living functions, such as meal/menu preparation, household maintenance/organization and personal care
  • Conduct overall health monitoring and medication administration and/or oversight

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  • Two years of combination in experience, skills and/or education working with adults that experience mental health challenges, substance use disorders, or another human services field
  • Valid driver's license and transportation


  • Hours vary weekly
  • Pay rate is $21.66 an hour


  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee referral program with financial payment
  • Discounted online undergraduate/graduate courses through Champlain College truED
  • Retirement through 401(k)
  • Award-winning workplace wellness program including physical fitness groups for staff, financial wellness incentives, and ongoing workplace wellness advocacy and education
  • Voluntary benefits from local/international businesses: discounted gym memberships, mobile phone service, ski/snowboard passes, auto/home insurance, and more!

Our Values: Clients are at the heart of our decision making. We are committed to individual and collective well-being and success. We are responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us. We are steadfast in our practice and pursuit of excellence. 

Howard Center is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The agency's culture and service delivery is strengthened by the diversity of its workforce.  Minorities, people of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  EOE/TTY. Visit "About Us" to review Howard Center's EOE policy.