Expect Respect Counselor

Austin, TX
Full Time
Expect Respect

Expect Respect Counselor

SAFE’s Expect Respect Program seeks a Counselor to help young people develop skills for healthy peer and dating relationships. Expect Respect is a research-based program that has demonstrated significant reductions in peer and dating violence. This position will work as part of a team that supports vulnerable youth through school-based support groups, counseling and innovative prevention programs in the Austin area middle and high schools.

About SAFE:

  • SAFE’s mission is our name: Stop Abuse For Everyone. We achieve our mission by acknowledging and responding to the intersection of child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
  • The SAFE Alliance grew out of the courageous work of the Center for Battered Women, the Austin Rape Crisis Center, and the Austin Children’s Shelter, all respected, women-led human service agencies created by volunteers and informed by survivors who needed support, safety and justice.
  • With over 20 programs and 400 staff, we have been serving the Austin community and beyond for over 30 years.
  • The SAFE Alliance strongly encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color; LGBTQ+ identified people; gender-nonconforming people; individuals with disabilities; veterans; and people who speak a language in addition to English.

About this position:

  • We need you to fill the role of Expect Respect Counselor. This is a full-time, exempt position at our Grove campus, with frequent travel to schools in the Austin area. We will pay you an annual salary of $53,000-55,000. Those that are bilingual in English and Spanish will be eligible for an additional annual language differential. 

Key Duties:

  • Provide weekly, curriculum-based support groups for students at increased risk due to previous exposure to violence, abuse or other risk factors.
  • Conduct individual intake, clinical/risk assessment and counseling sessions.
  • Approaches all aspects of their work with individuals and systems with the goal of increasing diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Work as part of a team to conduct professional training and prevention activities for youth and adults throughout the school year.


  • Possess an MSW or MA degree in a counseling-related field is required, appropriate licensure is preferred. 
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working with youth in a group setting.
  • Possess knowledge of child development and therapy modalities appropriate for children and teens and knowledge about sexual abuse and effects of domestic violence on children.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal communication skills with preference for English/Spanish fluency.
  • Must have a valid, State of Texas Driver’s License, and at least three (3) consecutive years of driving experience OR one (1) year of driving experience if over 27 years of age; AND an acceptable driving record; AND if in possession of an out-of-state license, obtain a State of Texas Driver’s License within 90 days of beginning employment.
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.
  • All employees are required to comply with policies regarding COVID-19, which may be subject to change.  COVID vaccines are still highly recommended, and we encourage employees to get vaccinated if they are able.

About our benefits:

  • Full-time employees receive employer paid health insurance, short-term disability, and life insurance.*
  • Optional dental, vision and pet insurance.*
  • 403(b) retirement plan with an employer match, and 15 days of Paid Time Off (PTO), 4 Personal Holidays, 7 Paid holidays, and more.*
  • We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day.

Please Note: All new employees regardless of FTE status will be required to start their employment on either the 1st or 16th of the month and will be required to attend a three-day new employee orientation that is held both in-person and virtually.

*Benefits are prorated based on date of hire and hours worked. Eligibility is dependent upon FTE, status, etc.

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