Residential Counselor

Residential Counselor


Family Shelter seeks a full-time Residential Counselor.  The Residential Counselor provides trauma informed, strengths based individual, group, and family counseling to adult and child survivors of sexual and domestic violence and may supervise interns as well. 


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 Residential Counselor. This is a FULL TIME, EXEMPT position for our SAFE Grove Campus and Supportive Housing programs. The schedule is typically Monday through Friday. We will pay you an annual salary of $40,560 to $42,640.


Key Duties:

  • Providing client focused intake, assessment, crisis intervention and ongoing counseling for adults, children, families and groups within residential programs on SAFE Grove Campus.
  • Provide information to clients on various issues including legal, criminal justice, and advocacy and will testify in court when appropriate.
  • Will work on a multi-disciplinary team providing therapeutic insight into goal planning and staffing sessions for clients.
  • Will develop relationships with internal programs as well as external program resources to provide the best case coordination as possible.


  • Possess a Masters Degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field, advanced licensure not required, but preferred.
  • Have at least 2 years’ experience with trauma, homelessness and/or domestic violence/sexual assault service delivery
  • Training/Experience in EMDR preferred
  • Have an understanding of assessment tools, trauma informed services and group dynamics
  • Adhere to our Guiding Principles, Mission, Core Competencies and Confidentiality Policy.
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.


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, 6 Paid holidays, and more*
  • We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day.

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



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