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Expect Respect Counselor

Expect Respect Counselor

SAFE’s Expect Respect Program seeks a Counselor to help young women 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 middle and high schools.

About SAFE:

  • SAFE’s mission is our name: Stop Abuse For Everyone. We support survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence and provide a full continuum of services to increase safety, stability and healing. Our vision is to build a just and safe community free from violence and abuse.
  • SAFE 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.
  • SAFE strongly encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including 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 Austin. We will pay you an annual salary of $53,000-55,000.

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 with appropriate licensure preferred, or equivalent work experience.
  • 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. Preference for English/Spanish fluency. 
  • 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, 7 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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