Residential Counselor

North Plainfield, NJ 07062, USA Req #3078
Friday, March 15, 2024

Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-Greater New York) is an anti-poverty organization working to end homelessness in the New York area by 2050. We operate over 60 programs across New York City, Northern New Jersey and Westchester County including emergency, transitional and permanent housing. Our services extend to families experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence, people living with HIV/AIDS, veterans, youth aging out of foster care, adults with behavioral health or substance use needs, and others in need, including a special education preschool program.

We are in search of new talent in the following position…

Position: Residential Counselor

The Residential Counselor is responsible to deliver wellness and recovery-oriented case management and support services to service recipients in accordance with the New Jersey Department of Human Services-Division of Mental Health and Addictions Services regulations. The residential counselor provides support directly to the residents, including but not limited to: skill development, supportive counseling, transportation, crisis intervention, assistance with task completion, vocational and social support.

Maud Residence is a residential health care facility licensed by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs that serves consumers with psychiatric disabilities and co-occurring medical issues who have been discharged from a State psychiatric hospital. To learn more about the program, copy and paste this link into a browser


Location: 530 Woodland Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey 07062


Minimum Qualifications:

The position shall have one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a mental health, health or other appropriate human services related discipline; a license as a registered nurse; a combination of one or more years of college, plus related work or life experience together equaling four years.
  • The individual is required to have at least one year of related work or life experience if the four-year college degree does not meet the requirements above.
  • A license as a practical nurse plus two years of related work or life experience or a high school diploma or the equivalent, plus four years of related work or life experience.
  • This position shall also have a valid state driver’s license with a safe driving record that meets agency procedures.


Residential Counselor Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Provide on-site supervision and support to service recipient.
  2. Communicate observations and information about the service recipient to the program manager, RN and treatment team.
  3. Supervise, organize and support recreational and/or socialization activities.
  4. Transport and/or assist service recipient with accessing transportation to appointments.
  5. Provide residential counseling and crisis intervention (but not including crisis intervention counseling)
  6. Participate in the development of the individual service plan.
  7. Participate in individual service coordination activities, including vocational and educational services.
  8. Document observations information and services provided to the service recipient in progress notes.
  9. Maintain a clean, safe environment in the facility, including assisting with meal preparation and activities of daily living as needed by the service recipient.


Employees receive an exceptional benefits package including:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Prescription coverage
  • Life insurance,
  • Retirement plan
  • Educational Reimbursement Program (includes tuition and license/certification)
  • Paid Time Off which is accrued monthly and roles over from year to year. In addition:
    • Paid Birthday Holiday

And much more

To learn more about VOA-Greater New York, copy and paste this link into a browser: 


VOA-Greater New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled/Other Protected Categories.  Apply today! 

Other details

  • Job Function Counseling
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $19.37
  • Max Hiring Rate $19.37
  • Required Education Some College
Location on Google Maps
  • North Plainfield, NJ 07062, USA