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Counselor, 3pm - 11pm - Wyman Recovery Home

Job Description
The mission of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly the most vulnerable. The BPHC envisions a thriving Boston where all residents live healthy, fulfilling lives free of racism, poverty, violence, and other systems of oppression. The BPHC sets an expectation that all staff and leadership commit, individually and as part of the BPHC team, to hold ourselves accountable to establishing a culture of antiracism and advance racial equity and justice through each of our bureaus, programs, and offices.

Counselors ensure overall safety of guests and shelter/program environment.

  • Performs rounds throughout the unit.
  • Searches clients for contraband upon arrival in unit.
  • Intervenes to de-escalate conflict situations, anticipating potential conflict situations and intervening prior to crisis.
  • Conducts informal counseling sessions to assess needs and make appropriate referrals to internal and external programs.
  • Develops positive professional relationships with guests to facilitate care.
  • Maintains stable environment by ensuring resident compliance with program rules and individual service plans.
  • Performs urinalysis screening if necessary.
  • Assists in overseeing and facilitation of support group meetings, NA/AA meetings, life skills and other training for residents.
  • Trains and assists guests with daily living tasks as needed.
  • Monitors and serves meals, coordinates food and other supplies, and supervises clean up after meals.
  • Monitors and distributes linen and clothing supplies for guests.
  • Attends required meetings and training sessions.
  • Provides phone coverage as necessary.
  • Transports clients via program van.
  • Performs various administrative tasks such as maintaining accurate records, recording log notes and data entry.
  • Work to help BPHC become an antiracist organization by meeting or exceeding the standards set by the BPHC Anti-Racism Policy.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Associate of Science Degree OR High School Diploma / GED and 1 year of related experience.
  • Experience working with addicted and mentally ill populations preferred.
  • Experience working with diverse ethnic, racial and low income populations required.
  • Able to follow directions and work harmoniously with staff and guests.
  • Computer literacy preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal skills required.
  • Bi-Lingual/Spanish speaking preferred
  • Valid MA driver's license and good driving record required
  • Commitment to health equity and racial/social justice issues.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the role of public health in addressing racism, the social determinants of health, and inequities in health outcomes as well as strategies to advance racial justice and health equity.

Additional Information
City of Boston Residency Required, A Criminal Offenders Records Information request must be completed for this position. However, a record is not an automatic bar to employment but is reviewed in relation to the job applied for., This position requires direct client/patient contact and as a result of such direct contact, certain immunizations will be recommended and/or required prior to commencement of employment duties., Any position that requires an advanced degree will be subject to education verification, This is a grant funded position, The Boston Public Health Commission is an EEO Employer and all applicants meeting the minimum requirements are eligible to apply.

Union Status


Pay Range
$709.72 Per Week

35 hours per week 3pm - 11pm Saturday - Wednesday (Thursday and Friday off