Relief Therapeutic Counselor

Direct Care New Bedford, Massachusetts


Did you know that JRI was voted in the top 100 places to work in Massachusetts but the independent Boston Globe study, for 8 YEARS in a row including this year? We are proud to say we are! We want you to be a part of a team that believes in it’s mission and each other! JRI is ready for your application! 

Who we are looking for:

Are you the Relief Therapeutic Counselor we have been looking for? In this position you will be able to convey your passion for helping others by working with our youth! Total Achievement Program (TAP) is a therapeutic after-school and summer program for youth ages 6 to 12 years old. TAP staff work closely with the youths’ families, schools, and community agency providers to support each client’s educational success as part of a comprehensive treatment team. 

Scheduling Needs:

September-June: M-F, 2pm to 6pm

July-August: M-F, Full-Day Opportunities

JRI provides the training so that:

  • YOU will be able to develop your skills in providing enriching daily activities for our students such as arts and crafts, homework assistance, recreational activities including offsite field trips, and more!
  • YOU will be able to create a safe and therapeutic community by working with youth to build positive peer relationships, manage behaviors in group settings, and develop effective coping strategies.
  • YOU will work as a member of a treatment team that provides group counseling, works with youth to set goals, and collaborates with youth’s support systems to develop treatment plans.
  • YOU will help students discover what makes them feel competent and valued by supporting them in developing the social skills necessary to function at home and in the community. Your day-to-day work will support students in developing a sense of self and provide them the skills to be successful in their next steps.

Bilingual a plus!! We offer a bilingual bonus to any candidate who speaks, reads and writes in a different language other than English.

Why JRI? Voted a Top Place to work 9 years in a row!

  • Be who you are! JRI is strongly committed to providing an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment for our employees and the people we serve.
  • Access to our excellent Blue Cross medical and Delta Dental benefits.
  • Access to Retirement benefits including 401K matched up to $800 a year and pension after 5 years of employment.
  • Professional development opportunities 
  • Wellness benefits including access to employee resource groups (including multicultural affinity groups, LGBTQ+ advocacy, employee engagement groups, etc.), self-care resources, and an Employee Assistance Program.


  • A High School Diploma or equivalent is required. And must be 21 years old or older. 
  • Candidates who have experience working with latency age children or experience in behavior modification are preferred.
  • Maintains valid driver’s license as transporting youth is required.
  • At JRI, you will learn to provide physical interventions and verbal de-escalations to provide the safest therapeutic atmosphere for our youth!
  • Background and driving record checks will be performed.

JRI is strongly committed to providing an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment for our employees and the people we serve. Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. JRI is an equal opportunity employer.