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Elementary School Counselor

Date Posted:  Sep 22, 2022
Requisition ID:  396621

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46205


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD):


The Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) is a fully accredited school for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students in nursery school through high school. The Indiana School for the Deaf is accredited by AdvancED Indiana and the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD). It provides services to approximately 342 students enrolled on campus. About 60% of the students live on campus during the academic year. ISD offers a full range of social activities, including sports, clubs, and organizations.  

Role Overview:


The Elementary School Counselor provides counseling, social-emotional support, social skills instruction, and general guidance. You will work closely with teachers and families to ensure students' well-beings.  Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students often include social-emotional and/or behavior goals which require interventions, services, and monitoring.  You may be involved in identifying and providing appropriate supports for IEPs.  All services are provided in compliance with state and federal regulations and will require the Counselor to maintain proper documentation.


This position requires that you are licensed, or license eligible, in the State of Indiana as a Clinical Social Worker or School Social Worker.


A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Review student records to identify previous barriers and/or interventions.
  • Conduct interviews to acquire socio-developmental information as needed for IEP evaluations.
  • Monitor and evaluate student attendance.
  • Work with families for students who struggle with attendance.
  • Assist the school in following school regulations for excessive absences and truancy; attend student support team meetings and court intervention.
  • Analyze information gained through record reviews and interviews to determine environmental impacts and appropriate resource needs; integrate gained information into written and oral presentation.
  • Provide individual and/or group counseling in response to school-wide crisis as needed.
  • Respond to emergency crisis when needed supporting students and staff.
  • Respond to referrals requesting verification of residence. 
  • Conduct home visits as a method to access the family and conduct interviews in response to school referrals.
  • Maintain an ongoing liaison with community agencies and other resources to meet student needs; refers parents and student agencies when appropriate.
  • Serve as liaison between staff and local protective service agencies in suspected or alleged abuse/neglect cases.
  • Provide prevention information about child abuse to students, families, and staff school wide.
  • Support students and family with information about crisis intervention, child development education, parenting education/training, and community referrals.
  • Review IEP after each conference to check for behavior updates or concerns.
  • Provide support to all new and incoming families to ISD.
  • Work with Counselors, behavior team members and Speech Language Pathologist when needed.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:


You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or a directly related human services field from an accredited college.  Other bachelor’s degrees will be accepted in combination with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience working directly with families in the child welfare system.
  • Recognized as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or License School Social Worker by the State of Indiana or Licensed Eligible.
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, time sensitive environment with shifting priorities and multiple deadlines
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with hearing individuals and in American Sign Language (ASL), with deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing individuals.
  • Knowledge of deaf culture and resources related to deafness.
  • Must be capable of exercising good judgment in crisis situations.
  • Must be extremely detail oriented.


You must satisfy the following requirements to continue employment: 

  • Must have access to reliable transportation, maintain a valid driver's license, current automobile insurance and a driving record that meets the guidelines and requirements of the organization.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
    • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
    • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access



This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $35,568.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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