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Cadet Counselor

Date Posted:  Sep 22, 2022
Requisition ID:  384462

Knightstown, IN, US, 46148


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.


About the Adjutant General’s Office:

The Adjutant General’s Office (AGO) provides a dynamic workplace while serving the Indiana National Guard at its various facilities throughout the state.  AGO’s programs and projects offer exciting opportunities for professionals in many fields - from maintenance repair to cadre to civil engineers - looking to begin or advance their careers.  AGO offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, as well as an outstanding work/life balance.  AGO offers agency specific benefits, such as a physical fitness program, an opportunity to work an alternative work schedule, and a spot bonus program to reward hardworking employees.




This position traditionally starts at $26,702 per year and may be commensurate with education and work experience.

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


About the Job:

As the Cadet Counselor, you will provide direction to the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy (HYCA) Cadets and provide character development lessons in a group setting. In this position, you will be responsible for effective residential and post-residential management to ensure the successful mentoring of the Cadets. 

A Day in the Life:

​ ​The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Develop and coordinate all activities for cadets, provide group career counseling and placement activities. 
  • Implement and follow all performance and career counseling policies and standard operating procedures (SOP). 
  • Conduct daily/weekly meetings with Lead Counselors to discuss cadet’s performance.   
  • Coordinate and assist in cadet evaluation to determine program goals and objectives are being met and ensure cadets successfully pass the program.   
  • Participate, supervise, and evaluate in the physical training with the cadets. 
  • Prepare and teach classes to cadets on rules and procedures of the program. 
  • Assist in the coordination of visits, orientation tours, community service, and open house activities. 

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 with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

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

  • Must be at least 21 years of age. 
  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalent (HSE). 
  • Ability to work with high school aged at-risk and/or special needs youth.  
  • Extensive knowledge of career and performance counseling. 
  • Ability to conduct individual and or group counseling. 
  •  Advanced knowledge of adolescent development, human behavior, and team dynamics. 
  •  Extensive knowledge of military style training and ability to enforce disciplinary and safety and security measures. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally, tactfully, and persuasively with diverse groups.     
  •  Ability to utilize problem solving techniques and make sound decisions. 
  • Ability to organize and work independently on multiple tasks under pressure. 
  • This person must satisfy the following requirements to continue employment: 
  • Attend and successfully complete the Crisis Prevention Institute Foundations (Basic Course), Hands-Off Leadership training, CPR, First Aid, and appropriate function-specific professional development training. 
  • Knowledge of the HYCA Program and all applicable regulations, policies and procedures. 

You must satisfy the following requirement to continue employment:

  • Attend and successfully complete the Crisis Prevention Institute Foundations (Basic Course), Hands-Off Leadership training, CPR, First Aid, and appropriate function-specific professional development training. 
  • Knowledge of the HYCA Program and all applicable regulations, policies and procedures. 

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


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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