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Faculty MSD - School Counselor

Recruitment #21-009009-0008


The Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a diverse, bilingual community who in partnership with families, provides an equitable and exemplary education in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment to ensure our students achieve personal excellence and become lifelong learners.  As such, we are looking for dedicated individuals who can join us in the education of the children at MSD.


Maryland School for the Deaf, Frederick Campus

101 Clarke Place

Frederick, MD 21701

Main Purpose of Job

The School Counselor, in collaboration with staff and families, supports student learning and success at MSD by providing a continuum of school-based mental health counseling services that incorporate evidence-based preventative and intervention programs and strategies aimed at supporting / enhancing the development of social-emotional skills, behavior, and overall well-being of students enrolled at MSD. This is a 10-month position. The School Counselor is supervised by the school’s Director of Mental Health and Behavioral Support Services but may supervise counseling interns and practicum students.


The MSD School Counselor:

  • Helps guide and support the development and implementation of all Tier 1 (school / department-wide) interventions and universal preventative mental health programming.
  • Provides evidence-based school mental health counseling to MSD students, both individually and in groups.
  • Provides counseling and support during “crisis” situations.
  • Works collaboratively with staff to improve the social and emotional learning (SEL) of students in the classroom; assists staff in establishing a learning environment that provides students with an opportunity to grow socially and emotionally.
  • Establishes and maintains communication with parents; consults on social and emotional issues with parents.
  • Participates in team and community meetings.
  • Serves as an IEP team member; as needed, conducts counseling assessments, determines present levels of performance, and establishes counseling goals and objectives specifically addressed to student needs.
  • Prepares and maintains necessary records and reports on student counseling services and treatment progress.
  • Consults as needed with referral agencies and community resources related to mental health, school counseling, and social services.
  • Refers students involved in alleged or suspected abuse and neglect incidents to Child Protective Services (CPS) as appropriate and / or directed.
  • Provides service coordination for Medical Assistance (MA), as needed / identified by IEP team.
  • Provides in-service training to other MSD staff as requested; assists classroom staff with the implementation of treatment aids and strategies.


· A master’s degree in School Counseling.

· The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) School Counselor Certificate.


· Be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and written English.

· Possess experience working with a diverse group of students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, including those with multiple disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorder; intellectual disability) and unique language / communication needs.

· Possess knowledge of counseling theory, principles, ethics, and evidence-based practices.

· Possess knowledge and experience with Tier 1 (school-wide) interventions and universal preventative mental health programming including, but not limited to, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Red-Ribbon Week, and Mental Health Awareness Month.

· Possess the ability to prepare and deliver written reports and summaries.


Applicants will need to provide three letters of recommendation with their application.


New hires are subject to a criminal background investigation at their own expense (Maryland Code, Family Law Article 1, Sections 5-560 – 5-568).



Online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online or if you encounter difficulty, you may submit via mail, e-mail, fax, or deliver in person before the closing date and time. Please include your name and recruitment number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.  Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. Additional or supplemental information must be submitted by the closing date and time.  Application inquiries or supplemental information can be directed to the following:

Mailing Address: Maryland School for the Deaf Recruitment Department, P. O. Box 894, Columbia, MD 21044


Phone: 301-360-2008, TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Fax: 410-696-3084 

Individuals from traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.  We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.