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Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind
  • Position Number: 3305773
  • Location: Talladega, AL
  • Position Type: Disability Services

R-9301 Guidance Counselor- Alabama School for the Deaf

Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind

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R-9301 Reference#3120155515

Posting Date July 19, 2022

AIDB is sensitive to the needs of individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing and for qualified applicants and employees will make reasonable accommodations.

Position: Guidance Counselor

Alabama School for the Deaf


The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world's most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are deaf, blind, deafblind and multi-disabled and their families. Founded in 1858, AIDB serves more than 36,000 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year.

Our services literally span a lifetime including five campuses in Talladega, ten regional centers located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa ,Tuscumbia, Opelika and Decatur with programs that range from early and senior intervention, traditional and nontraditional education services in residential and outreach settings and a manufacturing facility that is the state's largest employer of adults who are blind and deaf


Our employees are among the organizations' most valuable assets and resources. We share compassion for leveling the playing field for all. Our Mission makes AIDB a unique place to work and we invite you to be a part of the miracles that happen every day,

As the Guidance Counselor for Alabama School for the Deaf (ASD) you will be responsible for working with the administrators and teachers of students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and multi disabled. ASD is a committed to meet our students where they are. The right candidate for this job will have a passion working with students and colleagues to ensure all students receive a world class education.


You will play a vital role in the lives of our students and be a part of the miracles that happen every day at AIDB and ASD. This will be accomplished by demonstrating flexibility, positive attitude, agility, and professional maturity.

  • Minimum Master's degree in Special Education (HI Certification) or Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education from an accredited college/university.
  • Utilize full range of communication and language levels including use of sign, spoken language, and any additional modes of communication.
  • Must provide recent documentation of sign language proficiency (SCPI) or take a sign language proficiency evaluation (SCPI) available through AIDB.
  • Must possess a sign language proficiency evaluation of INTERMEDIATE upon employment.

  • Master's Degree in Special Education and/or Deaf Education or school guidance counseling from an accredited college/university.
  • Five (5) years or more of classroom or guidance counseling experience.
  • A sign language proficiency evaluation of ADVANCED upon employment.

  • Must have or be able to obtain an Alabama Teaching Certificate within the first six (6) months of employment date.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a HI Certification within the first thirty-six (36) months of employment.
  • Must possess a sign language proficiency evaluation of INTERMEDIATE upon employment.
  • Must possess a sign language proficiency of ADVANCED within the first thirty -six (36) months of employment.
  • Sign at all time while on ASD campus or ASD sponsored events.
  • Must complete and maintain Behavior Management training with the first twelve (12) months of employment.
  • Must provide comprehensive, developmental counseling and guidance services to all students.
  • Must supervise and manage all scholarship opportunities for all ASD students.
  • Routinely check student transcripts for eligibility and graduation qualification.
  • Must assist students in developing skills to understand and to consider their interests, aptitudes and values in planning for their life careers.
  • Must plan, coordinate and administer the school's state testing program. The school guidance counselor will be in charge of all high stakes testing and take on the role of building test coordinator. He/she will work directly with the academic director and the principal.
  • Must work closely with the transition coordinator and career coach.
  • Must contribute to school's curriculum development by providing pertinent data concerning students' needs.
  • Must assist teachers in identifying student deficiencies and plan remediation programs.
  • Must supervise collection and maintenance of appropriate student data.
  • Must provide placement and follow-up services when possible.
  • Must help middle and secondary students plan and annually review programs of study.
  • Must assist in developing, implementing and evaluating an annual school system counseling and guidance plan in accordance with standards set forth by the State Plan.
  • Compare data with other classroom/school-wide assessments.
  • Measure the impact of instruction on student achievement of intended learning outcomes.
  • Maintain evidence and reports pertaining to assessment data and identify gaps in student assessment.
  • Compile, organize, and analyze data to identify trends and needs.
  • Must perform any other duties and tasks requested by the principal.
  • Upon offer of employment, the applicant must submit to a fingerprint background check at an agency designated and paid by AIDB

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance available-Teachers Retirement System (TRS)
  • Deferred compensation options available
  • Paid time off

Direct deposit required. Annual salary based on hours scheduled to work each academic school year (207 days).

SALARY: $56,134 - $73,258 I1 Scale IT Rank

$59,759 - $77,417 I1 Scale AA Rank

Direct deposit is required.

This is an exempt position, and is not subject to overtime or compensatory provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


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