Social Worker/Elementary Counselor and Mental Health Liaison combined position (4-day week)

West Elk USD 282 •

West Elk USD 282 has a position for the 2023-24 school year, for a combined School Social Worker (.5) and Mental Health Liaison (.5). Candidates must have or be eligible for a Master`s Level Degree in Social Work. This combined position provides opportunities for providing IEP services to students, working with teams to set ambitious goals for supporting students with social-emotional needs, collaborating with experienced teachers to support students in the classroom, providing SEL and character education curriculum delivery, providing group social sessions, communicating with families, being a child/family advocate, partnering with outside agencies to help students access mental health supports in the school setting.

Benefits Information

The USD 282 Board of Education provides all licensed employees with a single paid fringe benefit.

Salary Information

Salary is competitive based on education and experience.

Employer Information


West Elk USD 282 is located in Howard, Kansas, serving approximately 400 students in preschool through graduation. West Elk Schools operate on a four-day school week (155 student days/164 teacher contracted days), with Monday being the non-school day. West Elk USD 282 is classified as a 2A district and offers most traditional JH/HS athletics and extra-curricular activities for students. The district offers summer programming for K-8 students. West Elk has been recognized for high academic rigor and success, with the success of over 86% of our students meeting or exceeding Math and Reading standards on Kansas Assessments. West Elk is currently ranked the #4 Best District in the State of Kansas by NICHE. 


West Elk has competitive extra-curricular programs, and strong community support. Recently, the patrons of West Elk USD 282 showed their support by passing a bond election, with a 75% voting approval, for the purpose of building a new elementary wing, multi-purpose room, and staff work space. This project is expected to be ready for use in December, 2023. We encourage potential applicants to explore the beautiful Elk County area, as it offers a vibrant school district, abundant wildlife, and many outdoor recreational activities.


West Elk is in the process of opening a full time early childhood center/daycare (birth-12) facility on campus. Enrollment for children of staff are protected and prioritized. 


In addition, West Elk has been fortunate to keep schools open throughout the pandemic and has not had to utilize remote learning for teachers/students.


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1201 S. Highway 99, P.O. Box 607
Howard, KS 67349

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