Position Title: School Psychologist
Department: Department of Exceptional Children
Reports to: Director of Exceptional Children
Contract Days: 210
Salary Range: $46,829 - $96,096
SUMMARY: Provides high-quality, comprehensive school psychological services to children ages 0-21, including screening and assessment, consultation with administration and teachers, functioning as a member of the multidisciplinary team to determine the student’s eligibility for special education services, participating in 504 eligibility meetings, completing functional behavior assessments, referring for services provided by the Department of Mental Health, and helping to develop behavior intervention plans.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
? Assures that students referred for evaluations are assessed in accordance with state and federal laws.
? Reviews, writes, and/or interprets reports concerning assessments of students to school personnel, other involved professionals, parents, and students.
? Processes and coordinates the placement of identified students with disabilities who move into Dorchester Four from other school districts, agencies, states, and students who may require a change of special education services placement.
? Provides information to parents concerning other available sources of services.
? Conducts Child Find Clinics according to state and federal guidelines.
? Assures that all meetings are held for students suspected to have a disability and for students with disabilities within State and Federal guidelines/timelines.
? Contributes evaluation findings and collaborates to help develop the child’s educational plan.
? Conducts 504 meetings and evaluations.
? Conducts functional behavior assessments and helps develop behavior intervention plans.
? Participates in placement/IEP conferences as necessary.
? Completes due process forms to document evaluation and placement decisions (report, placement forms, parent letters, etc.) and maintains case records on all students evaluated or receiving special education.
? Assists in making recommendations for a student to receive special education.
? Makes instructional or behavioral recommendations as needed to maximize student learning and adjustment.
? Provides staff development to faculties and parents upon request of the Director.
? Adheres to the ethical standards and codes of the profession, and to the established rules, regulations, and laws governing special education programs.
? Participates in activities that promote professional development and uses clinical/educational research to enhance services.
? Maintains communication with other service providers as needed.
? Provides crisis intervention services and/or counseling, as necessary.
? Provides consultation to parents, teachers, other school personnel, and community agencies to enhance the learning of students.
? Conducts research, analyzes research findings, and translates current research and best practices into the local school district, as appropriate.
? Performs other duties as assigned.
1. An Educational Specialist Degree
2. A valid certificate to practice as a school psychologist, at a minimum of a Level II.
Knowledge of school psychological services including prevention, assessment, and intervention. Knowledgeable of state and federal regulations and compliance requirements applicable to special education. Knowledge of the records, forms, and reports which must be prepared and maintained. Has thorough and comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of special education including identification, evaluation, placement, etc. Basic legal knowledge pertaining to the education of disabled students. Knows how to keep abreast of changes in policy, standards, procedures, and regulations pertaining to special services functions.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, and instructional manuals. Ability to design and write professional development plans, reports, and data entry procedures. Ability to effectively present professional development and training and respond to questions from groups of educators, trainees, administrators, and organization members.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide into units of measurement, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and in the display and interpretation of data.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret and carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems. Ability to quickly assess employee, departmental, and administrative needs and provide timely feedback.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.
Ability to implement a flexible work schedule to meet the reporting deadlines. Proficiency with computer applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Google Drive apps required. Ability to perform duties with a high level of detail and accuracy. Ability to self-monitor and manage multiple tasks while working individually and with members of a group.
Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply state and federal regulations. Ability to effectively apply knowledge of school psychological services including prevention, assessment, and intervention. Advanced human relations, communications, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with students and their parents, District staff, and all other groups involved in the activities of the job. Ability to complete, process, and maintain all required records, reports, and confidential information. Ability to operate general office equipment in the performance of daily activities.
Applications are accepted on the school district website only.