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Psychologist

  • Certificated

Salary range: Placement on the management salary schedule

Reports to: Site Principal or Assistant Principal

OVERVIEW

The School Psychologist provides a variety of mental health, consulting, educational, and diagnostic services to assigned schools and programs throughout the district to facilitate learning and to promote the cognitive, social, and personal development of all students. This position receives indirect supervision from Site Principal

QUALIFICATION
  • Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
  • Completion of a Master's degree in psychology, Doctorate preferred
  • Demonstrated experience as a school psychologist with experience in the provision of school-based mental health services, development and evaluation of early intervention programs (RTI), collaborative consultation with school personnel, and psycho-educational assessment and diagnosis (including alternative means assessment)
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Possession of valid California Pupil Personnel Services Credential, in appropriate content area, as required by the California Education Code
  • Within 60 days of start, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES
  • Direct Interventions with Students
    • Teach students how to develop effective learning strategies and personal, behavioral, and social skills.
    • Counsel students on educational and personal adjustment issues.
  • Assessment and Interpretation
    • Assist in early identification of students' learning and adjustment problems.
    • Conduct assessments appropriate to the focus of concern and according to prevailing professional standards.
    • Conduct assessments with consideration of the characteristics of the student or group of students (including ethnic, cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, and handicapping conditions).
    • Integrate data from assessment procedures and develop hypotheses relative to instructional/educational programming and program eligibility and placement.
    • Assist in identifying factors in the learning environment that may affect the student and assessing their degree of impact.
  • Consultation and Training
    • Provide consultation services to parents, teachers, and other school personnel and community agencies to enhance the learning and adjustment of students.
    • Help provide liaison and coordination between the school system and other relevant agencies to facilitate services for students and families.
    • Interpret educational policies, laws, programs, and procedures related to educational and psychological services.
    • Plan and implement in-service needs of teachers and parents and recommend appropriate in-service programs.
  • Program Development and Implementation
    • Assist in planning, development, and evaluation of programs to meet identified learning and adjustment needs.
    • Plan, maintain, and participate in a system of accountability for services delivered.
    • Conduct and/or assist in conducting formal and informal needs assessment to determine program characteristics and needs including program evaluation.
  • Professional Practice and Development
    • Apply ethics and standards of professional practice in the delivery of school psychological services and observe relevant laws and policies that govern practice.
    • Continually develop professional knowledge and skill.

Perform other specific job-related duties as directed

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Ability to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate work
  • Ability to develop long term goals and objectives.
  • Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Ability to schedule and monitor development projects
  • Collaborative yet decisive in decision-making, seeking consensus whenever possible
  • Effective interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), and conflict resolution skills
  • Knowledge of the District's counseling, psychological and mental services programs
  • Knowledge of federal, State and local policies and procedures regarding school district counseling, psychological and mental health services programs
  • Knowledge of preschool early childhood assessment-professional experience in this area preferred
  • Knowledge of the current literature, trends, and developments in the field
  • Proficiency in a second language (Spanish) preferred
PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

Work Year: 195 days

Revision Date: 03/17/2017

Initial date: 03/17/2017

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.