JobID 209 : School Psychologist (Grades K-12) 2020-2021 School Year (#2016395)
Title: School Psychologist (Grades K-12)
Reports To: Principal and Director of Special Education
Term: 10 Months, 2020-2021 School Year
About Our School
The mission of the New Foundations Charter School is to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high-achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities. The teachers and staff of New Foundations Charter School will ensure a commitment to lifelong learning and achievement of all of our students by creating an atmosphere of caring that pervades every aspect of school life and promotes responsibility for all members of our school community.
With the transition to new CEO leadership in 2018, the school embarked on a strategic planning process to craft a vision for its future. That Vision for Impact is that by June 2025, New Foundations provides daily opportunities for all students to engage in rigorous academic preparation, integrated and well-rounded character development, and inclusive and expansive specials and extracurricular activities that prepare them for individualized post-secondary success.
As an open enrollment public charter school, we seek to prepare each student for the college, career and service opportunity of their choice. New Foundations Charter School currently educates 1,500 students across a K-8 & High School campus in Northeast Philadelphia. The K-8 and High School buildings are located within walking distance of each other and include recent renovations and are well-maintained to provide a positive learning environment for students and staff.
New Foundations opened in 2000 and has had a strong, positive presence in its Northeast neighborhood of Philadelphia throughout the past 20 years. New Foundations is highly-regarded on various academic performance measures compared with other Philadelphia charter and district schools and we have an admissions wait-list of over 7,000 students.
About the Position
High quality, dedicated staff who have a professional and personal dedication to student achievement and the school community are the single most important factor to the success of our mission and vision. We are currently seeking an extraordinary School Psychologist for the 2020-2021 school year to join our team of impactful team members.
All staff at New Foundations Charter School are expected to:
Embrace our mission and embody our vision for New Foundations’ future;
Model our core values of being student-focused, serving our community and consistently engaging in solutions-oriented and caring conversations;
Welcome the opportunity to be constantly challenged to grow, learn and improve;
Demonstrate integrity in all interactions and activities;
Have a track record of success and achievement within an environment of limited resources;
Have a passion for teaching and working with students and the ability to build meaningful connections across the school community.
School Psychologists at New Foundations Charter School are expected to:
Possess a Master’s degree with a record of academic achievement;
Possess valid Pennsylvania certification for School Psychology;
Demonstrate expertise in Pennsylvania special education laws, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act;
Demonstrate expertise in psychological assessment and behavioral mental health service delivery;
Preferably possess a minimum of two years experience as a psychologist working with school age children ;
Preferably possess prior experience in an urban public school or charter school setting.
Conduct psychological assessments and interpret results to inform interventions to improve academic achievement and student well-being.
Provide individual, group, and family therapy per IEP requirements.
Participate in IEP conferences, team meetings, and problem-solving meetings.
Lead crisis intervention efforts and provide insight into the development of functional assessments and behavior intervention plans.
Integrate psychological services into the classroom environment as appropriate.
Provide assistance to staff in the design and implementation of appropriate interventions and accommodations for students.
Evaluate and/or translate research into practice and understand research design and statistics in sufficient depth to plan and conduct investigations and program evaluations for improvement of services.
Contribute to program development that furthers the integration of social, coping, and problem solving in the classroom.
Provide support services to parents/guardians as needed.
Coordinate and/or collaborate with a range of individuals/agencies to promote and provide comprehensive services to students and families.
Exhibit a professional image and demeanor at all times.
Commit to continual professional growth.
Attend all professional development meetings and faculty/staff meetings.
Participate and support grade-level activities and school-wide functions throughout the school-year.
Adhere to school schedule and be punctual for work and meetings.
Maintain an effective and positive relationships with colleagues, staff and supervisors.
Professionally and effectively communicate with all colleagues, staff and supervisors.
Become a member of the school community, building strong relationships and being highly engaged.
Do whatever else is necessary or requested to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities.
Compensation and Benefits
New Foundations Charter School offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.