Dept. /School: Special Education
Reports to: Executive Director of Special Education
Wage/Hour Status: Exempt
Pay Grade: Admin/Prof - 3
PRIMARY PURPOSE: Serves as districtwide bilingual evaluator and provider of bilingual psychological services. Serves as member of the multidisciplinary evaluation and planning team that determines eligibility for special education services. Performs professional psychological services in evaluation, behavior intervention, consultation, and direct psychological services for students with disabilities. Provides leadership and guidance to campus personnel regarding legal issues, manifestation determination reviews, therapeutic restraint and behavioral interventions. Evaluates the psychological and psycho-educational needs of students referred for special education services or receiving special education services. Responsible for test administration, scoring, developing reports, and interpreting results. Provides consultation to teachers, parents, support personnel and to outside agencies. This consultation includes, but is not limited to consultation concerning cultural differences and sensitivities, the behavior intervention plan, its implementation and strategies for learning. Acts as a source to ensure district compliance with all legal issues associated with special education at the local, state, and federal level.
Master’s Degree Required
Texas License: Licensed Specialist in School Psychology or LSSP Trainee
Ph.D. and Texas license as a Psychologist preferred
Bilingual (Spanish speaking, ability to read and write in Spanish)
Working knowledge of federal law, state guidelines and local district policies
Working knowledge of emotional/behavioral conditions and interventions associated with, but not limited to, Emotional Disturbance/Autism Spectrum Disorders/Attention Deficit Disorders
Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to read, write and speak additional languages is beneficial, but not required
Experience working as an LSSP is preferred; however, successful completion of an LSSP internship and credential as an LSSP trainee is acceptable
Counseling experience preferred
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES DUTIES:
- Demonstrates ethical and professional practices and responsibilities.
- Conducts comprehensive evaluations for initial referrals and re-evaluation within the timelines as prescribed by law or as determined by the IEP committee.
- Provides direct services to students eligible for psychological services as a related service.
- Provides leadership and collaboration to the assigned campus in the pre-referral\RTI process, in the IEP meeting process, in Child Find procedures and in Confidentiality.
- Conducts staff development training and provides consultative services to general education and special education teachers.
- Provides leadership in the development and implementation of individual student behavior intervention\improvement plans.
- Provides information to the multidisciplinary team in determination of eligibility and placement.
- Provides behavioral consultation to campus administrators and teachers.
- For assigned students, provides to parents, each grading period, progress reports related to students behavioral IEP goals and objectives.
- Maintains current knowledge and skill regarding research and clinical application in the field of evaluation for special education eligibility and provision of related services.
- Performs other duties as may be assigned.
Mental Demands: Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written); presents in manner that elicits confidence from other professionals; interprets policy, procedures and data; understands and usably integrate federal and state law with licensing rules; works effectively with interdisciplinary colleagues, coordinates district functions; maintains organization and emotional control under stress.
Physical Demands/Environmental Factors: Frequent district-wide and occasional statewide travel; occasional prolonged and irregular hours; frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing and pulling; occasional lifting up to 50 pounds; prolonged use of computer and repetitive hand motions; may on occasion be required to use CPI techniques to assist in a physical restraint of a student.
MINIMUM SALARY: $54,376
TERM OF CONTRACT: 197 days
APPOINTMENT: The appointment of this position will be recommended to the Board of Trustees by the Superintendent of Schools on the basis of the applicant's training, experience, and expertise. The Board of Trustees must give final approval.
Interested candidates must complete and submit the Denton ISD on-line Internal Application at www.dentonisd.org. Upload employment credentials and a current résumé detailing experience, qualifications and professional accomplishments.
Out of District Applicants
Interested candidates must complete and submit the Denton ISD on-line External Application at www.dentonisd.org. Upload employment credentials and a current résumé detailing experience, qualifications and professional accomplishments.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position will remain vacant until qualified applicant is employed.
THE DENTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER