School Psychologist- Elementary School

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Start Date
07/01/2024
Position Areas
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Description

  NEWMARKET SCHOOL DISTRICT- SAU 31 JOB DESCRIPTION
 
 

Title:  Social Psychologist (Elementary)  Classification:
Reports to:  Director of School Counseling FLSA Status:  Exempt
Effective Date: Union Status: NTA
 
Salary Range: : $45,389- $83,124
SUMMARY        
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.
 
Each Related Services Provider’s job is to deliver a variety of services in his or her area of expertise and to complete assessments for the purpose of educational planning. New Hampshire Education Department Certification required, licensure preferred. The Related Services Provider reports to the Director of Student Services.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES / ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
FROM NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS
 
What do School Psychologists do?
School Psychologists Work With Students to:
  • Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and
           behavioral problems
  • Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional
           strategies to improve learning
  • Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving,
          anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism
  • Enhance understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and backgrounds
 
School Psychologists Work with Students and Their Families to:
  • Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success
  • Evaluate eligibility for special education services (within a multidisciplinary team)
  • Support students' social, emotional, and behavioral health
  • Teach parenting skills and enhance home–school collaboration
  • Make referrals and help coordinate community support services
 
School Psychologists Work with Teachers to:
  • Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
  • Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
  • Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions
  • Support effective individualized instruction
  • Create positive classroom environments
  • Motivate all students to engage in learning
 
School Psychologists Work with Administrators to:
  • Collect and analyze data related to school improvement, student outcomes, and accountability requirements
     
  • Implement school-wide prevention programs that help maintain positive school climates
    conducive to learning

  • Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students by reducing school
    violence, bullying, and harrassment

  • Respond to crises by providing leadership, direct services, and coordination with needed
    community services

  • Design, implement, and garner support for comprehensive school mental health programming
 
School Psychologists Work with Community Providers to:
  • Coordinate the delivery of services to students and their families in and outside of school
  • Help students transition to and from school and community learning environments, such as
          residential treatment or juvenile justice programs
 
 
EDUCATIONAL TRAINING / EXPERIENCE / LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS:
The School Psychologist should have a Master's Degree in his/her field and should demonstrate an ability to communicate and work effectively with students, staff, and parents.  School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a year-long supervised internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed in New Hampshire. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).
 
Consultant
  1. Collaborate with classroom teachers and other school staff members to implement effective therapy that integrates the student’s program.
  2. Serve as a consultant to school staff members in the development of services.
  3. Assume responsibility for goal writing and serving as liaison for IEP’s.
  4. Provide inclusionary services.
  5. Assist in proper referrals of individuals to agencies and specialists in the community.
  6. Partner with parents/guardians, teachers, and mentors to assist students in utilizing and carrying out their plans.
  7. Consult and collaborate with school faculty, program coordinators, and parents/guardians to augment students’ positive transitions from grade to grade, school to school, and, at the High School, onto postsecondary success.
  8. Participate in an annual informal assessment to determine the degree to which the program of related services is being implemented. 
 
Communicator
  1. Participate effectively in I.E.P. meetings and parent conferences.
  2. Establish and maintain two-way communication with parents, students, and other staff members in an honest, positive, and constructive manner.
  3. Serve as a positive role model for students and support the mission of the school district.
  4. Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.
 
Administrator
  1. Maintain accurate, complete, and correct records and Medicaid logs as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations.
  2. Respect the confidentiality of records and information regarding students, parents, and teachers in accordance with accepted professional ethics, and state and federal laws.
  3. Serve as a resource in developing proposals for grants related to position.
  4. Attend building and district meetings to promote communication and mutual decision making among staff and schools.
 
Professional Responsibilities
  1. Fulfill the requirements of punctuality, reliability, and responsibility with regard to school level and school district policies, procedures, and regulations.
  2. Understand his or her legal responsibilities, as defined by state and federal laws and regulations and school district policy, e.g., acceptable use of the internet, child abuse & neglect reporting, civil rights compliance, implementation of IEP’s and 504 plans, student restraint, etc.
  3. Plan for and participate in professional improvement activities, e.g., courses, readings, in-service training, and conferences in accordance with his/her area of specialization and competency, so as to maintain professional licensure in accordance with his/her discipline.
  4. Maintain professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the district and other self-selected professional growth activities.
  5. Reflect critically upon his/her work and identifies areas for further professional development as part of an Individual Professional Development Plan, approved by the Building Principal, which is linked to school and district goals.
  6. Perform other duties consistent with the position assigned as may be requested by the Director of Student Services.
 
 
Responsive Services
  1. Provide screening to identify children who may be in need of services.
  2. Provide diagnostic evaluations and implement treatment plans in relation to student need.
  3. Provide therapeutic services to students with a wide variety of disorders and delays, both individual and/or group for students aged 3-22.
  4. Confer with teachers and staff members and offer suggestions/recommendations for implementation at school and/or home with follow-up for support as needed.
  5.  Assist the team to make necessary referrals for services from outside agencies.
  6. Work with parents in parent education to increase their constructive participation in resolving the child's problem and their knowledge and uses of appropriate resources available.
  7. Serve as a liaison between home and school and community services when considerable follow-up is necessary.
  8. Act in accordance with all federal, state and local laws and policies with respect to confidentiality, suspected cases of abuse, and threats of harm or violence
(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act Employer
 
 
 

Posted By

Newmarket School District

213 S Main St , Newmarket, NH 03857
 

At the following locations

Newmarket Elementary School

243 S Main St , Newmarket, NH 03857