Job Title: School Psychologist
Job Classification: Exempt
Reports to: Director of Special Education and Federal Programs
Contract Length: 220 Days
Position performs specialized psychological work in an educational setting to enable students to achieve optimal learning. Position collects, interprets, and synthesizes information about a student’s sensory motor/perceptual functioning, academic achievement, intelligence, social/emotional adjustment, and significant crises that influence academic and behavioral functioning. Position works cooperatively as an interdisciplinary team member to provide services and to devise an appropriate service plan for referred students and their families.
- Performs casework services with students/families to help resolve student’s behavioral, learning, & social problems.
- Selects and administers age appropriate psychological tests, assessment methods, and materials in order to determine the needs of the student.
- Consults with teachers and other school personnel to obtain information regarding the reason for referral.
- Gathers background information on the student’s psychological history by conducting behavioral observations, making home visits, conducting interviews, and reviewing school records.
- Interprets assessment results and compiles comprehensive psychological assessment reports addressing reasons for referral and include appropriate recommendations for students Pre-K through 12 or program completion.
- Serves as a member of the interdisciplinary assessment team assigned to each school and works as a team member in making placement decisions, developing intervention plans, and planning programs to meet the special needs of children.
- Communicates case findings and recommendations to teachers and other school personnel as needed.
- Participates with eligibility committee meetings and contributes to the development of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) as appropriate.
- Serves as a resource to teachers and staff regarding psychological services and the academic/psychological needs of students.
- Conferences with and provides information, support, and counseling to parents/guardians of students.
- Conducts in-service training and workshops for teachers and staff regarding mental health issues and proper procedures for the identification and referral of students.
- Organizes and conducts specialized programs to include parent training classes and student support activities.
- Conducts specialized individual and group counseling sessions to address specific emotional, social, and behavioral needs of students.
- Serves as a liaison between the student, home, school, private counseling facilities and community resources such as social services, court services, and family service agencies.
- Provides follow-up support and periodic re-evaluation services as necessary.
- Acts as a member of the school crisis team to provide intervention to students as necessary.
- Compiles monthly reports; maintains accurate case records; and completes necessary documentation for work completed on Medicaid eligible children.
- Models nondiscriminatory practices in all activities.
- Keeps abreast of developments and research in the field of school psychology.
- Performs any other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor II, Referrals & Assessment Services or other appropriate administrator.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified, to perform the essential functions.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)
Must possess a Master’s degree and be eligible for a Virginia License as a school psychologist. Must possess the ability to synthesize and interpret diagnostic and assessment data. Must possess a comprehensive knowledge of school psychology theory, child development, substance abuse education, tests and measurements, and crisis management. Must possess the ability to practically apply assessment, counseling, interviewing, and crisis intervention skills. Must possess the ability to work cooperatively as an interdisciplinary team member. Must possess excellent communication and time management skills. Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community agencies, students, families, team members, and others.
Working Conditions & Physical Requirements
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 accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Must have the ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; exhibit manual dexterity to dial a telephone and enter data into a computer; hear and understand speech at normal classroom levels, outdoors and on the telephone; speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in normal classrooms, outdoors and on the telephone; physical agility to lift up to 25 pounds; to bend, stoop, climb stairs, and reach overhead.
MCPS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, gender, identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs or marital status in employment or provision of programs, services or activities and provides equal access to designated youth groups. Reasonable accommodation will be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities.