SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST (DISTRICT WIDE POSITION)

Westport Community Schools

Westport , Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 2879135
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : January 3, 2018
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

REPORTS TO: Director of Special Education

JOB GOAL: To provide psychological evaluations to students suspected of having an educational disability(ies) that may make them eligible for an Individual Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Accommodation Plan. Provide consultation and training in a variety of educational areas such as behavioral interventions or Response to Interventions.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Conducts psychological evaluations: initial, three-year, extended and additional assessments as indicated within mandated timeframes
2. Coordinates behavioral support services throughout district or school including FBA's, develops or assists in the development of behavior support plans and provides support to staff to implement strategies and collect data
3. Participates in IEP process by providing evaluation results to Team Chair and providing reports in advance of meetings
4. Participates in IEP team process and meetings by presenting and interpreting psychological evaluation results, summarizes key results for IEP team, and makes recommendations
5. Assists the IEP team in understanding the impact of the disability on learning
6. Collaborates with IEP team members to ensure proper documentation is completed at each IEP meeting
7. Provides information regarding accommodations and/or modifications
8. Helps identify educationally relevant and required services
9. Adheres to entrance/exit criteria for programs and services
10. Communicates with Team Chairs and Principals regarding concerns or questions
11. Complies with the MA special education IEP process, including the development of the Individual Educational Programs (IEP)and related documents and the completion of all required paperwork and activities as mandated in State and Federal Special Education Regulations.
12. Attends and participates in District-wide professional development activities as directed by the Special Education Director or Assistant Superintendent
13. Schedules and participates in RTI District meetings
14. Participates in Special Education Department and Building meetings when requested
15. Consults to Principals, faculty and specialized programs within buildings
16. Provides crisis/acute short term counseling/intervention for students in special circumstances at the request of the Principal and/or Special Education Director
17. Consults to general and special educators, related service providers and parents regarding student support, management and other needs
18. Communicates with Special Education Department, Building Principals, parents and outside agencies with regard to assessments
19. Follows District, Department and Building initiatives, directives and procedures adheres to federal and state legislation, regulation, and policies including compliance with all aspect of the Massachusetts IEP process and local procedures
20. Participates in continuing education for professional development to ensure practice consistent with best practice and to meet Massachusetts Licensure requirements
21. Uses professional literature, evidence based research, and continuing education content to make practice decisions
22. Uses professional Code of Ethics and standards of practice to guide ethical decision making
23. Consistently uses practices that are likely to enable students to demonstrate respect for differences
24. Regularly reflects on his/her practice, individually and with colleagues
25. Consistently seeks outs and applies ideas for improving practice from supervisors, colleagues, and professional developmental activities to gain expertise
26. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Special Education or designee

SALARY: Salary to be determined by the School Committee and the collective bargaining unit.

EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Committee’s policy on evaluation of support services personnel.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the major responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individual with disabilities to perform major functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, and hear; use hands to finger, handle, or operate tools, objects, or controls; reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stoop, or kneel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds without assistance and up to 50 pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus. The position requires the ability to operate a computer keyboard and standard office equipment at efficient speed.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language. Ability to read and interpret documents such as rules, policies, instructions, correspondence, and procedures. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively to employees, students, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the major functions of this position.

The position requires an individual to work inside a classroom setting where noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
As per collective bargaining agreement between the Westport School Committee and AFSCME Council 93, Local 2667.

EVALUATION:
Evaluation will be in accordance with district policy and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Student Services > Psychologist
  • Welcome TO Westport Community Schools!

    Westport Community Schools is a small public school district located in Westport, Massachusetts. Located in southeastern Massachusetts, Westport is a small rural farming community that is also well known for its beaches. There are four schools in the district, dedicated to educating approximately 1850 students. For more information, please visit www.westportschools.org. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Westport Community Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    *All appointments are conditional based on a satisfactory CORI and SAFIS Background Check per 603 CMR 51.00. *

    Job Requirements

    • QUALIFICATIONS:
      1. Completion of a Masters degree or higher from a school psychology program that is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists.
      2. Experience with Special Education processes (i.e. IEP meetings, documentation, initials)
      3. Demonstrates knowledge of the federal, state, local legislation, regulations, policies and procedures that mandate and guide psychological practice in schools
      4. Massachusetts teacher certification as a School Psychologist

      The School Committee reserves the right to waive any of the above in the best interest of the school system.
    • At least 2 year s of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency OR WORK VISA IN United States required

    Application Questions

    This employer has requested that ALL applicants answer the following questions. It IS highly recommended that you type ANY essays IN a word processing program, save them, AND THEN paste them ON the proceeding job application page.

    • 1. Do you have a current Massachusetts DESE license in Special Education (Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, etc)?
      Yes/No

    Contact Information

    • Human Resources
    • 17 Main Road
    • Westport, Massachusetts 02790
    • Phone: (508) 636-1140
    • Fax: 508-636-1145
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