School Psychologist

Position Purpose:  The School Psychologist will support students, teachers, staff, and parents in a variety of ways and in multiple settings to help students succeed. The psychologist will provide assessments and interpret assessment findings; collaborate and communicate with other building supports such as counselors and school social workers to meet the needs of students and staff; and serve as a student advocate in determining educational support.


Essential Performance Responsibilities

  • Provide system-wide support for academic and behavior needs through Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) frameworks.
  • Provides assessments of educational and behavioral strengths and needs of students.
  • Interprets findings to assist school staff, parents, and referral agencies.
  • Integrates evaluation data into comprehensive psycho-educational reports and maintenance of confidential student information.
  • Facilitates Multidisciplinary Team meetings.
  • Interprets individual student data for student programming and services.
  • Identifies specific skill deficits, develop interventions, track and analyze baseline and intervention data for Student Assistance Team (SAT) meetings.
  • Collaborate with other building support staff such as counselors and social workers to meet the needs of the students, families and building which may include participation on team meetings (MTSS-B, SAT, 504, MDT, IEP, Crisis Response Team, etc).
  • Serves as a student advocate in determining educational support.
  • Utilizes interactive skills necessary to be a positive contributor as a disciplinary team leader, counsel individuals with regard to problems to be resolved and responds promptly to conflict and crisis situations.
  • Understand and promote use of data for accountability and decision making.
  • Makes observations of children in various school settings, identifies and interprets significant behavioral patterns to appropriate staff members, and suggests procedures to be followed in dealing with these children.
  • Shares evidence based interventions to be utilized in the problem solving process.
  • Coordinates and participates as a member of the Student Assistance Team referral process.
  • Participates in the screening, pre-assessment, identification, follow-up for students involved in the referral process.
  • Administers individual psychological tests and other assessment instruments as needed for comprehensive individual student evaluations to determine special education eligibility.
  • Interprets test results and observations of individual students to staff members, parents, and referral agencies concerned and relates these to classroom activities and procedures.
  • Collaborates with staff, parents and other professionals to create supportive learning environments for all learners.
  • Consults with the administration and school staff in the improvement of educational programs and school-wide initiatives.
  • Participates in the referral of children to other appropriate agencies for further study and/or assistance when appropriate, and acts as a liaison between the school and community professionals providing psychiatric and psychological services.
  • Counsels individuals with regard to problems to be resolved and responds promptly to conflict and crisis situations.
  • Works with and understands the needs of a diverse student population.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Minimum completion of Educational Specialist Degree program from an accredited college or university.
  • Satisfactory completion of a one-year internship program.
  • Valid Nebraska Department of Education Teaching Certificate with endorsement in School Psychology, or ability to obtain one.
  • Ability and patience to work interactively with students.
  • Skill in organization, time management, communication, and positive interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent skills in verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to effectively use Microsoft Outlook and the student information system.
  • Excellent attendance record.
  • Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Ability to conform to proper standards of professional dress and appearance.
  • Evidence of the willingness and ability to comply with standards for ethical and professional performance established by the State Board of Education.
  • Exhibit strong standards of professional ethics.
  • Exhibit skills pertinent to foster positive human relationships and the ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents and the community.
  • Knowledge of OPS’s mission, purpose, goals and the role of every employee in achieving each of them.
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Additional Information

Work Schedule/FLSA Status: As per negotiated agreement / Exempt


Salary Schedule: Commensurate with experience and education / number of days worked

Contact Information

Omaha Public Schools
3215 Cuming Street
Omaha, Nebraska 38131

Megan Cook
(p) (531) 299-9731