School Psychologist

WESTSIDE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
909 South 76th Street
Omaha, NE 68114

Position Available for 2019-2020 School Year

                                                               Position Description

POSITION TITLE:        School Psychologist or Qualified School Psychologist Intern 2019-20

FLSA:                           Exempt Professional

QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduate degree (at least two years of additional study beyond bachelors: Masters + 36 or Doctorate) from an accredited school psychology program and eligible for an internship in the field for direct experience as required by NDE Rule 24. Must possess, at all times during employment, either: (1) a Nebraska Department of Education Special Services Certificate with an endorsement in School Psychology or (2) or a license to practice psychology in Nebraska issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services with completion of the academic requirements and field experience as required by NDE Rule 24.

REPORTS TO:              Director of Special Services and building Principal(s)

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Teacher calendar days and benefits provided according to Board policy.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES AND JOB TASKS:

  1. Compile and interpret student’s test results, along with information from teachers and parents, to diagnose conditions, and to help assess eligibility for special services.
  2. Prepare, schedule and conduct MDT meetings on or before the anniversary date. Complete the MDT report according to district timeline guidelines.
  3. Report any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of child endangerment, neglect, or abuse.
  4. Assess individual students’ needs, limitations, and potential; using observation, review of school records, and consultation with parents and school personnel.
  5. Select, administer, and score psychological tests. Evaluate eligibility for special services in accordance with NDE Rule 51.
  6. Provide consultation to parents, teachers, administrators, and others on topics such as learning styles and behavior modification techniques.
  7. Promote an understanding of child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.
  8. Collaborate with other educational professionals to develop teaching strategies and school programs.
  9. Counsel students to help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.
  10. Collaborate with teachers and other staff members in the development of individualized education plans and 504 Plans.
  11. Maintain student records, including special education reports, confidential records, records of services provided, and behavioral data.
  12. Serve as a resource to help schools and students deal with crises, such as separation and loss.
  13. Assist with designing programming to meet the needs of special students.
  14. Refer students to appropriate community agencies for services.
  15. Initiate and direct efforts to foster tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in school communities.
  16. Collect and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs and other services, such as behavioral management systems.
  17. Promote effective classroom management and teaching strategies.
  18. Utilize resources to effectively communicate with others with different communication abilities (e.g. non-English speaking, hearing impaired).
  19. Participate in faculty committees and activities as assigned.
  20. Participate in professional activities and staff development as assigned and as needed to maintain professional competence and to perform duties.
  21. Develop and maintain a positive rapport with students and parents.
  22. Develop and maintain a positive and professional working relationship with other staff and administration.
  23. Provide for proper care, maintenance, and reasonable security of all District property in the School Psychologist’s custody.
  24. Utilize instructional materials and other resources in a competent and effective manner, including computer, e-mail, and other technology to perform assigned duties.
  25. Adhere to all district policies, rules, regulations, and supervisor directives.
  26. Maintain confidentiality of information concerning staff, students, and parents in accordance with law and District rules.
  27. Adhere to the code of ethics of the District and Nebraska Department of Education (NDE Rule 27), and the code of ethics established by the National Association of School Psychologists as set forth in the Professional Conduct Manual, Principles for Professional Ethics, Guidelines for the Provision of School Psychological Services. The School Psychologist must serve as a positive role model for staff and students.
  28. Perform other tasks or duties as assigned by the Board, the Superintendent, or the supervisor.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE:

  1. Psychology—Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  2. Therapy and Counseling—Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for cognitive behavioral therapy, and guidance counseling diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  3. Education and Training—Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  4. English Language—Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  5. Customer and Personal Service—Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  6. Sociology and Anthropology—Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.
  7. Mathematics—Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  8. Clerical—Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

The School Psychologist is to possess and effectively utilize the following skills and abilities:

  1. Communication:
    • Active Listening—Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
    • Speaking—Talking to others to convey information effectively. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
    • Oral Comprehension and Listening—The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
    • Writing—Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
    • Written Comprehension—Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  2. Social Perceptiveness—Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  3. Learning Strategies—Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  4. Time Management—Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  5. Critical Thinking—Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  6. Active Learning—Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  7. Reasoning—The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  8. Negotiation—Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  9. Coordination—Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  10. Complex Problem Solving—Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  11. Judgment and Decision Making—Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  12. Monitoring—Monitoring/Assessing performance of self, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  13. Service Orientation—Actively looking for ways to help people.
  14. Persuasion—Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  15. Instructing—Teaching others how to do something.
  16. Information Ordering—The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  17. Near Vision—The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).Observational skills of individuals and groups.
  18. Category Flexibility—The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  19. Originality—The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  20. Equipment Selection—Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  21. Mathematics—Using mathematics to solve problems.

WORK ACTIVITIES:

The School Psychologist is to perform the following work activities:

  1. Getting Information—Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. This includes: collecting scientific or technical data, social or personal information, statistical data and obtaining information from individuals.
  2. Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others—Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. This includes: explaining complex mathematical information; interpreting ability or achievement test results, charts or tables for social or economic research, and psychological test results; and writing scholarly or technical research papers.
  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems—Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. This includes: deciding which psychological tests to administer to students and resolving problems in educational settings.
  4. Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships—Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. Work as a team member.
  5. Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards—Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  6. Analyzing Data or Information—Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. This includes: analyze data on curricula or instructional methods, psychological testing data, scientific research data or investigative findings, social or economic data, conducting field research or investigative studies, evaluating educational outcomes, forecasting or predicting phenomena based upon research data, performing statistical modeling, and using psychological assessment tools.
  7. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates and Students and Parents—Providing information by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  8. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge—Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. This includes: following confidentiality procedures, maintaining awareness of social trends, using behavior modification techniques, counseling techniques, current social research, interpersonal communication techniques, interviewing procedures, knowledge of investigation techniques, knowledge of multi-media technology and library or online Internet research techniques, mathematical or statistical methods to identify or analyze problems, using mathematical or statistical methods to identify or analyze problems, motivational techniques in education, oral or written communication techniques, public speaking techniques, quantitative research methods and scientific research methodology, and special education and teaching techniques.
  9. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events—Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. This includes: recognizing interrelationships among individuals or social groups, interrelationships among social statistics or indicators and student learning levels.
  10. Processing Information—Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. This includes: compiling numerical or statistical data and developing tables depicting data.
  11. Assisting and Caring for Others—Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. This includes: working with persons with mental disabilities or illnesses.
  12. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work—Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. This may include: planning scientific research or investigative studies and surveys of specified group or area.
  13. Documenting/Recording Information—Entering, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic form. This includes recording student progress.
  14. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization—Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, law enforcement, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. This includes: communicating technical information, compiling information through interviews, conferring with scientists, and making presentations.
  15. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings—Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  16. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public—Performing for people or dealing directly with the public.
  17. Provide Consultation and Advice to Others—Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. This includes: advising students, parents, staff, and service providers, providing expert testimony, recommending further study or action based on research data, recommending modifications to educational programs, referring students or staff to community services or resources.
  18. Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  19. Interacting With Computers—Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) set up functions, enter data, or process information. This includes: developing or maintaining databases, using computers to enter, access or retrieve educational and other data, relational database software, spreadsheet software and word processing or desktop publishing software.
  20. Developing and Building Teams—Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  21. Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People—Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people
  22. Developing Objectives and Strategies—Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. This includes: developing plans for programs or projects, policies, procedures, methods, or standards, and writing research or project grant proposals.
  23. Training and Teaching Others—Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. This may include: assessing educational potential or need of students, converting information into the instructional program, coordinating educational content, developing instructional materials, organizing educational materials or ideas, and selecting teaching materials to meet student needs.
  24. Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others—Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. This includes: directing and coordinating scientific research or investigative studies and directing implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs.
  25. Scheduling Work and Activities—Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  26. Thinking Creatively—Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. This includes: creating mathematical or statistical diagrams or charts, designing classroom presentations, and developing new products based on scientific research results, psychological tests, rating scales, or related material, and scientific or mathematical hypotheses, theories, or laws.
  27. Coaching and Developing Others—Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. This includes mentoring co-workers in a school or educational setting.
  28. Performing Administrative Activities—Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. This includes: maintaining educational records, reports, or files and preparing educational reports and technical reports or related documentation.

Required Employee Characteristics

The School Psychologist is to possess and exhibit the following characteristics:

  1. Cooperation—Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  2. Attention to Detail—Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  3. Dependability—Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable and fulfilling obligations.
  4. Integrity—Job requires being honest and ethical.
  5. Concern for Others—Job requires being sensitive to others’ needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  6. Self Control—Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  7. Stress Tolerance—Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.
  8. Adaptability/Flexibility—Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  9. Independence—Job requires developing one’s own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  10. Initiative—Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  11. Analytical Thinking—Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  12. Social Orientation—Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone and being personally connected with others on the job.

Working Conditions

  1. Inside
  2. May be assigned to multiple buildings.
  3. May be required to deal with distraught students/parents; may be exposed to infectious diseases.
  4. Required to travel and be able to provide own transportation to assigned schools, community agencies, and other work-related sites.

FLSA Status: Exempt. Professional exemption: The employee has a primary duty of performing work requiring knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or learning customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction and study or has a primary duty of teaching, tutoring, instructing, or lecturing in the activity of imparting knowledge and is employed and engaged in this activity as a teacher.

Essential Functions: The essential functions of the School Psychologist position include: (1) regular, dependable attendance on the job; (2) the ability to perform the identified tasks and to possess and utilize the identified knowledge, skills, and abilities and to perform the identified work activities; and, (3) the ability to perform identified physical requirements.

PLEASE APPLY ON-LINE

Westside Community Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Zone 6

Grades

K–12

Additional Information

Salary is commensurate with experience

Start Date is July 29, 2019

Contact Information

Westside Community Schools
909 South 76th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68114
https://www.westside66.org

Rebecka Campbell
(p) (402) 390-2144
(f) (402) 390-2136

How to Apply

Please apply online:  www.westside66.org