School Psychologist

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POSITION SUMMARY :

The school psychologist delivers school-based psycho-educational services that improve student performance, enhance student educational success, and promote the mental health interests of children and youth. Services include consultation, support for interventions, assessment and evaluation, professional development, and school improvement activities. The school psychologist is expected to adhere to applicable federal and state laws and regulations (i.e., Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), Nevada Administrative Code (NAC), Section 504, as well as AIM and Department policies and procedures. This person will report directly to a supervising Special Education Director.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

This list of Essential Duties and Responsibilities is not exhaustive and may be supplemented.

1. Using consultation and collaborative problem solving with school personnel and parents to address student learning, behavior, mental health, and social issues.

2. Assisting parents with referring the student to appropriate community agencies when needed.

3. Working directly with students, educators, and parents in a systematic process of intervention assistance and short-term support services that may focus on academic or behavioral interventions and supports, learning strategies, counseling services, social skills instruction, and other targeted services for support of instruction and intervention.

4. Assisting with school-based Response to Instruction (RTI) Team operations, including the development of Individualized Intervention Plans for at-risk students and support for implementation of curriculum-based measurement (CBM) practices for universal screening and progress monitoring. 5. Conducting assessments and evaluations in conjunction with teachers, parents, and other related services personnel in relation to student academic performance and achievement, student progress, learning aptitude, social/emotional development, adaptive functioning, and other relevant domains. 6. Using eligibility standards (IDEA, NAC; Section 504), Department procedures, and a variety of assessment techniques to assist the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) in determining student eligibility for special education services or student need for reasonable accommodations.

7. Writing comprehensive MDT Evaluation Reports following Department standards.

8. Assisting the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, as needed, in developing appropriate services for identified special education students.

9. Assisting the MDT Team, as needed, in developing reasonable accommodations for identified Section 504 students.

10. Promoting and advancing mental health issues relevant to students and families.

11. Actively support the functioning of the school-based crisis team to include training and support for implementation of the Suicide Intervention Protocol, Legal 2000 procedures, transition supports for students returning to school from hospitalization, and mental health screenings, as needed.

12. Serving in additional capacities, such as conducting professional development activities for school staff members regarding best practices and supporting school improvement activities.

13. Actively promoting and supporting Department initiatives associated with the District’s RTI Framework including; but not limited to, the monitoring of disproportionality in special education, development of School Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and implementation of the RTI Assessment Protocol.

14. Participate in other job-related duties and activities related to the position, as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Education and Training: Master’s (MA or MS) or Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a concentration in school psychology. Licenses and Certifications:

1. Must possess, or be able to acquire, a license endorsement as a school psychologist from the Nevada Department of Education including:

  • a. Completion of a minimum of 60 graduate credits in identified areas of study for school psychology; and
  • b. Completion of a full (1,000 hour minimum) supervised internship in school psychology; or, c. Hold a certificate as a nationally certified school psychologist issued by the National School Psychology Certification System of the National Association of School Psychologists.

2. A valid driver’s license that allows the applicant/employee to legally operate an insured motor vehicle in Nevada.

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