The basic purpose of this job is to provide educational, social, behavioral and personal counseling and school psychological services to students enrolled in grades PreK-8. The individual will assist students, parents and faculty in solving problems and facilitating student learning. The individual will work to develop and implement school-wide, grade level, group and individual behavioral support programs and health education/life skills resources for our school community. Functions as the leader of the multidisciplinary team to determine and implement appropriate interventions and monitor student progress. A major role of this professional is to lead initiatives and efforts to promote social- emotional learning in our school environment.
Examples of Essential Functions:
Act as liaison to community resources in addressing the needs of students and their families. When indicated, schedule collaborative meetings with parents, teachers, educational resource staff and appropriate administrators, as well as external clinicians to develop a social/emotional/educational plan for student. This includes program adaptations/materials needed to facilitate improved student performance.
Assist students in adapting to a rigorous pace, schedule and high academic standards. This may include designing behavioral interventions (e.g., daily home/school notes and incentive systems) to improve individual students’ behavior and/or academic productivity.
Identifies and schedules programs beneficial to the student which are outside the traditional classroom setting.
Assess an individual child’s needs, limitations and potential, using observation, review of school records and consultation with parents and school personnel.
Select and train teachers on effective instructional methods or aids in learning of new information based on individual student’s learning differences.
Provide consultation to parents, teachers, administrators and others on topics of learning styles and behavior modification techniques. Promote an understanding of child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.
Compile and interpret student’s test results, along with information from teachers and parents, to diagnose conditions and to help assess the need for specific accommodations/interventions.
Provide professional expertise on child development and counseling issues such as social skill development, parenting, separation/divorce transitions, crisis intervention, grief counseling, substance use/abuse and eating disorders.
Refer students and their families to the appropriate community agencies for medical, vocational or social services.
Assess new referrals to the Learning and Support Team (LST) and with the team decide on actions needed, follow through and coordinate interventions.
With directors of lower and middle school go over the implications and possible interventions needed based on assessments, such as ERB scores and other psycho-educational testing.
Meet with individual students on a one-on-one basis as needed and upon recommendation of the faculty/ division heads. Organize small groups for students based on documented need such as friendship groups, students in transition, and groups organized for a specific issue. These groups may arise from teacher and/or parent request in conjunction with the psychologist’s observations and input.
Lead school-wide initiatives and efforts to design intentional curriculum that promotes student social-emotional wellness.
Convey a positive image of The Pegasus School at all times when working with students, parents, employees and the public.
The preceding functions have been provided as examples of the types of work performed by employees assigned this job classification. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that the qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
Required – Employee should possess a master's degree or higher in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Education and/or hold a Pupil Personal Service (PPS) credential. Employee should have at least five years' experience working as a school psychologist or counselor in a school setting.
Desirable – At least 10 years’ experience with intellectually curious and bright children as a school psychologist, or as a school counselor or equivalent with associated degrees and certifications (i.e. Ph.D or Psy. D in clinical/ school psychology and/or counseling). Experience with PK- 8 students in an independent school setting.
Extensive knowledge required in the area of child and adolescent development, behavioral problems and resolution, social perceptiveness (being aware of other’s reactions and understanding why they react the way they do), psychopathology, group dynamics and leadership. A thorough understanding of child development and empathy for struggling children, experience working with social-emotional aspects of child development, a strong desire to help children reach their full potential, and strict maintenance of professional ethics are essential. A working knowledge of both federal and state laws. Skills required include use of Microsoft Office, Google Suite and use of standard office equipment including telephones and computers. Abilities include active listening, formulating ideas, communicating clearly and effectively, problem sensitivity and oral, reading and written comprehension. A team player who is resilient, adaptable and reflective and able to hold highly confidential information is critical.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive with local independent schools