Punahou School celebrates the richness of its traditions as it embraces the responsibility to provide a relevant educational experience in a rapidly changing world. Punahou places students at the center of the curriculum, with the aim of authentic learning in a sequence and pace that is coherent and purposeful to the individual child. A Punahou education seeks to provide multiple pathways towards growth and success for each student through a broad and meaningful program of studies and through rich experiences for exploration, discovery and mastery. Working within a coherent curricular framework that promotes personalized, product-oriented, inquiry-based learning embedded in authentic, meaningful assessments, Punahou seeks to cultivate curious, confident, and self-directed students. We value the rich opportunities for teaching and learning that are inherent Hawaiian values and in the gift of “place” at Punahou. Our faculty attends to the social-emotional learning of our students via intentional opportunities to provide an environment and a range of learning experiences that educate our children for compassionate, moral, and ethical action at school, in our community, and in the world. Our teachers are agile learners themselves, demonstrating a growth mindset and a commitment to their continual professional development. Incoming teachers will join a dedicated and inspiring faculty whose ongoing reflection and renewal is supported by a schoolwide culture of collaboration and innovation.
The Psychologist, working in conjunction with the School Administrators, Faculty, Counselors and Specialists is responsible for providing a range of psychological services to students. The Psychologist will use his/her training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. Essential functions include:
Promote mental health.
Provide direction, guidance and assistance regarding the academic, social and emotional growth of students.
Provide expertise in interpreting psychological and psychoeducational reports.
Identify students’ individual strengths, challenges, skills, abilities and learning characteristics through a variety of assessment tools, and make recommendations to support success.
Coordinate developmentally appropriate prevention programs for students targeting social, academic and emotional readiness.
Promote best practices supporting the academic, social and emotional growth of students.
Create a network with community resources.
Support faculty in identifying factors influencing student learning efficiency and classroom behavior.
Collaborate with Student Support Teams on best intervention/solution practices, including case consultation.
Interpret and provide appropriate communication regarding report results and psychological findings, and make behavior management recommendations.
Communicate and partner with counselors to support students and their families as needed.
When required, assist in developing individual student action plans for students with exceptional or special learning needs.
Conduct interviews and short-term counseling of students, as is appropriate, when referred by the School counselor or principal.
Facilitate parent counseling and education.
Refer and follow up on student cases referred for outside School assistance (i.e. additional assessment, intervention and counseling not provided by the School).
Participate in a variety of orientation programs.
Respond and contribute to teams involving student welfare, child protection, and crisis management, including collaboration in developing best-practice protocols.
Conduct school-based risk assessments as needed
Engage with the administration in a committed effort to continually improve practice
Demonstrate commitment to personal continuous professional growth and development.
Develop and maintain effective working relationships.
Recognize and strengthen personal performance through self-analysis of actions, participating in professional development activities, exploring educational research, participating in professional organizations, and through formal renewal programs.
Commitment to collaboration and teaming within a professional learning community.
Position Details: Department: Junior School, Student Support Status: Full Time FLSA Status: Exempt Work Year: 2019-2020 Work Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Doctoral degree in Psychology.
Current Psychologist license in State of Hawaii.
Three (3) years of experience as a licensed Psychologist.
Five (5) years of experience as a licensed Psychologist preferred.
Three (3) years of recent experience working with child/adolescent population.
Proven skills in evaluation, intervention, communication, leadership, organization and consultation.
Familiarity with the interpretation of group standardized tests.
Knowledge of positive psychology and the implementation of positive supports.
Working knowledge of Federal and State professional regulations.
Awareness and sensitivity about cultural differences as they may relate to learning and behavior.
About Punahou School
Punahou School nurtures the individuality of each child within a vibrant K – 12 school community that celebrates diversity, inspires excellence and connects students for life.
Located in Honolulu, Hawai`i, Punahou is the largest coeducational, independent K – 12 school on a single campus in the United States. Students at Punahou have unparalleled opportunities to cultivate their unique interests and talents under the guidance of attentive and caring teachers. Rigorous academics, robust programs in athletics and the arts, and an array of co-curricular opportunities offer an integrated, 21st-century education for the whole child.
Students exemplify the diversity and strength of Hawai`i and reflect the School’s commitment to providing robust, need-based financial aid. When students graduate from Punahou, they join a network of 30,000 alumni spanning the globe. Beyond excellent scholars, the School seeks to develop engaged global citizens who can strengthen their communities.