AIM Academy, a school driven to provide extraordinary educational opportunities for students who learn differently, is seeking qualified, experienced candidates for a full-time, 10-month position of School Psychologist for the Middle School Division, beginning August 2019. Since its launch in 2006, AIM has become one of the fastest growing private schools and teacher-training centers in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Middle School Psychologist is a key position at AIM and is ideal for the person who is passionate about improving education for children with learning differences. Candidates must also demonstrate an appreciation, sensitivity, and respect for a diverse educational environment. AIM has always celebrated differences and was founded on the principles of shedding labels and breaking down artificial barriers. At our core, we are dedicated to building and sustaining equity by actively embracing diversity in our community. Our approach to the critical work of equity and inclusion is driven by our values of respect, unity, and empathy. We embrace all forms of identity including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and class, faith and belief, age, ability, learning differences, and the broad range of human experiences and perspectives.
Key Responsibilities Include:
The Middle School Psychologist serves and collaborates with students in grades 6 through 8, parents, faculty, staff and administration; providing guidance and leadership as adults work with students who have specific learning needs, and works directly with students to help them understand their learning strengths and weaknesses.
The School Psychologist has shared responsibility for programmatic recommendations and decision making regarding students' educational, social, emotional, and behavioral needs.
Provides short-term counseling to students and consultation to parents, faculty, and staff.
Working as a member of the Middle School Student Support Team, consults on and supports interventions, and communicates with parents and outside clinicians as needed to facilitate success in school.
The School Psychologist provides formal and informal training for staff and parents, and psychoeducational programming in the classroom directly with students.
Doctoral or Masters Degree in School Psychology or Counseling/Clinical Psychology
PA School Psychology Certification is required
Masters (MEd.), Educational Specialist (EdS) or doctoral degree (EdD, PhD) in school psychology from a NASP- and/or APA-accredited program is preferred
Minimum of 5 years experience in an educational setting working with children and adolescents with language-based learning disabilities and/or ADHD.
Minimum of 3 years experience with a diverse middle school student population
Strong cultural competency skills: ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures and diverse backgrounds
Keen interest in exploring the latest research in learning disabilities, innovative practice, and a desire for continued professional growth
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Entrepreneurial spirit and approach – must enjoy a fast-paced environment
Exceptional interpersonal skills including excellence in collaboration
Knowledge and depth of experience in psychological/diagnostic testing, psychotherapy, professional ethics, clinical procedures, and psycho-educational programming
Strong work ethic, attendance, and punctuality
Candidates who meet these criteria should send resume, cover letter, and references to Grace Ashton, Ph.D., Assistant Head of School: email@example.com
About AIM Academy
AIM Academy is an independent co-educational college prep school serving bright students with language-based learning differences in grades 1-12. AIM was founded in 2006 and moved to its current location in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania in 2012.