School Psychologist – Full time and Part time available

Location
Chicago, Illinois
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 19, 2019
Job Type
Full-Time, Part-Time

Our mission is to provide children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. LEARN Charter School Network is a high performing network of college preparatory, tuition-free public elementary and middle schools that serve Chicago, Waukegan, and North Chicago children.

There are 10 LEARN Schools serving 4,100 students in grades PK-8 across Chicago, Waukegan, and North Chicago.

Background:

LEARN is a network of high performing college preparatory, tuition-free public elementary and middle schools that serve children. There are 10 LEARN Schools serving 4,100 students in grades PK-8 across Chicago, Waukegan, and North Chicago.

LEARN and our amazing educators, have received numerous recognitions for making an impact in public education, including the 2018 Chicago Magazine's Top Elementary Charter Schools and the 2018 Illinois Network of Charter Schools Principal of the Year Award.

LEARN's mission remains crystal clear: to provide children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. LEARN is currently looking for hard-working and passionate professionals that are dedicated to transforming public education. 

Purpose:

The School Psychologist who will support students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. Through educator, parent and other professional collaboration, the school psychologist will help create a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment that strengthen connections between home, school and the community for all students.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

 INTERVENTION (GENERAL EDUCATION and SPECIAL EDUCATION):

  • Collaborate with teachers, parents and administrators to find effective solutions to academic and behavioral struggles
  • Has background in Response to Intervention  and the Problem-Solving Mode
  • Conduct classroom observations to gather information and provide recommendations
  • Participate on Problem-Solving Committees and/or other Student Support Committees
  • Participate in the development, management, and implementation of behavior plans as well as in the completion of Functional Behavioral Analysis and Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Participate in functional behavior analysis for Manifestation Determination for suspension

ASSESSMENT:

  • Screen and evaluate referred children using:
  1. Standardized, appropriate instruments
  2. Curriculum-based measurements and authentic, classroom-based assessments technique
  3. Review of student progress and response to targeted intervention
  4. Observations and appropriate clinical evaluation
  5. Write reports which state the evaluation findings and provide educational program recommendation
  6. Participate as a member of the IEP team contributing evaluation findings and collaborating on the student's educational plan
  7. Participate in 504 meetings and implementation when appropriate

SPECIAL EDUCATION:

Participate in IEP meetings with teachers, parents, and staff regarding outcomes and recommendations

Advise school administrators, school staff, and program specialists on application of federal and state laws in the assessment process

COUNSELING:

  • Conduct individual, group, and crisis counseling as determined by IEP or preventative services
  • Coordinate with other agencies to provide liaison and consulting services regarding psychological, mental health, and behavioral issues
  • Communicate with and refers to outside agencies, hospitals, or clinics when appropriate
  • Provide crisis intervention and support services when the school community has been impacted by evens such as suicide, death, assaults, school violence or other catastrophes

OTHER ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Facilitate growth of the district's RTI processes and procedures
  • Provide professional development to teachers, administrators, and parents on a broad range of topics related to development of school psychological services
  • Demonstrate strong leadership in coordinating student services
  • Along with the social worker, provides and develops liaison between home and school

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND DUTIES:

  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Work independently with little direction
  • Maintain current knowledge and technological advances in the field
  • Relate sensitively to a diverse student and parent population
  • Prepare and maintains confidential records and files
  • Adhere to District, State and Federal guidelines
  • Complete all tasks promptly and efficiently

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree or higher in psychology or educational psychology
  • Valid Illinois School Psychologist Licensure
  • At least three (3) years of school-based experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics

  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications, databases, and intranet and internet usage
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Ability to express self effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Experience in development and implementation procedures
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects, adhering to strict timelines
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Comfortable interacting with internal and external customers
  • Ability to defuse situation and get other organized to meet project expectations
  • High degree of initiative and independent judgment
  • Ability to tactfully and effectively deal with public and staff in a personable and professional manner
  • Maintains a high level of energy and a consistent positive attitude
  • Excellent people and leadership skills, with an ability to coach, motivate and develop
  • Collaborative, team player with superior interpersonal skills
  • The School Psychologist should be able to demonstrate cultural sensitivity

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations

  • Valid Illinois School Psychologist Licensure

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bilingual preferred

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of LEARN Charter School Network.  Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder's responsibility.