School Psychologist/Behavior Specialist Coordinator for the 2019/2020 School Year

  • Position Type:
    Certified-Elementary/ School Psychologist

  • Date Posted:
    5/10/2019

  • Location:
    Esperero Canyon Middle School

  • Date Available:
    07/29/2019

  • Closing Date:
    Open until Filled

  • School Psychologist/Behavior Specialist Coordinator , (*.875 FTE/35 hours per week), for the 2019-2020 school year

    To be based at Esperero Canyon Middle School (will also serve students throughout the District as Behavior Specialist Coordinator)

    *schedule is pending and may require 40 hours per week (full-time schedule)

    Minimum Required Qualifications for School Psychologist:
    • Master's degree in Psychology or Educational Psychology
    • Current Arizona School Psychologist certificate from the Arizona Department of Education to practice as a School Psychologist (must also have a Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement)
    • Valid Arizona Driver's license and clear driving record
    Our School Psychologists work under the administrative direction of the Director of Student Services, performing work of considerable difficulty developing psychological assessments of students and developing and implementing intervention and treatment plans.

    Essential Functions: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a complete listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this job class.)

    Tasks:
    • Administer psychological and educational tests and other assessments to students and interpret results;
    • Observe children in classroom settings and assess psychological needs;
    • Interview teachers, parents and students and gather information about child behavior and conditions related to learning;
    • Interpret and integrate data and develop school programs to meet the special needs of students;
    • Consult with parents, teachers and other staff members in developing and implementing plans;
    • Plan and deliver a program of psychological services, including counseling for children, parents and teachers;
    • Conduct interventions, individual counseling and group therapy sessions;
    • Prepare case summary reports and federally and state mandated reports;
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.
    Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics:
    • Knowledge of state and local laws and CFSD rules and regulations regarding psychological assessment of students
    • Knowledge of psychological testing and protocols
    • Knowledge of psychological counseling principles, practices and theories
    • Skill in assessing psychological needs and developing and implementing treatment plans
    • Skill in delivering psychological counseling
    • Skill in communicating effectively, orally and in writing
    • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, administrators, students, parents and medical professionals
    Our Behavior Specialist Coordinator works under the general supervision of the Director of Special Services, performing work of considerable difficulty, developing, coordinating, and delivering the district's behavior modification and social/emotional programs.

    The Behavioral Specialist Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the district program to support students' social/emotional skill development. The Behavior Specialist Coordinator is responsible for conducting indirect and direct assessment of behaviors to develop social/emotional support programs, individualized behavior support plans, and Functional Behavior Assessments. The Behavior Specialist Coordinator is responsible for providing consultation and training to others in the use of behavioral intervention strategies. The Behavioral Specialist Coordinator is also responsible for the implementation of plans developed by IEP teams in conjunction with the school psychologists and/or behavior analyst. The Behavior Specialist Coordinator will collaborate with district staff and outside personnel to provide educational opportunities for students with social/emotional/behavioral needs.

    Essential Functions: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a complete listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this job class.)
    • Maintains, evaluates, and improves the district social/emotional program
    • Conducts indirect assessments to identify targets for behavior change and obtain information that directs further assessment
    • Conduct direct assessments and analyze data to assist in developing Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence tables and complete Functional Behavior Assessments
    • Assist in developing data collection materials for assessment purposes
    • Assist in developing behavior intervention plans using strategies that support identified functions of behavior and established hypotheses
    • Provide consultation to Student Study Teams and Child Study Teams regarding behavior intervention strategies
    • Attend Student Study Team meetings, as requested, and Child Study Team meetings for assigned caseload, or as requested by supervisor
    • Participates in team meetings or attends other meetings as appropriate, or as requested by supervisor
    • Conduct on-site and off-site training to staff on how to implement strategies outlined in the Functional Behavior Assessment
    • Participate in follow up Functional Behavior Assessment trainings when necessary, or as requested by supervisor
    • Completes all training required to uphold certification, or as requested by supervisor
    • Submit completed Functional Behavior Assessments to supervisor for review
    • Complete any materials associated with the strategies outlined in the Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans, and provide to Student Study and Child Study teams
    • Supports teachers of students with social/emotional needs, and provides appropriate professional development and support
    • Assists school administrators, teachers, and other staff in implementing Behavior Intervention Plans
    • Communicates with the parents of students with social/emotional needs
    • Completes progress reports using Synergy SE for students with social/emotional goals developed and monitored by the Behavior Specialist Coordinator
    • Maintains adherence to schedule approved by supervisor, as applicable to position. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule that may include late afternoon/early evenings for appropriate delivery of services and attendance at necessary meetings and trainings.
    Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics:
    • Knowledge of:
      • federal, state, and CFSD guidelines regarding IEP programs.
      • positive behavioral intervention techniques.
      • current methodologies, communication systems, and intensive data driven programs related to students with behavior problems.
      • problems and concerns of students with special needs.
      • theory and concerns of students with special needs.
      • theory and techniques of behavior modification.
      • instructional methods and techniques.
      • curriculum, goals, and objectives of the department.
      • report writing techniques.
      • correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
      • principles of training and providing work direction.
    • Skill in communicating effectively, orally, and in writing.
    • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office.
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Ability to:
      • work cooperatively, effectively, and respectfully with staff, parents, and students from diverse backgrounds.
      • develop and implement effective Behavioral Intervention Plans, including data collection and program development.
      • assess student skill areas and behavioral challenges.
      • understand and relate to children with special needs.
      • implement various communication systems and appropriate methodologies.
      • provide staff training and lesson progression consultation.
      • analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
      • work independently with little direction.
      • meet schedules and timelines.
    Minimum Required Qualifications for Behavior Specialist Coordinator:
    • Master's Degree (required) in School Psychology or a related field, including six to nine units in the Applied Behavior Sciences, specialized training in managing aggressive and noncompliant behavior
    • Minimum of three years of work experience in education and/or mental health
    • Current Arizona School Psychologist certificate
    • Valid Arizona Driver's license and clear driving record
    • Thorough knowledge of federal and state special education laws
    • Thorough understanding of inclusive education and differentiated instruction
    • Must possess understanding of behavior management techniques and methods
    • Requires the ability to work with teachers, parents, coaches, sponsors, and students in a variety of situations and work effectively in a team-oriented school
    • Must possess the ability to identify professional development strategies that will positively impact teachers' professional growth and student achievement
    • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to work cooperatively, effectively, and respectfully with staff, parents, and students from diverse backgrounds.

    Computer Proficiency: Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint & Word, and specialized IEP software

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