Substitute Services - School Psychologist (General/Sign Language)

Philadelphia, PA, US
May 14, 2019
Substitute Services - School Psychologist (General/Sign Language)

School Based Support

Job Number: 4600124172

Start Date:

Open Date: 10/19/2016

Closing Date:

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The School District of Philadelphia is the cornerstone provider of public education in Philadelphia. For forward-thinking administrators and educators, opportunities abound. The 130,000 students entrusted to the District arrive at school every day with an extraordinary range of needs and aspirations. We are committed to delivering on their right to an excellent public school education, and we are particularly focused on ensuring every student has access to exceptional educational opportunities close to where they live. Equity is our mandate. Critical to this effort are leaders who are dedicated to expanding the opportunities available to children across our city. They must be creative and flexible leaders who are resilient and responsive in the face of many challenges as we strive to make all schools great. Will you join us?
Job Summary
Provides psychological services to students thought to be eligible for special education. Performs evaluations of the cognitive, academic and social-emotional development of students through the use of techniques such as non-biased testing, observation and clinical evaluation. Provides consultative services to school staff, parents and ancillary service providers for an assigned cluster of school within the School District of Philadelphia. Participates in the multi-disciplinary team process and individual educational programming activities for exceptional students. Assists regular education instructional staff in developing and implementing pre-assessment and informal intervention strategies for referred students.

Essential Functions
  • Conducts evaluations of referred students' cognitive, academic and social-emotional development in order to identify the exceptional student.
  • Administers psychological and educational tests to identify learning and/or behavioral differences in individual students.
  • Participates in the multi-disciplinary team process of student evaluations.
  • Assists in the development of the individual educational program by making placement, service and referral recommendations; follows-up on students' placement, adjustment and achievement by consulting with school staff, parents and outside service agencies.
  • Provides pre-intervention consulting services to regular education instructional staff.
  • Facilitates the development and implementation of informal intervention techniques.
  • Serves as a resource person to special education teachers and other professional/paraprofessional staff members engaged in the delivery of programs in the delivery of programs and services to special education students.
  • Participates in staff and family training activities.
  • Prepares and maintains case history records on individual students
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
For Both Specialties
Demonstrated knowledge of:
  • the basic principles of child and adolescent psychology and related behavioral sciences.
  • the application of psychology to individual and group behavior.
  • psychological techniques employed in the modification of human behavior.
  • the principles and techniques of administering, scoring and interpreting psychological and educational tests.
  • general referral techniques.
  • federal and state laws pertaining to the delivery of psychological services to school age children
Demonstrated ability to :
  • administer psychological and educational tests in an educational setting.
  • provide consultative services to teachers, students, and parents.
  • prepare clear and concise reports.
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
For Sign Language Specialty
Demonstrated knowledge of:
  • the diagnostic instruments and norms commonly used with hearing impaired students.
  • the effects of hearing impairment on the psychological development of children.
Demonstrated ability to :
  • proficiency in the use and understanding of American Sign Language.
  • communicate in English and American Sign Language.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Minimum Requirements
  • Masters degree program from an accredited college or university.
  • Four years of professional experience working in the field of child psychology.
  • Possession of a valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate to act as a School Psychologist.

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