The School Psychologist must have a valid certificate in School Psychology as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Superintendent, Supervisor of Special Education or designee of the Superintendent will serve as the immediate supervisor of the School Psychologist.
To facilitate the process of developing a comprehensive evaluation report of the multidisciplinary team to determine student eligibility for special education and make recommendations for services.
1. Provides comprehensive evaluation report of referred children. In doing this, the psychologist shall:
a. Help establish procedures and priorities to initiate child study for purposes of instructional support. Work with principals, supervisors, and guidance counselors in establishing priorities for evaluation.
b. Encourage those making the referrals to include supportive information that permits more definitive diagnosis and recommendations.
c. Encourage the involvement of parents in reviewing the child’s achievement and general school adjustment before recommending the initiation of psychological evaluation of the child.
d. Check records to insure that all necessary forms for permission to evaluate have been obtained.
2. Design instructional assessment methods and procedures for conducting a diagnostic study of the child. This study shall evaluate the current psychological, instructional, behavioral, and educational functioning of the child by identifying strengths and weaknesses in learning potential and by assessing personality and social factors which affect the child’s learning and his personal and school adjustment. In making this study, the psychologist may use individual and group tests of abilities, personality, achievement, and special diagnostic test data for instructional assessments, observations, functional analysis or interviews with family and staff. The psychologist may make referrals for additional evaluation(s), provide for the review of school records for diagnostic purposes, and work with administrators and teachers in developing appropriate programs and services.
3. Provide Comprehensive Evaluation Report to determine eligibility and recommendations for services as mandated by IDEA and Chapters 14 and 342 of the Pennsylvania School Code.
4. Provide mandated reevaluation of children presently enrolled in special education programs as determined by the immediate supervisor.
5. Serve as team member for assigned IEP meetings for initial referrals and as designated by the immediate supervisor.
6. Provide consultation to special education program supervisors, special education teachers, regular education teachers, administrators, special education programs, as well as general education and community agencies.
a. Consult with child, parents, teachers, special education program supervisors, and other school personnel about the significance of diagnostic findings and recommending services.
b. Consult with the supervisor of special education and special education teachers in their preparation of individual education prescriptions to meet the needs of children. Consult with them also about children with learning/behavioral adjustment problems and help develop plans and procedures or assist in getting such help from other professionals or agencies.
c. Consult with teachers about teaching strategies, group process considerations, and classroom climate.
d. Use consultation opportunities with all school personnel to increase the possibilities that the exceptional child will be able to remain in the regular classroom or return to the regular classroom and be successful.
e. Use consultation opportunities with teachers, guidance counselors, principals, and other school personnel to increase the understanding of children’s problems.
7. Provide in-service and stimulate educational development in the following manner:
a. Make professional presentations to colleagues
b. Participate in in-service programs for special education and general education personnel
c. Participate in conferences or work with teams whose primary intent it is to improve services to children.
8. Maintain appropriate records of Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Evaluation Report as well as other services provided.
9. The school psychologist shall be expected to interact with the community and its agencies by:
a. Using the services of various agencies for referrals and consultation
b. Serving on boards of community agencies if requested
c. Providing information to agencies, with parental approval, when indicated
d. Providing supervision for school psychology interns from various universities
e. Attending CASSP meetings as well as discharge conferences for institutionalized students.
10. Participation in psychological and educational research by:
a. Initiating and conducting research activities related to special
b. Encouraging and helping to develop a research attitude toward psychological and educational problems.
c. Participating in research activities sponsored by the district
d. Helping other researchers from outside the district, usually representatives from colleges and universities
e. Helping to assure the ethical treatment of subjects
f. Encouraging the dissemination of pertinent research results and conclusions.
11. Perform any other duties or responsibilities assigned by the Superintendent or his designee.
Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on Evaluation of Professional Personnel.
POSITION SPECIFICATIONS: SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST
Frequent travel to school district offices, classrooms, regional offices, PDE Frequent walking throughout the buildings
Often sitting at desk for extended periods
Standing for limited periods of time
Moderate lifting from 15 to 30 pounds
Some carrying – up to 30 pounds
Manual dexterity to use office equipment
Repetitive movement of fingers and hands for keyboarding.
Visual acuity to read correspondence, computer screen
Auditory acuity to be able to use telephone, interview parents, teachers, student actively, participate in meetings/conferences
Ability to speak clearly and distinctly.
Generally school and office setting
Ability to work as facilitator and member of a multidisciplinary team
Must be courteous and able to effectively facilitate
Must be cooperative, congenial and service-oriented, and promote these qualities in the school district setting and community
Ability to work in an environment with frequent interruptions
Ability to follow written and verbal directions and give directions to others
Ability to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision
Ability to read, write and interpret Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Evaluation findings
Ability to use correct grammar, sentence structure and spelling
Ability to compose clear, concise sentences and paragraphs in organized format
Ability to organize work load to efficiently accomplish tasks
Ability to work independently and make work-related decisions
Ability to exercise good judgment in prioritizing tasks
Ability to communicate effectively at all organizational levels
NOTE: All abilities above must be at a professional management level, as
expected from the required educational level of the job (i.e. Bachelor’s, Master’s, and above) and the previous experience required.
Ability to administer, analyze, and report student psychoeducational assessment findings
Ability to use computer technology efficiently
Must appropriately handle confidential information
Ability to manage work load with varied changing, service demand
Ability to use AV equipment for group meetings, presentations…overheads, projectors, video equipment
Valid Driver’s License
PA School Psychologist Certificate
Position holder must have a friendly, helpful caring personality
Position holder has relatively unrestricted access to information for the school district and knowledge of special education regulations
The position specifications described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
100 days of service, extended over a twelve (12) month period with a two to three day schedule during school year.
Salary, work schedule and other conditions of employment in accordance with current school district salary schedule and applicable policies.
Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the applicable policies of the Northern Bedford County School District
Southern Fulton School District has an opening for a school psychologist. School Psychologist certification required. This would be a permanent, full-time position and serve the Central Fulton School District as well or a part-time position that would serve only, Southern Fulton School District with employment beginning at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Application and clearances can be obtained on our website. Send application, resume, three letters of reference, and clearances to Mary Ann Johnson, Southern Fulton School District, 3072 Great Cove Road, Warfordsburg, PA 17267, or email email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.