Uplift Education -
Uplift's mission is to create and sustain public schools of excellence that empower each student to reach their highest potential in college and the global marketplace and that inspire in students a life-long love of learning, achievement, and service in order to positively change their world.
The Licensed Specialist in School Psychology provides an array of psychological services to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and other school personnel in the general and special education settings, and may provide internship training and staff development as requested. This individual will implement the Special Education appraisal process, evaluate the educational, learning styles and program needs of students referred for Special Education services. Furthermore, provide diagnostic information and work cooperatively with instructional personnel to provide the most appropriate programs for students with disabilities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Perform all initial and three-year psychological and/or autism evaluations for students on assigned campus/campuses which includes selecting and administrating formal/informal evaluations to determine student eligibility for Special Education services according to federal and state regulations within timelines
Complete Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE), FBA and BIP reports in accordance with state regulations and professional standards
Collect and organize relevant evaluation data from student’s cumulative folder, classroom teachers, principal, support-staff, parents and outside resources
Attend ARD Committee meetings to interpret test results and develop appropriate instructional strategies to meet students’ educational needs
Schedule and conduct ARD Committee meetings to review initial placements, three-year re-evaluations, develop/modify BIP or conduct Manifestation Determinations within timelines
Compile, maintain and file all reports, ARD Committee meeting paperwork, records and other documents required for compliance with state and federal statute
Assist classroom teachers and administrators with implementation of IEP and BIP
Review/accept evaluation reports perform re-evaluations for transfer students within the 30-day timeline
Stay abreast of current and emerging professional trends and developments affecting school psychology, and recommend modifications that will improve performance
This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Master’s or Doctoral Degree in School/Education Psychology from an accredited college or university. Valid Texas license as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology granted by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and one (1) year experience or internship in a school setting is preferred.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in Microsoft Office applications including advanced features of Excel, possess the ability to use basic office equipment and the ability to learn and use other software as necessary.
To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to read, analyze, and apply common sense understanding and to carry out instructions in written or oral form and be able to set priorities. This individual must possess the ability to communicate with all levels of personnel, students, and parents.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.
Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
PHYSICAL / MENTAL DEMANDS
The physical demands 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.
Employee must be able to maintain emotional control under stress. Occasional prolonged and irregular hours will be necessary.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to feel, touch and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and use stairs. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. An individual must also possess the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. An individual must also possess the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
The work environment is representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The environment requires close proximity to other employees, frequent interruptions, extended periods of time viewing a computer screen, and noise levels from moderate to high. There may be activity from other employees and students of a distracting nature.
Criminal records check, pre-hire and annually thereafter, if applicable. Must be eligible to work in the United States and provide work authorization.
MODIFICATION OF DUTIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Uplift Education retains the right to change and/or modify the duties and essential functions of this position at any time. This job description is not intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee.
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