Lead School Psychologist
The school psychologist provides a broad array of psychological services including assessment, consultation, prevention and intervention, consistent with best practices and in accordance with policies and regulations of the School Board.* Conducts psychological evaluations to assess children's cognitive, social/emotional, and behavioral functioning and their educational needs; writes comprehensive psychological reports and holds parent conferences to discuss results
* Participates as an active member of the Pupil Services Student Support Team and the Child Study Committee to effect school-based interventions for general education students; assists children and youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities and provides counseling services for these students; attends eligibility meetings to assist in the determination that a child has a disability and needs special education services
* Consults and collaborates with school administration, instructional staff, and parents regarding the individual behavioral and academic needs of students using evidence-based approaches
* Assists in the implementation and provides coaching for the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program and provides consultative services using a Response to Intervention (RTI) approach for selected schools
* Provides crisis intervention in response to critical incidents using the National Association of School Psychologist's PREPaRE curriculum, presents the Depression Awareness/Suicide Prevention program to high school students, assists in conducting both threat assessments and suicide screenings, and assists with Restorative Practice conferences
* Performs other duties and accepts other responsibilities as assigned by the Supervisor or Director of Diagnostic and Prevention Services
* Must have or be eligible for a Virginia Pupil Personnel Services License with an endorsement in school psychology
* Specialist or doctoral degree in school psychology or a related discipline in child psychology
* Strong oral and written communication abilities and productive time management skills
* Leadership qualities and personal characteristics necessary to work effectively with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and colleagues
* Bilingual skills in Spanish strongly preferred
The school psychologist reports to the Supervisor of Diagnostic and Prevention Services.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to touch and hold objects or instruments and to type; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to see, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or bend, and may be required to lift up to approximately 15 pounds.
Itinerant travel is required, and the employee is frequently required to change locations and adapt to multiple environments across schools, offices and home visits. Ability to drive and navigate to multiple locations occasionally within a single day is required.