School psychologists work with school teams to support and evaluate students with significant academic, behavioral and/or social-emotional problems. School psychologists provide services to students, teachers, and/or parents through classroom consultation and short-term counseling. School psychologists provide professional resources for Anchorage School District personnel and work with school teams to develop academic and behavioral interventions to assist with crisis intervention/prevention and provide suicide awareness and grief counseling. This position reports to and is evaluated by Related Services.
The annual salary for this position is $54,086 - $78,258, depending on education and experience. The work year is 182 days. We are currently offering a hiring incentive of an extra 6% on the annual salary.
The following are required:
- A master's degree in school psychology.
- A valid Alaska type C special services certificate with an endorsement for school psychologist.
The following are preferred:
- Evidence of experience working with special education students.
- Experience working collaboratively to support the Individual Education Plan (IEP) needs of special education student(s) in a public school setting.
- Experience or evidence of the ability to perform the following:
- Conduct functional behavior assessments.
- Conduct threat and self-injurious behavior assessments and participates as a member of school-based crisis response teams.
- Read, analyze, and interpret professional periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
- Use technology to efficiently manage work tasks including record keeping, report writing, communication and research.
- Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators, students, teachers, and the general public.
- Knowledge of the following programs or instructional methods:
- Manifestation Determinations, 504 Plans, Individual Education Plans, accommodation plans, and threat assessment.
- Response to Instruction (RTI).
- Regular education curriculum & appropriate curriculum adaptations.
- Intervention framework and practices.
Essential Job Functions
- Evaluates students ages 3 through 21 by gathering information to determine educational needs.
- Administers, scores, and interprets a variety of individual psychological tests and progress monitoring measures.
- Interprets the results of tests and/or observations in a meaningful fashion.
- Communicates results of evaluations meaningfully to those who will be directly helping the student.
- Works collaboratively with teachers, parents and principals to identify priority learning and behavioral objectives for pupils.
- Knows and recommends remedial techniques for identified student problems.
- Demonstrates adequate knowledge of existing laws, regulations and court decisions, which will ensure due process for all students.
- Assists in the identification of children whose needs may require help beyond that available within the regular school.
- Serves as an effective liaison between school and community by making referrals to outside agencies.
- Assists in the development of appropriate behavioral patterns and attitudes through individual and group counseling activities.
- Assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of school and classroom-based interventions designed to remediate learning/behavior problems.
- Assists parents in individual or group meetings to develop appropriate behavioral/academic expectations for their children.
- Participates in and provides in-service trainings.
- Works collaboratively with school-based multidisciplinary teams to identify and address student's learning and/or behavior problems.
- Consults effectively with parents, teachers and administrators.
- Writes assessment reports, which conform to Psychology Department standards and completes them within established time lines.
- Maintains case notes regarding conferences with parents and school personnel.
- Maintains an accurate log of daily location(s) with secretarial staff.
- Adheres to professional ethical standards as established by the National Association of School Psychologists.
- Participates in pre-referral teams, MD teams, and IEP teams for student screening, diagnosis, eligibility & intervention.
- Actively participates in administrative meetings arranged by the department.
- Supervises paraprofessionals, teaching assistants and interns.
The Anchorage School District is an equal employment opportunity employer.