BROAD SCOPE OF POSITION: This position reports to the Director of Special Education, and is responsible for the psychological, educational, developmental, social, and emotional assessment of children, birth to age 21 who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing, and who may have other disabilities. This position will function as lead School Psychologist also responsible for providing School Psychology outreach services, coordination of RtI (Response to Intervention) and PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) efforts campus wide, providing written analysis of behavioral and critical incidents, and leading school wide professional trainings.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Performs work associated with the completion of psychological, educational, developmental, social, and emotional assessment of children who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing, and who may have other disabilities: development and monitoring of behavior management plans; crisis intervention as needed; participation in educational plan development (IEP & IFSP); counseling caseload of clients; case management; coordination of mental health services.
- Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the areas of task analysis, assessment, behavior management, functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention plans, organization / planning, parent relations and teamwork.
- Works as part of the education / diagnostics team responsible for identifying, monitoring, evaluating, developing, and implementing individual objectives for assigned students.
- Provides support in reviewing IEPs to ensure compliance with state and federal laws.
- Provides a summary of all critical incidents that occur during the school year with any suggestions for system changes as a result of the analysis.
- Provides on-going professional development in areas of child abuse reporting, and threat assessment as necessary.
- Provides direct individual counseling and teaches group social emotional lessons as needed.
- Utilizes appropriate communication skills with each student.
- Provides outreach services as assigned, which may include consultation, assessment, counseling, and the coordination of services with local district and agency personnel.
- Positively serves as a team member in the Student Services Department, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) as a whole; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required, counseling team meetings, and the school wide strategic planning process.
- Works as part of PBIS/MTSS teams responsible for assisting in data collection, team meetings, and diagnostic interpretation for academic and behavioral intervention planning.
- Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
- Participates in activities related to staff development and training/workshops as appropriate, including presentation of information regarding the social/emotional development of children who are Deaf/hard-of-hearing.
- Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.
- Specialist Degree in School Psychology, or Master’s Degree in Psychology from a regionally accredited college or university
- Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado as a Special Services Provider, endorsed as a School Psychologist (i.e., must achieve a passing score on the PRAXIS School Psychologist exam or hold valid National Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) certification
- Preferred: Three (3) years of successful experience in mental health assessment and service provision to children with sensory disabilities
- Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced (3+) skill level, as demonstrated by an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy/procedures
KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of and ability to apply current assessment theory and practices associated with students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing to a variety of settings
- Demonstrated knowledge of Colorado Special Education rules governing the identification and staffing of children with disabilities
- Knowledge of federal and state statutes and laws concerning educational programming, particularly as they apply to persons with disabilities.
- Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from CSDB.
- Ability to communicate effectively with students and staff who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing using a variety of communication modes
- Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback
- Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting
- Strong, positive interpersonal skills
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Full-time; scheduled to work the standard number of days in the academic year (as per established School Calendar, currently 200 days, August to June)
- The annual base salary shall be established pursuant to the Teacher Salary Schedule, and based upon appropriate education and experience
- Employment is at-will, with no actual, expressed or implied contract
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Selected applicants must verify experience / highest degree held.
- Direct deposit of paycheck is required.
- CSDB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
- Selected applicant must comply with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
- As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
- Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a background check, to include Colorado and Federal criminal history checks, “Trails” check (child abuse records), employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.