School Psychologist @ Washburn Rural Middle School

  • 5620 SW 61st St, Topeka, KS 66619, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 is a district consisting of 128 square miles of suburban and rural areas in southwest Topeka and Shawnee county. Presently, we have 13 total attendance centers — one early childhood center, seven elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and two alternative learning centers.

Our schools reflect the commitment to excellence within our community. Above all, we strive for every student to succeed. If academic achievement and student body growth are indicators of success, we are reaching our goal. We consistently rank among the leaders in a variety of test scores including the ACT and SAT, as well as in National Merit Scholarships.

Job Description

Job Title: Psychologist 

Reports To: Principal and Director of Student Services


The psychologist promotes the student’s sense of self, treats any psychological or mental health problems, and evaluates student needs, abilities, and skills.

The psychologist is responsible for planning and implementing the goals of the Individual Education Plan (IEP.)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • · Systematically collects information to identify strengths and needs of students and uses the information to make decisions and for the selection of services
  • · Collects data on individual students, families, educational and health programs, classroom environments, and so forth
  • · Evaluates the components of environments that facilitate or impede learning or behavioral changes and identifies how environmental factors and children’s characteristics interact to affect academics and social/behavioral outcomes
  • · Incorporates knowledge of diversity when designing and implementing academic and social/behavioral interventions
  • · Assists staff in identifying what is needed for students to succeed and which instructional or other modifications are required to address children’s difficulties
  • · Assists staff in designing, implementing, and evaluating policies and practices in areas such as discipline, problem-solving, instructional support, staff training, program evaluation, transition plans, grading, retention, and home-school partnerships
  • · Facilitates decision-making and collaboration and fosters a commitment to quality, effective services for all children and families
  • · Assists in the development of policies and procedures to promote safe and violence free schools
  • · Possesses positive interpersonal skills
  • · Presents and disseminates information to diverse audiences
  • · Facilitates team meetings
  • · Uses effective conflict-resolution strategies
  • · Is knowledgeable of current research and effective data-driven decision-making and problem-solving processes
  • · Is knowledgeable of various psychological and educational assessment methods
  • · Is knowledgeable of methods that link assessment results with intervention
  • · Identifies and recognizes behaviors that are precursors to academic, behavioral, and serious personal difficulties
  • · Collaborates with school personnel, parents, and the community in the aftermath of crises
  • · Routinely accesses resources to address behavioral, learning, mental, and physical problems
  • · Routinely integrates a variety of informal and formal assessments into instruction
  • · Uses data to design, implement, and evaluate effective direct and indirect intervention services
  • · Maintains up-to-date records
  • · Administers, scores, and interprets individual tests of cognition, achievement, and social or emotional development
  • · Assists parents and other adult caregivers with the development and implementation of behavior change programs
  • · Incorporates appropriate strategies when developing intervention programs that facilitate successful transitions of children from one environment to another environment
  • · Provides consultation, behavior assessment and interventions, and counseling services
  • · Develops methodologies, such as conflict resolution and social problem-solving/decision-making approaches, that assist teachers and families in teaching pro-social behavior
  • · Assists children in developing behaviors that support effective learning
  • · Helps staff develop appropriate cognitive and academic goals for children
  • · Follows due process guidelines in all decisions affecting students
  • · Maintains confidential records of evaluations and assessments
  • · Supervises pupils in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day
  • · Oversees assigned budgets
  • · Supports the District’s educational mission for all students and implements all Board regulations and policies in a fair and equitable manner
  • · Performs other tasks and assumes other responsibilities as the superintendent or designee may assign


Staff members designated by the Board of Education, superintendent, or immediate supervisor

Start Date: August 4, 2020


Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Degree in Psychology from an accredited program required
  • Certification by Kansas State Department of Education in School Psychology required

Education and/or Experience

  • Experience in direct services to children, adolescents, and families in outpatient/inpatient or school settings preferred.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general educational reports, professional journals, technical procedures, and regulations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups and individuals. Ability to write clearly; keep detailed records; effectively produce reports, letters, and memoranda; and to carry out complex tasks. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form.

Mathematical Skills

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.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and to deal with a variety of variables. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Professional Conduct

Employee is required to maintain a high standard of professional conduct. Breach of said professional conduct includes, but is not limited to: neglect of duty, dishonesty, engagement in acts that are contrary to district policy, unlawful activities, or any other conduct which is seriously prejudicial to the school system.

Physical 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee is required to interact with staff and to meet demands from several people. The employee is responsible for the work output of others. On occasion, the employee may be required to work extended hours.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate


Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Auburn-Washburn Board of Education policies

Terms of Employment

Salary and work year to be established by the Auburn-Washburn Board of Education

Additional Information

Must be special education endorsed. Auburn-Washburn USD 437 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Auburn-Washburn USD 437 complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Auburn-Washburn USD 437 expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Auburn-Washburn USD 437’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.