School Psychologist

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: School-based Support
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of 20 schools educating 7,300 students and employing 1,300 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to this mission.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to excellence, equity, and justice. We believe all students have the right to rigorous, relevant, and joyful learning experiences led by exceptionally talented and diverse educators who promote student achievement and a sense of belonging. We believe students and teachers best succeed when surrounded by an ecosystem of supports, including: a robust student support services team, school-based mental health practitioners, instructional and content-area coaches, and an instructional leadership team that fosters a staff culture that is ambitious, intentional, and full of joy.

Job Description

KIPP DC is looking for a dynamic, committed and flexible school psychologist to become part of a vibrant educational community. Our school psychologists administers, scores, and interprets psychological measures to support our students in the school setting. The school psychologist reports to the campus director of student support. 

 KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Evaluation Delivery: 40%

  • Provides core services including: prevention, consultation, intervention, and assessment. 
  • Services include, but are not limited to, conducting observations, collecting data, reviewing student records, conferring with teachers and parents, interviewing students, planning behavior interventions, and conducting in-services and professional development. These core services are adapted to the particular needs of each student, situation, and setting.
  • Routinely gathers evidence of positive outcomes resulting from psychological services delivered to students, school personnel, and parents.
  • Fulfills mandates of federal and state law and the expectations of the DCPS Board of Education and school system leadership.
  • Receives and reviews available developmental information from school and outside resources about student behavior(s) and selects evidence-supported or evidence-based psychological interventions.
  • Accurately administers, scores, and interprets psychological measures of intelligence, personality, behavior, achievement, adaptive functioning, and developmental maturity.
  • Delivers crisis response and intervention services to students, families and staff, when needed.

Stakeholder Management: 30%

  • Demonstrates positive, collaborative problem-solving orientation with students, parents and guardians, educators, administrators, community members, and colleagues.
  • Helps all stakeholders understand child development and how it affects student performance academically and social/emotionally.
  • Serves in a consultative role with designated personnel to offer prevention and intervention strategies related to learning and behavioral problems of students; and provides consultation on an on-going basis to teachers, parents, and other school personnel to resolve students’ learning and behavioral problems.
  • Provides oversight to social workers and supports them in writing functional behavior assessments, developing behavior intervention plans, and tracking student responses to the behavior interventions.
  • Assists in identifying needed community resources for students and makes appropriate referrals to resources to facilitate educational and behavioral interventions recommended for student success.
  • Participates in hearings and due process proceedings, as needed.
  • Participates in disciplinary proceedings: expulsions, manifestations, and causation meetings.
  • Participates in IEP meetings to communicate the results of psychological assessments to members of the team in parent friendly language.

School and Community Support: 30%

  • Demonstrates strong pedagogical content knowledge
  • Implements the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
  • Exhibits positive rapport with students
  • Creates and fosters a positive learning environment
  • Establishes and maintains strong communication lines with all parents
  • Available for Open Houses, Parent-Teacher Conferences and other events involving parents outside of normal operating hours

Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in School Psychology, Educational or Clinical Psychology from an accredited institution, to include forty-two (42) semester hours of graduate level coursework and five hundred (500) clock hours of satisfactory field experience in a PreK through 12 school setting under the supervision of a certified school psychologist. See DCMR 1659.1 for additional details regarding required graduate level coursework.
  • Certification as a School Psychologist by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
  • Commitment to working with students with limited access to quality educational opportunities (Required)
  • At least two years of experience as a school psychologist (Preferred)
  • Experience working in an urban public school (Preferred)
  • Pass a criminal background check, as required by law

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits:

  • KIPP DC offers its employees competitive rates for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. KIPP DC’s plans include options for Health Savings Accounts, Flex Spending Accounts, and access to OneMedical.
  • KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after three years.
  • All employees who use public transit are eligible for pre-tax deductions for transportation costs through a partnership with WMATA
  • Staff are provided with a laptop computer for work and access to a discounted cell phone plan for staff/student/parent calls.
  • KIPP DC has various support programs in place during the pandemic, including extended sick leave and robust health and safety protocols and training programs

Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit https://www.kippdc.org/join-our-team/apply-now/. For questions or issues with your application, please contact [email protected]

KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law), religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), marital status (including domestic partnership status), genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, personal appearance, veteran status, uniform service member status, status of being unemployed, status of victim a survivor of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking, matriculation or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law. 

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KIPP DC requires all staff to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or obtain an approval for exemption due to medical or religious reasons by November 1, 2021 or start of employment, whichever is later. 

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