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TITLE:  Elementary School Psychologist - Grades K-8       

REPORTS TO:  Director of Special Education

JOB GOAL:  Provides comprehensive school psychological services to students and families to enable

students to attain the fullest potential educational experience from school by promoting positive self 

esteem and resilience, and providing suggested methods and plans for overcoming mental health challenges.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conducts psychological assessments, testing and diagnostic examinations of students for the purpose of recommending courses of action or corrective procedures to maximize learning.
  • Serves as a resource and consultant on mental health and child psychology, including conducting in-service programs as requested.
  • Provides recommendations to school personnel for education remediation, special class eligibility determination, and behavioral intervention.
  • Facilitates and implements training for staff, parents, and community members on social decision making, behavioral, mental health, and academic goals.
  • Participates in RTI and other district wide interventions.
  • Assists families with designing their individual family service plan and refers them to appropriate services and agencies.
  • Participates in staffing and Individual Education Plan (IEP) and/or 504 conferences as relates to their direct students.
  • Facilitates a comprehensive continuum of support that promotes healthy positive youth development using the social emotional learning standards.
  • Keeps up-to-date on current research and practice referenced in the NASP (National Association of School Psychologist) Practice Model.
  • Assists with collecting and analyzing data regarding program participant outcomes, in the following priority areas: improving Tier 1 instructional practices, policies, and student outcomes.
  • Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research.
  • Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping regarding the services delivered.
  • Coordinates with other professional staff members to evaluate and assess the social and emotional curriculum, and participates in faculty meetings and committees.
  • Applies knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
  • Applies knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
  • Uses computer network system and software applications as needed.
  • Organizes and coordinates work efficiently.
  • Communicates effectively with students and parents.
  • Engages in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work. 
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned by the principal/assistant principal and other district office administrators as designated by the superintendent.
  • Adheres to a professional code of ethics which includes confidentiality of school related matters and loyalty to the school district.

Note: The above description is illustrative of most tasks and responsibilities.  It is not all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 190 days

EVALUATION:  Performed annually by the Director of Special Education.

Qualifications

  • Valid and appropriate Illinois licensure.
  • School Psychologist endorsement required.
  • Prior school experience preferred. 
  • Complete required professional development to retain certification.
  • Successful completion of fingerprint based criminal background check (IL State Police and FBI), sex offender and violent youth offender screening, and employment physical.

Salary/Benefits

Regionally competitive - actual salary, benefits, contractual terms and conditions will be set by the Board of Education.

Additional Notes

Central School District 51 is a PK-8 district with approximately 1,350 students enrolled.  We believe that a diverse and well-balanced curriculum gives students the opportunity to reach their greatest potential through active and engaging experiences.  This district focuses on providing a healthy, safe, fun, and accessible environment.  We believe in the value of a “Students First” philosophy that instills a passion for learning. For more on our strategies for student success, please see our strategic plan and illinois report card.

The district’s recent renovations and additions have enabled us to meet the needs of our students in various ways.  The newly completed construction project connecting the elementary and intermediate schools features:

  • 18,765 sf Band/Choir Art, and Primary Gym Addition
  • 18,870 sf 3rd & 4th Grade Addition
  • Expanded and updated student media commons at both CPS & CIS
  • Expansion of dining commons capacities at both CPS & CIS
  • Relocation of district and building administration at CIS including new secured entry sequence
  • Various renovation throughout CPS and CIS to create updated and expanded learning spaces
  • Expansion of classroom spaces to provide age appropriate learning spaces for all students K-8

Central School District 51 has a proud tradition as a school, largely because of the hard work, dedication, and professionalism of our staff. These same attributes will continue to help us carry out our mission established by the Board of Education –

“Encourage Excellence Every Day with Compassion, Commitment, and Community.”

Job Posting Date

11/20/2020

Application Deadline

12/13/2020

Start Date

8/9/2021