Summary

Student Support Services | Psychologist | Minnesota Valley Education District (MVED) | Available: Until Filled

Description

Minnesota Valley Education District (MVED) is looking for a School Psychologist.

Job Summary:  

Provide direct and indirect psychological/behavioral services to students.  Provide individual and group counseling, behavioral observation, intervention strategies, consultation, and in-service presentations.  Assess students in order to determine eligibility for special education services or continuing need for special education services.  Ensure that proper procedures, methods, and timelines are followed in accordance with federal laws, Minnesota statutes, and other guidelines.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Identify and assess the learning, development, and mental health needs of individuals and groups, as well as environmental factors that affect learning.  Gather and interpret assessment data and develop integrated evaluation summary reports;

  • Identify needs and provide direct services to students in assigned schools;

  • Provide consultation to teachers, parents, administration, and other school personnel to plan strategies to assist with behavior and learning difficulties to improve achievement and school engagement.  Consult with instructors and parents to design Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and services to support the learning environment for increased educational benefit;

  • Review records and other information obtained from outside agencies, including medical, and translate diagnostic treatment information into educational and behavioral terms for school district teachers and other professionals;

  • Collaborate with social workers and behavioral and instructional personnel to assess and develop Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and Proactive Behavior Management Plans (PBMP), and document emergency and restrictive procedures to meet students’ needs and best practices.  Serve on the assessment team to identify disability (emotional/behavioral) of students;

  • Maintain student records and data for Third Party Reporting (TPR), as well as due process, according to MN law, IDEA, and school district policies and procedures;

  • Communicate effectively with students, parents, and other professionals on a regular basis.  Share pertinent information with parents and staff.  Establish and maintain positive relationships with students, parents, and staff.  Collaborate to provide training and professional development for department programs and assist with research as deemed appropriate;

  • Comply with due process requirements.  Participate in professional organizations, and continually seek to improve professional knowledge and skill.  Apply ethics and standards of professional practice in the delivery of school psychological services and observe relevant laws and policies that govern practice;

  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned;

  • Conduct educational assessments such as intelligence and academic achievement testing, functional behavioral assessments, social-emotional behavior rating, adaptive behavior scales, behavioral observations, and functional skills assessments.  Review files and interview staff and parents as components of the assessment process;

  • Conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and assist with the development of positive Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP).  Link assessment information to school-wide, classroom, or individual interventions.

  • Plan and develop education evaluation referrals with the IEP managers so that evaluations are comprehensive and include all the elements specified by the State of Minnesota.  Coordinate assessment summary report writing with the IEP managers.  Remind staff of when reevaluations, such as IEP assessments, are due;

  • Provide behavioral support and crisis interventions as needed;

  • Collaborate with community agencies and organizations in order to connect students with community resources.

Licensures, Certifications, and Other Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or doctorate degree in school psychology from an accredited college or university

  • Licensed by the Minnesota Department of Education as a School Psychologist

  • May be required to possess a current Minnesota Motor Vehicle Class D Operator License