Glendale Elementary School District #40

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Psychologist (2017-18 SY)

at Glendale Elementary School District #40

Posted: 9/21/2017
Job Reference #: 002503

Job Description

POSTING DATE:  12/02/2016
POSITION:  Psychologist (2017-18 SY)

The school psychologist is responsible for assisting children who experience certain physical, mental, academic, social, and emotional difficulties to receive benefit from their educational experiences.  The psychologist works closely with teachers, parents, and/or guardians, administrators, and other staff to establish interventions which support the healthy development of children and the strengthening of families.  Assistance around prevention and early intervention, assessment and treatment, program development and evaluation, and advocacy are among the major activities of the school psychologist.



  1. Must be certified as a school psychologist by the Arizona State Department of Education.

  2. Completion of a NASP approved graduate program.


  1. Doctorate or advance degree in School Psychology, with school experience.



1.0 General Responsibilities

1.1 Provide expertise to district staff in ways the knowledge and skills of psychology can impact positively on the educational experiences of students of all ages.

a. Share research and information with school personnel and parents in such areas as child development, learning strategies, conflict resolution, interpersonal and group development, various best practices affecting student performance.

b. Participate on committees and groups addressing issues relevant to meeting educational and behavioral health needs of students and families.

c. Work with others to develop and implement services and programs which support the success of students at risk for educational difficulties.

d. Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to promote and to coordinate more comprehensive services for students and families.

1.2 Provide expertise to district staff in ways the knowledge and skills of psychology can impact positively on the educational experiences of students of all ages.

a. Work with school staff to develop a building level process for addressing concerns about concerns about student from staff and parents.

b. Support development of pre-referral and early intervention procedures for students identified as being likely to experience educational failure.

c. Lend support around the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of school wide services, such as contained in the School Action Plans.

d. Conduct assessments for students referred for comprehensive psycho educational evaluation in compliance with special education state rules and regulations.

1.) Collect information through observation, interview, and review which may be pertinent to educational history, background, medical records, developmental information, and assessment team findings.

2.) Select and utilize appropriate individual assessment techniques which will assist in addressing referral questions, the determination of requested classification decisions, and in the identification of appropriate intervention strategies.

3.) Prepare psychoeducational reports to summarize findings, interpret data, and offer recommendations for intervention.

1.3 Assists school staff in the identification and implementation of various strategies for supporting the achievement and adjustment of students.

a. Consult with parents, teachers and administrative staff, outside agencies and other appropriate professionals.

b. Identify and assist in referring to school and community resources to meet the needs of students.

c. Inservice school staff and parents to assist and inform them in issues regarding academic, behavioral, and emotional needs of students.

d. Develop procedures to share successful intervention strategies for students with school stuff.

e. Provide crisis intervention and short-term counseling services.

f. Support school staff in the development of effective classroom management strategies.

1.4 As appropriate, function as team facilitator and coordinator for special education services at each assigned school and program.

a. Provide expertise and direction for special education staff in ethical, educational, and compliance issues.

b. Assist special education staff in ensuring that IEPs are implemented, reviewed, and progress monitored.

c. Provide support to facilitate that IEPs are met for students receiving services in district and in out-of-district placement.

1.5 Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.

2.0 Professional Responsibilities

2.1 Adhere to the ethics of the Arizona Association of School Psychologists and as established by the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists.

2.2 Attend workshops, conferences, and other professional experiences to enhance professional growth.

2.3 Develop, utilize, and maintain existing screening, referral, staffing and evaluation procedures, and records in conjunction with state and federal laws, and district practices.

2.4 Maintain knowledge of developments in the field and assist in the application research in the classroom, school and district.

2.5 Provide collegial support in areas of performance responsibilities.

2.6 be knowledgeable about the Mission, Student Outcomes, Belief Statements, and other documents relevant to the district's philosophy and practices.


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