Psychologist 2018-19 SY | Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

About Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter school organization in Los Angeles, serving nearly 13,000 low-income scholars across 25 free public middle and high schools on 28 campuses. In our 14th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though our scholars come to Alliance on average four grade-levels behind in reading, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 77% to a four-year university in 2017. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. We also value our people, illustrated by being in the top 10% of Gallup’s global Best Place to Work survey. Now is the time to join our collaborative community to make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.

About the Opportunity

The School Psychologist will provide a full range of psychological services, including testing, counseling and consulting to assist in meeting the social, emotional and educational needs of general and special education students. The School Psychologist will administer and interpret psychological assessments; provide recommendations regarding the evaluation and placement of students; consult with teachers, administrators, specialists, agencies and parents; coordinate behavior management programs; and perform related duties as assigned.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide psycho-educational assessments, including but not limited to Initial Evaluation, Triennial Evaluation, Manifestation Determination, Functional Analysis, Socio-Emotional Evaluation, and others as needed.
  • Actively participate and facilitate Individualized Educational Program (IEP) meetings; interpret results of psycho-educational assessment; work as part of a team to determine special education eligibility and make program recommendations.
  • Develop student goals and objectives.
  • Write coherent and comprehensive individual behavior support plans.  
  • Serve as a Behavior Intervention Case Manager (BICM) for designated special education students under the 1994 Hughes Bill, mandating “Positive Behavior Intervention” plans
  • Act as liaison between public and private agencies and county programs
  • Collaborate with school staff around RTI implementation, Student Study Team meetings, and Crisis planning.
  • Consult with parents, teachers, and other staff regarding any accommodations needed for a specific student.
  • Maintain data on students, including present levels of performance and intervention strategies.
  • Establish and monitor necessary caseloads, work with schools and other staff to plan assessments and meetings. Submit records, reports, and assignments promptly and efficiently.
  • Develop, coordinate and provide in-service training to staff, parents and agency personnel.
  • Supervise Psychology interns as necessary.
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned by Director of Special Education & Student Services.   

The Strongest Candidates Have/Will Be: 

  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and procedures, codes, regulations and requirements pertaining to areas of assigned responsibility for special education
  • Knowledge of psychological and educational techniques, tests, materials, methods, theories and trends in assessing and identifying student learning and behavior characteristics
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, methods and strategies applicable to special education curriculum development and strategies for implementation
  • Ability to elect appropriate assessment instruments and methods of assessment
  • Counsel students in individual and group situations
  • Write coherent and comprehensive psychological reports
  • Establish effective working relationships with staff, district personnel, other agencies and the public.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to work independently at a high level of professionalism.
  • Ability to learn quickly and effectively function in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team
  • Flexible, optimistic approach, and comfort with change and ambiguity

  • Belief in and alignment with Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy, and a passion for improving urban public education
  • Understanding of the nuances of urban school environments and school culture 

Qualifications

  • MA/MS degree in Educational Psychology or related field.
  • Possess a valid California Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) with an authorization in School Psychology
  • Experience in crisis prevention and intervention required.

Compensation

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools prides itself in offering its employees a competitive salary and a rich group benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage for the employee and her/his eligible dependents. Retirement benefits are also offered and include a generous employer match/contribution.

 

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