Friendship Public Charter School

School Psychologist

Vacancy for School Year
2020-21
Class
Full-Time
Location
US-DC-Washington
Campus
Friendship Southeast Elementary Campus

Company : Campus Specifics

Why Southeast?


At Southeast Elementary and Middle, every student is nurtured in an individually paced learning environment. Guided by the award-winning Every Child Ready instructional model, pre-K3-4 teachers work through academically centered themes such as Family and Community, Not All That Different, and Space and Astronomy to instill the skills necessary for lifelong learning. No matter the student’s academic, social or emotional development, Southeast teachers meet each learner at his or her level to ensure growth and school readiness.

Students in grades K-5 follow a challenging and culturally diverse curriculum that develops strong foundations in English and language arts, mathematics, science and social studies while developing character traits such as hard work, critical thinking, and teamwork. One of the few D.C. campuses with an in-house library, Southeast empowers students to explore classic and contemporary books, art and music as part of their daily school experience.

Friendship Southeast Middle nurtures young dreamers who will design and build our future.

By providing a rigorous academic curriculum that rewards innovative thinking and integrates STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) experiences into daily instruction, Southeast instills in students the foundations not only for college readiness but for lifetime STEM excellence.

Friendship opened Southeast in 2005 on the site of a former charter school. Following a $15 million investment, the new Southeast campus emerged complete with new classrooms, a gymnasium, a student dining hall, an interactive library and a technology-rich SmartLab.

Overview

Friendship Public Charter School operates a thriving network of college preparatory public charter schools. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Friendship serves over 4,000 students in preschool to grade 12 and guides a growing network of alumni to college completion annually. 80% of students come from low-income households. 98% are African American or Latino. The mission of Friendship Public Charter School is to prepare students to become ethical, literate, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens by providing a world-class education that motivates students to reach high academic standards, to enjoy learning, to achieve success, and to contribute actively to their communities.

The FPCS psychologist is committed to providing its students the support services they need in order to develop and soar as our next generation of leaders. The school psychologist views wellness as a critical element of the overall success and achievement of our students. The psychologist performs a variety of duties involved in the testing, diagnosis and administration of remedial treatments to students with special needs.

 

Responsibilities

• Conducts evaluations and re-evaluations for students as requested or warranted
• Acts as an interdisciplinary team member in the special education eligibility process
• Administering psychological assessments (IQ, personality, and achievement)as needed
• Articulates test results to parents and MDT members in clear, understandable language attending to cultural sensitivity
• Delivers group and individual therapy sessions as indicated on student IEPs
• Maintains progress notes as required by Friendship Public Charter School regulations
• Makes recommendations for purchasing assessment materials to ensure that the psychologist is adequately equipped with state-of-the-art resources
• Keeps abreast of advances in diagnostic materials
• Maintains compliant IEPS, including contact logs and reports progress accordingly to parents and team members
• Acts as an interdisciplinary team member in the special education eligibility process, administering IQ, personality, and achievement tests
• Articulates test results to parents who are not familiar with psychological tests
• Includes working with a wide range of student emotional and academic factors
• Researches the effectiveness of academic programs and behavior management procedures, and acquires new information about learning and behavior
• Assesses and evaluates the wide variety of behavior, skills, emotions and goals in the schools they serve
• Intervenes directly with counseling services for students and families;
• consults with teachers, parents, and school personnel about learning, social and behavior problems
• Teaches lessons on parenting skills, learning strategies, substance abuse, and other topics pertinent to healthy schools

Qualifications

• Master’s degree from an accredited school or university in educational or clinical psychology including; 42 semester hours of graduate coursework and 500 hours of successful field experience in a school setting under the supervision of a certified school psychologist required
• Must be eligible to acquire or must possess DC certification as a psychologist
• Exemplary written and verbal communication skills: written, verbal, listening

• Ability to articulate test results to parents who are not familiar with psychological tests required
• Exceptional attention to detail
• Well organized
• Ability manage multiple tasks in a fast paced and high needs environment
• Commitment to servicing students from a minority and/ or lower socioeconomic background required

 

FPCS’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, status as a special disabled veteran, or any other protected criteria as established by federal, state, or local laws.  This policy applies to recruitment and hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.  Employment decisions at FPCS are based solely upon relevant criteria, including an individual’s capabilities, qualifications, training, experience and suitability.

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