Friendship Public Charter School

School Psychologist

Vacancy for School Year
2021-22
Class
Full-Time
Location
US-DC-Washington
Campus
Friendship Woodridge Campus

Company : Campus Specifics

Why Woodridge International?

 

College success begins with a great foundation. That’s why Woodridge International Elementary and Middle develops inquisitive, knowledgeable, and caring students who are motivated to discover more about their community and world.

Woodridge Elementary pre-K3-4th grade students follow an International Baccalaureate program that uses observation, questioning, and creative scenarios to build the skills and character traits necessary for lifelong learning. With an emphasis on Spanish language study, students explore core subject areas such as reading and mathematics with an emphasis on expression and relating to others.

Woodridge Middle students in grades 6-8 develop a deeper understanding of core content with a focus on critical analysis and college exposure. All students follow a rigorous and culturally diverse curriculum in eight areas: English and language arts, foreign language (Spanish), mathematics, science, social studies, humanities, art, and technology. Advanced Placement skills are embedded in prerequisite courses to ensure readiness for Friendship’s college-preparatory high schools.

One of the few D.C. campuses with an in-house library, Woodridge incorporates classic and contemporary books, art, and music as part of the daily school experience. A Blue Ribbon Schools nominee, Woodridge’s exceptional student outcomes have earned special visits from 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, and former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

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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