School Psychologist (2019-2020)
Position: School Psychologist (2019-20 Opportunity)
Location: Boston, MA (Elementary, Middle, and High School Locations)
Start date: August, 2019
ABOUT THE MATCH CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL
Match Charter Public School is a free, high-performing charter public school in Boston. We are a PreK-12 school serving 1,250 students. Our mission is to prepare students for success in college and careers in order to achieve economic security and mobility. Students gain acceptance to our schools via an annual blind public lottery open to all Boston residents.
Our families bring amazing racial and cultural diversity to the school community - they represent over 20 different countries of origin with over 20 different languages spoken at home. 94% of our students are people of color. Our students bring a diversity of needs to our school, and we are prepared to serve them. 21% of our students qualify for special education services; 30% of our student body are English Language Learners.
All that said, we know that the largest driver of our success is the people who work in our schools every day. Our staff have an immediate impact on our ability of reaching our mission and changing the lives of our students. If you are passionate about education and interested in working in a positive environment alongside incredible peers, please apply for the opportunity below.
OVERVIEW OF ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The School Psychologist will support students’ learning, social development, and mental and behavioral health using assessment, problem solving, data-based decision-making, and the delivery of evidenced-based interventions. The School Psychologist will collaborate and consult with educators, families, and other professionals to help create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students. The School Psychologist will be based primarily at the elementary school, but will need to spend approximately one day per week at the middle school or high school for evaluations. The School Psychologist will report to the Elementary School Director of Special Education.
Elementary School, Middle School and High School
● Complete evaluations and assessments, including annual evaluations, classroom observations, and Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA’s). There are an estimated 70 evaluations per year at the elementary school. The School Psychologist will also complete annual evaluations as needed at the middle school and high school.
Elementary School Only
● Provide clinical care by completing risk assessments and crisis responses.
● Consult with school administration, special education staff, grade level teams, and families.
● Support and help lead the schools social and emotional learning practices by providing professional development and curriculum to school staff, school administration, and families.
● Advise and support Response to Intervention and progress monitoring.
● Participate in regularly scheduled meetings with Director of Special Education and Special Education staff.
● Attend and/or lead Friday staff professional development.
● Write evaluation reports and contribute to IEP development.
● Attend IEP team meetings.
● Certification by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education as a School Psychologist
● Specialist’ Degree in School Psychology (or equivalent)
● Minimum of 3-year professional experience in a diverse setting providing educational and clinical services
● Knowledge of evidence-based interventions and programs in designing, implementing, and evaluating the fidelity and effectiveness of school-based intervention plans at the group and individual
● Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish positive relationships with students and adults
● Strong written and oral communication skills including documentation, record keeping and correspondence
● Recognizes in themselves and others the subtle racial, class, gender, cultural and other biases they may bring to their work and the way these biases influence assessment and evaluation, decision-making, instruction, behavior, and long-term outcomes for students
● Licensed Educational Psychologist or Licensed Psychologist
● Background working with diverse population of students and families
● Fluency/proficiency in Spanish
● Knowledge and experience in Special Education law and regulations
● Experience in providing professional development
ABOUT MATCH EDUCATION
Match Education (www.matcheducation.org) is the shared brand name of The Match Charter Public School, The Match School Foundation, Inc., and The Sposato Graduate School of Education®.
Match Education is an engine of discovery and applied innovation in education. We operate high-performing urban public charter schools and a unique graduate school of education that trains teachers for high-poverty schools. Out of this applied work, we refine, validate empirically, and eventually disseminate new ideas and practices on core questions in education reform. (For a video snapshot, please click here.)
The Match Foundation, Inc., The Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, Inc., and Match Charter Public School prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, religion, veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in employment and application for employment..