School Psychologist (with Signing Bonus for 2020-2021)

Network Team Nashville, Tennessee


Description

OVERVIEW:
Valor Collegiate Academies is seeking a School Psychologist who will serve our two middle schools and brand new high school. 

The School Psychologist will be responsible for all initial evaluations and reevaluations at both middle schools and the high school. Additionally, they will assist with the RTI process, 504 process, and developing professional learning opportunities for the special education team.

The job of School Psychologist was established for the purpose/s of developing strategies and interventions to assist students in succeeding; measuring and interpreting the intellectual, adaptive, academic, social and emotional development of children; interpreting results of psychological studies; interpreting and applying state and federal codes. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Administers standardized and/or supplemental assessments for the purpose of measuring the intellectual, adaptive, academic, social and emotional development of children and/or determining eligibility for services in compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Assesses students' functional capabilities and home and/or classroom environment for the purpose of determining student's functional level and developing recommendations and/or placement.
  • Assists other staff for the purpose of developing and applying student monitoring systems and designing academic and behavioral interventions.
  • Consults/collaborates with all specialists (e.g. autism consultants, behavior specialists, occupational and physical therapist, speech language pathologists, etc.) for the purpose of creating and delivering student supports.
  • Compiles information from a variety of sources (e.g. administrators, teachers, nurse, parents, mental health agencies, other professionals, etc.) for the purpose of producing a comprehensive screening/ evaluation report in compliance with established guidelines.
  • Consults with teachers, parents, and/or other outside personnel or professionals for the purpose of providing requested information, developing plans for services and/or making recommendations.
  • Coordinates with school staff to implement school wide program development and program evaluation (e.g. RTI) for the purpose of ensuring effective programs to assist children who experience physical, mental, social and emotional difficulties.
  • Available to consult with  students, parents and guardians for the purpose of enhancing student success in school.
  • Has strong understanding in Response to Intervention for the purpose of interpreting the data to intervene, offering interventions and eventually determining eligibility.
  • Helps students for the purpose of creating smooth transitions to and from school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment centers or ALC.
  • Participates in meetings, workshops and seminars as assigned for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions.
  • Promotes school policies and practices for the purpose of ensuring the safety of all students by reducing school violence, bullying and harassment.
  • Researches resources and methods (e.g. intervention, assessment tools and methods, community resources, etc.) for the purpose of determining the appropriate approach for addressing students' functional goals
  • Meets with 504 coordinator to help develop eligibility and 504 service plan

CRITICAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Two or more years of experience as a school psychologist
  • An active TN licensure
  • Deep understanding of current best practices in school psychology 
  • A demonstrated track record of meeting high expectations and accomplishing goals even in the face of obstacles
  • Experience managing multiple projects and deadlines, with the ability to efficiently and effectively complete tasks
  • A history of working well as part of a team, with a strong “whatever it takes” orientation
  • Master’s degree or higher

WHO WE ARE
Valor Collegiate Academies is the top-performing charter school network with a mission to empower our diverse community to live inspired and purposeful lives. Our scholars will graduate with academic skills, social-emotional skills, and positive character strengths that rival the outcomes of the best schools in the world.

At Valor, we believe that we can have the greatest impact on our community by committing to 4 key organizational anchors:

  • Top 1% Academics: We are passionate about meeting every scholar where they are – whether that is behind or above grade level – and supporting them to grow and excel. We define Top 1% Academics to mean that we are in the Top 5% in the State of TN for both Achievement and Growth. For the 2018-2019 school year, Valor College Prep ranked the #1 open enrollment high school in MNPS, with our founding 9th graders achieving the highest composite growth of all high schools in the state of Tennessee. 
  • Powered by Compass:  We believe that in order to live inspired and purposeful lives we must focus on comprehensive human development. The Valor Compass, our nationally recognized comprehensive human development program, is designed to help scholars develop their sharp minds as they strengthen their big hearts.
  • Thrive in a Diverse World: Valor was founded upon the belief that having a truly diverse community of families and learners in a thoughtfully designed model allows for everyone to have a higher quality and more meaningful experience. It’s important for our students to be served by exceptional teachers who are as diverse as they are, and we are deeply committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of educators. 
  • Built to Last: We believe that being built-to-last means to have strong, long-term operational infrastructure. This is largely driven in part by having talented people, and keeping that talent at Valor. We believe in making the work we do sustainable, by providing our faculty high quality coaching, development, and support.

COMPENSATION

  • Valor offers a competitive salary that is determined based on prior professional experience. 
  • Valor participates in Metro Nashville Public Schools’ retirement and benefits plan.
Valor Collegiate Academies is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants of diverse background and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.