School Psychologist (contractor)
Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea Massachusetts, communities that are predominantly low-income and Latinx and historically have faced significant social and educational barriers. Our success in Massachusetts is proof that the opportunity gap can be closed and we opened a new school in Rhode Island in 2022. At Excel Academy Charter Schools, we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned to their personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change their life trajectory.
At Excel Academy we learn from our students, families, and staff and make improvements. We have increasingly adapted to provide a holistic education that values our community as collaborators in the learning process, social-emotional support, equity for diverse learners, and fosters identity development. We prioritize an approach that is both rigorous and inclusive. Our team of passionate, intelligent, driven, and loving staff are at the core of the work we do.
About the Role
The School Psychologist will provide consultation, assessment, and intervention services related to school psychology as a consultant. They will support Excel Rhode Island and will report to the Network Director of Student Supports. School psychologists at Excel receive 2 hours of monthly supervision, plus ad hoc support, from an experienced licensed educational psychologist who is a nationally certified school psychologist as well.
Projected time commitment: Conducting 1-5 evaluations during the course of the school year and participating in relevant meetings.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities
- Evaluate and screen students’ abilities and needs to determine eligibility for special education services;
- Administer, score, and interpret assessments in the areas of cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral functioning;
- If you can provide your own assessments, that is strongly preferred but not required;
- Reach out to families to collect detailed family input and relevant history information;
- Collaborate with students’ teachers to gain a clear and complete in-school profile;
- Write evaluation reports including all cognitive, social-emotional, and behavior assessments, goals, and specific recommendations in a timely fashion and in accordance with compliance due dates and the Rhode Island disability categories;
- Act as part of the diagnostic team for initial and three-year evaluations in tandem with special education teachers, general education teachers, family, and outside providers;
- Maintain the legal confidentiality and privacy of student information while collaborating with students’ special education teams;
- A master’s degree in School Psychology is required;
- Possession of RI School Psychologist License;
- A commitment to working with underserved, urban youth;
- An unwavering commitment to and belief in the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
- The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
- The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work;
- An entrepreneurial spirit that reflects an openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in developing new ideas & programs; and
- Can speak to their personal investment and commitment to antiracist education and diversity, equity, and inclusion in our school community and beyond.
Preference will be given to applicants who also:
- Have experience in a public or charter school setting
- Speak Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic
- Can speak to the importance of rigorous classroom instruction and culture
Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to its work as an anti-racist organization. One critical element of that commitment is building and empowering a diverse staff that reflects the community that we serve. We strongly encourage applications from candidates whose experiences share important points of intersection with those of our students. Staff who demonstrate fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic (languages spoken widely by our diverse community of families) will receive additional compensation, as will staff who are alumni of our schools.
Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.