Certified School Psychologist - Tampa Bay (21-22)



Position at IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in our communities! 

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tampa Bay, FL (2021), and Jacksonville, FL (2022)! 


When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality. 


To learn more about IDEA, check out this video. 


About Tampa Bay

IDEA Tampa Bay is actively engaging with local community members and families, recruiting students for our launching schools, developing school sites, and recruiting top-notch principals, educators, and operations team members for future schools. Cultivating education and community partnerships, champions, and advocates that will enable IDEA Tampa Bay to most effectively provide a high-quality education to students as they progress along the road to and through college is a top priority in our new region.

Tampa Bay is ranked as #37 on the U.S. News & World Report 2020-21 ‘Best Places to Live’ Rankings. With a cost of living below the national average, the rankings highlight that, “Residents of the Tampa Bay area enjoy both a laid-back beach lifestyle and the amenities of a large metropolitan area, including professional sports teams, interesting museums, and an array of entertainment and dining options. The Tampa Bay metro area is a sprawling and diverse region that encompasses three cities – Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater – each with a distinct personality. Living in the Tampa Bay area is like being on vacation all year.” 

Join our cohort of passionate and diverse change makers as we help support students’ dreams to get to and through college. 


Role Mission: IDEA Public Schools works to ensure the success of all students and to address any barriers which may impact students from achieving incredible academic and social outcomes.    Certified School Psychologists, partner with regional instructional leaders, a portfolio of campus leaders, and teachers to maximize student outcomes.

The IDEA Certified School Psychologist demonstrates knowledge and skill in assessment, eligibility for Special Education, academic and behavioral interventions, state and federal legal frameworks for Special Education, and ensures compliance with Special Education compliance. LSSPs will help a portfolio of campuses support students and parents through problem solving interventions with students, who may be struggling both academically and behaviorally. In addition, LSSPs will provide direct student behavioral supports and track student progress towards IEP goals.


1. The Certified School Psychologist will demonstrate knowledge of and aid in the development, completion, and monitoring of IEP (Individualized Education Program) for Special Education Services as per State and Federal Guidelines. 

                           Supports the special education teachers in developing appropriate IEP academic, behavioral, and social goals.

                           Ensure services are being provided as indicated in the IEP

                           Meet 100% compliance in Annual and ensure all paperwork is submitted in a timely manner.

                           Works in conjunction with Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and other related and Instructional Service Personnel (VI, AI, APE, PT) to ensure completion of all paperwork in a timely manner.

                           Follows correct procedures for maintaining records and services.

2. The Certified School Psychologist will plan and complete 100% of individual and group Special Education counseling services for all eligible students as well as intervene with all students in emotional or behavioral crisis on an emergency basis.

                           Ensure all counseling services are tracked

                           Complete counseling service notes per session

                           Be trained in Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI)

                           Conduct crisis counseling when necessary

                           Guide the campus in interventions for students who are in emotional and behavioral crisis

3. The Certified School Psychologist will support campuses in implementation of 504, Critical Student Intervention (CSI), and Response to Intervention (RTI).

                           Provide support to 504 campus coordinator with 504 meeting requirements, 504 eligibility determination, Homebound services, and Manifestation Determination.

                           Conduct dyslexia evaluations for 504 students.

                           Guide campuses in tracking and documenting academic and behavioral interventions in TIER I, TIER II, and TIER III.


4. The IDEA Certified School Psychologist will evaluate students with different disabilities and demonstrate knowledge of eligibility criteria for Special Education as per state and federal guidelines.

                           Conducts multidisciplinary evaluations Full and Individual Evaluations for all Non-Speech only students who are referred for 1 or more eligibility categories

                           Ensures psychological evaluations for Autism and Emotional Disturbance are conducted in accordance with National Association of School Psychologist’s best practice recommendations.

                           Adhere to most up to date evaluation tools and standards as stipulated in the American Psychological Association Testing Standards

                           Conducts evaluations as needed for student College Board accommodations

                           Helps the campus conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment.

5. The Certified School Psychologist will support the campus RTI (Response to Intervention) coordinator in tracking and monitoring students in Response to Intervention for academic and behavioral concerns.

                           Ensure that campuses are employing a problem-solving model for students in TIER II and TIER III

                           Guides the campus in how to track and document academic and behavioral interventions

                           Aids the campus in completing Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans in Response to Intervention

                           Provides guidance on academic and behavioral interventions in TIERII and TIER III

                           When necessary ensures that students referred to Special Education have participated in TIER II and TIER III interventions for an appropriate amount of time prior to referral for Special Education evaluations.

6.  Live values of IDEA

                           Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college

                           Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them

                           Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly

                           Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change

                           Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization

                           Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes

                           Embodies IDEA’s core values 


Supervisory Responsibilities

                      Provide program support to special education teachers


                           Demonstrate competence in the psychological evaluation, diagnoses, and in the formal report of evaluation results of school-aged children.

                           Demonstrate competence in developing and implementing prevention techniques and interventions, including a variety of approaches to counseling students and families.

                           Demonstrate competence in collaboration, consultation, relationship building with a wide variety of individuals and organizations.

                           Demonstrate knowledge, competence, and sensitivity in understanding, interacting, collaborating, evaluating, counseling, consulting, advising, and implementing interventions and programs with colleagues, students, and families from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities; with minority populations; and with students from special circumstances.

                           Demonstrate competence in presenting himself or herself as a knowledgeable psychological service professional.

                           Demonstrate competence in the skills related to successful functioning as a Certified School Psychologist


                           Completion of a school psychology training program in Louisiana, which meets the requirements of the Standards for Training Programs in School Psychology.

                           Completion of academic preparation in school psychology in another state and submission of academic preparation, as evaluated by the Bureau of Higher Education and Teacher Certification, judged to meet the requirements of the Standards for Training Programs in School Psychology.

                           Level A: Issued to applicants who meet the requirements for the Standard Certificate and who possess a doctoral degree (such as PhD, EdD, or PsyD) in psychology from a regionally accredited institution.

                           Level B: Issued to applicants who meet the requirements for the Standard Certificate and who possess a master's or specialist degree from a school psychology training program in a regionally accredited institution.

Knowledge and Skills:

                           Knowledge of procedures for assessing achievement and intellectual, emotional, and behavioral functions for education purposes, including cross-battery evaluation practices

                           Knowledge of prevention and intervention strategies, including behavior management interventions

                           Knowledge of psycho-social development

                           Strong consultation skills for conferencing with teachers, parents, and students

                           Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

                           Ability to manage multiple requests, deadlines, and priorities



Salaries for this role typically fall between $66,600 and $80,600, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.


IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.