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Omaha Public Schools
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Omaha Public Schools is seeking qualified applicants for the following position(s):
School Psychologist - District Pool
Location: Kennedy Elementary
Reports To: Building Principal
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: 195 days as per negotiated agreement / Exempt
Salary Schedule: Commensurate with experience and education / number of days worked.
Position Purpose: The School Psychologist is primarily responsible to the Principals of the assigned school for providing psychological services to students, staff members, and patrons as directed by the Building Principal. The School Psychologist is also responsible to the Director of Special Education for program development.
Essential Performance Responsibilities:
- Provide system-wide support for academic and behavior needs through Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) frameworks.
- Understand and promote use of data for accountability and decision making.
- Makes observations of children in various school settings, identifies and interprets significant behavioral patterns to appropriate staff members, and suggests procedures to be followed in dealing with these children.
- Shares evidence based interventions to be utilized in the problem solving process.
- Coordinates and participates as a member of the Student Assistance Team referral process.
- Participates in the screening, pre-assessment, identification, follow-up for students involved in the referral process.
- Administers individual psychological tests and other assessment instruments as needed for comprehensive individual student evaluations to determine special education eligibility.
- Interprets test results and observations of individual students to staff members, parents, and referral agencies concerned and relates these to classroom activities and procedures.
- Serves as a student advocate in determining educational support.
- Collaborates with staff, parents and other professionals to create supportive learning environments for all learners.
- Consults with the administration and school staff in the improvement of educational programs and school-wide initiatives.
- Participates in the referral of children to other appropriate agencies for further study and/or assistance when appropriate, and acts as a liaison between the school and community professionals providing psychiatric and psychological services.
- Counsels individuals with regard to problems to be resolved and responds promptly to conflict and crisis situations.
- Works with and understands the needs of a diverse student population.
Additional Duties: Performs other related tasks as assigned by supervisor and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Equipment: This position may require the ability to use basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with OPS’s guidelines for equipment use.
Travel: Limited travel may be required.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:
- Must be able to respond rapidly in emergency situations.
- Must have organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Works in school building environments.
- Contact with internal district staff and with external families, community, customers and vendors.
- Works under the direct supervision of the department supervisor and principal to complete day to day tasks.
- Works with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy.
- Must understand and respond appropriately to student and customer needs and maintains a positive attitude with all students, families, and colleagues.
- Interacts with all internal and external customers in a friendly, professional manner to provide quick, responsive customer service.
Employee Punctuality and Appearance:
- Expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated duty day, unless the employee has received approved leave.
- Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator.
- All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of Omaha Public Schools and is appropriate for their position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Educational Specialist Degree in Psychology required from an accredited college or university.
- Valid Nebraska Department of Education Teaching Certificate with endorsement in School Psychology, or ability to obtain one.
- 1 to 2 years of experience preferred.
- Knowledge and experience in applying MTSS model and using universal screening data to implement behavior plans, preferred.
- Ability to communicate both verbally and written in order to communicate with others inside and outside the organization for the purpose of giving and obtaining information.
- Basic knowledge and experience using Microsoft programs including – Word.
- Use of good judgement to make decisions on recurring assignments.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a supervisor when their discretion is needed.
- Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
- Organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills required.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of OPS’s mission, purpose, goals and the role of every employee in achieving each of them.
Terms of Employment:
This position is treated as a certified full-time exempt position. The terms of your employment will be governed by applicable state laws regulating employment in a Nebraska public school and Board of Education policies, as those laws and policies may change from time to time. If your position is represented by a collective bargaining representative, then your employment will also be governed by a negotiated agreement between OPS and that collective bargaining representative.
The offer of employment is contingent upon:
- Obtaining and providing verification of all licenses, certificates, and other requirements for position (e.g., Paraprofessionals obtaining “Highly Qualified status,” etc.), as identified.
- A thorough background check which demonstrates to OPS that background is acceptable for the position sought and working with or around students.
- Verification of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work in the United States.
- Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (if required for position offered).
- Successful completion of a tuberculosis skin test (if required for position offered).
- Successful completion of a pre-employment medical examination to determine ability to safely and effectively perform the essential functions of the position.
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