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Organization Education for Change Public Schools (view profile)
Location Oakland
Classification Special Education
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 07/16/2017
County Alameda


Application Process:  Apply online here

Position Summary
Education for Change is looking for several dynamic and visionary School Psychologists who will engage students, families, and other members of our learning community to ensure high student achievement, as well as support mental health and behavior in an effort to ensure children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. The School Psychologist supports instructional programs by reviewing reports of team members, mentoring colleagues, and supporting professional accountability. S/he performs specialized psychological work in an educational setting to enable students to achieve optimal learning. S/he collects, interprets, and synthesizes information about students’ sensory motor/perceptual functioning, academic achievement, intelligence, social/emotional adjustment, and significant crises that influence academic and behavioral functioning. The School Psychologist works cooperatively as an interdisciplinary team member to provide services and to devise an appropriate service plan for referred students and their families.  S/he will know how to successfully work in an urban elementary school with a high English Learner and low-income population, including traumatized students.
About Education for Change Public Schools
Education for Change Public Schools (EFCPS) believes it is the right for every child to have access to a high-quality, 21st century education. Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children by creating a system of schools that focuses relentlessly on our student’s academic achievement. EFCPS is a charter management organization that manages a diverse portfolio of K-8 schools, growing to a portfolio of preK-12 schools in the Fruitvale and Elmhurst neighborhoods of Oakland, currently serving 3,000 children.  Additional information about Education for Change can be found at www.efcps.org.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
EFC believes that high quality instruction, and its continuous refinement, will lead to success for our students. We are looking for a School Psychologist who is highly effective in each of the following areas:
Data Driven Planning and Assessment
• Select and administers age appropriate assessment methods and materials in order to determine the needs of the student.
• Interprets assessment results and compiles comprehensive psychological assessment reports that address the reason for referral and include appropriate recommendations.
• Serve as a member of the interdisciplinary assessment team assigned to each school and works as a team member in making placement decisions, developing intervention plans, and planning programs to meet the special needs of children.
• Assist in the development of FBAs and BIPs for students and in the implementation of recommended courses of action;
Learning Environment
• Serve as a resource to teachers and staff regarding psychological services and the academic/psychological needs of students
• Establish a culture of high expectations that includes the shared belief that ALL children can achieve at high levels and are prepared to succeed in any setting.
• Monitor students’ behavior/activities in a variety of educational environments (e.g. classroom, playground, field trips, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment
• Participate in eligibility committee meetings and contributes to the development of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
Case Management
• Coordinate and manage mental health services for families and students with needs
• Monitor the evaluation and reevaluation process
• Consults with teachers and other school personnel to obtain information regarding the reason for referral.
• Gather background information on the student’s psychological history by conducting behavioral observations, making home visits, conducting interviews, and reviewing school records.
• Conduct specialized individual and group counseling sessions to address specific emotional, social, and behavioral needs of students.
• Seek Parental Consent for MediCal billing, when necessary
• Upload assessment reports to SEDS upon completion and documents all due diligence efforts made
Professional Responsibilities.
• Provide in-service training and workshops for teachers and staff regarding mental health issues and proper procedures for the identification and referral of students.
• Act as a member of the Coordination of Services Team (COST) to provide intervention to students as necessary.
• Apply ethics and standards of professional practice in the delivery of school psychological services and observes relevant laws and policies that govern practice.
• Maintain adequate and current testing materials required by school psychologists.
• Actively seek and participate in professional development opportunities to remain current with federal and state special education guidelines
• Maintain accurate student records and ensure compliance with all state and federal laws, local board policies, and administrative guidelines
• Transport students, as necessary
• Attend mandatory new hire professional development
• Maintain strict student and parent confidentiality
• Support the mission, vision, and core values of Education for Change
Partnerships, Family, and Community
• Consults and collaborates with educational staff regarding students with emotional, behavioral, cognitive and learning difficulties, in accordance with all directives, standards, procedures, policies, laws, rules, regulations, codes and guidelines
• Conference with and provides information, support, and counseling to families of students.
• Assist in coordinating, communicating and seeking consultation with community agencies as appropriate.
Required Qualifications:
• Minimum of 3 years of experience as licensed Specialist in School Psychology
• Valid California Pupil Personnel Service Credential in School Psychology
• Comprehensive knowledge of school psychology theory, child development, substance abuse education, tests and measurements, and crisis management.
• Must possess a growth mindset and be able to use feedback to refine practice
• Successful experience working in a collaborative environment
• Experience working with diverse communities
Desired Qualifications:
• Bilingual
• Experience working with English Language Learners
• Outstanding communication and organization skills
EFC Core Values - required by all EFC staff
We collaborate. We are a team. We plan together, observe and analyze each other’s work, collaborate with our coaches and site leaders, partner with our families, and together make decisions about our programming.
We are a learning organization. We approach or practice with an inquiry stance and a growth mindset; we analyze, innovate, and iterate every single day so that we continually improve. We believe in coaching and developing people at every level of experience, at every level of the organization.
We are solutions-oriented. We approach every challenge with a problem-solving orientation. We listen to and encourage each other. We are resilient in the face of adversity.
We are accountable. Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children. We assume personal accountability for student growth; we analyze multiple forms of data, and that analysis drives our instruction.
We are student-focused. We form close relationships, utilize personalized learning, differentiate instruction, make learning culturally relevant, engage families, and provide individualized interventions to meet the needs of every child.
We listen. We are a small, responsive organization that values students, family, and employee voice and input.
We are rooted in community. Ours is a place-based strategy that works deeply with neighborhood leaders and partners to serve our children. We understand that the cultures, values, traditions, and assets that our families bring must be leveraged and honored to reach and teach our children.
Compensation & Benefits
EFCPS offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. For details, go to www.efcps.org/careers.
Application Process:  Apply online here