School Pyschologist

School Pyschologist

Do you believe that all students can achieve academic success? Are you passionate about working with students and supporting them as they reach new heights in learning? School Psychologists at Alpha have the opportunity to create and safeguard opportunities for students in under-resourced communities while collaborating with a joyful team of educators committed to sending our scholars to college.We are seeking a passionate School Psychologist who embodies Alpha’s mission, vision and core beliefs- school psychologists who believe that all students can learn, that our scholars belong in college, and that student growth is a reflection of the teacher’s practice. Alpha is fiercely entrepreneurial and we are focused on supporting our scholars as they grow into self-reliant leaders who will achieve success in their school, college, and career. We're committed to finding professionals who value and amplify the diverse experiences of our staff and scholars and their families, and who care deeply about addressing the inequities that exist in education.What you’ll do…Execute all day to day responsibilities such as:
  • Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Special Education, the School Psychologist will provide evaluative services to students who are referred to special education and to students who require triennial reevaluations
  • Professionally write and present legally defensible psychoeducational reports at IEP meetings, and engage excellent judgment skills to make recommendations on special education eligibility
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with special education laws, as well as school policies and procedures
  • Stay organized in a dynamic and ever-changing environment, with attention to timing and detail, especially in regards to legal timelines for assessments
  • If authorized by credential, provide small group and individual counseling sessions for general education and special education students
  • Provide timely feedback to and facilitate collaboration and communication between students, parents, special education teachers, and general education teachers
Collaborate
  • Collaborate with families, special education teachers, and general education teachers to ensure psychoeducational reports present a holistic picture of student needs
  • Serve as the gate-keeper of special education referrals, and make decisions on which intervention path is best for individual students
  • Engage with families around the special education pre-referral and referral process, as well as effectively articulate decisions that are made based on evaluations
  • Assist the IEP team with developing appropriate and rigorous supports for students with special needs
You possess…
  • Valid California Pupil Personnel Services Credential with authorization in School Psychology
  • 1-5 years working as a school psychologist (or school psychologist intern/psychological assistant), preferably in urban schools
  • Master’s Degree (MA/MS) in School Psychology or Educational Psychology
  • A strong commitment not only to our students, but also to your own continuous professional development. You possess the ability to receive and implement feedback quickly.
You stand out by being...
  • EXPERIENCED: Alpha School Psychologists have 1-5 years of conducting psycho-educational evaluations/psychometric tests that serve as the basis for special education referrals. They possess a valid California Pupil Personnel Services credential.
  • DRIVEN: Alpha School Psychologists have a relentless drive to advance the minds and lives of students with disabilities in and out of the classroom. They have a strong sense of personal responsibility.
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL: Alpha School Psychologists are risk takers who innovate at multiple school sites to best suit the needs of students. They learn from data and collaboration, and act on constructive feedback to improve their craft.
  • COLLABORATIVE: Alpha School Psychologists engage in regular problem solving and designing supports for students with the special education team. They demonstrate strong communication and relationship building with students, families, and colleagues.
  • FLEXIBLE: Alpha School Psychologists adapt to meet the needs of students and a startup work environment, and maintain a calm and inviting presence.
  • BILINGUAL: Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred.
Join our team…To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter online at https://grnh.se/8c65b7ca1us.Alpha Public Schools is a network of four high-performing public charter schools founded by a group of East San José mothers dedicated to helping transform their community. We have a strong growth mindset – as individuals, as an organization, and on behalf of our students and families. We want to be better tomorrow than we are today.As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.Salary is competitive and compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package.Questions? Contact us at jobs@alphapublicschools.org