Job Summary: Under the direction of the Buildings(s) Principal, and/or the guidance of the Director of Special Education, the School Psychologist is responsible for providing a full range of psychological services to support the academic and behavioral competence of students (ages birth to twenty-one), parents, and staff in one or more sites in the Willmar Public Schools. The School Psychologist is responsible to serve as a member of the Special Education Assessment Team (SEAT) for the proper interpretation and performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Essential Duties: 

  • Participate in design, implementation, and evaluation of early interventions with children experiencing academic and behavioral difficulty.
  • Conduct diagnostic assessments of referred students throughout the school district using direct and indirect methods.
  • Administer standardized tests to determine cognitive functioning and academic skill.
  • Assess students’ social/emotional and behavioral needs through observation, student interview and standardized scales.
  • Assess adaptive behavior through teacher and parent interview and administration of standardized scales.
  • Assist in team decision making, student placement and planning decisions, especially when out-of-district placement is considered.
  • Provide services to students receiving special education services.
  • Consult with mainstream and special education teachers regarding individual students.
  • Provide school psychology services to groups and individuals and training to staff and parents.
  • Facilitate referrals and act as a liaison with outside agencies.
  • Deal with cases of child abuse/neglect and crisis intervention regarding suicide concerns.
  • Assist in development of crisis response teams and systems within buildings.
  • Establish and maintain contact with parents through participation in team meetings, consultation and facilitation of parent groups.
  • Participate on school district teams as appropriate.
  • Provide short term consultation and/or support for students not identified as disabled.
  • Provide psychological assessment as part of team making decisions concerning early admittance to kindergarten and interprets results of early childhood screening as necessary.
  • Consults with and collaborates with instructional staff, parents, community services, social workers, police liaison and other professionals in addressing student concerns, making appropriate referrals, to address problems.
  • Performs other duties of a comparable level or type, as required.
  • Provides professional expertise and assistance to individuals, other district staff and the community concerning areas of expertise/knowledge.
  • Attends training sessions, conferences, seminars, district and departmental meetings.
  • Keeps abreast of changing developments, trends, counseling and educational technologies