The SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288 has an opening for a full-time school Psychologist for the FY21/22 school year too work in the Belle Plaine School District.

POSITION SUMMARY:  The School Psychologist is directly responsible for the psychological assessment of academic, social, emotional, and behavioral domains utilizing problem-solving and standardized evaluations.   The School Psychologist monitors the completion of case study evaluations and participates in Individual Education Plan (IEP) conferences and problem-solving meetings designing systems, programs and services that maximize students’ social, emotional, and educational success.   In collaboration with staff, families, students, and communities the school psychologist promotes effective educational environments.   

Salary based on placement on Master Teacher Salary schedule
Full benefit package
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:  These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.  
Typical Duties Performed 
 
POSITION DESCRIPTION:                                       
 

  • Conduct psychological assessments and interpret results for students and participate in IEP conferences, team meetings, and problem-solving meetings. 
  • Provide individual, group, and family therapy per IEP requirements. 
  • Monitor completion of case study evaluations and participate in IEP conferences and problem solving meetings. 
  • Lead crisis intervention efforts and provide insight into the development of functional assessments and behavior intervention plans. 
  • Integrate psychological services into the classroom environment as appropriate. 
  • Provide assistance to staff in the design and implementation of appropriate interventions and accommodations for students. 
  • Evaluate and/or translate research into practice and understand research design and statistics in sufficient depth to plan and conduct investigations and program evaluations for improvement of services. 
  • Contribute to program development that furthers the integration of social, coping, and problem solving in the classroom. 
  • Provide support services to parents/guardians as needed. 
  • Coordinate and/or collaborate with a range of individuals/agencies to promote and provide comprehensive services to students and families. 
  • Provide and/or assist in professional development for staff, parents, and/or community. 
  • Participate in professional growth activities on a yearly basis including recertification for CPI, workshops, inservices, professional reading materials, and/or other available offerings. 
  • Proficiently use technology to communicate, compile reports, and collect data. 
  • Participate in building or program activities and meetings as appropriate. 

  
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Assume appropriate roles as adult model, behavior manager and educator. 
  • Continue professional growth. 
  • Assume other duties and special projects as assigned. 
  • Support SouthWest Metro Intermediate District #288 policy and Governing Board Goals and Objectives. 

 MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:  Requirements are representative of the minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities.  To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKLLS AND ABILITIES:  
 

  • Knowledge of methods of assessment; systematic processes to collect data, translate assessment results into empirically based decisions about service delivery and evaluate outcomes of services. 
  • Knowledge of learning processes, appropriate instructional interventions to meet students’ needs, and the ability to implement and assess their effectiveness. 
  • Knowledge of behavioral mental health, collaborative and/or consultation models and methods and their application. 
  • Participate in twelve (12) hours of Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training and techniques. 

  
EDUCATION, TRANING AND EXPERIENCE:    

  • Minimum QualificationsBachelor’s degree with coursework in psychology, and a current Minnesota license  Issued from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) in School Psychology.

 LICENSING REQUIREMENTS:  None
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Describes physical conditions of this position): 
Light Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: (Physical activities of the job are listed below and are with or without accommodations for disabilities for this position. Frequency of each applicable activity is noted according to the following:  R = Regularly; F = Frequently; O = Occasionally, S = Seldom) 
          R – Sitting            Resting with the body supported by the buttocks or thighs. 
          R – Standing        Assuming an upright position on the feet particularly for sustained periods of time. 
          R – Walking          Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances. 
          R – Balancing       Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces.
          R – Bending          Lowering the body forward from the waist. 
          R – Stooping         Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist through the use of the lower extremities and back muscles. 
         R – Kneeling          Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees. 
          R – Crouching       Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine. 
          R – Twisting           Moving body from the waist using a turning motion. 
          R – Reaching         Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction 
          O – Pushing           Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward. 
          O – Pulling             Using upper extremities to drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion. 
          R – Lifting               Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position- to-position through the use of the upper extremities and back muscles. 
          R – Finger Dexterity    Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm. 
          R – Grasping          Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm. 
          R – Feeling             Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips 
          O – Repetitive Motion Substantial and continuous movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. 
          R – Talking             Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed accurately, loudly or quickly. 
          R – Hearing  Acuity The ability of perceive speech and other environmental sounds at   normal loudness levels. 
          R – Visual Acuity      The power to see at a level which allows reading of numbers and text, operations of equipment inspection of machines, etc.  

WORKING CONDITIONS: Conditions the worker will be subject to in this position with or without accommodations for disabilities. 
           R – Indoors              The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions. 
CLEARANCE:  Must have acceptable Back Ground Screening (Criminal Record Check), Act 151 (Child Abuse History Check) and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) Criminal History Check. 
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Professional employee work year. Terms and conditions of employment shall be consistent with the SWMetro Intermediate District #288 the SouthWest Metro Education Association Agreement. 
EVALUATION:  Performance will be evaluated annually by the Director of Finance in accordance with the provisions of SWMetro Intermediate District #288 Administrators Agreement.
NOTE:  The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.