School Psychologist (2019-2020)

DSST - Denver, CO4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $56,000 - $75,000 a year
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School Psychologist

DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks a School Psychologist to join one of the leading charter school organizations in the nation. We serve 6-12th grade students across Denver and Aurora. Our mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.

Overview of Position:
DSST Public Schools seeks professionals with a track-record of raising student achievement to join a team of educators dedicated to providing a rigorous college preparatory program to a diverse population. Our school psychologists are leaders who play an integral role in ensuring student success through supporting our school culture, developing relationships with our students, and using data to drive their daily practice.

Our school psychologists:
  • Consult with staff and parents, making recommendations for developmentally appropriate services and strategies to assist in improving student achievement
  • Participate in crisis management by implementing protocols, providing counseling and/or making referrals
  • Counsel students, parents (in groups and individually) and consults with staff in the development of appropriate behavior goals
  • Interpret test data, researches available tests necessary to meet individual school needs, and interprets individual and group test data to staff and parents
  • Serve as a liaison between students, homes, schools, family services, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and other contacts, to help children who face problems such as disabilities, abuse, or poverty
Essential Functions:
Student Evaluation and Services

  • Lead cognitive and social-emotional testing for students that helps the DSST team and families to better understand each learner's needs
  • Lead on functional behavior assessments and intervention plans to support student needs
  • Provide services to students in a variety of settings-one on one counseling sessions, small groups, and implementing curriculums to address student needs and reduce barriers to learning
  • Collaborate with school and network team members to determine the services needed for each student, based on their IEP goals and requirements, their personal goals, and other school-based goals for their learning and development
Team Participation

  • DSST School Psychologists are critical parts of several teams on staff at DSST including the Special Education team, staff teams, and culture teams
  • Work in collaboration with Special Education Team to make team recommendations, complete reevaluations, and conduct long-term planning and vision work for the improvement of services
  • Bring expertise with Behavior Intervention Plans, student observation with data collection, and accommodation and intervention
Professional Development

  • Engage in the staff learning and growth cycle of feedback at DSST, including peer surveys, supervisor surveys, family surveys, and ongoing coaching and development cycles
  • Engage in regular professional development as part of a mental health team to improve services
  • Participate in school-based professional development
  • Participate in Denver Public Schools trainings as needed
Additional Duties:
School Life

  • Model, live, and reinforce the school's core values and policies inside and outside the classroom with colleagues, students, parents, and the larger community.
  • Student Advisor
  • Perform as an advisor to a small group of advisees by overseeing their academic and student life.
  • Taking attendance
  • Checking homework completion
  • Holding regular academic and behavioral conferences
  • Meeting with advisee's parents and communicating with families regularly
  • Leading reading and culture circles
  • Leading weekly Advisory activities and lessons.
  • Grade level "House" teammate
  • Participate in weekly meetings to support student culture and academics for the whole grade
  • Data tracking and observations in between meetings will be likely
  • Participate in planning and execution of grade level events
  • Weekly Staff Meetings
  • Participate in weekly whole school staff meetings to support school culture, and teacher initiatives
  • Participate in planning and proctoring extra teacher "duties" throughout the week
  • Lunch Duty
  • Morning Duty
  • After School Duty
  • Academic Interventions
  • College Prep
  • Mandatory Tutoring
  • Behavioral Support Intervention
  • Refocus
  • Serve as a recruiter for new students; actively engage prospective families in an effort to draw more students to choose your school; be willing to take on additional tasks to support recruitment, as needed
**there may be additional duties depending on the DSST campus**

Job Requirements:
DSST Public Schools seeks professionals with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to our students.

  • In order to be considered qualified to work at DSST Public Schools, you will need AT LEAST one of the following:
  • Psychologist K-12 - Endorsement
  • Psychologist K-12 - Place/Praxis
  • Special Service Initial License
  • Special Service Professional License
  • Psychologist: Licensed Clinical
Competencies:
Commitment to Equity

  • We believe that if we actively commit to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to our mission and values, our students and staff will achieve at high levels.
Commitment to Continuous Growth

  • We believe that if we foster our own growth mindsets, our students and staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.
Commitment to Healthy Team

  • We believe that if we commit to modeling and fostering healthy teams, our students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals
Drives to Results

  • We believe if we strategically develop systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, our students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.
Classification: Exempt

Reports to: School Director

Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools is committed to providing our staff with benefit offerings that empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized and personal needs while also keeping cost in mind.

DSST Benefit highlights include:
  • Medical Plans offered through Kaiser
  • $0 employee cost option!
  • Annual Health Savings account (HSA) gift from DSST Public Schools
  • 2 Dental Plans options offered through Principal Dental Group and Vision through VSP
  • Employee Assistance and Counseling Support
  • 401 (k) retirement plan with 5% annual gift from DSST regardless of personal contribution
  • FMLA effective immediately (6 weeks paid, 6 weeks unpaid)
  • Access to additional discounts through our benefit partners exclusively for DSST staff
  • Candidates placed in Aurora Science & Tech. will be eligible for a PERA Retirement Plan
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

DSST Public Schools Overview:
DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. All DSST schools operate within the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS' School Choice process. Our schools focus on building a community where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough to ensure every student is known and valued for their individuality. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life. The student population across the DSST network is 83% students of color and 71% qualify for free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 5,700 students at fourteen schools on eight campuses across Denver, and DSST will open its first campus in Aurora, Colorado in the fall 2019. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 10,000 students and will more than double the number of four year college-ready DPS graduates.

DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combines deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it, both for our students and our staff. The six DSST core values are:

Respect - We appreciate each person and their story through our words, actions, and attitudes. We value their unique perspective and treat others with dignity.

Responsibility - We acknowledge that our actions and choices impact ourselves and our community. We take ownership for what we do and how we choose to do it.

Integrity - We act and speak with honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. We consistently align our words and actions.

Courage - We possess the confidence and resolve to take risks, push ourselves, and persevere in the face of pressure, adversity or unfamiliar circumstances.

Curiosity - We are eager to learn, questions, and explore. We have a thirst for knowledge, a love of investigation, and a desire to learn about ourselves, our community, and our world.

Doing Your Best - We put our best effort into everything we do. We know that individual and collective effort are required for our community to thrive.

DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not exclude participation in, deny benefits to or discriminate on the basis of, ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. (Protected Classes).

DSST Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate against a member of a Protected Class in admission or access to, or terms and conditions of employment, or in its programs and activities. DSST Public Schools shall operate as an equal opportunity employer and will provide and safeguard the opportunity for all persons to seek, obtain, hold and advance in employment within the district without discrimination. The District shall actively promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, aggressive, continuing affirmative action program.

Further, DSST Public Schools affirms the rights of all Protected Classes to be free from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and/or harassment.

DSST Public Schools shall inform students, parents, employees and the general public each school year that the educational programs, activities and employment opportunities offered by the district are offered without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The announcement shall also include the name/title, address and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities.

Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.