School Psychologist (2018-2019)

DSST Public Schools, Denver, Colorado

Date PostedJuly 11, 2018
IndustryK-12: Public Schools
Job StatusNot Specified
SalaryNot Specified


DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks a SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST to join one of the leading charter school organizations in Colorado. DSST Public Schools’ 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:

The School Psychologist performs psycho-educational assessment of students 6th to 12th grade. Consults with staff and parents, making recommendations for developmentally appropriate services and strategies to assist in improving student achievement. Participates in crisis management by implementing protocols, providing counseling and/or making referrals. Counsels students, parents (in groups and individually) and consults with staff in the development of appropriate behavior goals. Interprets test data, researches available tests necessary to meet individual school needs, and interprets individual and group test data to staff and parents. Serves 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

**there may be additional duties depending on the DSST campus**


Mission Aligned

-- You believe that if everyone is actively committed to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to the DSST mission and values, all students and staff will achieve at high levels.

Growth Mindset

-- You believe that by fostering your own growth mindsets then students and fellow staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.

Results Driven

-- You believe that by strategically developing systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.

Desires Collaboration

-- You believe that fostering healthy teams, students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals.

Job Requirements:

DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement.

-Must possess a Colorado Department of Education Special Service Provider License with an endorsement in School Psychology.

- Experience in the administration and interpretation of a variety of test instruments to evaluate cognitive ability, learning aptitudes, academic skills and eligibility for special education.

- Experience using consultation techniques that allow for providing effective supports and interventions to address problems in learning and behavior.

- Skills in intervention including psychological.

- Experience working with culturally diverse populations.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

-Psychologist K-12 - Endorsement

-Psychologist K-12 - Place/Praxis

-Special Service Initial License

-Special Service Professional License

-Psychologist: Licensed Clinical

Classification: Exempt/Non Exempt

Reports to: Hiring Manger/School Director

Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a commitment to continuing professional learning.

We strive to provide choice in benefits options, and empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized, personal needs. This includes but is not limited to:

-6 Medical Options through Aetna

-2 Dental Options through Principal

-401K Plan through OneAmerica that includes a 5% gift annually

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 are part of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS’ School Choice program. Our schools focus on building communities 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 also why we focus on character development. 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 percent students of color and 69 percent free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 5,300 students at thirteen schools on seven campuses: Byers, Cole, College View, Conservatory Green, Green Valley, Henry and Stapleton. DSST has been approved to open nine additional schools and four campuses by 2022. In 2018-2019, DSST will be opening DSST: Middle School @ Noel Campus. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 10,000 students, one quarter of the DPS 6-12 population, and will help 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 combine 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. The six DSST core values are:

Respect - Appreciating the value of a person or an object through your words, actions and attitude - treating people appropriately with common courtesy.
Responsibility - Able to be trusted and or depended upon to complete tasks, follow directions and own up to your actions.
Integrity - Being truthful, fair and trustworthy in your words and actions - doing as you say and saying as you do.
Courage - Possessing confidence and resolve to take risks and make right decisions in the face of pressure and adverse or unfamiliar circumstances.
Curiosity - Eager to learn, explore and question things to gain a deeper understanding.
Doing Your Best - Putting your best effort into everything you do.

DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI 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.

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