Jr. K-8 School Psychologist/Student Services Department Chair will direct the ongoing planning and implementation of a robust range of student-focused social-emotional and academic services. He or she will oversee three areas that make up the Student Service Department: counseling; learning services; academic enrichment. With this understanding, the Department Chair will be well positioned to manage and lead systems for screening and conducting ongoing needs assessment for social emotional and academic issues.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
• Contributes to the development of a proactive campus-wide counseling, learning support, and enrichment program
• Serves as the community expert in the mental health and learning services, and enrichment fields
• Provides individual direct counseling of students in partnership with the School Counselor. The School Psychologist/Department Chair will be responsible for approximately thirty to forty percent of the student caseload (based on need), while the School Counselor will be responsible for the other sixty to seventy percent of students
• Maintains Student Services departmental budget
• Stays current with best practices of psychoeducational assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and accommodation of learning disabilities, and meeting the emotional and academic needs of high-achieving students and students with learning disabilities
• Consults with department members and administration as needed, to determine appropriate processes and techniques for supporting US students and families
• Observes students who have not responded to strategies implemented by counselors and/or learning specialists to determine next steps and/or if further evaluation is warranted as instructed by the Lower or Middle School Deans of Students
• Collaborates with the student services department and classroom teachers to develop plans to implement academic and social emotional accommodations in student Learning Plans
• Provides parents with referrals to outside providers for support services and/or psychoeducational assessments
• Serves as a member of the Lower and Middle School Learning Effectiveness Teams to discuss observation of students firstly and referrals to psycho-educational testing secondly
• Serves as the primary point of contact with families regarding high-level emotional concerns
• Occasionally provides family education on mental health topics
• Other appropriate duties as assigned by the Lower & Middle School Deans of Students, Division Directors, or Head of School
• Master’s degree in school psychology or clinical psychology • Current license as a mental health professional • Five years of experience working in a school setting • Prior supervisory experience
Experience and Commitment:
• Demonstrated success working with a child and adolescent population and knowledge of child and adolescent development
• Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
• Comfortable in a setting requiring flexibility and the ability to assume and assist in multiple roles
• Wide and varied experience in health, social service, legal, educational, and/or private practice organizations
• Willing to address the whole student: emotional, behavioral, environmental, academic, and social
• A deep knowledge of service providers and systems and the ability to help families navigate these
About University School
Type of School: Junior Kindergarten-12th grade, 860 students, all boys, day
Since its founding in 1890, University School has established itself as one of the pre-eminent all-boys independent schools in the country. Guided by a mission to “inspire boys of promise to become young men who lead and serve,” US is deeply committed to the well-being of boys and prides itself on being a supportive, diverse and inclusive community where “each boy is known and loved.” The school’s motto of Responsibility, Loyalty, Consideration is honored, respected, and prominent in the daily life of all members of the school community.
University School currently enrolls 860 students in grades K-12 on two campuses, Shaker Heights (K-8) and Hunting Valley (9-12 on 221 acres), 5.5 miles apart and East of downtown Cleveland. A new Junior Kindergarten program was launched in the fall of 2018. The campuses are extremely attractive and well maintained with a broad array of indoor and outdoor learning spaces ideally suited to the needs of boys. The faculty of University School numbers 137, 118 of whom have master's degrees, 12 have doctorate degrees, three have J.D.s, and... one has a M.D.
University School believes that students learn their most formative and enduring lessons through exposure to and experience with a broad range of perspectives. The school recruits and supports faculty whose backgrounds and training bring local, national, and international perspectives to the school. US admits and supports students who represent economically, culturally, and racially diverse communities within Northeast Ohio. $4.5 million of need-based financial assistance is awarded annually. Students have broad ranging opportunities to explore their talents and develop their skills in new contexts, in academics, athletics, and the arts. Each student is encouraged to discover both his responsibility to others and his purpose in the world.
Over the past 128 years, University School has been led by a dedicated, loyal, and generous Board of Trustees, most of whom are alumni. The school enjoys truly superb facilities created largely by a culture of philanthropy that has been consistently cultivated since the school’s founding. With an operating budget of $28 million and an endowment of $88 million, University School enjoys excellent financial health.