Mar 08, 2019

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology - YES Prep System Office (2019-2020)

  • YES Prep Public Schools
  • 5515 South Loop East Freeway, Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Other Education

Job Description

POSITION: Licensed Specialist in School Psychology - YES Prep System Office (IMMEDIATE OPENING)

REPORTS TO: Director of Special Education Evaluation

POSITION TYPE: 12-month

START DATE: August 2019

LOCATION: Houston, Texas

 

THE CHALLENGE 

Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 85% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s 18 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities. 

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).  

THE OPPORTUNITY 

YES Prep needs a dynamic and diverse Licensed Specialist in School Psychology to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice. To put it simply, you will play an integral role in evaluating and supporting students with behavioral and emotions needs, as well as creating and implementing programming and professional development to campus and district personnel.

THE PERSON

We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas to meet the needs of our growing body of students. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility.

When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work will include:

  • Administering, scoring and interpreting psychological and psychoeducational tests to determine initial and continued eligibility for special education services, and provide a comprehensive written report for review at Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) meetings;
  • Providing superior direct and indirect counseling as a related service (CRS) supports to special education students;
  • Providing campus- and district-based trainings and in-services that address emotional and behavioral needs within the system;
  • Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments and assist with the development of Behavior Intervention Plans and Crisis Plans for special education students with significant behavioral or emotional needs;
  • Participating in Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings with other professionals for students referred for evaluations;
  • Conducting Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs) for the district;
  • Providing direct support and consultation for campus-based personnel and parents regarding critical cases involving students with severe emotional and behavioral needs;
  • Assisting in the development of preventative behavioral programming and continuum of behavioral services provided to students with significant emotional and behavioral needs; and
  • Additional duties as assigned.

THE MUST HAVES

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in student evaluation, psychology or in another related field
  • Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) licensure
  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools
  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress
  • Frequent prolonged and irregular hours of duty, including evenings and weekends

THE TEAM

As the Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, you will join a warm and welcoming special education and assessment team at the Home Office.

YES Prep teams understand they are setting the example for how their students experience their YES Prep education and want to make sure it feels like a second home to them. Teams are obsessed with improving themselves because they know that living the core values translates directly into stronger results and college access for all students.

BENEFITS OF WORKING AT YES PREP 

  • Compensation –This position is an exempt, salaried position; our salary offers commensurate with experience. 

  • Health and Supplemental Insurance –  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc. 

  • Paid Time Off – 15 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar 

  • Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to a medical reason, YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave 

  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.  

WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO EQUITY & DIVERSITY 

YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey. 

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. 

THE NEXT STEPS  

If this sounds like your just right job, please apply here. If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at [email protected]


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