Employment Begins 2020-2021 School Year
Want to make a DIFFERENCE in the lives of children? Are you PASSIONATE about diversity, equity and inclusion in our schools?
Join us as a valued employee at North Thurston Public Schools! We have a proud tradition of excellence in education as we strive to prepare approximately 15,000 students for rewarding careers, fulfilling lives, and compassionate global citizenship. As home to the most ethnically diverse population in the South Sound, we follow the principles of the International Charter for Compassion which recognizes that we treat each other with kindness, respect differences, and make our district a place where everyone belongs and feels safe. Dedicated to the success of all students, we work hard to close the opportunity gap for our students of color and students experiencing poverty.
Come join us to ensure that ALL students are empowered and future-ready!
What we will trust you with:
What we need from you:
The ability to:
Where you’ll be:
One of the most beautiful states in our nation, Washington is the home of 3 National Parks, 17 National Wildlife Refuges, and the famous Puget Sound. From our district in the city of Lacey, you can easily access Mt. Rainier for hiking and skiing, the Pacific Ocean for beach-combing, and the bustling city of Seattle for food and cultural events. Just a few miles away is Olympia, our state capitol, where you can observe government in action. Also nearby is Joint Base Lewis-McChord from which we welcome our many military families.
What makes NTPS a great place to work?
What is the job description?
STANDARD POSITION DESCRIPTION
Classification: Certificated Location: Assigned School(s)
Reports to: Administrator Responsible for Special Services FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: NTEA
This is a standard position description to be used for certificated teaching positions with similar duties, responsibilities, classification and compensation. Teachers assigned to the position description may or may not be assigned all of the duties identified herein.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
Part I: Position Summary:
As a school psychologist, works to support the success of students academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. Collaborates with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students. Identifies and assesses the learning, development, and adjustment characteristics and needs of individuals and groups, as well as, the environmental factors that affect learning and adjustment. Provides interventions to students to support the teaching process and to maximize learning and adjustment. Assists in the planning, development, and evaluation of programs to meet identified learning and adjustment needs. Delivers a planned and coordinated program of psychological services.
Duties are performed in accordance with standards of professional practice, district/state board of education policies and procedures and state law regarding psychology practice.
Primary responsibility shall include student safety and appropriate collaboration and attention to each student’s readiness to learn including needed guidance and welfare. Employee may work in a variety of elementary and/or secondary educational, individual or team settings.
The District represents a diverse community with a population of approximately 40% students with diverse backgrounds. We seek an individual who has successful experience in working with culturally diverse families and communities. The selected candidate must demonstrate a commitment to strengthening community engagement and communication with the District’s diverse populations.
Part II: Supervision and Controls over the Work:
The employee works with a high level of independence and professional discretion under the general supervision of Special Education. The employee’s work is governed, controlled, and evaluated by acceptable professional practice, school and district policies and regulations, provisions of Washington Administrative Code and Revised Code of Washington, direction of the supervisor, and performance standards and expectations as set forth in the collective bargaining agreement.
Part III: Major Duties and Responsibilities listed may include, but are not limited to the following:
a. Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems.
b. Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning
c. Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism
d. Work With Students and Their Families to:
e. Work with teachers to:
f. Work With Administrators to:
g. Work With Community Providers to:
h. Participates as crisis team member and provides crisis intervention for students and staff in the advent of sudden illness or injury.
i. Makes appropriate assessments and referrals for suspected abuse/neglect as a mandated reporter.
j. Maintains communication with administrators, teachers, other school personnel, and parents/guardians to enhance cooperative action, which will meet the health and safety needs of students.
k. Initiates contact with and acts as a liaison between the home, school, community health agencies and the private medical sector to enhance the health and wellness of the school community.
l. Maintains confidentiality regarding all school and health-related issues.
m. Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary team in the identification, evaluation, and placement of students into special education programs. Writes the health component of the Individual Education Plan as indicated.
n. Recommends modifications of the school program for students who require accommodations.
Part IV: Minimum Qualifications:
Part V: Desired Qualifications:
Part VI: Physical and Environmental Requirements of the Position:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must lift and/or move 25 to 50 pounds, and may assist, move, or restrain students with greater weight when required to intervene in student safety issues.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, lift, carry, move about, hear and speak.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, or consistent with the subject being taught, but can be abnormally loud on occasion.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally work in outside weather conditions and be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, temperature fluctuations, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals commonly used in instruction and/or cleaning. It may be expected that the individual could be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials during the course of their duties. The employee may be exposed to infectious disease as carried by students.
The employee may be required to travel on school owned or leased vehicles while supervising and assisting students.
THIS IS A UNION POSITION
Equal Opportunity Employer
North Thurston School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Officer: Charles Burleigh, 360-412-4453, firstname.lastname@example.org; Section 504 Coordinator: Leslie Van Leishout, 306-412-4484, email@example.com. Address for both: 305 College St. NE. Lacey, WA 98516.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Effective June 11, 1992, pursuant to Public Law 92544 all new employees must complete a satisfactory fingerprint and sexual misconduct background check. All employment is considered temporary until receipt of satisfactory check. Proof that the fingerprinting process has begun must be supplied to Human Resources prior to the first day of employment.