Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education
School Psychologist (195) (Employment Equity)
Closing Date: Midnight, July 29th
Terms and conditions of employment, including wages, are in accordance with the Nova Scotia Teachers' Provincial Agreement.
The goal of the Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all levels, of the students and families we serve. This position is only available to applicants from peoples of Indigenous ancestry, peoples of African ancestry, and persons with disabilities.
Reporting to the Coordinator of Student Services, the School Psychologist will provide psycho educational and diagnostic services for students in the AVRCE. The School Psychologist will be a member of a team working together to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive program plans for these students. The School Psychologist will provide specific services in such areas as:
Psycho-educational, social, emotional and behavioral assessments;
Facilitate transition plans for students;
Support the inclusion of students with challenging academic, behavioral, social-emotional and mental health needs for grades P-12;
Facilitate professional development for AVRCE staff;
Support staff to address children and youth with chronic school refusal;
Participate in a multidisciplinary team on variety of projects relevant to student(s) mental health, including liaison with outside agencies and professionals;
Support program planning for students with academic, behavioral, social-emotional and mental health needs including adaptations and individual program planning (IPP) procedures.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
A PhD in Psychology is preferred;
Masters in School Psychology;
A valid Nova Scotia driver’s license;
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Willingness to pursue additional training as required which may include Risk Assessments of students with violent behaviours;
Participate on school teams: Student Planning Teams and Teaching Support Teams, and will contribute in a variety of ways including the provision of assessment information, direct demonstration of recommendations with the student, collaboration with teachers on in-class, evidence-based Tier 1 strategies, consultation with families and teachers and the provision of professional development for school/regional staff;
to assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of complex behaviour plans for individuals and groups of students;
A thorough knowledge and application of Inclusion and MTSS structures, and provide support to teachers and students at all 3 tiers using evidence-based practices;
Familiarity with, and/or experience working in multi-disciplinary programs for children and youth with behavioral and mental health needs;
Computer literacy required with demonstrated skills in the application of assistive technology;
Excellent team building, communication and interpersonal skills/abilities;
Well-developed decision-making and creative problem-solving abilities;
Knowledge and/or experience in the development of individual program plans for students with challenging academic, behavioral, social-emotional and mental health needs;
Familiarity with EECD documents – Inclusive Education Policy, Special Education Policy, Transition Planning in Nova Scotia, Code of Conduct, Teacher Assistant Guidelines.
Applications from peoples of Indigenous ancestry, peoples of African ancestry, and persons with disability will be considered: first to teachers of the AVRCE in accordance with the Local NSTU Agreement and then to external applicants.