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State of Montana School Psychologist in Great Falls, Montana

TYPICAL DUTIES:

The purpose of this position is to provide consultation to families and school staff, provide and

coordinate evaluations to qualify students for special education services, provide interventions and

supports during crises, and to implement measures to prevent and/or improve mental,

psychological and physical health.

• Consults with teachers and houseparents/parents, support staff and administration to find effective solutions/supports for learning or behavior problems, and to monitor progress.

• Works with mental health and social service providers in the community to serve as a liaison and to strengthen working relationships.

• Provides short-term, school-based counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance

• Assists school and families to manage crises such as death, illness or community trauma.

• Collaborates with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.

• Serves as a member of IEP teams as requested and as a member of the school's Intervention Team.

• Other duties as assigned.

MSDB is a non-smoking environment. There are no authorized smoking areas and smoke breaks are not given. All successful candidates must submit to a background check, which includes a criminal record review, and must not possess any felony or DUI convictions. Additionally, an “Applicant Release Form” must be completed and signed as part of the application.

The successful candidate will be required to have or obtain fluent ASL and English skills to communicate with staff. New employees must meet the requirements of MSDB Policy 5124 Employee Sign Language Skills and will be evaluated through the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI). New employees to this position must meet the Target Skill level Standard of “Advanced Plus” within three years of the date of hire.

Masters Degree in School Psychology or related field, with a year long school psychology internship and state certification is required.

*Knowledge about appropriate assessments to use with students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired or deafblind.

**Knowledge about child development.

**Knowledge of general special education practices and specifically best practices in working with students (age birth-21) who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind.

**Ability to listen, communicate clearly, and solve problems.

**Ability to develop and maintain excellent relationships with a broad range of constituents.

**Ability to function as a member of a team with the ability to see and accept (not necessarily agree with) other's perspective.

**Working knowledge of special education law and the ER/IEP process.

**Ability to comply with data collection, reporting timeframes, and records management requirements.

**Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision.

**Willingness to adapt communication and language to work with a variety of students and staff.

**Adhere to confidentiality of sensitive and federally protected information.

Job: *Education/Training

Title: School Psychologist

Location: Great Falls

Requisition ID: 20141077

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