School Psychologist/Adjustment Counselor
Gann Academy - Waltham, MA

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Gann Academy seeks a full-time (11-month, August 1 - June 30) School Psychologist/School Adjustment Counselor for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Psychologist/Adjustment Counselor is responsible for providing social and emotional support for students and families according to their needs. This position will work closely with the school’s support services team, faculty, and administration to provide staff development on a school-wide basis and individual and small group consultation as needed. The position will take an active part in all support services meetings and work as a collaborative member of the team. The Psychologist/Adjustment Counselor will be an active member of the greater Gann community through participation in the school’s various programs, activities, and events.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Student Support

  • Provides individual student counseling as needed with referral to outside agencies as required; maintains communications with professionals involved with students in hospitals or day treatment programs, maintains contact with outside agencies and organizes re-entry process to Gann;
  • Works with teachers in meetings and through classroom observations to monitor specific student progress and behavior;
  • Maintains accurate records of students on case load for purposes of assessing both needs of individual students and patterns of concern throughout the school as part of the process of determining effective use of time, staff, and programs;
  • Leads on conducting parent outreach for social, emotional, and psychological issues in conjunction with the Director of Student Support Services, deans, and Assistant Head of School.
Student Transition

  • Serves as a member of the transition planning team for Grade 9 and meets with support staff from feeder schools to plan for incoming students with emotional needs; and
  • Along with the Director of Student Support Services/Learning Center staff/faculty & advisors, reads, evaluates, and coordinates dissemination of information from neuro-psychological testing, regarding students considered to have social and emotional needs.
Staff Development

  • Takes the lead for staff development on adolescent issues in conjunction with personnel and structures already in place such as the advisory program and professional faculty development days;
  • Works closely with the deans and Jewish & Student Life (JSL) to help initiate, to develop, and to run school programs focused on development/social issues; and
  • Conducts topic-specific group work through school structured programs or on an as needed basis.
Administrative Duties

  • Serves as Co-Chair of the Gann Crisis Team;
  • Serves as a member of the Student Support Services Team and Deans Team; and
  • Attends faculty, staff, and department meetings as assigned; attends and participates in evening and/or weekend meetings, special events, activities and programs as assigned.

    Skills & Qualifications
    • Ability to work with wide range of people—students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and work well in a team environment
    • Knowledgeable about learning disabilities
    • Knowledgeable about outside programs for referrals and placements
    • Experience with staff development around social, emotional and psychological issues
    • Experience with a wide range of students’ social and emotional needs and issues
    • Proactive and skilled in parent outreach
    • Excellent written, presentation, oral communications and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to think creatively and strategically, have excellent judgment and be able to work in a changing environment.
    Education & Experience Requirements

    • Certified School Psychologist or licensed Social Worker with educational experience
    • Ph.D., D.Ed., Psy.D., or MSW required
    • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience as a school psychologist or licensed social worker in educational setting