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2018-2019 Educational Diagnostician
Job Title: Educational Diagnostician
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools
Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediately
Organization: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools
FLSA Status: Exempt
Department: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth
Reports to: Director of Student Support Services
KIPP DFW OVERVIEW KIPP DFW is part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 183 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving nearly 70,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The mission of KIPP DFW is to provide children in underserved communities with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college, and the competitive world beyond. KIPP DFW is currently comprised of five public charter schools serving elementary and middle school students in the southern Dallas region, and is amidst a rapid growth plan that will result in a total of ten schools providing quality education options to 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the most underserved Dallas-Fort Worth communities by 2021.At KIPP DFW, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. Approximately 90 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged and most students come from neighborhoods where less than five percent of residents graduate from college. At a time when many have given up on public education – and the future of inner-city children – KIPP schools are raising expectations. Our students are outperforming their peers and advancing toward college because we set high standards, inspire achievement, and instill confidence.
General Position Overview:
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is looking for a dynamic, committed and flexible education diagnostician to join our Student Support Services Team. We are looking for a highly dedicated education diagnostician who will bring a “whatever it takes” attitude to helping children succeed. The education diagnostician is responsible for designing effective, high-quality, interventions that are data-driven. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth staff approach work with sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth gives its students an intensive foundation in the core academic subjects with an emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for success in school and in life. The KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth community holds itself to high standards, cognizant that success can be achieved by all, regardless of challenging circumstances, through team work, tenacity and focused dedication.
- Demonstrates positive, collaborative problem-solving orientation with students, parents and guardians, educators, administrators, community members, and colleagues.
- Provides core services including: prevention, consultation, intervention, and assessment. Services include, but are not limited to, conducting observations, collecting data, reviewing student records, conferring with teachers and parents, interviewing students, conducting functional assessments, and planning behavior interventions. These core services are adapted to the particular needs of each student, situation, and setting.
- Helps all stakeholders understand child development and how it affects student performance academically and social/emotionally.
- Serves in a consultative role with designated personnel to offer prevention and intervention strategies related to learning and behavioral problems of students; and provides consultation on an on-going basis to teachers, parents, and other school personnel to resolve students’ learning and behavioral problems.
- Routinely gathers evidence of positive outcomes resulting from psychological services delivered to students, school personnel, and parents.
- Fulfills mandates of federal and state law and the expectations of the school system leadership
- Provides oversight to social workers and supports them in writing functional behavior assessments, developing behavior interventions plans, and tracking student responses to the behavior interventions.
- Receives and reviews available developmental information from school and outside resources about student behavior(s) and selects evidence-supported or evidence-based psychological interventions.
- Accurately administers, scores, and interprets psychological measures of intelligence, personality, behavior, achievement, adaptive functioning, and developmental maturity.
- Ability to write clear, excellent, Bulletin 1508-compliant Psychoeducational evaluations.
- Delivers crisis response and intervention services to students, families and staff, when needed.
- Participates in mediations, administrative reviews, hearings and due process proceedings, as needed.
- Participates in disciplinary proceedings: expulsions, manifestations, and causation meetings.
- Participates in IEP meetings to communicate the results of psychological assessments to members of the team in parent friendly language.
- Able to work flexibly across more than one school site.
Compensation Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.
- Masters and/or Specialist’s in school psychology, special education or related field
- Possess and/or eligible for state certification as an education diagnostician in Texas
- Ph.D. from a state and NASP-approved school psychology program (Preferred)
- Commitment to working with underserved students (Required)
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Work Environment:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Long periods of standing and sitting and have the ability to lift items up to 25 lbs. is required. There will be continued use of hands, wrist and arm movements.
- Requires normal/corrected vision and hearing.
- Ability to lift children up to 50 lbs.
- Periodic participation in activities to support the KIPP team/mission (such as assembling lunches or rearranging lightweight furniture) is required.
- Biological exposure to bacteria and communicable diseases.
General Sign-Off:The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth at any time.
- Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the school and the delivery of high quality education for all students.
Please submit application, cover letter, and resume online at www.kippdfw.org/careers, including contact information for three references: a supervisor, a peer, and a student/parent. For more information on KIPP, please visit www.kipp.org.
Statement of Non-Discrimination:
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.