Citizens of the World Los Angeles

School Pyschologist

US-CA-Los Angeles
Job ID
2017-1031

Overview

Organization Overview

The mission of Citizens of the World Los Angeles (CWC LA) is to provide a socio-economically, culturally, and racially diverse community of students in Los Angeles with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student's confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world. CWC schools:

  • Service a socioeconomically, culturally, and racially diverse community;
  • Develop students’ social and emotional skills to prepare them to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future; and
  • Promote academic rigor through a constructivist, project-based learning approach, to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity

 

The CWC LA network is growing at a rapid rate and currently enrolls 1,600 students in three high-performing schools, growing to over 2,000 students in 2017-18:

  • CWC Hollywood (opened in September 2010, renewed charter approved in December 2014, currently TK-5th grade);
  • CWC Silver Lake (opened in August 2012, renewed charter approved in November 2016, currently TK-7th grade and growing to TK-8th grade in 2017-18); and
  • CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013, currently TK-5th grade and growing to 6-8th grades over the next three years).

 

CWC LA has a Regional Support Office that supports all CWC LA schools. We work with our network partners at Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC Schools), linking the schools in Los Angeles to CWC schools in New York City and Kansas City.

 

Our core values are embraced by the entire community:

  • Excellence: we demand lasting quality
  • Diversity: we are better and stronger because of our differences
  • Authenticity: we are our true selves in this work, and we are candid
  • Community: we care deeply about people. We share and build partnerships. We celebrate, laugh, and seek joy, even in the tough times
  • Change: we welcome the unknown, embracing the unexpected and new. We adapt to meet the ever-changing times. We find new ways.

Position Description

CWCLA is seeking an enthusiastic, skilled, and creative School Psychologist to be a part of a team of educators working to provide a challenging and inclusive education for students with disabilities. We are looking for individuals with a passion for working with children with disabilities and the desire to work within a highly collaborative staff. S/he will help students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally through valid and timely assessment and high quality Individualized Education Program (IEP) documents and reports. They will collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students. The School Psychologist will work with children in grades K through 8 across our Hollywood, Silver Lake, and Mar Vista campuses.

Responsibilities

The School Psychologist’s job responsibilities include:

  • Providing direct services to individuals or groups of students (e.g., counseling, crisis interventions, mentoring, and individual safety plans, when appropriate);
  • Developing and implementing educationally-based IEP communication goals using a variety of service delivery models to support the classroom curriculum;
  • Following and implementing treatment plans;
  • Documenting student progress towards meeting established goals and objectives;
  • Conducting formal assessments in the areas of general abilities and social-emotional development;
  • Participating in IEP meetings of students on assigned caseload;
  • Collaborating with teachers to ensure that students meet the goals outlined in their IEPs;
  • Submitting records, reports and IEP documents promptly and efficiently.
  • Providing individualized classroom strategies to facilitate social-emotion skills;
  • Communicating with families of students on assigned caseload regarding progress toward IEP goals;
  • Participating as a member of the regional Special Education team, including administration, Resource Specialist Program Teachers, Occupational and Speech/Language Therapists, School Counselors, Behavior Intervention Developer, and a regional Director of Special Education;
  • Managing the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Communicating and interacting effectively with multiple constituents

Qualifications

The School Psychologist will have:

  • Alignment with the philosophy, mission and core values of the organization
  • An exhibited ability to work with children and adults in order to create a joyful, caring environment
  • Experience working with diverse student and family populations
  • Belief and willingness to ensure that all students can learn and achieve at high levels
  • Strong communication (verbally and in writing)
  • Knowledge of compliance-oriented special education timelines, procedures, and processes
  • Ability to handle confidential information discretely and professionally
  • Ability to exercise appropriate initiative and work independently
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ease at managing competing demands, working under pressure, and determining priorities independently
  • Fluency in a second language, ideally Spanish or Korean (preferred)

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