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Senior Director of School Psychology, 2021-22

Explore Schools

This is a Full-time position in Brooklyn, NY posted August 29, 2021.

Senior Director of School Psychology, Brooklyn, New YorkIn-Person Work RequiredWHO WE AREExplore Schools is a network of public charter schools providing 2,000 students in Brooklyn with the outstanding education they deserve.

Our goal is to provide students with curriculum and instruction that is both standards-aligned curriculum and culturally responsive.

Our approach is designed to provide the conditions to nurture students as critical thinkers and natural problem-solvers.

As an organization we are committed to engaging in work that disrupts and roots out systems and structures that perpetuate white supremacy.

We intentionally seek to build and maintain a talented team that reflects the backgrounds and experiences of our students and creates an inclusive environment for all employees.WHAT WE BELIEVEWe believe that all children can learn when immersed in a rich environment full of high expectations, rigorous academics, and caring, committed adults.

We believe equity and excellence are not mutually exclusive”â?we can meet the needs of all students in our schools, while actively engaging parents and driving toward excellent academic results.

We believe it is both our privilege and responsibility to help close the opportunity gap in the Brooklyn community.WHO YOU AREExplore Schools seeks mental health professional who fosters relationships and leads through priorities deeply rooted in the principles of collaboration, community, and keeping student wellbeing at the center of decision-making.

You are a compassionate and responsive practitioner who takes a trauma and culturally responsive approach in making tailored treatment and support recommendations for students in our communities.Committed to thoughtfully engaging in identity work necessary to take a culturally responsive approach to pedagogy and relationship-building with students and colleaguesStrong orientation toward collaborative work: naturally seeks the input of others and sees the importance of gathering multiple perspectives to inform decisionsAble to quickly build and maintain relationshipsExpert in your fieldSelf-aware, constant learner; a reflective practitioner who is aware of his/her strengths and weaknesses, open to feedback and seeks help to improveWHAT YOU’LL DOThe Senior Director of School Psychology will report to the Senior Director of Special Populations and will be responsible for providing differentiated counsel, guidance and support to students in our 8 schools.

More specifically, the Senior Director of School Psychology will lead and collaborate across the below critical domains.SPECIAL POPULATIONS PROGRAM CONSULTATIONDevelop capacity of school-based staff during expansion of the 12:1 program, through strengthening individual and class instructional and classroom culture building practices and interventions, both academic and behavioralDevelop effective liaison relationships with parents, schools, and agencies.Consult with school-based staff on students whose needs we are not yet adequately meeting, and need additional insight.

May include student observations, designing support plans for individual students, attending to academic and behavioral needs.Consult with network-based staff on support services, social emotional learning and other supportsConsult with families who would prefer not to interface with the CSEProvide direct support to select families who request and/or would benefit from additional advocacy while navigating the referral processAnalyze a variety of data to make informed decisions around the best next steps or interventions for studentsneeding additional supportPROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTLead professional development around trauma-informed instructional practices, designing effective behavior and academic plans for leaders, support services, teachers and school culture staffDevelop and lead professional development for teachers around developing and implementing effective student support plansCOMPLIANCE AND CLINICAL SUPERVISIONClinical supervision for select school counselors and social workersComplete assessments and evaluations to identify student needs and make referrals as appropriateConsult with appropriate professional staff, external agencies, and other organizations as necessary based on scholars’ needsPerform other tasks as may be assigned by the school leadersQualificationsDoctorate, PhD or PsyD in psychology or closely related fieldNew York State school psychologist certification or certification eligibilityUnderstanding of special education compliance and/or experience navigating charter school system and CSESchool-based psychologist work experience with evidence of measurable student growthTeaching experience preferredExperience with trauma-informed and healing centered practicesOpenness to feedback and willingness to take responsibility for student successExcellent verbal and written skills in communicating with varied audiencesBENEFITS AND PERKSExplore Schools staff members receive a competitive salary, vacation including network shutdown days, considerablematching of retirement contributions, and more.

Additionally, you can expect:Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision insuranceProfessional development: teachers participate in weekly PD, year-round retreats and trainings, and on-goingcoaching by professionalsFlexible and reflective leadership: dedicated to staff development, and committed to direct and sensitivecommunicationDriven and passionate colleagues who contribute to a professional and collaborative work environmentLOCATIONExplore Schools is a network of 8 charter schools located in Canarsie, Crown Heights, and Flatbush communities of Brooklyn, NY.

Our network office is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

For the 21-22 school year, our schools will be moving back to a fully in-person model.

For this specific role, in-person work is requiredEQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERExplore Schools is an equal opportunity employer.

We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status.