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Coordinator, Division of Psychological Services

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CLASS DESCRIPTION
OFFICIAL TITLE: Coordinator CODE: 0660 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Coordinator, Division of Psychological Services GRADE: N MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under direction, supervises psychologists, and supporting services professionals; implements the MCPS Teacher Professional Growth System and the Supporting Services professional growth systems. Works collaboratively with psychologists and others to ensure a high-quality program that supports the strategic plans of the division, department and system; represents management on psychologists¿ collaboration committee; screens, interviews, and recommends candidates for employment; and helps manage the daily operations of Psychological Services including coordinating coverage for schools and assigning assessments; monitoring and authorizing purchases of tests and materials; ensuring the accuracy of the psychological records database; and responding to and resolving issues and complaints. Represents the director / division on office, school system, and county committee/workgroups. Gathers information needed for administrative decision making; prepares correspondence and reports; and carries out directives to support units.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION STANDARDS
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Demonstrates leadership; outstanding human relations and conflict resolution skills; strong oral and written communication skills; and ability to respond to direction and implement actions with limited supervision. Expert knowledge of school psychology; federal and state laws and regulations (e.g., Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004; Section 504); and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Montgomery County Board of Education policies (e.g., BOE Policy JGA, Student Discipline; BOE Policy JHC, Child Abuse and Neglect) and MCPS regulations (e.g., MCPS Regulation IOH-RA, Mental Health Referrals; MCPS Regulation JHE-RA, Psychological Assessment). The position requires knowledge of the MCPS Teacher Professional Growth System and the performance standards identified for psychologists and specialists. The position also requires knowledge of the MCPS Supporting Services Professional Growth System. Exercises initiative and effectively represents the director and positions of office and department. Ability to manage and complete multiple assignments while remaining calm under pressure. Ability to learn/utilize a variety of MCPS technological applications and databases.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Masters degree and advanced graduate specialist degree in school psychology or Doctoral degree in school psychology from a college or university accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists and/or the American Psychological Association. A minimum of five years of experience working as a school psychologist. Experience as an educational administrator preferred. Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience that provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered. Successful completion of Observing and Analyzing Teaching (OAT) I and OAT II are required or completed during the first year of assignment.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Meets Maryland state certification requirements for school psychologist and meets state certification for Supervisor of School Psychological Services and/or Administrator I. National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP) desirable.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) Some lifting may be necessary to move boxes of psychological records.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) Availability for evening meetings as necessary; available beyond the duty day to make and receive telephone calls and emails related to coverage, coordinating psychological services and crisis situations.
OVERTIME ELIGIBLE: No

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Evaluates performance of psychologists, instructional assessment specialists, and supporting services employees.

Coordinates the preparation, review, and approval of psychologists¿ Professional Development Plans (PDP).

Conducts pre- and post-observation meetings with psychologists; conducts formal and informal observations of psychologists; and completes written post-observation conference reports.

Provides professional supervision and support for psychologists, and develops and implements improvement plans for underperforming employees.

Leads administrative meetings.

Designs and delivers professional development/training.

Coordinates assignments of temporary and permanent psychologists to schools.

Coordinates screening and interviewing of school psychology interns; communicates with institutes of higher education, and oversees intern supervision by MCPS psychologists.

Helps screen and interview candidates for psychologist, instructional specialist, and secretarial positions.

Assists in monitoring and administering the delivery of psychological services.

Verifies accurate, timely, and comprehensive data submitted by staff members and entered in the psychological assessment database, and prepares biannual system-level summary reports.

Responds to requests regarding psychological programs, budgets, grants, and data.

Helps to implement the strategic plans for the Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement and the Division of Psychological Services.

Represents MCPS management and division on committees and workgroups such as the Psychological Assessment Committee, and the Joint Psychological Services Collaboration Committee.

Represents MCPS during meetings sponsored by Montgomery County, MSDE, county agencies, and other community providers.

Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.

Class Established: 7/2013
Date(s) Revised: 5/2017
Last Reviewed:

This description may be changed at any time.

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