The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf (ENCSD) is a state school serving the 54 easternmost counties that provides a specialized learning environment for deaf and hard of hearing students, kindergarten through 12th grade, following a typical school calendar. The ENCSD offers students an academic setting with standards-based instruction, low classroom ratios, career and vocational skills development, current technology, and an overall accessible environment for learning through American Sign Language. A boarding program is available for enrolled students residing outside of Wilson County. The ENCSD seeks to promote both intentional and experiential learning to provide continued advancement in student academic achievement and social/emotional well-being.
The School is currently recruiting for the position of School Psychologist. The primary purpose of this position is help students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. The psychologist collaborates with educators, administrators, families, and other mental health professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students and strengthen connections between home and school. Practice in ways that meet all appropriate ethical, professional, and legal standards. Understand and apply federal, state, and local policies and regulations in the delivery of school psychological services. Maintain confidentiality of student records and information. Use technology in ways that are consistent with ethical and responsible professional practice. Recognize issues of diversity that affect routine interactions with other people and organizations. Modify or adapt routine practice to effectively meet these diverse needs. Demonstrate sensitivity and skills needed to work with families, students, and staff from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Employ practices that promote home, school, and community partnerships and enhance learning and mental health goals for students. Identify diverse cultural issues, situations, and other factors that influence family, school, and community interactions and address such issues when developing and providing services.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
The ideal candidate will have an active NC Dept of Public Instruction School Psychologist license, (or) have an advanced degree or beyond in School Psychology which is the eligibility criteria to receive an NC Dept of Public Instruction School Psychologist license.
Candidates should have considerable knowledge and understanding regarding functioning, behaviors, needs, problems and attitudes of children who are deaf/hard of hearing including children who are deaf/hard of hearing who may have additional disabilities; knowledge of child development and ability to develop rapport with children; and general knowledge of state and federal laws, division and school policies. Demonstrate knowledge regarding the social, affective, and adaptive domains of child development. Identify and apply sound principles of behavior change within these domains to assist in designing and implementing prevention and intervention programs. Exercise good judgment in observing and recording behaviors, academic progress, etc. To understand and effectively carry out oral and written instructions and to quickly analyze situations and make decisions; ability to use a computer accurately and to make and correct change; and ability to prioritize, organize, and complete duties effectively and efficiently and to perform duties and functions independently with minimal supervision. Help schools develop challenging, but achievable, cognitive and academic goals for all students. Collaborate with others to develop appropriate cognitive and academic goals for students with different abilities, disabilities, strengths, needs, and develop interventions to achieve these goals. Implement appropriate and alternative ways to monitor and assess the effectiveness of interventions and individual student progress toward goals. Assess students' cognitive abilities using a variety of instruments and techniques that are appropriate for the individual student. Demonstrate expertise in collecting, managing, and interpreting various types of individual and group data. Apply sound principles of data-based decision making to all aspects of practice (e.g., designing interventions, monitoring student progress, consulting with school administrators, and disseminating intervention research findings within the school setting). Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work, communicate, and collaborate effectively with teachers, other school staff, and families as part of a team within the school setting. Ensure that students and families know about community services and programs and assist them in accessing these, as appropriate. Participate in planning and implementing prevention programs to address the social and affective needs of students (e.g., programs to address bullying, school violence, and school safety). Have knowledge of universal screening, as well as early reading and math literacy. Participate in designing prevention and intervention methods to address programs that influence student learning. Provide direct services to individuals or groups of students (e.g., counseling, crisis interventions, mentoring, and individual safety plans, when appropriate). Consult and confer with teachers, staff, and families about strategies to facilitate the social and affective adjustment of students. Participate in planning and/or implementation of school or system-level crisis response. Identify resources and coordinate services with other professionals and/or agencies to address students' behavioral, affective, or social needs.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
- Advanced degree or beyond in School Psychology with or eligible to receive a license level of one of the following: S, AS, D, DS.
- Salary determination is based on the NC DPI SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST SALARY SCHEDULE.
- In addition to base salary, Eastern NC School for the Deaf offers a 8% monthly supplement for School Psychologist.
- Management will give preference to applicants who currently hold an active NC Dept of Public Instruction School Psychologist License. Management will also give preference to applicants who can communicate using American Sign Language.