Early Elementary Clinical Psychologist (2021-2022 Anticipated Openings)
Updated: March 26, 2021
Reports to: Early Elementary Director/Lower School Clinical Director
***We’d love to meet you! Please note that this role is an anticipated opening for the 2021-22 school year. Want to learn more? Come to our Career Night!***
The Quad Preparatory School is an alternative, non-profit, K-12 college preparatory school dedicated to the education of twice-exceptional students, bright and creative children who learn differently. Quad Prep is a young, fast-growing school founded in 2013 that is a vibrant professional and collegial learning community for employees.
The Quad Preparatory School transforms the lives of twice-exceptional people – those who are gifted and learn differently – by redefining the experience of school. Our personalized model fully integrates social and emotional learning with challenging academics, empowering our students to rise to the level of their extraordinary talents. Through our innovative programs we are leading a larger movement in service of both twice-exceptional people and society at large.
Our teachers, clinicians, and staff joined together to craft our statement of values, which we are proud to share:
- Quad Prep is a kind and joyful learning community where everyone is celebrated for who they are.
- We ignite students’ strengths and passions and allow for safe academic pursuit at the highest levels by learning from mistakes.
- We are trustworthy and steadfast, and our high academic expectations challenge students to grow uniquely as people and in the way they learn.
- We widen our students’ perspectives, giving them the tools to know themselves and find success in the future of their choosing.
- We never give up on each other and are driven by the ethos of “not if, but how.”
As Quad Prep is rooted in the community of New York City, we commit, as a matter of justice and equity, that we shall work toward enrolling a student body and employing a staff that fully reflects the makeup of our community.
As education at Quad Prep is rooted in the idea that our neurodiverse students are to be proudly celebrated for their unique talents and potential, we commit that the whole self of every individual student, parent, and staff member shall be welcomed, valued, included, and treated always with the deepest respect and empathy.
And, as at Quad Prep our community is a single fabric supporting the development of all, we commit that every student shall benefit from the richness of the backgrounds and experiences that make up that fabric, so that they leave Quad fully prepared to engage with the exciting and wonderful diversity of this world.
The Quad Preparatory School is looking for a licensed clinical psychologist to join our team of Early Elementary clinicians in providing effective, integrated school-based intervention. The psychologist will carry a caseload of elementary school students primarily in grades K through 2nd. The psychologist’s role also includes supervising post-doctoral fellows, mental health counselors, and/or other team members in related professions, as well as psychosocial teachers and interns and externs in Master’s and Doctoral-level programs. The clinical team at Quad Prep is highly collaborative, a trait that the psychologist must uphold to provide personalized support to each enrolled student.
- Provide individual and group counseling to a direct caseload of students, and complete session notes and other data tracking of student goals.
- Conduct weekly supervision/consultation with supervisees and ensure responsibilities of supervisees are carried out.
- Oversee psychosocial interns’/externs’/practicum students’ data tracking of students’ goals and counseling provided to students; directly supervise interns/externs as assigned.
- Perform or supervise timely risk assessment; participate and ensure all follow-up.
- Before the start of the school year, along with the child’s psychosocial team, identify goals for each student to begin tracking immediately upon commencement of the school year. Assure the development and timely revision of each student’s plan to allow for tracking of goals.
- Schedule monthly collaborative calls with each student’s outside providers and student’s parents (all parties on the same call), and collaborate with parents and outside providers as frequently as needed.
- Participate in weekly Psychosocial Team meetings with all faculty and staff.
- Organize daily after-school meetings with faculty and staff as needed to cover any changes needed for the following day.
- Advise and coach teachers and staff in regards to each child’s individual therapeutic needs, the psychosocial curriculum and psychosocial clinical best practices; collaborate with other clinicians on students’ teams to determine the best approach for each student.
- Create and present Professional Development workshops for staff and/or Quad Prep events as assigned.
- Competently utilize Google Suite, in particular Google Drive and Docs.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Passion for working with children
- Desire and ability to work with students with special needs
- Ability to connect with elementary children (primarily grades K -2)
- Knowledge of various clinical interventions and use of a collaborative approach to meet the unique needs of each child
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- A solid understanding of early elementary academic, social, and emotional development
- Attention to detail
- Maintaining confidentiality and privacy
- Ethical conduct
- Time management and the ability to multitask
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Patience and flexibility
This job operates in a school setting. The school is located on the fourth floor of a building with two elevators. This role requires working in various locations around the school and the potential for accompanying students to a local park or outings in the community.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and listen. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, and stooping all day. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items under 20 pounds. During fire drills, the employee, unless physically unable, will need to use the stairs to go to ground level from the fourth floor. Typing is required for composing emails and writing reports. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time position in an educational facility which is open eight hours a day. The 2021-2022 school year contract begins July 6, 2021. Clinicians work 12 months out of the year according to the August-June academic calendar and with vacation time in the summer after a full year of employment. Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required. In general, though, hours are Monday-Friday 8 A.M.-4 P.M.
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation is dependent upon experience and degree obtained.
At Quad Prep you’ll have access to a full range of benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage; pre-tax transit and dependent care accounts; a 401K match and student loan repayment contributions (after one year of employment); and a range of professional development opportunities, including our First Year Support Program for all new facility and staff; our Leadership Development Institute for those wishing to gain supervisory experience; and a full tuition waiver for candidates wishing to participate in our annual Certificate Program in Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Students.
You’ll engage with your colleagues in our ongoing staff wellness groups, relax at our game nights and happy hours, and collaborate in meaningful work as a valued member of our voluntary groups, including our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce; our Staff Ambassador Program; and our Peer Mentorship Program.
Required Education and Experience:
- Possess and maintain New York State License to practice clinical psychology (or currently be working toward NYS licensure and possess at the beginning of employment in July 2021)
- Doctoral level psychology degree, PsyD or PhD
- Experience with elementary age population
- Experience with students who have social-cognitive challenges and learning differences
- Experience in evidence-based treatment, particularly CBT and DBT
- Demonstration of consistent self-growth and challenge through professional development
- Interpersonal style that builds consensus and compels constructive problem solving
- Commitment to furthering the field of psychology through training others
Preferred Education and Experience:
- Experience working with twice-exceptional youth
AAP/EEO Statement: The Quad Preparatory School is based on an inclusive philosophy that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, familial status, citizenship, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law in its hiring procedures and policies.