EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST (PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADES 4-7)

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EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST (PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADES 4-7)

COMMENCEMENT DATE: JANUARY 2023

SAHETI School is an independent, co-educational, English-medium school dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, whilst promoting the values and ethos of Hellenism. The school is situated in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

We invite applications for an Educational Psychologist who meets the below listed requirements.

About the position:

The Educational Psychologist will provide direct support and interventions to grade four to seven students, and consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., occupational therapists, speech, and language therapists). In addition, they will aim to improve support strategies, work with school management to improve school-wide practices and policies and collaborate with appropriate professionals to coordinate needed services.

Key competencies

  • A master’s degree in Educational Psychology and current registration with HPCSA
  • Minimum work experience of five years in a school context
  • Commitment to working with young children, adolescents, parents, and staff
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Creativity and a child-centred approach
  • Flexibility regarding time, particularly regarding trauma and crises
  • Computer literacy with a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams
  • Ability to prioritise, multi-task and work under pressure
  • Appropriate educational experience in a mainstream school would be preferable

Duties & Responsibilities include but not limited to:

Facilitating Academic Progress and Potential

  • Conduct phase-specific psychological and academic assessments (school readiness, baseline academic screenings)
  • Work in partnership with teachers to address student’s learning needs
  • Monitor and effectively communicate with parents about student progress
  • Monitor referrals to other professionals (ex. speech therapy, occupational therapy, learning support, external psychologists etc.)
  • Oversee and manage the process of implementing Individual Education Plans for students with specific learning barriers.
  • Promote student motivation and engagement

Promote Positive Behaviour and Mental Health

  • Provide short-term play therapy, as well as individual and group counselling
  • Assess and intervene around student emotional and behavioural needs
  • Promote positive peer relationships (ex. psychoeducational workshops)
  • Make referrals to and help coordinate services provided by other professionals
  • Provide guidance and support to teachers to support their student’s learning and developmental needs

Collaborating with Parents and Families

  • Help families understand their child’s learning and developmental needs (ex. workshops on topics related to learning and development, parent guidance)
  • Connect families with internal and external service providers when necessary

Maintain Effective Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration

  • Coordinate and case-manage referrals from various stakeholders
  • Attend and contribute to multi-disciplinary team meetings at regular intervals
  • Monitor feedback of individual students in a therapeutic process within the broader multi-disciplinary team
  • Ensure effective record-keeping of students in various interventions / therapies on a month-to-month basis
  • Promote effective relationships between teachers and respective members of the multi-disciplinary team

Develop and Maintain Professional Standards

  • Uphold the highest standards of professionalism (ex. confidentiality, dual roles) and ethical behaviour as stipulated by governing bodies, including the Health Professions Council of South Africa
  • Maintain registration with HPCSA and ensure medical indemnity
  • Continuously develop professional skills and knowledge relevant to the phase in which a psychologist function
  • Report on work duties in verbal, written and/or other communication to relevant stakeholders, including, but not limited to the H.O.D and management team.

Written applications and detailed curriculum vitae, including the names of three contactable referees, should be addressed to recruitment@saheti.co.za

Closing Date: 7 OCTOBER 2022

Please note: Any staff member working within a school is required to have a criminal and sexual offender’s clearance certificate, therefore you will be required to make yourself available to having these checks done.

SAHETI School reserves the right make an appointment prior to the closing date of this vacancy, should a suitable candidate be found. Submitting a cv does not entitle the applicant to automatically be called for an appointment. Failure to meet the pre-requisites of the advertised post will automatically disqualify applicants from consideration for the post. Should an applicant not hear from the school within two weeks of the closing date, it must be assumed that their application was not successful.

POPI CLAUSE: Please note that submission of your application to SAHETI School will be used solely for the purposes of recruitment of the abovementioned vacancy and all internal process associated with this application.
This data could be used for statutory reporting and the submission of your application confirms your consent to this. SAHETI School hereby confirms that we will ensure that your data is protected as per the POPI Act.

Closing Date
07/10/2022
SAHETI School, Bedfordview, Johannesburg
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