Deaf Psychologist – Salem, Oregon

School Psychologist

$31,727.00 – $68,461.00 Annually


Salem, OR

Job Type



Education-Oregon School for the Deaf

Job Number


Closing date and time

8/27/2014 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana


MISSION: The Oregon Department of Education fosters excellence for every learner through innovation, collaboration, leadership, and service to our education partners.

VALUES: Equity for Every Student; High Quality Education; Results Focused; Service; Leadership; Teamwork; People Are Our Greatest Asset

There is currently one permanent, full-time (based on a 192-day school year) position available with the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon School for the Deaf in Salem. This position is represented by the State Teacher Education Association.

The Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) provides direct 24-hour educational and residential services to approximately 120 students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, kindergarten through 21. OSD acts as a resource to the entire state, providing special activities, consultation, and educational services to students, professionals, families and the public.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties include:

As school psychologist, administers various psychological and behavioral evaluations requested by team members. Gathers the psychological and behavioral data necessary to provide comprehensive psycho/educational reports. Works with the supervising teachers to identify students in need of additional attention or special staffings. Assists staff and parent in developing positive behavior support plans for the school, dormitory, and home.

Assists parents to understand and cope with newly-diagnosed disabilities in addition to deafness.

Tracks and coordinates eligibility reviews, does file reviews, runs pre-eligibility meetings, writes educational impact statements, and submits all needed eligibility documents for distribution.

Functions as a consultant to the dormitory, school and guidance counselor/therapist. Provides individual and group counseling when needed.

As requested, participates in student IEP meetings and works with the team to develop goals based on the needs of the student.

Maintains individual student files relating to psychological evaluations and behavioral interventions.

Contacts parents as needed or requested to coordinate services (i.e. counseling or therapy) for their child, facilitates exchanges of information so appropriate planning and services can be provided, and responds to parents/ concerns or requests.

Contacts and coordinates with social services agencies to obtain related services needed for the student to be successful in his/her educational placement.

Serves as facilitator when a meeting may become contentious. Ensures that all parties are supported as best as possible.


Requires a flexible schedule to accommodate the variety of hours needed to provide emergency counseling and/or consultation services. Facilitates “differences” between OSD students and their parents and/or staff. Helps out with emergency situations (upset, hostile attitude, physically aggressive, etc.). May be exposed to communicable diseases.

Works with active deaf and hard-of-hearing children throughout the day. May be required to supervise students during special activities. May work with students who have severe emotional or behavioral problems with whom physical restraint techniques may need to be used. May work with and train teaching assistants, volunteers, college practicum students, and/or student teachers. May be exposed to communicable diseases. Walks around and stands a great deal of the time in order to instruct and assess effectively.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the requirements stated in this section. To receive credit, your application form must clearly show you possess the following qualifications:

· Masters Degree in School Psychology
· Oregon School Psychologist license or ability to obtain within the first year of employment.

For information on how to apply for an Oregon School Psychologist license and/or certificate you may contact the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission by calling (503) 378-3586 or by mail at 465 Commercial St. NE, Salem, OR 97301 or at www.tspc.state.or.us.


At the Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD), staff having significant contact with students must possess effective American Sign Language (ASL) skills. All staff at OSD must possess some level of ASL skill in order to make OSD a communication-accessible environment. Staff are expected to sign at all times when deaf students or staff are present or in the vicinity, regardless of whether they are directly involved in the conversation. This includes the campus grounds as well as inside buildings.

The expected level for a Teacher is Level 3. The minimum at hire is Level 2, with the required level (Level 3) within one year of hire.
Definitions of ASL Levels:

1:—Able to engage in routine conversation, emergency transactions and minimum courtesy requirements.
2:—Able to satisfy routine social demands, travel needs and everyday conversational work requirements.
3:—Able to sign ASL with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social and professional topics; able to conduct work in ASL.

Note: Your application materials must clearly describe how you meet these qualifications. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the “Work Experience” section of your Oregon E-Recruit application.

All application materials must be received by the closing date and time posted on this announcement.

Additional Information
To apply: follow the “Apply” link above and complete the Oregon employment application online. Only complete applications submitted online will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. We do not accept paper or e-mail applications. ODE will communicate with all applicants by e-mail.

This job announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in this class of work. Apply now if you are interested in this or future vacancies.

The selection process consists of a review of your application materials and an evaluation of your education, experience and training. Please note that your responses will also be evaluated for English usage, grammar, spelling and punctuation. Qualified applicants whose background most closely matches the needs of the position will be invited to interview.

Applicants will be subject to a thorough background investigation including fingerprinting and driving record. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification. Conviction of a crime will not automatically preclude an appointment. The circumstances involved in the conviction will be considered.

If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may contact:
Cassie Graham, Recruitment Coordinator
Oregon Department of Education
255 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97310
Ph: 503-947-5635
Email: [email protected]

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NOTE: The Oregon Department of Education does not offer visa sponsorships. The successful candidate will be required to complete the U.S. Department of Justice form I-9 confirming authorization to work in the United States on his/her first day of work.

The Department of Education is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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