Full Time School Psychologist

The American College of Sofia integrates American pedagogical principles with European traditions to nurture critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, leadership, and collaboration among a diverse student body. Accredited by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), we offer rigorous academics and a wide array of extracurricular activities.

Position Overview:

The school psychologist is a member of the Student Support Department at ACS. As such they report directly to the President and/or Deputy Director in the absence of a Director of the Student Support Department. They work in a team with all of the other members of the Student Support Department. They are under the supervision of the President and the Deputy Director.

 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Counsel individual students as needed for academic support and social-emotional needs in a limited sequence of sessions but not for ongoing, long-term remediation or therapy; refer students to external psychologists and/or expertise for ongoing therapy
  • Create counseling groups of students, and other activities for students, based on students’ needs and interests
  • Communicate with parents and teachers of students about students’ needs, as confidentiality permits; and, when relevant, with related external experts
  • Assess students’ learning needs, cognitive abilities and mental health status through accepted testing instruments, and communicate results to students, parents, teachers and administrators, as appropriate
  • Recommend appropriate learning and assessment accommodations based on testing results and communicate those recommendations to teachers and administrators as well as to the student and parents
  • Lead “Academic Support Groups” for students identified by the administration as falling below academic standards at ACS and any other students who wish academic support
  • Teach health courses to students regarding mental, social, emotional, personal development, and physical health
  • Collect and analyze data regarding student needs; conduct research into studies and best practices in the field of psychology and use the data and research to inform their work
  • Provide workshops, presentations, information sessions and written resources to students and parents; and methodological workshops, presentations and information sessions to teachers; based on students’ needs and on evidence-based research and best practices in the field of psychology and adolescent development
  • Serve as advisor to a student club and actively help the student members learn about areas of interest and leadership through the club and provide services to other students, such as informational presentations, activities and discussion groups 
  • Serve on the school’s Crisis Management Team and provide counseling assistance throughout the school as requested;
  • Serve as a mediator in conflict resolution
  • Consult with and advise administrators, faculty, staff and parents regarding student mental health, emotional wellness and behavior
  • Be an active liaison with community services and associations in order to refer students to appropriate services external to the school and supports students when/if they receive external support through specialists
  • Actively work to promote an environment of good mental health and physical well-being at ACS

Required Competencies: 

  • Master’s degree in Clinical or Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Professional counseling experience with adolescents
  • Fluent English
  • Ability to conduct research, collect and analyze data and write reports
  • Affinity for high-school age children
  • High ability to communicate well with parents and teachers
  • Ability and desire to be part of a team, with another school psychologist and with the other members of the department, as well as with students, parents, teachers and administrators
  • Experience with the variety of learning differences and needs within a high school setting
  • Flexibility and patience in a fast-paced, changing atmosphere
  • Clear background check

Application Process:

Please email all required documents at acs@acsbg.org  by July 13, 2024 with the subject line: Family Name/First Name: School Psychologist. 

  1. Updated Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  2. Copies of relevant university diploma(s) and other professional qualifications
  3. Two references

 

Selection Process:

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview to further discuss their qualifications and teaching philosophy.

 

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