Colorado State School Psychologist - Denver in Mesa County, Colorado

School Psychologist - Denver



School Psychologist - Denver


$5,218.00 - $7,637.00 Monthly


Mesa County, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IKA 05419 08/08/2018


8/24/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

Physical Job location:

4255 S. Knox Court

Denver, CO. 80236

About the Colorado Department of Human Services:

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • CafeWell employee wellness program

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

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Our Culture & Environment

Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:

  • Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being

  • Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value accountability and transparency

  • Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship

  • Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado's success

  • Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes

Committing to continuous learning because Coloradians deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow

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About the Division of Youth Services:

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, commitment and parole. DYS is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates ten secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. The Division also contracts with numerous private residential and non-residential service providers throughout the State. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of Senate Bill 91-94; a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State.

Division of Youth Services Mission:

It is the mission of the Division of Youth Services to protect, restore and improve public safety through a continuum of services and programs that: Effectively supervise juvenile offenders, promote offender accountability to victims and communities, and build skills and competencies of youth to become responsible citizens. The Division also adheres to the concepts embodied in the Five Core Values and the Five Key Strategies, which are shown below.

We invite you to explore the DYS website and learn about the services provided to youth, families, and local communities in the State of Colorado at:

Description of Job

Summary of this position:

This position exists to administer diagnostic/assessment services, including but not limited to cognitive, social/emotional, adaptive, behavioral, and other formal or informal education assessments to committed youth, analyze and interpret results and to provide written reports with recommendations. Administer, score, and interpret necessary assessments (broad and focused) to assist in determining disabling conditions, and/or tiered programming for students according to State and Federal Regulations and according to the Division of Youth Services policies and procedures. Participation during assessments for initials and re-evaluations of Individual Educational Plans (IEP) for committed youth who have been identified by IDEA within Division of Youth Services, especially for students with Serious Emotional Disabilities will occur. This position requires travel on an as needed basis to all correctional facilities in the state of Colorado in order to complete job duties.

This position will also provide behavioral support to our commitment facilities within the Division of Youth Services. School Psychologists are responsible for providing legally and procedurally defensible guidance and team leadership with State and Federal Education Guidelines, procedural safeguards, and ethical practices in mind.

Specific duties include:

This position will:

  • Conduct cognitive, adaptive, and behavior assessments, formal and informal, for juvenile offenders involved with special education needs

  • Make decisions regarding the use of validated psychological instruments to conduct education based cognitive and behavioral evaluations, based on upon the educational impact and current needs of the students.

  • Write and communicate reports and suggested next steps related to evaluations.

  • Attend special education evaluations and other meetings as appropriate as the school based mental health professional and provide expert opinion on the areas of evaluation and disability.

  • Determine which validated assessments are appropriate for cognitive, adaptive, and behavior in order to conduct comprehensive education evaluations

  • Interpret results of assessments

  • Regular contact with Assessment Specialists, Special Education Teacher II Principals, Parents, Behavioral Mental Health Specialists, Clinicians, and other identified team members to uphold consistent practices throughout the state, which are consistent with DYS policies, procedures, and Education Strategic Plan can be difficult. Guidance from principal and Education Central Office can be sought to help with scheduling and prioritizing.

  • Determine necessary and appropriate assessments for youth undergoing an initial or re-evaluation of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and interpret the data in conjunction with the IEP team will be the responsibility of the school psychologist. The Special Education Director was assist in results determination.

Provide consultation and guidance to educator for school-based supports and services for students with Individualized Education Programs and / or youth with significant behavior concerns impacting their ability to access the education setting.

  • Provide expertise in data-driven decision making, consultation, interventions and instructional supports, behavior interventions and mental health services, school-wide practices to promote learning, prevention and response services, research and program evaluation, and legal and ethical professional practice.

  • Develop and conduct training on topics related to school psychology, including but not limited to, functional behavioral analysis, behavior intervention plans, school based interventions, strength-based evaluation and goal setting.

  • Participate, as appropriate, in Individualized Education Program meetings.

  • Collaborate with education team

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Applicants must meet all of the requirements listed below to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must provide all supporting documents to be considered for this position.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to the work assignment.


License Requirement:

  • Candidates must possess, or have the ability to possess, a Colorado Professional Special Services Provider license with an endorsement in School Psychology. (Applicants must attach a copy of licensure to move forward in the selection process for this position.)



  • Two (2) years of professional experience the specialty area of the work assignment.

The work experience must be specifically documented on your application to determine if qualified or your application maybe rejected.


  • There are no substitutions for the required education or required experience.

Preferred Candidates will possess the following qualifications:

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Experience developing, implementing, and/or monitoring educational programming, standards-based curriculum, and trauma-responsive/restorative environments.

  • Emotional intelligence.

  • Experience with at-risk youth.

Highly Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Colorado Academic Standards for K-12 education.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Ability to build relationships with stakeholders.

  • Strong decision-making skills and follow through.

  • Ability to positively and professionally interact with administrators, staff, parents, clients, community members and the judicial system.

  • Excellent oral communication skills.

  • Ability to collaboratively problem solve, ask for and use feedback, and create positive culture and climate.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be 21 years old or older.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado drivers license.

  • Must have no felony convictions and no violent history.

  • Must pass a drug screen.

  • Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigations and a Federal Bureau of Investigations background check as a condition of employment. Included in the background check is a current and/or previous employer check. Your current and/or previous employers within the past 10 years at a minimum must be listed on your job application (most recent in descending order), even if the job or duties are unrelated to the position for which you are applying. Incomplete employer information (address, phone number, and supervisor) or omission of former employers may result in a disqualification of your application.

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process:

Please submit a cover letter, which addresses your experience as it relates to the qualifications listed above, and include a resume.

The selection process will consist primarily of a review of applications against the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Applications will be reviewed in comparison to all others in the applicant pool in order to identify a top group of candidates who may be invited for a final interview. Applicants will be notified of their status via email.

Please be aware the application review is based solely upon the information provided in your application packet, including the Work Experience and Supplemental Questions sections of your application. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide extensive detail in these sections of your application. You should specifically address how, and in what capacity, your work experience satisfies the minimum requirements or allowable substitution requirements of this position, as well as the preferred qualifications.

Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were terminated for disciplinary reasons, or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the impairment which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDHS to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation three days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDHS to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation. To request a reasonable accommodation for this assessment, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or or the contact listed on this announcement three days before the assessment date.