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School Psychologist

Date Posted: Apr 10, 2024

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: School Psychologist (10-months) 

Location: Various Locations

Salary:  DFT Salary Schedule ($58,142 - $87,000)**

Reports to:  Principal (or Designee) and/or Supervisor, Office of School Psychologist

Bargaining Unit: Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT)

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Telecommuting Eligibility: Not eligible for telecommuting.

In accordance with the Agreement between the Detroit Federation of Teachers and the Detroit Public Schools Community District, the following vacancy is announced.

**DPSCD will offer a $15,000 retention/recruitment certification bonus to existing and new educators who hold a valid permanent State of Michigan School Psychologist Certification or provisional State of Michigan School Psychologist Certification for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicant must possess a master’s or specialist degree from an accredited school psychology-training program.
  • Valid Permanent State of Michigan School Psychologist Certification or provisional State of Michigan School Psychologist Certification. The provisional School Psychologist must obtain a permanent State of Michigan School Psychologist Certification within 16 months of employment with the district.
  • Current certification as a School Psychologist.
  • Limited Licensed or Fully Licensed Psychologist Preferred.
  • Minimum of two (2) years post master’s degree experience working with school-aged children and families.


  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current federal and state special education laws and local guidelines.
  2. Ability to identify at-risk students and develop research based academic and behavioral interventions in the least restrictive environment.
  3. Ability to administer full psychological/academic/social-emotional evaluations for students aged birth to 26 years.
  4. Demonstrate general knowledge of disability areas in special education with specific knowledge in cognitive impairment, early childhood developmental delay, specific learning disability, other health impaired/ADHD, and traumatic brain disorder.
  5. Ability to successfully collaborate with staff and implement District Initiatives.
  6. Coordinate and/or participate in the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team/Individual Educational Planning Team Meeting process.
  7. Complete psych-educational assessments to assist in the determination of special education eligibility. Must have an understanding of the IEP Process and the ability to develop Individual Education Plans, Multidisciplinary Team Reports, and Evaluation Review Reports.
  8. Ability to provide crisis prevention, intervention, brief and situational psychotherapy
  9. Ability to provide professional development to schools in order to update them on special education laws and best practice strategies to improve student achievement.
  10. Ability to provide crisis prevention, intervention, brief and situational psychotherapy
  11. Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  12. Professional consultation with students, parents, and staff
  13. Working knowledge of basic technological, proficiency in software related to Special Education and Psychological Services.
  14. Attend meetings and professional development activities as required.
  15. Perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned by the Principal (or Designee).

Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.

External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.

Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

All DPSCD employees are required to disclose their vaccine status, however COVID-19 vaccines are strongly encouraged but not required.

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or

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