The Peel District School Board (PDSB) is a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse board that serves 155,000+ students and approximately 17,000 employees. We have 257 schools, 217 of which are elementary and 42 are secondary. In PDSB, 87% of students are racialized, non-white, representing 162 different ethnic backgrounds. Students in Peel have 121 different first languages. Student diversity also exists in terms of gender and gender expression, sexuality and in terms of ability and faith. A responsive and empathetic understanding of the lived experiences of the students and communities we serve is vital to those who will take on leadership roles within the PDSB. The workforce consists of teachers, office staff, custodial staff, education assistants and professional staff. The workforce is largely unionized with the majority of employees belonging to numerous bargaining units.
The Board’s strategic plan includes four pillars: High Expectations for achievement; Parent, community and staff engagement; Equity and inclusion; and Safe, positive healthy climate/well-being. Although Equity and Inclusion is a separate pillar within the strategic plan, equity and inclusion is also the lens through which all areas of the strategic plan must be seen, internalized and understood. The Board is committed to equity, inclusion, and dismantling systemic inequities that lead to marginalization and oppression of students from specific identity groups and with certain lived experiences.
We are currently accepting applications for a Manager, Psychology.
Reporting to the Superintendent of Special Education Support Services, through the Coordinating Principal (Professional Student Services Personnel, Equity and Anti-Oppression Practices), the Manager, Psychology will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for Psychoeducational Consultants (PSSP). The Manager, Psychology will be part of the multi-disciplinary team to plan, and implement psychological services for students in accordance with the PDSB’s Plan for Student Success 2016-2021 and Special Education Delivery Model. This position will co-manage a team of Psychological staff. This position will be responsible for supervising and directing day to day activities specific to the psychological staff and developing and implementing quality service initiatives.
As Manager, Psychology, you will be responsible to develop, implement and support the special education delivery model; provide leadership of internship programs for graduate level trainees in psychology including training requirements associated with membership in the Toronto Area Residency Consortium (TARC) - Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC); coordinate, develop, provide, and/or facilitate training plans/supervision to support psychology staff who are seeking registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario; provide clinical supervision and professional consultation to psychology staff; provide clinical supervision to unregistered psychology staff as needed; develop new and support existing policies and procedures that adhere to professional practice standards and best practices in the delivery of psychological services to schools to support student achievement and well-being; provide consultation and support to Special Education Support Services leadership team; develop new, manage and coordinate existing resources to support program implementation and services for students with Special Education and mental health needs (e.g., FASD support service, MHAN, Telepsychiatry, etc.); manage the recruitment and selection process for designated employee group; co-manage the performance appraisal process, provide coaching, counselling and guidance to psychology staff; identify and recommend service quality initiatives related to psychology staff; coordinate and manage special funding projects related to psychology services (e.g., Extra Assessment Projects); direct service and consultation to Superintendents and school Administrators and work with various board departments and committees; liaise with community agencies, private practitioners and professional associations; actively contribute to the collaborative leadership team of the Special Education Support Services; provide support for staff and school Administrators in a specific Field Office area; other duties as assigned.
- Masters or Doctorate degree and registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) with an authorized practice in School Psychology
- Minimum five (5) years’ of broad range experience related to School/Clinical Psychology practice, assessment and treatment protocols - previous experience working in an education environment required; experience in a supervisory role preferred
- Comprehensive knowledge of current research and evidence based practices in the field of psychology and student well-being
- Knowledge of collective agreements, Board policies and procedures, and applicable regulations and legislation
- Ability to manage, organize and co-ordinate Psychology services
- Leadership capabilities in planning and implementation of psychology services, collaborative decision making and team building
- Demonstrated experience as a community liaison
- Demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment
- A doctoral degree linked to CPO registration and an additional authorized competence in Clinical Psychology
NOTE: An additional stipend of $2,500 is available for successful applicants for this position who hold a doctoral degree
Commitment to Equity
The Peel District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We are committed to equitable hiring practices that allow us to hire qualified staff who reflect the full diversity of the Region of Peel. We will make any reasonable accommodation, based on any of the human rights protected grounds, to support candidates to participate in the hiring process.
We are also committed to inclusion and anti-oppression practices while also supporting the continuous growth and development of an equitable and empowered education system at the PDSB.
When contacted, candidates will be provided with an overview of the various elements of the selection process, such as test and skill demonstrations. We will provide employment accommodation (i.e. an accessible location, rescheduling of interviews that fall on Days of Significance) if we are advised of an applicant's needs in advance of any part of the selection process.
Criminal Background Check
Successful candidates must provide a satisfactory Criminal Background Check prior to commencing employment. Please review the requirements at the CRC link.
We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but will only be contacting candidates whose skills, experience and qualifications best meet the requirements of the position. All communication to applicants regarding this job posting, including an invitation to complete skills assessments and/or a job interview if applicable, will be made through email. Candidates are encouraged to regularly check their email as listed on their applytoeducation.com account.
Preference will be given to qualified members of the Administrative Staff Group (ASG).