MAXIMUS Senior Psychologist (Team Leader) in Australia

Position Overview

Assessments Australia is contracted to provide the Assessment Service for the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD-AS) for the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Staff and contractor assessors conduct cognitive and speech pathology assessments in state government schools to ascertain eligibility to apply for support under the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD).

The PSD-AS processes referrals for assessment from government schools and allocates assessors as appropriate to conduct assessments in schools in a professional manner that reflects best practice. High quality reports are written that meet the needs of various stakeholder groups, especially schools and families of the students assessed.

The primary function of the Senior Psychologist: Program for Students with Disabilities Assessment Service (PSD- AS) is to work collaboratively with the Professional Services Team to manage workflow and meet the needs of the assessment service. This requires a flexible approach to work demands throughout the year, with a varied focus on cognitive assessments, screening, peer reviews, and responding to enquiries.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of this position require the successful candidate to:

  • Fully understand the scope, outcomes and deliverables of the assessment process

  • To understand eligibility criteria for the two PSD categories (i.e. ID and SLD-CEN), and provide peer support and assistance to contract assessors to ensure their shared understanding of these criteria

  • Support peers in the assessor team to ensure that all assessors have the appropriate levels of expertise and resources

  • Implement and refine quality assurance practices to ensure quality outcomes, in conjunction with the Psychology Stream Leader: PSD-AS

  • Screen student referrals from schools to ensure their appropriateness to progress to assessment

  • Provide support and consultation to school staff members to ensure their understanding of the rationale behind screening processes when a student referral does not proceed to assessment with Assessments Australia. To further provide guidance as to review processes (i.e. when Vineland scores are thought to be invalid), or further referral options where school staff believe a student requires an assessment despite having been screened out

  • Provide support and consultation to school staff to assist them in understanding what the PSD-ID and PSD SLD-CEN eligibility criteria are, and why students with different cognitive profiles may not be eligible for application to the PSD

  • Conduct assessments in schools and provide high quality written reports

  • Provide verbal feedback to both parents and school contacts regarding the outcomes of student assessments, including potential implications for application to the PSD under either of the two categories

  • Provide telephone consultation to assist contract assessors with complex cases, where a diagnosis or satisfaction of PSD eligibility criteria is not clear

  • Perform peer review on completed reports, including support for contract assessors when reports are not up to the exacting standards required, and guidance for improving report quality

  • Provide constructive feedback to peer allied health professionals

  • Respond to phone and email queries regarding the assessment service, process and matters relating to assessment

  • Attend regular staff meetings to review practices and project needs

  • Participate in training and professional development activities as required

  • Support the project to ensure that it delivers appropriate results in an efficient and timely manner and client satisfaction is maintained at a high level

  • Participate in a team driven approach to constant improvement, identifying opportunities and mechanisms for refinement across the life of the project

  • Assist the Assessments Australia senior management team as required

  • Comply with all WHS procedures ensuring that team members including volunteers and contractors abide by all relevant health and safety procedures

  • Act as a role model by demonstrating safe work behaviours and report all accidents, incidents or near misses immediately.

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to receive and act upon constructive feedback

  • A strong service orientation to ensure quality outcomes for all stakeholders

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Ability to work as a member of a team while managing individual workload.

Key Skills

  • Experience conducting standardised assessments: WISC, WAIS, WPPSI, Vineland),

  • Experience working with school aged children and adolescents

  • Ability to provide constructive feedback to colleagues and identify areas for improvement

  • Strong assessment and report writing skills (quality and efficiency)

  • Ability to prioritise, plan and organise workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks and be flexible with changing priorities

  • Proven high level IT literacy, particularly in common applications including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint), database and web usages.

Required Experience

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience conducting standardised assessments: WISC, WAIS, WPPSI, Vineland

  • Experience working with school-aged children and adolescents

  • Desirable but not essential is experience working in a leadership or supervisory role

  • Desirable but not essential is experience in the education, special education, or disability fields and proven experience supporting allied health professional staff or contractors

Qualifications

  • Essential that the person be an AHPRA Registered psychologist

  • Desirable that the person is a Qualified Educational and Developmental Psychologist.

Other

  • Own car and full driver’s licence

  • Flexibility regarding working hours

  • Ability to travel to regional areas of Victoria and to stay overnight when required

  • Willingness to provide two de-identified assessment reports.

At MAX Solutions we welcome employees from diverse backgrounds and aim to create a work environment where

Employee differences such as gender, age, culture, disability and religion are valued.

MAX Solutions applies the principles of reasonable adjustment for people with disability. Workplace adjustments are changes introduced into the workplace that take account of a person’s disability so that they can use their skills effectively and access the same benefits, terms or conditions of employment as other employees. If you are a candidate considering a role with MAX Solutions and require a workplace adjustment for this position, please advise the MAX Solutions Recruitment Consultant or contact MAX Solutions Recruitment on 07 3727 1306.

Requisition ID: 2017-24623

External Company Name: MAXIMUS

External Company URL: www.maximus.com

EEO Statement: At MAX Solutions we welcome employees from diverse backgrounds and aim to create a work environment where Employee differences such as gender, age, culture, disability and religion are valued.

MAX Solutions applies the principles of reasonable adjustment for people with disability. Workplace adjustments are changes introduced into the workplace that take account of a person’s disability so that they can use their skills effectively and access the same benefits, terms or conditions of employment as other employees. If you are a candidate considering a role with MAX Solutions and require a workplace adjustment for this position, please advise the MAX Solutions Recruitment Consultant or contact MAX Solutions Recruitment on 07 3727 1306.