Court Psychologist II Job Description

Job Series: Court Psychologist
FLSA status: Exempt
OCC Group: Professional Services
Job code: R42420
Original signature of State Court Administrator approval available in the Human Resources Division, signed 7/1/99

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Supervises the Psychological Services Unit and provides psychological testing, evaluative reports, and court testimony for youth involved in the juvenile justice system for the Colorado Judicial Department.
 
DISTINGUISHING FACTORS
The Court Psychologist II position is distinguished from the Court Psychologist I due to the responsibility of supervising the Psychological Services unit, including full supervisory accountability for licensed professional staff, support staff and interns.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
Provides psychological testing, test interpretation, and report writing for youth referred for assessment.
 
Consults with court staff, attends staff conferences, and in-service training. Consults with other external agencies, including schools, mental health agencies, social services, and other placement and shelter facilities to obtain social histories of clients.
 
Provides as an expert witness in competency to stand trial hearings, provides court testimony and attends court for sentencing, review hearings and status conferences.
 
Coordinates treatment with external agencies. Screens requests from other counties for psychological evaluations and other staffings.
 
Responsible for recruitment, selection and termination of unit employees. 
 
Establishes expectations and provides employee performance feedback on an on-going and annual basis. Assists subordinates in establishing goals. Evaluates subordinates' goal achievement through conferences or informal meetings. Makes decisions regarding subordinate's employment probationary/trial period.
 
Provides orientation and on-going training, mentoring and coaching to existing subordinates. Makes provisions for subordinates to attend outside training. May provide cross-training and interdepartmental training.
 
Assigns duties and responsibilities to staff; develops and establishes procedures for operating and maintaining required administrative systems.
 
Attends meetings and training as required.
 
Performs other duties as assigned.
 
 
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Has supervisory accountability for other employees, volunteers, and interns. Plans, directs and coordinates activities for a unit. Duties may include scheduling and assigning of work, training in all facets of work, quality control, and decisions impacting the pay, status and tenure of others. Conducts performance appraisals, and provides input into and participates in discipline, dismissal, and hiring processes.
 
QUALIFICATIONS   
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the above essential functions satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctorate in Psychology and three years of experience as a practicing psychologist. Must possess and maintain a current, valid State of Colorado Psychologist License.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands and fingers and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. This position is subject to varying and unpredictable situations; may handle emergency or crisis situations; is subject to many interruptions; may handle multiple calls and inquiries simultaneously; and may occasionally handle absentee replacement on short notice.

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