Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 370,000 students in more than 600 schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission, we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Five core principles are embedded within these commitments – high quality, rigorous instruction, talented and empowered educators, safety and support, financial stability and collective impact.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) serves as the investigative watchdog of CPS. The OIG was recently given responsibility of all cases involving the sexual abuse or sexual harassment of CPS students and is forming a new team to investigate such cases. The OIG Sexual Allegations Unit is seeking to hire a psychologist to act as the OIG’s Clinical Supervisor of Investigations to ensure child interviews conducted by the OIG meet national standards for excellence, and that the needs of child victims and witnesses are appropriately prioritized.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide guidance to investigators and other OIG personnel on effective forensic interviewing techniques in the context of specific difficult investigations.
- Attend and participate in key interviews of child victims or witnesses, acting as either primary or secondary interviewer. When acting as secondary interviewer, conduct post-interview coaching with primary interviewer to discuss observed strengths and weaknesses.
- Review certain complaints during intake and advise OIG staff on potential investigative avenues or considerations. Review investigative case files to ensure investigators are following forensic best practices.
- Ensure that investigators are proactively prioritizing needs of child victims or witnesses.
- Advise OIG personnel on clinical issues such as child abuse warning signs, relational/power dynamics, and the range of potential reactions of children to trauma or abuse.
- Review complaint data to identify trends of particular schools, networks, or job titles that may benefit from enhanced monitoring or training.
- Provide expert training for investigators and other OIG personnel on best practices for conducting effective and trauma-informed forensic interviews of children who may have been victims of sexual abuse.
- Spearhead all training for the Sexual Allegations Unit by finding relevant state or national trainings and organizing participation in such trainings.
- Perform additional ad hoc duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills Required:
- Comprehensive knowledge of best practices for conducting effective and trauma-informed interviews of children.
- Comprehensive knowledge of sexual assault and sexual harassment issues and the impact of sexual assault or sexual harassment on child victims.
- Comprehensive knowledge of at least one nationally recognized forensic interview model (ASPAC, NCAC, NICHD, ChildFirst, Cornerhouse, etc.)
- Exceptional skills in the area of forensic interviewing.
- Refined judgment with the ability to manage highly sensitive and confidential information.
- Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills demonstrated by the ability to analyze information and facilitate resolution of difficult challenges, including the ability to handle issues of complex and extreme sensitivity.
- PhD in clinical psychology, PsyD, or a comparable professional degree.
- Active clinical licensure.
- At least 10 years of experience in conducting forensic/investigative interviews of children who may have been victims of abuse or trauma, or comparable professional experience.
- At least five years of supervisory experience.
- Prior experience conducting training for other professionals on performing effective and trauma-informed interviews of children who may be victims of abuse or trauma.
- Prior professional experience in either a school setting or a legal setting.
- Prior written publications, academic appointments, or other demonstrated thought leadership on issues related to forensic interviews of children, or on other issues related to the investigation of allegations of child abuse.
As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their CPS hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.
To apply, you can either email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com (in your email please use subject line: Psychologist Job Application), or fill out the application on the CPS website: https://cpsk12il.taleo.net/careersection/3/jobdetail.ftl?job=19000178&lang=en