Principal Psychologist(FIF05540)

Fife Council
£62,835 per year Pro Rata
07 Oct 2016
24 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Interview Date: Week commencing 31 October 2016

To take overall responsibility for all aspects of the development and operational functioning of the Psychological Service.

To be accountable for maintaining and monitoring the highest standards of practice by the Psychological Service.

To facilitate the development and integration of the work of the Psychological Service at individual, school, Education Service and Council levels.

To be a member of the Directorate Management Team and Extended Management teams.

Fife Council pays the Scottish Local Government Living Wage Rate to employees earning less than £8.33 per hour. If the hourly rate of pay for the post is less than the Scottish Local Government Living Wage Rate a supplement will be paid.


You will require to have Graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society.

A postgraduate qualification in educational psychology or equivalent.

Health Professionals Council registration.

Before confirming appointment, you will be required to obtain Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme Membership through Disclosure Scotland.


To provide support and advice to schools through regular visiting and to parents, Education Service Management, other agencies and young people themselves. This will involve assessing and advising on the developmental and educational needs of individual children and young people.

Development work will involve a range of project work, in-service training and policy development, at school or authority level.

To ensure that records are kept with sufficient clarity and detail within the Psychological Service to meet the requirements of the Education Service.

To facilitate, and participate fully in, internal Service networks and groups.

To ensure that the Service develops and maintains a participative open style of management where core tasks are identified with the aim of service wide participation.

The Individual

Applicants should have recent successful experience as an educational psychologist within a local authority Psychological Service. This will include successful experience of undertaking tasks at Education Service and/or Council level.

Successful experience in a management post.

Demonstrable success in staff management/team leadership.

Demonstrable success in teamwork, collaborative working and ethos development.

Demonstrably successful leadership of the development and implementation of quality improvement mechanisms (eg practice guidelines).

Demonstrable experience in ensuring the organisational prioritising of meeting the needs of the most vulnerable and most at risk children and young people.

Demonstrable commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.

Evidence of a significant contribution to staff and Service development.

Experience in managing budgets.

Fife Council How We Work Matters and you will be responsible for being a role model by displaying and promoting behaviours that are expected of all Council employees:

• Take ownership
• Focus on customers
• Work together
• Embrace technology & information
• Deliver results

Contact Details for vacancy: Alistair Haldane, 03451 555 555 extension 444224,

See also:
Principal Psychologist - Role Profile.docx
RR82 TandCs March 2015.doc
Education & Children's Services Directorate Information.docx