Breathe Lead Ed Tech/BHP (Job ID 1451 )

Portland School Department | Portland, ME

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Posted Date 11/08/2019
  • Location:
      Bayside Learning Community

  • Date Available:

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SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The lead Ed Tech/BHP will provide oversight, supervision, feedback, and training to Breathe Ed Tech/BHP’s at Breathe Rowe, Breathe East End, Breathe day treatment K-12 and other Breathe locations as needed. The position will operate with the oversight and collaboration of the Breathe Director and Breathe lead social worker.  The lead Ed Tech/BHP assists the special education teacher and on site social worker by performing a variety of tasks that promote student learning, positive behavioral interventions and safety.  Responsibilities involve coaching, training, and leading Ed Tech/BHPs as they are working with students with behavioral disabilities, individually and in small groups, to assess performance, reinforce instruction, motivate learning, assist with classroom management, track data, create Mainecare billing documentation, and non-instructional duties.


  • Provides support for Ed Tech/BHPs in specially designed instruction (defined as instructional activities designed to address deficits related to a student’s disability) to students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
  • Collaborates with the special education teacher to coach Ed Tech/BHPs with implementing lesson plans. 
  • Supports the introduction of new learning that is pre-planned in consultation with the special education teacher or appropriate related service provider.
  • Coaches Ed Tech/BHPs when implementing Positive Support Plans (PSPs), Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) and Individual Treatment Plans (ITPs).
  • Helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students, including crisis intervention.
  • Participates in crisis intervention training and utilizes de-escalation techniques and therapeutic interventions, as appropriate.
  • Consults with special education teachers and on site social workers on a regular basis regarding educational needs, accommodations, and modifications.
  • Collaborates with related service providers, such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and social workers.
  • Provides information to assist the teacher and social worker in the evaluation of the learning process, behavior management programs, and individual student needs and progress, and recommends appropriate action.
  • Supports Ed Tech/BHPs when the need is to continue planned instructional activities during teacher's temporary absence from the classroom. 
  • Collaborates with the special education teacher to help monitor the Ed Tech/BHP student(s) daily schedule.
  • Oversees and supports the clerical and non-instructional duties such as recording and tracking data, distributing books and supplies, maintaining files and records, creating reports and routine correspondence, and photocopying instructional materials; however, such duties comprise a clear minority of the work hours.
  • Attends meetings, professional development, and in-service training, as required.
  • Completes, oversees and supports the service delivery and data documentation for Mainecare services (Sections 65 and 28).
  • Serves on committees assigned by the Director.
  • Creates and delivers trainings to Ed Tech/BHPs.
  • Involved in creating onboarding and succession opportunities for current and new employees. 
  • Maintains FERPA and respects the confidentiality of all student and staff information.
  • Maintains ethical behavior.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.



  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to calculate accurately.
  • Ability to interact with staff, students, parents, and others in an open, friendly, business-like manner.


  • Authorization as an Educational Technician III by the Maine Department of Education.  In the alternative, Maine provisional or professional teacher certification.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a college degree that includes nine credit hours related to an education field such as behavior management or classroom strategies, and to candidates who have at least one year of experience working with students in structured situations.
  • 5 or more years practicing as an Ed Tech/BHP for students with behavioral challenges.


  • Certified in Safety Care or able to be certified. 
  • Certified Safety Care trainer - preferred not required
  • Certified Behavioral Health Professional Trainer - preferred not required 


  • Ability to perform physical tasks associated with implementing PSPs and ITPs.
  • Ability to physically assist students (lift up to 35 pounds) to support students to perform adaptive living and self-care skills, if assigned to work with non-ambulatory students.
  • Frequent bending, walking, running, and lifting of objects/equipment up to 35 pounds may be required.
  • Whenever a staff member is responsible for more than 35 pounds of a student’s weight, additional staff will be required to lift the student safely (2-person requirement).
  • Mechanical lifts will be considered and provided on an individual as-needed basis.
  • Additional demands may require moving wheelchairs, assisting with toileting, feeding, and other daily living activities.



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Job Type
Ed Tech | Educational Technician II (Behavior)
Job Location (County)

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