Anticipated Opening-Lead Social Worker-District Wide Breathe Behavioral Health Continuum Program

Portland School Department | Portland, ME

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Posted Date 4/12/2019


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      System Wide

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SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under general supervision of the Director of Breathe and the Director of Clinical and Behavioral Supports, the Lead social worker provides supervision to social workers who work in Breathe programming. The Lead Social Worker will provide services to students to support social and emotional wellness and academic success. In alignment with the district’s Portland Promise and the Social Work Code of Ethics, the Lead Social Worker provides social emotional supports, therapeutic interventions and advocacy to students and families to reduce barriers and improve educational outcomes.
Supervisory Role:

  • Provides clinical supervision for social workers embedded in the Breathe Day Treatment and Breathe Support Program.
  • Creates and provides oversight of intensive treatment plans, psycho-social assessments, and Mainecare reimbursement for Breathe social workers.
  • Is a member of the Breathe Leadership Team and works collaboratively to develop behavioral intervention plans and crisis plans.
  • Facilitates and attends Breathe K-12 treatment team meetings.
  • Support the supervision of student social work interns by Breathe social workers.

Service Provider Role:

  • Provide individual and group social work services to Breathe students and parents based on needs assessment and ongoing evaluation.
  • Provides assessment of emotional and behavioral needs with recommendations for clinical and/or environmental interventions at school, home and/or in community with periodic reassessment.
  • Participates in school-based teams involving collaboration with other school personnel and community agencies.
  • Consults and coordinates child welfare and safety referrals and provides follow-up case-management.
  • Provides crisis intervention and appropriate referrals and follow-up.
  • Applies knowledge of health, mental health, disabilities, and child development in order to ensure that children and families receive the full range of services they need.
  • Makes referrals to public or private agencies with appropriate follow-up.
  • Serves as a liaison between school, family and community resources; serves as a source of information regarding community resources.
  • Collaborates with parents to strengthen home-school communication in order to reduce barriers to students and families in participating in the education process.
  • Maintains appropriate school records and provides written reports and communications; participation as a resource person in in-service training and planning.
  • Participates in the individual education plan (IEP), 504, and response-to-intervention (RTI) teams and provide services as determined.
  • Pursues professional development opportunities related to needs assessment for school community.
  • Works with school community with attention to equity and cultural humility.
  • Maintains professional boundaries, code of ethics, and confidentiality.
  • Perform necessary intake, treatment planning, supervision of behavioral health professionals (BHPs), record-keeping and billing requirements.
  • Performs related work as needed.


  • Working knowledge of the pertinent standards and regulations in the state of Maine, low-income and culturally diverse populations, and trauma-informed practices.
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of social work.
  • Knowledge of positive behavioral interventions supports (PBIS)
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse social work and teaching staff.
  • Ability to implement the goals and objectives of the program and reflect and evaluate the plans.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with PPS, community agencies, staff and parents.
  • Effective team leadership skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills,  proficient computer skills, and time-management.
  • Preferred experience: work in day treatment or in-patient settings and experience providing trauma informed therapy.


  • Masters degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience in delivery of clinical services to students and families.
  • Additional combinations of applicable education, training, and experience.
  • Experience and knowledge of the process of section 65 Mainecare reimbursement.
  • Experience providing supervision for social workers.
  • Experience working in a school-based day treatment program or residential program.
  • Experience implementing positive behavioral interventions and supports.
  • Experience providing supervision to teams or organizations.
  • Experience working in a school.


  • A valid license issued by the Maine State Board of Social Work Examiners.
  • Certified in Safety Care or able to be certified.
  • Maine State fingerprint (CHRC) authorization.  Cost $70.  Website:

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Able to lift 35 pounds
Stipend position


Job Type
Social Worker
Job Location (County)

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