Social Worker Anticipated Opening-Full or Part Time:Ocean Avenue&Longfellow Elementary School(1303)

Portland School Department | Portland, ME

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Posted Date 7/12/2019


  • Location:
      Ocean Avenue Elementary School

  • Date Available:

  • Closing Date: 

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Under general supervision of building administrators and the Director of Clinical and Behavioral Supports, social workers 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, Portland Public Schools social workers provide social emotional supports, clinical interventions and advocacy to students and families to reduce barriers and improve educational outcomes.

Portland Public Schools is seeking to fill social worker openings at Ocean Avenue Elementary School and Longfellow Elementary Schools. 


  • Provides individual and group social work services to students based on needs assessments and ongoing progress monitoring and evaluation; includes families when applicable in the service plan.
  • 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.
  • 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 families 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 provides services as determined. 
  • Supervises student social work interns.
  • Pursues professional development opportunities related to needs assessment for school community.
  • 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.
  • Works with school community with attention to equity and cultural humility. 
  • Maintains professional boundaries, code of ethics, and confidentiality.
  • Performs related work as needed.


  • Working knowledge of the pertinent standards and regulations in Maine programs, low-income and culturally diverse populations, and trauma-informed practices.
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of social work.
  • Knowledge of positive behavioral interventions and 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 families.
  • Effective team leadership skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills,  proficient computer skills, and time-management.


  • 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.


Portland Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.



Job Type
Social Worker | Student Support Services
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