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Talbot (Riverton) Elementary School (learn more)

Portland Public Schools

Portland, ME (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3994922
  • Application Deadline: August 11, 2022
  • Posted: August 5, 2022

Job Description

Talbot Community School is seeking a Social Worker to support students in both the school and the BRIDGE (FLS)  program at Talbot (50/50 split). In alignment with the District’s Portland Promise, with a focus on equity, and the Social Work Code of Ethics, and under general supervision of building administrators and the Director of Clinical and Behavioral Supports, Social Workers provide services at the universal/whole school (Tier I), targeted/small group (TierII) and intensive/individual (Tier III) levels to the support the social and emotional wellness and academic success of ALL students. Strong candidates should have knowledge and experience integrating trauma-informed approaches within a positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) framework, supporting the implementation of social emotional learning (SEL) curricula (e.g., Second Step at the primary level), and use of evidence-based clinical/counseling interventions for individuals and small groups.

  • Participates in efforts to strengthen schoolwide (Tier I) behavioral supports.
  • Provides evidence-based small group (Tier II) and individual (Tier III) interventions to students based on needs assessments and progress monitoring/evaluation.
  • Participates in the individual education plan (IEP), 504, and response-to-intervention (RtI) teams and provides services as determined; responsibilities are shared between the other school social workers in the building.
  • Participates in school-based teams involving collaboration with other school personnel and community agencies.
  • Provides professional development opportunities for the school community (e.g., whole school presentations on the impact of trauma on the brain/learning during childhood, de-escalation skills, etc.; coaching to individual educators around trauma-informed care).
  • Works with the school community to ensure that equity and cultural responsiveness are prioritized. Enhances attention to equity and cultural humility.
  • Consults and coordinates child welfare and safety referrals and provides follow-up case-management.
  • Provides crisis intervention and appropriate referrals and follow-up.
  • Serves as a liaison between school, family and community resources; serves as a source of information regarding community resources (e.g., food, housing, clothing, support services).
  • Maintains appropriate documentation and provides written reports and communications; participation as a resource person in in-service training and planning.
  • 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 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.

A valid license issued by the Maine State Board of Social Work Examiners.


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.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category: Student Services > Social Worker
  • Employer Description

    Maine’s largest school system has 10 elementary schools, three middle schools
    and four high schools serving nearly 7,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12
    and about 4,700 adult learners.

    The district takes full advantage of its location in a vibrant city with a thriving arts life. Schools draw on the resources offered by museums, theaters, local businesses and the city’s colleges and universities.

    Portland has a highly trained teaching staff. Many teachers hold advanced degrees. All of the district's teachers continue their education by pursuing professional development activities on a regular basis.

    The district provides technology to support instruction, including laptops for each student in grades seven through 12 and wireless access at all schools.

    Volunteers, parent-teacher organizations and businesses donate generously of their time and money to the district – an estimated 100,000 hours per year.

    Graduates of the Portland Public Schools attend the country’s top colleges and universities. See for colleges attended by recent graduates.

    The Portland Public Schools gives parents an array of program choices. The district as one of the first in the country to offer project-based Expeditionary Learning from kindergarten through 12th grade.

    High school students have access to one of the broadest selections of Advanced Placement courses in Maine. Qualified high school students may take up to two college courses with tuition paid by the state. A regional arts and technology high school provides hands-on courses in growth fields such as health care, robotics and “green” construction.

    More than 60 languages are spoken by students attending the Portland Public Schools. Multilingual students represent about a quarter of the district’s enrollment. The district’s diversity prepares all students for their roles as world citizens.

    Portland residents can pursue lifelong learning and professional success through the academic, jobs skills and enrichment courses offered by Portland Adult Education.

    Most of Portland’s middle and high school students participate actively in co-curricular activities such as athletics, drama, music and service clubs. Portland students regularly excel in academic and athletic competitions at the regional, state and even national level.

    See a list of recent honors, awards and recognition for the Portland Public Schools at: Join Portland ME Public Schools on Facebook. A focus on service learning-- connecting the schools to the wider community—results in students undertaking many projects that benefit greater Portland. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    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 identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Barbara Stoddard, HR Director
    • 353 Cumberland Ave
    • Portland, Maine 04101

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