Careers at Gateways

Currently-open positions are listed below.


Chief Executive Officer

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education seeks a visionary, strategic, and collaborative leader for the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Since its inception in 2006, Gateways has grown to be the most comprehensive Jewish special educational organization in North America. The organization has successfully articulated and executed a vision of inclusion for Jewish children with special needs, and its innovative work provides a learning lab for best practices in Jewish education. Gateways provides a continuum of services across all Jewish educational settings in the Greater Boston Jewish community and offers professional development to educators and institutions seeking to build more inclusive environments. In so doing, Gateways has become a thought-leader on inclusion in the Jewish community and has served as a powerful catalyst for transformational change, as an increasing number of community partners embrace the idea and practice of educating all learners. As Gateways continues to work to create an ever more welcoming Jewish educational landscape in Greater Boston and beyond, it is at an exciting inflection point with an opportunity to build on its past and ongoing accomplishments and to create a strategy and vision for the future.

Vision:
Gateways: Access to Jewish Education enables Jewish children with special educational needs to become successful participants in the Jewish community.

Mission:
Gateways provides high quality special education, expertise, and support to enable students with diverse learning needs to succeed in Jewish educational settings and participate meaningfully in Jewish life.

Values:

  • Inclusion: We welcome people of all backgrounds and abilities and promote understanding and empathy.
  • Empowerment: We provide our students with the knowledge and skills they need to be full participants in the community.
  • Collaboration: We work closely with like-minded partners to ensure that there is a place for every child in the Jewish community.
  • Respect: We presume the competence of everyone we encounter.
  • Quality: We deliver expertise, services, and support that are innovative and reflect current best practices.
  • Passion: We approach our work with enthusiasm, creativity, and pride.

The next CEO must be a passionate outside-the-box thinker able to envision, implement, and communicate ideas and strategies; a forward-thinking and experienced executive able to nimbly adapt to changes in the landscape; a skilled manager able to collaborate effectively with the experienced Gateways professional staff and the engaged Board of Trustees; a person comfortable with philanthropic outreach (including fundraising and the grant application process) and capable of growing new revenue streams; and a leader able to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with strategic partners in the community.

The new CEO will advance Gateways’ mission of providing all children access to a quality Jewish education and will be expected to:

  • Develop and implement our next strategic plan.
  • Lead a collaborative, supportive, high-functioning professional team.
  • Engage and partner with the Board of Trustees.
  • Grow revenue streams and strengthen the resource base.
  • Increase organizational visibility and collaboration.

The Search Committee understands that no single candidate will possess all of the below described skills and attributes. We are seeking candidates from varied backgrounds and work experiences who offer a unique combination of the following:

  • Charismatic and effective communicator with a demonstrated passion for Gateways’ values of Jewish education and inclusion; adept at advocating for and speaking inspirationally about the mission of the organization.
  • Proven ability to build and nurture meaningful relationships with board members, colleagues, community partners, and donors and to engage and inspire internal and external constituents around the work of Gateways.
  • Demonstrated ability to effect change through the exploration of new ideas and innovative business models while continuing to maximize the organization’s communal impact and long-term fiscal viability.
  • Proven success in fundraising and in securing new revenue streams through a variety of revenue-generating strategies.
  • Demonstrated financial acumen, including experience in business modeling, budgeting, fiscal planning, and oversight.
  • Experience in building and nurturing professional excellence while fostering an internal culture of collaboration, on-going learning, mutual respect, and diversity of ideas/opinions; excellent interpersonal skills grounded in collegiality and consensus-building.
  • Experience in developing, executing, and communicating to key stakeholders a thoughtful strategic plan that creates clear and concise organizational goals and objectives supported by specific measurable outcomes.
  • Collaborative bridge builder who is skilled at navigating and leveraging inter-agency and communal partnerships while maintaining Gateways’ preeminence as a communal thought-leader.
  • Knowledge of and/or credibility in the special educational/disabilities and inclusion arena with the ability to effectively utilize subject matter experts in the design and delivery of high-quality programs.
  • Advanced degree in relevant field (MBA, education, special education or therapy) preferred, with a minimum of 8 to 10 years of experience as a senior manager or program leader. Track record of effectively leading an outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and implemented strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.

Salary competitive and commensurate with experience, preferred start date of July 1, 2020 (negotiable).

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to CEOSearch@jgateways.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled.

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Bridge Program Coordinator

Reports to Director of Day School Services.

BACKGROUND

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education is currently hiring a consultant for an engagement through June 30, 2020 (approximately 8 hours/week) in order to develop and plan for a pilot program within Jewish day schools. Funding for this position is available through a planning grant from the Department of Public Health It is anticipated that this will become a half-time, full-year position for the 2020 – 2021 school year, contingent on continued funding from DPH.

In order to address the needs of students who are at risk of falling behind or leaving school due to serious mental health challenges or medical illness, Gateways will develop a cross-school “Bridge” program, modeled on the Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition (BRYT) program, that seeks to systematically align school-based interventions to optimize support. The BRYT model of integrated clinical/coping supports, academic coordination, family support, and overall care coordination has proven to be highly effective in helping students develop resilience, regain health, maintain social connections, and continue (and, ultimately, complete) their education. The Bridge Program Coordinator will work in collaboration with day school leaders and teams (clinical, nursing, educators, and academic support professionals in the schools), to help schools develop these programs, from initial assessment through program planning, implementation, and continuous improvement via customized technical assistance as well as network-wide professional learning. The Bridge Program Coordinator will receive extensive support from Gateways and the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health’s “BRYT Central” team at all phases of their development in this position.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES – Consultant, Spring 2020.

  • In collaboration with Gateways and the participating schools, develop the vision, framework, and scope for the Bridge Program, in alignment with other student support and social emotional learning initiatives and structures
  • Facilitate school-level planning processes resulting in adoption of customized operational plans and all needed forms and documents for a Bridge program at each school, including data collection logistics, staffing, professional development and community education
  • Attend school meetings in order to build understanding of, and buy-in for, the Bridge program across all the schools, responding to all inquiries about the model from school staff.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES – Program Coordinator, 2020 – 21 School Year (pending funding).

  • In collaboration with Gateways and the participating schools, continuously strengthen the vision, framework, and scope for the Bridge Program
  • Provide formal technical assistance to and develop an accountability structure for schools to ensure optimal results and successfully implement the Bridge program
  • Guide school staff on care coordination including communication with external supports and families for each student participating in the Bridge program, and how to develop and ensure effective implementation of a comprehensive plan integrating clinical care coordination, family, and classroom supports.
  • Provide clinical consultation and coaching upon request to school clinicians, teachers, and administrators to support integration of strategies recommended to enable the student to succeed in the school and classroom setting.
  • Organize and facilitate meetings with staff of collateral support organizations prior to and during students’ participation in BRYT.
  • Where a gap in services needed to support a participating student’s success is identified, work with the student’s parent/caregiver(s) to ensure access to that service (via referral and all needed follow-through with both service providers and the family).
  • Develop systems for data collection to monitor progress of students who are in the program and who have transitioned out of the Bridge program.
  • Develop and facilitate a comprehensive plan for networking and professional development for staff at participating schools responsible for supporting the Bridge program
  • Represent Gateways at conferences and networking events related to the Bridge program, including making presentations on the BRYT model when appropriate.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on staff and/or committees as appropriate.
  • Assist Gateways in reporting to the Department of Public Health, in accordance with grant requirements
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience (minimum 3 years) working with children and families struggling with complex challenges, including acute trauma responses and mental health challenges, causing significant dysregulation that regularly interferes with school functioning. Masters in Social Work or related field (LICSW, LCSW, or LMHC preferred).
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in setting clinical and behavioral goals and providing direct clinical supports and skill-building to children in the school setting,
  • Demonstrated skill and experience working with parents/guardians from an assets/strengths-based perspective
  • Demonstrated effective case management skills, including collaborating with collateral/community-based mental health providers
  • Demonstrated effectiveness with development and continuous improvement of student support programming within a school environment
  • Experience providing/facilitating both customized technical assistance and group-level networking and learning activities for programs at multiple stages of development
  • Experience collaborating with stakeholders from multiple organizations and systems
  • Availability for daily travel among schools in the Greater Boston area, and occasionally to other locations for professional learning and networking

About the Organization:

Gateways provides high quality special education services, expertise, and support to enable students with diverse learning needs to succeed in Jewish educational settings and participate meaningfully in Jewish life. For more information visit www.jgateways.org. Cover letters and resumes will be accepted only through our online system at http://tinyurl.com/gatewaysjobs. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.


Gateways Jewish Education Program Teacher

Position Summary

The Jewish Education Program Teacher is a part-time position responsible for leading one or more classrooms of students in Jewish educational activities, especially for classes that include students with more severe disabilities. Students in the Gateways Sunday program range in age from 5 to 18 and have a variety of special educational needs. The classroom teachers are encouraged to be creative, dynamic, and innovative in designing lesson plans to meet this wide range of needs. In addition, the position will work in Gateways’ B’nei Mitzvah Academy, instructing, assisting the B’nei Mitzvah coordinator with preparing and creating classroom materials, and working with families and individual students in preparing for bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies. The position reports to the Jewish Education Program Director. The Sunday program meets from 9:30am-1:30pm during the school year, excluding Jewish holidays and public school vacations and the B’nei Mitzvah Academy meets on Sundays (9:30 am – 11:00 am) and Wednesdays (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm). Gateways offers a competitive salary in a fun and engaging work environment.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Develop or adapt curriculum and teach Sunday class(es)
    • Assume primary responsibility for teaching class(es) and provide mentoring and feedback to one-to-one teen volunteers (classroom aides)
    • Create developmentally appropriate lesson plans with student specific accommodations for each class taught
    • Prepare and submit weekly lesson plans and supplementary materials, including plans for individual accommodations and modifications
    • Prepare a weekly communication letter to parents including curriculum and activities for the week
    • Meet regularly with Program Director and/or other education staff (e.g. other teachers) to review past classes and plan upcoming units and lessons
  2. Student Progress Monitoring
    • Review students’ forms, reports and school IEPs
    • Speak with parents and/or school if more information as needed, at beginning of year and/or during the school year
    • Meet with volunteer(s) (one to one aides) to review each child’s needs and goals beginning of the year, and additional times as needed
    • Document weekly student progress and participation using data collection, photographs, anecdotes, etc.
    • Write mid-year and end-of-year progress report for each child
  3. B’nei Mitzvah Academy Assistance
    • Work with coordinator of the B’nei Mitzvah Academy to modify and implement curriculum
    • Prepare individualized materials for students in advance of each class
    • Provide support to area synagogues in preparation for students’ bar/bat mitzvah ceremony, including onsite visits to synagogues and consultation with clergy
  4. Required meetings/attendance
    • Be on site at the Sunday program and the Wednesday B’nei Mitzvah Academy by 30 minutes prior to first scheduled session on class days
    • Participate in scheduled sessions with meeting time in between as needed
    • Classroom clean-up at the end of the sessions
    • Participate in mandatory program staff meetings and volunteer trainings at beginning of year, and as scheduled throughout the year (calendar provided in advance of each school year)
  5. Perform other duties as requested by the Program Director

Qualifications/Requirements

  • BA/BS in special education or related field
  • Experience working with students with special needs required, especially for work with children with severe disabilities
  • Knowledge of Jewish holidays, customs, and traditions; ability to read Hebrew preferred but not required; experience tutoring b’nei mitzvah preferred
  • Passion for working with children of all abilities
  • Training and/or certification in severe disabilities preferred
  • Training and/or experience with AAC and other assistive technology preferred

About the Organization/How to Apply

Gateways provides high quality special education services, expertise, and support to enable students with diverse learning needs to succeed in Jewish educational settings and participate meaningfully in Jewish life. For more information visit our web site at www.jgateways.org. Cover letters and resumes will be accepted only through our online system at http://tinyurl.com/gatewaysjobs. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Note that Gateways has posted a second position simultaneously for a different, but related, set of work (“Professional Development Coach”). It is possible that a single candidate would be hired for both of these positions, if the candidate meets the requirements of each. Candidates interested in both positions should indicate accordingly in their cover letter.