Careers at Gateways

Currently-open positions are listed below.  For more information, email jobs@jgateways.org.


Professional Development Coach

Position Summary

Gateways’ Professional Development Coaches work part-time to provide coaching and other expertise on integrating best-practice strategies into Jewish educational settings that serve children with special education needs. Gateways’ team of coaches each work with a cohort of Boston-area congregational/community supplementary schools to provide customized support and guidance. In addition, some coaches provide expertise in other settings and with other audiences, such as with youth group leaders, synagogue lay leadership or other adult learners, all with the intent of promoting inclusive practices and elevating the capacity of individuals and institutions to better meet the needs of people with disabilities.

The position averages approximately 5 hours per week, though hours vary, depending on when clients schedule time for professional development. There are times when workshops or coaching sessions are scheduled for evenings or on Sundays. In addition, there is opportunity for independent work related to curriculum and course development.

The position reports to the Senior Director of Education. Gateways will provide training about expectations and coaching/training strategies in advance of assignments to individual schools or synagogues. Gateways offers a competitive salary and the opportunity to work with a corps of peer coaches and a variety of dedicated professionals.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Provide direct coaching to educators
    • For each assigned school, work with the Senior Director of Education (or his/her designee) to complete the “Setting Coaching Goals” guide through which the coach and school jointly determine (a) appropriate improvement goals for the year and (b) the professional development to be implemented to enable the school make progress toward those goals
    • Arrange with school directors for 2–4 onsite visits/year to provide individualized coaching and/or customized workshops/training in areas related to special education instructional strategies, building inclusive classrooms, and providing support to students with significant special needs
    • Input notes and other relevant information from coaching and peer reflection sessions into Gateways’ online document management system
  2. Improve and coordinate one’s own practice
    • Attend the Gateways Coaches Community of Practice (6 sessions/year)
    • Participate in appropriate staff orientation(s), and periodic brief check-ins with supervisor and other meetings as needed, in addition to the Coaches Community of Practice
  3. Develop and deliver workshops to adult learners
    • Prepare (or help to prepare) presentations and associated materials for scheduled workshops and trainings
    • Partner with other Gateways professionals to develop new curricula or translate existing curricula to an online format for broader distribution
    • Consider assisting in remote or on-site coaching and/or professional development activities in schools located outside the Boston area that may contract with Gateways. Participation in work outside of Boston region is based on mutual agreement between coaches and Gateways as opportunities arise, and is not a requirement of the position. A separate compensation agreement will be issued for any such engagements.
  4. Perform other duties as requested by the Senior Director of Education

Qualifications/Requirements

  • BA/BS in special education or related field; higher degree preferred
  • 10+ years’ experience in Jewish education or other education, especially with children with identified special needs
  • 5+ years’ experience teaching/coaching adults, both in small-group settings and in larger forums
  • Experience working with students with special needs required
  • Knowledge of Jewish holidays, customs, and traditions; ability to read Hebrew preferred but not required

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 (“Gateways Jewish Education Program Teacher”). 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.


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.