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Careers at Gateways

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.

Please explore our website to see opportunities to join Gateways programs in the Jewish community.

Mental Health Provider

Background:

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education is currently hiring a part-time School Mental Health Provider to consult to schools this academic year.

Partner schools who do not have an onsite mental health provider are looking to contract a clinician for 10 hours a week to consult to the school around mental health issues and support students on a short-term basis while they are awaiting an outside therapist.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Offer mentoring and suggestions for teachers and other school personnel
  • Develop and provide crisis intervention strategies to improve student success
  • Working to maximize coping skills for students in difficult situations
  • Meet with school administrators weekly to consult on students and classes
  • Refer students to outside resources and provide support to families as necessary
  • Provide short-term counseling to students as needed
  • Lead social skills groups
  • Attend day school mental health community of practice

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 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
  • Excellent 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 collaborating with stakeholders from multiple organizations and systems

How to Apply:

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.

Learning Specialist (Special Educator)

Position Summary:

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education is seeking a special educator to work in Jewish private day schools providing both direct service to students in middle and high school and consultation to teachers. Opportunities will also be available to facilitate Gateways’ professional development within those schools. This is a school-year position, projected at 10-20 hours/week, and reports to the Director of Day School Programs.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Determining students’ needs through observation and assessment
  • Developing and implementing individualized student learning plans
  • Providing direct specialized instruction to individuals and small groups
  • Providing coaching and consultation to teachers on differentiation and implementation of inclusion strategies

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three years of related experience
  • Experience with a variety of student assessment tools and strategies; additional experience in coaching or consulting to teachers preferred
  • Thoughtful communication skills; professionalism and sensitivity in interacting with parents, teachers, and a diverse learning population
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Master’s degree in special education
  • Reading certification in Wilson or Orton-Gillingham, or related experience delivering systematic reading instruction to students with reading disabilities, and a willingness to grow professionally
  • Commitment to Gateways’ mission and the field of Jewish education

How to Apply:

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.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Position Summary:

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education is seeking an speech-language pathologist to work in Jewish private day schools providing both direct service to students and consultation to teachers. This is a school-year position, projected at 5-10 hours/week, and reports to the Director of Day School Programs.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Determining students’ needs through observation and assessment
  • Developing and implementing individualized student learning plans
  • Providing direct specialized instruction to individuals and small groups both in and out of the classroom
  • Providing coaching and consultation to teachers on implementation of inclusion strategies

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three years of related experience
  • Experience with a variety of student assessment tools and strategies; additional experience in coaching or consulting to teachers preferred
  • Thoughtful communication skills; professionalism and sensitivity in interacting with parents, teachers, and a diverse learning population
  • Strong organizational skills
  • MA license as a registered speech-language pathologist
  • Ability to travel between schools
  • Commitment to Gateways’ mission and the field of Jewish education

How to Apply:

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.

Chief Innovation Officer, Programs (CINOP)

Position Summary:

The Chief Innovation Officer, Programs (CINOP), a newly created position, will be responsible for building Gateways’ capacity for generative, innovative, and entrepreneurial thinking—and its ability to proactively develop, pilot, and iterate upon new and proven approaches, products, and services. The CINOP will report directly to the CEO and will work closely with the COO and with senior education program staff who direct Gateways’ Jewish Education Programs (GJEP), day school services, and Center for Professional Learning (CPL) to foster continuous advancement in best practices in inclusion and special education across Jewish educational settings both within and beyond Boston.

To accomplish our strategic goals over the next three to five years and beyond, Gateways seeks to evolve as a true learning organization – and the CINOP will need to be skilled in developing Gateways’ ability to create, acquire, and transfer knowledge and adapt our programs’ behavior and approaches in response. The CINOP will ensure that Gateways is generating creative, cutting-edge solutions and tangible outcomes in response to current trends, emerging needs, and internal and external evaluative data. Individual expertise and ability to provide on the ground consultation on best practices in special education are necessary and critical—and should inform development of products such as toolkits, curriculum guides, and train-the-trainer modules so others can ultimately carry Gateways’ work forward in their own communities.

In becoming part of the Gateways team, the CINOP will be joining a passionate and dedicated team of educators and professionals who believe deeply in our mission and organizational values. As a member of the senior leadership team, the CINOP will serve as a thought partner and collaborator with the CEO and COO in positioning Gateways to take our impact to the next level, and as a senior member of the program team, will add their unique perspective and expertise to our skilled team of special educators, helping to foster continued and greater successes for the students and educators we serve.

Core Responsibilities

Note – our office is currently closed due to COVID, and some of these responsibilities may be different or not applicable while the position is operating remotely:

  • Identify opportunities to leverage existing and new Gateways programs and resources that apply across a range of formal and informal educational settings and build our capacity to share and implement these more broadly, including specific products and curricula.
  • Codify proven Gateways practices and tools; and translate the learning and relationships gained nationally to enhance and strengthen our work locally.
  • Participate in long-term visioning, assessment, and implementation of revenue-generating models for various areas of the organization, such as fee for service opportunities or products to bring to market.
  • Serve as both a hands-on provider of professional education to Jewish educators within and beyond Boston, and collaborate with our Program Directors on matching and deploying other internal and external experts to address the needs of the community.
  • In partnership with the CEO and senior leadership, build intentional and strategic alliances with like-minded institutions and coalitions, both locally and nationally, to meet the existing and emerging needs of impacted children and teens wherever they are.
  • Support COO in development and adaptation of annual programmatic goals to realize the long-term objectives of our strategic plan.
  • Responsible for strategic engagement of lay leaders in product development and dissemination initiatives; support the CEO and senior program staff in working directly with the VP of Education and Education Committee, attend committee meetings, and present at meetings as appropriate.
  • Attend Board of Trustees and Executive Committee meetings, and present as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development to pursue and secure grant opportunities focused on building the long-term sustainability of the organization.
  • Keep abreast of Jewish and special educational trends across the field and represent Gateways across various platforms such as national conferences, news publications, social media, etc.
  • Serve as an ambassador for children, teens, and families in our communities through the dissemination of Gateways-branded products and practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Deep personal commitment to the essentiality of continuous learning and growth, for both individuals and organizations.
  • Masters in Special Education or relevant discipline required.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in special education required; experience working in formal and informal Jewish educational settings, such as Jewish day schools, religious/supplementary schools, and/or camps preferred.
  • Experience providing professional development required. Experience in development and/or dissemination of written products, e.g. curricula and lesson planning guides preferred.
  • Should be a strategic thinker and planner, with tangible experience of cultivating or leveraging opportunities for growth over time. Experience in leadership of cross-organizational partnerships and collaborations strongly preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of constituencies. Familiarity with social media platforms a plus. 
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader and team player who can positively impact both strategic and tactical organizational initiatives.
  • Ability to work independently. 
  • Understanding of the national Jewish community, including the network of day schools, synagogues, and camps, preferred.
  • Some nights and some Sundays are required. 

Expected salary: $100,000 plus benefits. 

How to Apply:

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.

B’nei Mitzvah Tutor

Position Summary:

B’nei Mitzvah Tutors are part of a team of educators who support students with disabilities and diverse learning needs preparing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Tutors work one-on-one with an assigned student as well as with groups of tutors and students in classroom activities. The B’nei Mitzvah program meets on Wednesdays from 4:30pm-6pm during the school year excluding Jewish holidays and public school vacations.

We are currently seeking two tutors to work with students in our program who plan to have their B’nei Mitzvah this school year. One of these students is a delightful young man who uses a wheelchair and is non-verbal. The tutor will help him prepare for a fun and musical Bar-Mitzvah during which he will lead prayers using a speech app on an iPad. Thus, for this tutoring assignment, experience working with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) would be preferred, but is not required.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead assigned student through individual and group tutoring activities following the Gateways B’nei Mitzvah curriculum
  • Collaborate with other tutors and Program Director as needed
  • Communicate progress with parents and Program Director each week
  • Attend one mandatory afternoon training at start of school year
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Program Director

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Jewish traditions and prayers related to B’nei Mitzvah; Hebrew reading ability preferred but not required in all cases
  • Experience working with students with disabilities and diverse learning needs preferred
  • Must enjoy working with children

How to Apply:

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.