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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.

Gateways believes in the essentiality of a diverse workforce. We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, and people who come from low income or working-class backgrounds. We encourage you to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws. We know that the candidate who fits best may not meet 100% of the qualifications.

Gateways will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. The interview process for this position will be conducted via Zoom.  If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact us at for assistance.

We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. In order to ensure that your submission is fairly considered, please complete your application using the link provided.

Please see below for opportunities to join our staff team.

Director of Development

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Development will oversee development and communications efforts as Gateways continues to sustain and expand its philanthropic base. The Director of Development is a key member of the senior staff team at Gateways, partnering with staff and lay leadership to ensure that Gateways has the funding resources and marketing reach to achieve our strategic goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with the CEO and the Vice President of Development (a Gateways Board member), create and implement short and long term development plans that strategically integrate fundraising and communications to advance Gateways’ mission and vision. 
  • Manage the organization’s full donor and prospect lists; organize cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for CEO and key lay leader solicitors; and personally solicit annual and multi-year gifts of $500-$10,000+.
  • Develop and manage fundraising campaigns throughout the year; oversee strategy and implementation of all fundraising events ranging from parlor meetings to Sweet Sounds (Gateways’ annual fundraising event). 
  • Manage contracted grant writer in efforts to identify, research, and pursue grant opportunities with foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Oversee the tracking, compliance, and completion of grant deadlines and requirements. 
  • Oversee all stewardship and cultivation operational activities, including gift acknowledgements and invoices for pledge payments. 
  • Serve as staff liaison to the VP of Development and engage an active Development committee in cultivation and stewardship of donors throughout the year.
  • Staff the Parenting with Purpose committee and oversee the speaker series as part of community engagement efforts to the broader Jewish community.
  • Work with the Chief Strategy and Operating Officer to develop and map out Gateways’ fiscal projections over multiple years and ensure alignment between development strategy and overall organizational goals, and between revenue and expense budgets. 
  • Supervise a staff team that has responsibilities including development operational and administrative support and donor marketing and communications; supervision includes goal setting and performance management sessions with each supervisee and helping to foster their continued growth and development.   
  • Contribute meaningfully to Gateways’ strategy as a member of Gateways’ six-person senior staff team, and report to the Gateways Board of Trustees as needed throughout the year.
  • Provide input to the Nominating committee regarding potential board members. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5-7 years of development experience in a nonprofit organization, including managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources. 
  • Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time. 
  • Should be a strategic thinker and planner, with experience in direct fundraising, events, communications planning, and project management. Experience with grant proposal submissions preferred. 
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader and team player who can positively impact both strategic and tactical institutional advancement initiatives; management and supervision experience to grow a team of professionals. 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of constituencies. Familiarity with social media platforms a plus. 
  • Ability to work independently. 
  • Experience with Virtuous or similar type of donor database preferred. 
  • Understanding of the local Jewish community, including the network of day schools and synagogues, preferred.
  • Some nights and Sundays are required. 
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred. 

Skills and Qualities

  • Demonstrated commitment to the essentiality of continuous learning and growth, for both individuals and organizations.
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral), comfort in speaking directly with educators, directors and heads of school, students, and the broad community Gateways serves.
  • Ability to think strategically and to partner with marketing, finance, development, and human resources to ensure success in departmental goals.
  • A leader and team player who leads by example with flexibility, professionalism, and grace.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Understanding of the national Jewish community, including the networks of day schools, synagogues, and camps, preferred.

Compensation and Additional Information

Location: hybrid. Work from home (in Greater Boston area) and at Gateways offices at 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA.

Salary $85,000-95,000.  Full-time benefits include generous paid time off, health, dental, and vision plan options, flexible spending account, SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with 3% employer match, and employer-paid long-term disability and life insurance.

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. 

Director of Professional Learning and Consultation

Position Summary:

The Director of Professional Learning and Consultation oversees Gateways’ professional development offerings within greater Boston and beyond.  You will work as part of a core team of special educators and professionals dedicated to reimagining what’s possible in disability inclusion.  Serving as a trusted advisor and resource for schools, you will seek to deepen relationships and match schools’ needs to special education consultants within Gateways’ team.  You will lead our team of professional development providers, ensuring consistently high quality in services provided and designing opportunities to encourage schools further in their understanding of who can be successfully included in Jewish educational settings.  And you will add your own perspective and expertise to Gateways’ senior staff team, identifying ways that we can translate the direct service work we do locally into resources, materials, and trainings to benefit those beyond our local area.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee Gateways’ professional development offerings to local Jewish educators, including those working in supplemental schools, early learning centers, day schools, and other settings.
  • Supervise and cultivate Gateways’ team of professional development providers and administrators supporting this area of our work.
  • Implement program evaluation tools; solicit structured feedback and input from those we serve.
  • Identify opportunities to expand Gateways’ reach beyond our local area through the development of online trainings, resources, and curricula.
  • Serve as a content provider, in partnership with other team members, in areas specific to core skills and expertise.
  • Oversee departmental budget.  Work in collaboration with development staff on revenue development related to our professional development work.
  • Engage in regular personal professional development to maintain and build skills. Keep abreast of Jewish and special educational trends across the field in alignment with Gateways’ culture of continuous learning.
  • Contribute meaningfully to Gateways’ strategy as a member of our 6-person senior staff team, and as one of the staff representatives on our Education Committee.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Special Education or relevant discipline required.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in special education; with a deep understanding of teaching and learning and a dedication to improving the quality of Jewish education.
  • Substantial background in creating, coordinating, and facilitating trainings for educators, including remote/virtual offerings.
  • Proven ability to develop, lead, and supervise strong and effective teams.
  • Experience in development and/or dissemination of written products, e.g., curricula or other educational materials preferred.

Skills and Qualities

  • Demonstrated commitment to the essentiality of continuous learning and growth, for both individuals and organizations.
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral), comfort in speaking directly with educators, directors and heads of school, students, and the broad community Gateways serves.
  • Ability to think strategically and to partner with marketing, finance, development, and human resources to ensure success in departmental goals.
  • A leader and team player who leads by example with flexibility, professionalism, and grace.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Understanding of the national Jewish community, including the networks of day schools, synagogues, and camps, preferred.

Compensation and Additional Information

Gateways is based in Newton, MA, with year-round staff working mainly remotely and office space available as needed for in-person work.  While candidates outside the greater Boston area may apply for this position, in-person presence will be required for some meetings, trainings, and consultation to local schools, including on occasional evenings and Sundays.  Local residency is preferred.

This position is year-round, exempt, 32 hours/week, and eligible for full-time benefits including generous paid time off, health, dental, and vision plan options, flexible spending account, SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with 3% employer match, and employer-paid long-term disability and life insurance.  Salary $80,000-90,000 for part-time schedule of 32 hours/week, open to consideration of candidates seeking a full-time position.

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. 

Jewish Education Programs Coordinator

Position Summary:

The GJEP Program Coordinator is a short-term, part-time position responsible for supporting the administration of the Gateways Jewish Education programs (GJEP) while the Director of Jewish Education Programs is on leave. Students in GJEP range in age from 5 to 18 and have a variety of special educational needs. The GJEP Program Coordinator will support the day-to-day operations of the various GJEP programs and support the GJEP program team as needed. The position reports to the Teen Volunteer Coordinator. Hours are flexible, and work may be done remotely, or at office space available at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Newton, MA. Expected schedule of 10-15 hours per week, spread across multiple days. If interested and appropriate, this position could include on-site support for the Sunday Hebrew school programs (see note below). This temporary position is expected to begin in March 2023 and last for approximately six months, with the possibility of extending.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Administrative
  • Assist in the ongoing administration of the Gateways Jewish Education Programs (GJEP)
  • Review student registration forms
  • Proofread information entered into organizational database for accuracy in classes, student profiles, student contracts, volunteer profiles, and family profiles
  • Help keep files organized on shared drive (SharePoint)
  • Assist with scheduling mid-week tutoring sessions and summer tutoring, including coordination of student and tutor availability, setting up zoom links, and reserving space at the JCC if needed
  • Monitor expenditures against program budget.
  • Verify hourly staff timesheets
Recruitment and Marketing
  • Act as initial point of contact for incoming inquiries from families, synagogues, etc. and connect them to the appropriate program staff person for follow-up
  • Keep track of incoming inquiries, update prospective family lists, and direct families to GJEP program staff for follow up conversations
  • Provide administrative support for marketing and recruitment activities
  • Coordinate program communications, including biweekly program newsletter, collecting content from GJEP program staff and inputting the content into Constant Contact template with support from communications associate.

Perform other duties as requested by the Program Director or Teen Volunteer Coordinator

Note: For local candidates with appropriate experience in special education, there may be the opportunity to provide on-site support in the Sunday Hebrew school programs as well.  Please indicate in your application materials if you would be interested in this additional area of work.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or equivalent experience
  • Highly organized with administrative experience
  • Experience working with students with disabilities preferred
  • Knowledge of Jewish holidays, customs, and traditions preferred but not required

Compensation

Hourly rate of $18-20/hr depending on experience. This temporary position is not eligible for benefits. Gateways is based in Newton, MA, with year-round staff working mainly remotely and office space available as needed for in-person work.

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 elementary, 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, 4-5 days a week (32-35 hours), and reports to the Director of Day School Programs. Salary $60,000-$65,000.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Determining students’ needs through observation and assessment
  • Developing and implementing individualized student learning plans and or IEP goals
  • Providing direct specialized instruction to individuals and small groups
  • Providing coaching and consultation to teachers on differentiation and implementation of inclusion strategies and participating in student support/grade level meetings
  • Writing student progress reports in the middle and end of the school year
  • Attend IEP meetings when able

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
  • Ability to support elementary and middle school students in math
  • 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 a 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.

Duties and 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.

Occupational Therapist

Position Summary:

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education is seeking an occupational therapist 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.

Duties and 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 occupational therapist
  • 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.

Professional Development Coach

Position Summary:

Gateways’ Professional Development Coaches work part-time to provide expertise on integrating best-practice strategies into Jewish educational settings that serve children with diverse learning needs and disabilities. Gateways’ coaches work with Boston-area congregational/community supplementary schools to provide customized support and guidance.

Hours for this position are flexible, with much of the work taking place in the late afternoons and/or on Sundays. Time commitment will vary depending on the time of year and needs of the clients. The position reports to the Director of Professional Development and Consultation. 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.

A Gateways Professional Development Coach’s role may include one or more components of the following services:

Coaching

This is available for a director, inclusion specialist, or a teacher who has been identified as being the lead teacher for inclusion support. Monthly coaching sessions will be conducted remotely and are intended to help the participants as they support other staff in creating inclusive learning environments and changing school culture.

Observation and Consultations

These consultations will take place on site and might involve support for a teacher and/or a classroom or for an individual child or family. Schools purchase a package of three on-site visits from Gateways with written follow-up, scheduled with the director or inclusion specialist as needed.

Professional Development Training for Religious School Staff

There is the potential for experienced professionals to develop and/or present staff trainings both in person and via Zoom.

Monthly Community of Practice (CoP)

The CoP is for religious school directors and/or learning specialists, with the goal being to engage in critical discussions related to inclusion and accessibility of supplemental Jewish education.

Additional Responsibilities:

In addition to completing the tasks needed to successfully coach and/or offer consultations, Gateways Professional Development Coaches have the following expectations:

Communication

  • Respond in a timely way to emails and phone calls with the Director of Professional Development and Consultation
  • Be responsive and communicate efficiently with religious school directors.
  • Input notes and other relevant information from coaching and peer reflection sessions into Gateways’ online document management system

Improve and coordinate one’s own practice

  • Attend the Gateways Coaches Community of Practice (3-6 sessions per 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

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in special education or related field; higher degree preferred
  • Experience in Jewish education or other education, especially with children with identified learning challenges and/ or disabilities
  • Knowledge of Jewish holidays, customs, and traditions; ability to read Hebrew preferred but not required

Candidates hoping to also provide staff trainings should have:

  • 5+ years’ experience teaching/coaching adults, both in small-group settings and in larger forums; preference given to those with experience with delivering coaching through online media
  • Experience in the development of curricula or workshops aimed at adults

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.

Early Childhood Coach

Position Summary:

Gateways’ Early Childhood Coaches work part-time to provide expertise to Jewish early learning centers in the areas of child development and inclusive practices. Gateways’ coaches work to provide customized support and guidance as requested by our partner schools.

The time commitment for this position is flexible depending on the time of year and needs of the clients. The position reports to the Director of Professional Development and Consultation. 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.

A Gateways Professional Development Coach’s role may include one or more components of the following services:

Coaching

This is available for a director, inclusion specialist, or a teacher who has been identified as being the lead teacher for inclusion support. Monthly coaching sessions will be conducted remotely and are intended to help the participants as they support other staff in creating inclusive learning environments and changing school culture.

Observation and Consultations

These consultations will take place on site and might involve support for a teacher and/or a classroom or for an individual child or family. Schools purchase a package of three on-site visits from Gateways with written follow-up, scheduled with the director or inclusion specialist as needed.

Professional Development Training for Early Learning Center Staff

There is the potential for experienced professionals to develop and/or present staff trainings both in person and via Zoom.

Monthly Community of Practice (CoP)

The CoP is for early childhood directors and/or developmental specialists, with the goal being to engage in critical discussions related to inclusion and accessibility in early childhood settings.

Additional Responsibilities:

In addition to completing the tasks needed to successfully coach and/or offer consultations, Gateways Early Childhood Coaches have the following expectations:

Communication

  • Respond in a timely way to emails and phone calls with the Director of Professional Development and Consultation
  • Be responsive and communicate efficiently with early learning center directors.
  • Input notes and other relevant information from coaching and peer reflection sessions into Gateways’ online document management system

Improve and coordinate one’s own practice

  • Attend the Gateways Coaches Community of Practice (3-6 sessions per 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

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in early childhood and special education or related field; higher degree preferred
  • Experience in early childhood and special education required; experience in Jewish education preferred
  • Knowledge of Jewish holidays, customs, and traditions preferred

Candidates hoping to also provide staff trainings should have:

  • 5+ years’ experience teaching/coaching adults, both in small-group settings and in larger forums; preference given to those with experience with delivering coaching through online media
  • Experience in the development of curricula or workshops aimed at adults

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.