Gateways’ mission is to enable students with disabilities and diverse learning needs to succeed in Jewish educational settings and participate meaningfully in Jewish life. Over the last 15 years, Gateways has partnered with day schools, congregational and community schools and early childhood programs in the Boston region and beyond to provide special education services, expertise, and support. Learn more about us here.
About this Opportunity
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.
Key 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.
- 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. Gateways believes in the essentiality of a diverse workforce – read more here and we look forward to your application!