Learning Support Specialist

Makom Community | Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Posted Date 4/15/2024

Makom Community
2401 Washington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Learning Support Specialist (Part-Time)

Part-Time up to 20 hours per week

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Support daily learning in Makom Community’s Lab School. 
  2. Collaborate with the Director of Teaching & Learning to develop and implement support plans for learners. 

How will you do that?

  • Regular Schedule Monday through Friday 2pm-6pm. (20 hours per week) 
    • This role is fully on-site for Jewish Enrichment, which runs Monday through Friday 3pm-6pm.
    • Additional meetings may take place before 2pm, pending your schedule. 
  • Meet with the Director of Teaching & Learning and classroom teachers to develop and implement support plans for various learners. 
  • Build strong relationships with learners and classroom teachers to support kids in moments of dysregulation. You will support learners in the process of building new skills to support regulation. 
  • Float among our classrooms to support learners from K-7th grade. 
    • You’re an important support for a kid who needs a break, an additional snack, or time to debrief their day before entering an afternoon of learning.
  • When invited, join the Director of Teaching & Learning and/or Executive Director for meetings with parents to better understand a child’s support needs. This will be occasional. 
  • Participate in occasional PD around supporting learning and individualization
  • Grow Makom Community’s culture of intentionality, empathy, and listening deeply to children and their adults.
  • Set goals for your own learning and growth and check in with them regularly in supervision. 
  • Pick up students from area schools daily 
  • Have regular supervision with Executive Director  

Supporters & Collaborators

  • Report to Executive Director 
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers and Director of Teaching & Learning

Desired Experience and Education

  • Expertise in applying Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Familiar with non-violent communication and approaching behavior as communication 
  • Confident in your ability to stay regulated yourself even when kids aren’t regulated 
  • 5+ years of experience working with children in formal or informal education settings
  • Preferred: Degree in counseling, social work, or education 

Our Community 

Makom Community transforms Jewish Education by creating and modeling Jewish Placemaking in collaboration with educators, children, and their families. Our pedagogy for Jewish Education celebrates curiosity and questioning of Jewish wisdom as well as deep interpersonal and communal connections. Our roots in Jewish tradition are a springboard for children to be kind, confident, and resilient leaders today and in the future. We listen deeply to children’s voices as they build a community where they love to be. Through our experiences together, Makom Community is committed to creating a more just world as an outgrowth of our Jewish learning. We are nurturing a Jewish community that is open to anyone who wants to engage with Jewish life alongside their family. 

Quick Facts about Makom Community 

  • Daily, high-quality Jewish education as afterschool enrichment 
  • Children ages 5-12 are enrolled in our Philadelphia-based Lab School
  • Supporting the national field of Jewish Education with our research findings
  • Project-based and child-led learning 
  • School’s Out Camps during school vacations, snow days, and early dismissals 
  • Regular family learning and holiday celebrations

Salary Range



  • 1 week paid time off (5 days) & 1 week of paid sick leave (5 days)
  • Office closed for Jewish holidays
  • Funding for professional development
  • Supportive team environment
  • Room to grow in this role and and on our team

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Executive Director Beverly Socher-Lerner (they/them) at [email protected].

Makom Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome employees and prospective employees without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Salary30.00 - 40.00 Hour
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Assistant | Bnai Mitzvah | Education - Other | Hebrew | Jewish Studies Teacher | Lower School Teacher | Middle School Teacher | Teacher (Classroom)
Part Time Categories
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Organization Type
Education & Schools | Youth
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