Part Time

Early Childhood Coach (2022-2023 School Year)

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education 333 Nahanton St, (Remote through 12/31/2020), Newton Center MA

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’ team of coaches each
work to provide customized support and guidance as requested by our partner schools. A Gateways
Early Childhood Coach’s role may include one or more components of the following services:

Coaching
This is available for a director, developmental 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.

Lead a 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.

Professional Development Training for ELC Staff
There is the potential for experienced professionals to develop and/or present staff trainings both in
person and via zoom.
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. Gateways offers a competitive salary and the opportunity to work with a corps of
peer coaches and a variety of dedicated professionals.

Additional Responsibilities

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

1. Communication
• Respond in a timely fashion 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

2. Improve and coordinate one’s own practice
• Attend the Gateways Coaches Community of Practice (3-6 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
Qualifications/Requirements
• 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

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.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree + Advanced Degree Preferred and 3-5 years of experience.