Full Time

Special Education Director

JCC GREATER Boston 333 Nahanton Street, Newton MA

Camp Kaleidoscope’s Special Education Director provides direct service to campers with special needs and behavioral challenges through facilitating supportive, effective camper and staff interactions. Camp Kaleidoscope is a nurturing environment for creative individuals. Parents on staff may have their children attend for free! (Tax implications may apply.) Camp Kaleidoscope offers free camp bus service from Cambridge, Brookline, Framingham, Sudbury and Wayland.
JCC Greater Boston is deeply committed to valuing and celebrating the uniqueness of each constituent. We welcome staff and participants from diverse backgrounds. While being proudly Jewish, we strive in every way to provide an open and welcoming setting for all, irrespective of personal practices, beliefs or background. We are guided by JCC Greater Boston core values — Belonging, Joyfulness, Collaboration and Transformation — which resonate with many who do not identify as Jewish.
Salary for the season is $5,500–$6,200. The salary offered will ultimately be determined by the scope of the position, the candidate’s relevant experience, and internal equity. The special education director must be available for the full camp season as well as orientation, training, and pre-camp meetings the week of June 20. Hours are 8:30-4:30pm Monday through Friday, with staff meetings on Mondays to 5:15pm. Additional pre-camp hours may be scheduled at mutually agreed upon times with additional remuneration. If you want to make a difference and enjoy working with children, please apply today!

Responsibilities of Special Education Director
Prior to camp
• Meet with camper families, as needed
• Plan and lead staff orientation activities

During camp season:
• Support campers ages 5–16 daily
• Communicate with parents and caregivers regularly
• Identify and utilize strategies to help children with mild special needs and behavioral challenges
• Provide information to parents, caregivers and staff regarding topics of typical and atypical child development and behavior
• Facilitate weekly staff meetings; attend daily staff check-ins and partner on a daily basis with director and assistant director

Qualifications of Special Education Director
• Have college or graduate degree in education, special education, social work, counseling or related field
• Have 2+ years of experience teaching and/or counseling school-age children
• Have an upbeat, outgoing personality
• Able to build strong relationships with children, staff, and parents
• Capable of working in a fast-paced environment and thinking on their feet
• Adaptive to change

Benefits of Special Education Director
In addition to a rewarding position where you care for a community, the JCC Greater Boston provides competitive benefits including:

• parents have their children attend camp for free the weeks the parent is working if space is available (tax implications may apply)
• a competitive salary
• summer access to the JCC indoor facility (gym, basketball court, indoor pool)
• outstanding working environment including convenient, free parking

Agency Information
JCC Greater Boston is a nonprofit organization with roots in earlier Settlement Houses and Young Men’s Hebrew Associations; JCC Greater Boston today offers a wide range of services and program activities throughout the Greater Boston region (~50,000 individuals annually in 98 communities). The organization provides a variety of programs and services to children and adults in the Greater Boston Jewish community including: four preschools, three day camps, a regional model of Jewish family engagement, a fully equipped fitness and aquatic center, arts and culture classes, performances, lectures, and Jewish holiday celebrations.
Our vision is to create a vibrant and evolving Jewish community where everyone belongs. Our mission is to be at the heart of that community by:
• creating a thriving community that nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships
• welcoming a growing and increasingly diverse set of individuals and families from all over Greater Boston
• supporting the building of unique identities rooted in Jewish values and deeper connections to Jewish life
• nourishing minds, bodies and spirits through dynamic, innovative and accessible experiences, and
• expanding engagement by partnering closely with other organizations to ensure the continuing vitality of our community as a whole

JCC Greater Boston takes the welfare and safety of staff, children and program participants very seriously. On an ongoing basis, we align our operating procedures with guidance from the CDC and the state. In response to current local public health situations, our practices have previously included, and in the future may include, ensuring proper physical distancing, sanitation, hygiene, vaccination requirements and use of face coverings to promote the health of our staff and program participants.

To Apply
JCC Greater Boston welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds who meet the requirements specified above. If you want to share your talents with a great team, co-creating a thriving, dynamic organization which is devoted to community building and lasting impact, please send a cover letter and your resume to kaleidoscope@jccgb.org or complete the staff application: https://bostonjcc.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree Required and 0-2 years of experience.