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Bridge Program Coordinator

Reports to Director of Day School Services.


Gateways: Access to Jewish Education is currently hiring a consultant for an engagement through June 30, 2020 (approximately 8 hours/week) in order to develop and plan for a pilot program within Jewish day schools. Funding for this position is available through a planning grant from the Department of Public Health It is anticipated that this will become a half-time, full-year position for the 2020 – 2021 school year, contingent on continued funding from DPH.

In order to address the needs of students who are at risk of falling behind or leaving school due to serious mental health challenges or medical illness, Gateways will develop a cross-school “Bridge” program, modeled on the Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition (BRYT) program, that seeks to systematically align school-based interventions to optimize support. The BRYT model of integrated clinical/coping supports, academic coordination, family support, and overall care coordination has proven to be highly effective in helping students develop resilience, regain health, maintain social connections, and continue (and, ultimately, complete) their education. The Bridge Program Coordinator will work in collaboration with day school leaders and teams (clinical, nursing, educators, and academic support professionals in the schools), to help schools develop these programs, from initial assessment through program planning, implementation, and continuous improvement via customized technical assistance as well as network-wide professional learning. The Bridge Program Coordinator will receive extensive support from Gateways and the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health’s “BRYT Central” team at all phases of their development in this position.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES – Consultant, Spring 2020.

* In collaboration with Gateways and the participating schools, develop the vision, framework, and scope for the Bridge Program, in alignment with other student support and social emotional learning initiatives and structures
* Facilitate school-level planning processes resulting in adoption of customized operational plans and all needed forms and documents for a Bridge program at each school, including data collection logistics, staffing, professional development and community education
* Attend school meetings in order to build understanding of, and buy-in for, the Bridge program across all the schools, responding to all inquiries about the model from school staff.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES – Program Coordinator, 2020 – 21 School Year (pending funding).

* In collaboration with Gateways and the participating schools, continuously strengthen the vision, framework, and scope for the Bridge Program
* Provide formal technical assistance to and develop an accountability structure for schools to ensure optimal results and successfully implement the Bridge program
* Guide school staff on care coordination including communication with external supports and families for each student participating in the Bridge program, and how to develop and ensure effective implementation of a comprehensive plan integrating clinical care coordination, family, and classroom supports.
* Provide clinical consultation and coaching upon request to school clinicians, teachers, and administrators to support integration of strategies recommended to enable the student to succeed in the school and classroom setting.
* Organize and facilitate meetings with staff of collateral support organizations prior to and during students’ participation in BRYT.
* Where a gap in services needed to support a participating student’s success is identified, work with the student’s parent/caregiver(s) to ensure access to that service (via referral and all needed follow-through with both service providers and the family).
* Develop systems for data collection to monitor progress of students who are in the program and who have transitioned out of the Bridge program.
* Develop and facilitate a comprehensive plan for networking and professional development for staff at participating schools responsible for supporting the Bridge program
* Represent Gateways at conferences and networking events related to the Bridge program, including making presentations on the BRYT model when appropriate.
* Attend staff meetings and serve on staff and/or committees as appropriate.
* Assist Gateways in reporting to the Department of Public Health, in accordance with grant requirements
* Other duties as assigned.


* Experience (minimum 3 years) working with children and families struggling with complex challenges, including acute trauma responses and mental health challenges, causing significant dysregulation that regularly interferes with school functioning. Masters in Social Work or related field (LICSW, LCSW, or LMHC preferred).
* Demonstrated skill and experience in setting clinical and behavioral goals and providing direct clinical supports and skill-building to children in the school setting,
* Demonstrated skill and experience working with parents/guardians from an assets/strengths-based perspective
* Demonstrated effective case management skills, including collaborating with collateral/community-based mental health providers
* Demonstrated effectiveness with development and continuous improvement of student support programming within a school environment
* Experience providing/facilitating both customized technical assistance and group-level networking and learning activities for programs at multiple stages of development
* Experience collaborating with stakeholders from multiple organizations and systems
* Availability for daily travel among schools in the Greater Boston area, and occasionally to other locations for professional learning and networking

About the Organization:

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 Cover letters and resumes will be accepted only through our online system at Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Duration part-time
Ad Posted On 2020-03-18
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Ad is posted for 30 days
Categories Consultant
Focus Education & Schools
Organization Name Gateways: Access to Jewish Education
Job Location 333 Nahanton St
Newton Center, Massachusetts
United States
Application Instructions
Cover letters and resumes will be accepted only through our online system. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

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