K-8 Learning Specialist

Faculty / Full-Time

JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, Watertown, MA

Position Summary:

A JCDS Learning Specialist models the core values of a JCDS education: integrity, perseverance/resiliency, curiosity, multiple perspectives/empathy, problem solving, reflection and evidence, and creates a student-centered, rigorous, project-based learning environment for students.

A K-8 Learning Specialist supports students with executive functioning challenges, learning differences, ADHD, and neurodiversity.  Candidates for this position should demonstrate a passion for teaching children K-8 as well as a deep understanding of  instructional strategies to meet the needs of students with learning differences and/or neurodiverse presentations. The candidate should possess excellent communication, organization and relationship skills and should demonstrate a desire to work collaboratively with grade level team colleagues to create a joyful and meaningful learning community.  


  • Manage and progress monitor a roster of students with Learning Plan/RTI Plan
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with classroom teachers and all staff members 
  • Teach Tier II and Tier III intervention inside and/or outside of the classroom 
  • Provide direct support to teachers and students through one-to-one meetings, small group lessons, push-in support, and/or whole class support for the lead teacher during class lessons
  • Act as Liaison between parents/teachers/administrators
  • Maintain the school’s  learning support plans and/or Response to Intervention plans for each student who needs additional support- this includes regularly updating student files with information on effective strategies, testing/assessments, reports received, notes on meetings with parents, and classroom accommodationsSupport differentiation of curriculum in classrooms
  • Facilitate the distribution of information about students with all members of a student’s learning team (student, parent, advisor, teachers, outside professionals) as necessary to ensure learning team cohesion and support each student’s progress
  • Attend parent/teacher conferences and IEP meetings when necessary
  • Communicate regularly with parents about their child’s progress and invite their participation and questions
  • Attend Department and Grade Team Meetings
  • Attend student-parent-teacher/advisor conferences and team meetings as needed (conferences may be scheduled before-, during- and after-school as well as during the school day)
  • Attend school events (some after school hours) and faculty meetings and participate in assigned duties
  • Set professional development goals with the Director of Learning Services per recommendations resulting from observations to enhance professional growth
  • Assist parents in understanding their child’s unique learning profile, participation in a learning support program, and how the program connects to classroom learning and content/curriculum mastery.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality concerning each student within and outside the school community.
  • Recommended Skills:
    • Special Education credential or  Special Education Masters degree (learning disabilities, educational therapy, special education, or related field preferred)
    • Experience as a school-based learning specialist 
    • Knowledge, skills, and experience to provide individualized, multi-sensory approaches to remediation of language-based learning challenges such as Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, Lindamood-Bell
    • Knowledge, skills, and experience to provide individualized approaches to math remediation (Illustrative Mathematics/Investigations Mathematics)
    • Knowledge, skills, and experience around underlying attention, memory, language, social skill, and executive functioning challenges and how they impact on learning and academic success
    • Knowledge and and appreciation of child development in young children and adolescents
    • Ability to establish effective and collaborative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents
    • Strong organizational and time management skills
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills


    Please submit a cover letter, two letters of recommendation, and resume to  jobs@jcdsboston.org.

    JCDS is a pluralist co-educational Jewish day school serving students from families across a wide spectrum of Jewish beliefs and practices. Visit our website at jcdsboston.org for more information.

    JCDS is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees without regard to race, color, religious creed, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School

Watertown, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
All Gender