Kehillah (Special Needs Dept.) Program Instructor

Springfield, MA

Position: Program Instructor

Department:  Kehillah; Special Needs Department 

Status: Part-TimeSupervisor: Kehillah Director, Dorothy Linder

Position Summary:

Are you interested in working for an inclusive agency that is committed to providing fun and engaging programs for all of its participants?  Then this job is for you! The mission of Kehillah, the JCC Special Needs Program, is to provide quality recreational, social, and enrichment programs for children, teens, and adults with special needs. We are committed to fostering a fun and welcoming environment where participants can develop skills and independence, build self-esteem, and cultivate meaningful relationships.

Instructor Positions available:

  1. Cooking/Baking Instructor - program located at Tate Behavioral, across from our JCC (we will be using a gas stove/oven for cooking)

  2. Other - dance, music - or is there an interest that you may have that meets our participants' needs?  We are looking for innovative ideas as well to be hosted here at our JCC!

 Essential Functions:

Provide specific instruction to a group of individuals with different abilities that builds social skills, personal safety, as well as specific program skills

  • Adapt instruction to the meet the needs of each individual to ensure success

  • Communicate regularly with participants, caregivers, and supervisor

  • Have fun with our participants!


  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • Experience and training in working with individuals with different abilities

  • Have great written and oral skills

  • Have great conflict resolution and problem solving skills

  • Successful background check and fingerprinting required

 Specialized knowledge, licenses, etc.:

  • Previous related experience preferred

  • Must have experience working with individuals with different abilities

  • CPR/AED and First Aid certification preferred (will will provide training if needed)

 Working Conditions:

Some Kehillah classes are taught off-site, outside, and/or within our indoor facility.


Physical Requirements:

Ability to perform program tasks with participants


Pay Range:

$17.00 - $25.00/hour (preparation time also part of compensation)

Please provide cover letter with your experience and interest for specific position