Learning Specialist Developmental Disabilities

463 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA Req #2216
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Make a bigger difference

At The Jewish Board, we don’t just make a difference – we make a bigger difference as we serve 45,000 New Yorkers every year. Join our dedicated team that’s been helping communities across New York City for almost 150 years and see just how big of a difference you can make.


Reasons you’ll love working with us:


  • If you have a particular age range or population you’re interested in working with, you can find your niche here.  Our clients and staff are as diverse as the city we work in, and include people of all cultures, religions, races, gender expressions, and sexual orientations.
  • We’re committed to supporting your career development by encouraging mobility and advancement across different program types and jobs.


  • With 70 locations throughout the five boroughs, you can work close to where you live. 


  • Generous vacation time and 15 paid holidays will help you achieve a healthy work/life balance.


  • We offer an excellent benefits package with affordable, high-quality health and dental insurance with low co-pays.


  • You’ll receive ongoing support through high-quality supervision, specialized trainings from our Continuing Education team, and an education benefit.


How you can make a bigger difference:


The Learning Specialist Developmental Disabilities under the direction of the Senior Director of Learning, will provide change management support, training, and consultation to staff working with people with intellectual / developmental disabilities (IDD) in community-based, day habilitation, and residential systems of care. The Learning Specialist (LS), with the Learning Department team, will help the agency to plan and implement changes in policy, procedures, and practice, and will support the agency in implementation and integration of mission and strategic plan. The LS will curate external training resources, develop customized training materials, and execute plans for sustaining practice and evaluating trainings. The LS will also participate in all Learning Department endeavors.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:



  • Research, assess, and curate external training resources to be utilized in meeting program staff development needs
  • Create and deliver training packages relevant to IDD program staff including but not limited to diagnosis, behavioral management and support, feeding, human growth and development, abuse and neglect, client rights, culturally affirming care, Jewish cultural competency, and documentation
  • Create and deliver introductory trainings relevant to general social services including agency values, workplace expectations, client engagement, and others as needed

Case, Team, and System Consultations

  • Provide clinical and system consultations to support competency and ensure integration of training into daily agency practice, with a focus on site-based supervisory development and practice improvement strategies, including sustainability planning, outcomes monitoring, and quality improvement support
  • Assist in the development of program or division model of care and deliver training and consultation supporting model of care implementation, sustainability, and the monitoring and use of outcomes

Development of Materials

  • Create training tool kits and fact sheets to support centralized and site-based learning
  • Create evaluation tools to assess staff competency
  • Contribute to webinar creation

Participation in other Learning Department endeavors such as

  • Training evaluation
  • Crisis consultation and intervention
  • Connection of staff development to HR processes
  • Identify new areas of relevance to agency practice and competency building



  • Bachelors and or Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or a related field with a minimum of 3-4 years of relatable work experience in an IDD setting
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent training skills
  • Knowledge of OPWDD and DOH regulations and standards of care
  • Availability to work during set Jewish Board training times and travel to training sites necessary, along with capacity to train within The Jewish Board standards
  • Knowledge and skills in the area of cultural competency training is required
  • Strong verbal communication skills, ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels of the agency
  • Organized with an ability to work independently to complete projects
  • Excellent listening and problem-solving skills
  • Skilled decision-maker and project manager that works proactively in an outcome-focused environment
  • Minimum of 3-4 years of relevant experience is required
  • Two years in the supervision of IDD staff or project management preferred
  • License to practice preferred


If you join us, you’ll have these great benefits:


  • Generous paid time off in addition to agency holidays and 15 sick days
  • Affordable and high-quality medical/dental/vision plans 
  • Tuition assistance and educational loan forgiveness
  • Free continuing education opportunities 
  • 403(b) retirement benefits and a pension
  • Flexible spending accounts for health and transportation 
  • 24/7 Accessible Employee Assistance Program  
  • Life and disability insurance 
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion working groups that are available for you to join, including Confronting Structural Racism (COR), Coalition Against Anti-Semitism (CAAS), and the LGBTQ Steering Committee

Who we are:

The Jewish Board delivers innovative, high-quality, and compassionate mental health and social services to over 45,000 New Yorkers each year. We are unique in serving everyone from infants and their families to children, teens, and adults. We are proud to employ and serve people of all religions, races, cultural backgrounds, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. We are committed to building diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams to help support our mission, and we strongly encourage candidates from historically marginalized backgrounds to apply to work with us.


More on Equal Opportunity:

We respect diversity and accordingly are an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

This applies with respect to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, termination, assignments, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities and programs, and all other terms and condition of employment as well as general treatment during employment.

 We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees with disabilities, without regard to any protected classifications, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. Any employees who need assistance to perform their job duties because of a physical or mental condition should contact human resources.

Other details

  • Job Family Program Administration [500s]
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Employment Indicator 8810 - Clerical Office Employees NOC
  • Min Hiring Rate $74,500.00
  • Required Education Master’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • 463 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA