Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-site, multi-service settlement house that serves the diverse population of Queens through a broad network of programs and services for Children and Youth, Adults and Families, and Older Adults. Our mission is to provide individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. We are a modern interpretation of the traditional settlement house, bringing to our work current best practices, cost-effective management, innovative leadership, and a passion for social and economic justice. We welcome amazing individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change lives.
We are seeking a qualified Construction Instructor for our YouthBuild program with a strong commitment to teaching and safety. The YouthBuild program engages out-of-school, low-income youth ages 16-24 and provides an alternative education and employment pathway that enables participants to obtain a high school equivalency diploma, advance toward post-secondary education or career-oriented employment and take responsibility for their families and communities. Under limited supervision of the YouthBuild Program Director the Construction Instructor will perform the following functions:
- Teach the nationally-recognized construction certification curriculum to trainees using prescribed materials.
- Administer module tests and track and report participant results, providing remedial help where needed.
- Teach YouthBuild participants construction skills including: demolition, rough framing, roofing, drywall, and finish carpentry.
- Ensure construction lab and work site safety, modeling and reinforcing proper constructions techniques and all trained safety procedures including proper use of hand tools, power tools, and equipment.
- Support the academic and leadership goals of the program by incorporating both into classroom learning, construction lab, and building work site activities whenever possible.
- Provide supervision of the academic and/or leadership components of the program when needed. Work with the HS Equivalency instructor to incorporate construction concepts into academic learning.
- Initiate and schedule OSHA, first aid, and CPR training for all participants.
- Remedy any potential safety hazards identified in the MOU prior to start of work.
- Attend periodic YouthBuild partner meetings to identify challenges and keep lines of communication open.
- Coordinate with the work site partner project manager to develop a detailed construction plan and schedule, material needs, and other information as required for the work site activities.
- Assist partner(s) in determination of labor and resource requirements for projects as needed.
- Set work site behavioral standards and model appropriate behavior and methods of addressing problems at the construction site and in the classroom.
- Lead and supervise students in community service projects as requested.
- Keep YouthBuild Program Director informed of construction progress and challenges.
- Attend weekly case management meetings, providing observations of participant’s strengths and weaknesses and input on individualized plans for improvement.
- Assist with vocational counseling and the development of leadership skills in conjunction with other staff.
- Coordinate with other staff members to consistently enforce YouthBuild and QCH policies.
- Assist in participant follow-up activities including, portfolio development, job placement, post-secondary education exploration and on-going vocational training and internship/apprenticeship opportunities.
- Participate as part of the site team in program planning, including Mental Toughness (orientation) and follow up activities.
- Coordinate with classroom/construction lab Site Coordinator to solve site logistical issues.
- Keep construction certification report up-to-date, provide required certifications statistics.
- Records Clerk on a quarterly basis, and apply for participant certifications upon completion of the curriculum.
- Complete daily activity log and construction report section of weekly report form in a timely manner.
- Maintain inventory of all tools and equipment used on the job daily.
- Attend additional meetings and trainings as required.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Already have or be able and willing to acquire Associates of Applied Science in Construction Management within 2 years
- At least three (3) years’ (6,000 site hours) experience in hands-on residential construction or remodeling. Experience as a general contractor.
- OSHA 30 certification required; certified OSHA trainer (or ability to obtain) preferred
- Experience teaching, training, or working with a diverse at risk (socially and academically) youth population. Ability to teach utilizing a provided curriculum and teach the following topic areas: Building and Construction materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures; Tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance; Management and leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources; Safety and security procedures, and strategies to promote effective security operations for the protection of staff, program participants; data, and property; Education and Training, principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instructing individuals and groups
- Ability to utilize effective teaching methods including: assertive and affirming listening skills; effectively conveying concepts; selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures that adapt to student’s strengths when learning; good judgement and decision-making; ability to speak and write in a way that meets the needs of the audience; critical thinking skills; problem solving skills.
- Extraordinary attention to detail and thoroughness in completing work tasks; being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations with integrity, honesty and knowledge of professional ethics.
- Pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude; maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations; accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations; conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to lift, push, pull, and carry heavy objects. Must be able to exert yourself physically over long periods of time while maintaining ability to work.
- Speaking clearly so others can understand you and the information you are communicating; will be required to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately; ability to talk in front of groups and provide information to supervisors, co-workers, direct reports, and external partners via telephone, writing form, e-mail, or in person.
- The ability to see and hear details at a distance and at close range in order to maintain safe environments; will be required to read papers, books, and to operate audio-visual, office equipment and tools;
- 40% of the time, Environmentally controlled conditions, working in an office or shared office setting, working with others in a group or team; contact with others;
- 60% of the time, teaching and training youth basic construction knowledge in the classroom, construction lab, and work site. Personal protective gear must be worn; exposure to some hazardous, dangerous, and noisy conditions; exposed to all types of weather; may be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions
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