Vocational Instructor

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



27 Centre Street
United States


Job Summary:

YouthBuild Boston (YBB) is seeking an entrepreneurial-minded individual to be the Vocational Instructor. The Vocational Instructor is responsible for teaching vocational education to program participants. This person is also responsible for coordinating the planning and itnergration of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum through basic academics and construction. This position has no recurring access to vulnerable populations.

YBB is a non-profit that seeks to improve opportunities for young people of Boston. The objective of the Building Trades Exploration (BTE) program is to create an environment that allows disenfranchised individuals to develop marketable skills, build self-esteem, serve their communities and explore careers related to the building trades. The end goal for BTE students is to obtain their high school equivalency and/or NCCER credentials to then transition to post-secondary education, advanced training or employment. Hours are 7:45am-4pm, M-F but may require attendance at occasional evening or weekend events. Vocation, academic, life skills and service leadership instruction will alternate on a weekly basis. The average length of stay for program participants is 6 to 9 months. 


Hands-On Instruction & Teaching (30 hours/week):

1.   Design, develop and implement teaching of NCCER and green infrastructure related curriculum in order to train and certify program participants

2.   In collaboration with construction staff, provide vocational educational classes which teach cutting-edge construction related skills, including but not limited to demolition, framing, interior work, blue-print reading, energy efficiency, recycling, safe handling and use of materials, power and hand tools

3.   Utilize active learning methods and a variety of instructional strategies designed to assist students in mastering material (lectures, hands-on, drawing, immersion, planning etc.)

4.   Establish and maintain the scheduling, coordination and execution of activities at the Burrell Street woodshop and all related resources and materials

5.   Coordinate testing and evaluation of students’ skills with other construction staff and provide regular assessments of their progress as it relates to Benchmarks and AmeriCorps

6.   Document student skill attainment in coordination with construction, academic and case management staff.

7.   Assist in the informal personal and vocational counseling and development of participants’ leadership skills in conjunction with ELA Instructor and Project Development Manager.

8.   Establish and maintain rules for proper behavior and procedures among students on the worksite. Ensure students work efficiently, safely and productively on the job site, balancing imperatives of cost, quality, safety and speed.

9.   Align day-to-day work on voc projects with overarching experiential and conceptual learning objectives paralleled in the education, life skills and job readiness components.

10. Write evaluations of student performance along vocational benchmarks monthly.

11. Meet monthly with youth, academic instructors and case managers to review and document NCCER and benchmark progress.

12. Augment instruction through use of outside consultants

Community Service & Project Management (5 hours/week):

●    Identify service projects within budget, location and scope, accounting for the experience and skill level of volunteers, students and/or employees involved

●    Oversee preparation for weekly community service and bimonthly uBuild events including staff participation, leading volunteers, supplies, equipment and community relations. Coordinate with staff, project managers and students who comprise the service component.

●    Manage execution of projects.

●    Coordinate all site safety with staff personnel in accordance with OSHA standards.

●    Prepare detailed reports regarding service project outcomes and accomplishments and log student and volunteer service hours

●    Assist YBB’s development team in related activities to support individual projects and long-term, service-learning goals.

Other Job Specifics (5 hours/week):

13. Attend student morning and/or afternoon reflection meeting, team, service, all staff and/or Construction meetings as needed.

14. Attend and participate in trainings, retreats and organizational events as needed.

15. Ability to work


●    Bachelor’s degree required; general carpentry skills and certifications

●    Have a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License and five year clean driving record

●    Experience developing curriculum, teaching in experiential settings and direct service

●    Minimum two years’ experience in design, construction, and education and community/non-profits

●    Experience supervising and training young adults.

●    Strong commitment to helping young people succeed and the power of volunteers to improve the community.

●    Demonstrated experience in project coordination and administration.

●    Excellent oral and written communication skills

●    Professionalism, maturity and ability to work as a team and independently

●    Ability to establish a rapport and relate sensitively to diverse, multicultural, low-income, and/or urban youth


Full package including Health, Dental, Life and Disability

Level of Language Proficiency

English required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Please send resume and cover letter to: amarlow@ybboston.org