Work Readiness Instructor

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.




New York
United States


The Position:

HOPE is seeking a skilled facilitator with a passion for teaching adults and with experience in the construction or industrial sectors in either an education or practitioner capacity. This position reports to the Bronx Program Director and is located at HOPE’s Bronx location at 1360 Garrison in Hunts Point. A minimum of three years field experience in the construction or industrial sectors, in developing curriculum, and/or teaching adults or disadvantaged populations is the priority for the position. The position also requires a mission-oriented individual with strong organizational, teamwork, communications (both verbal and written), basic math, and digital literacy skills. HOPE looks for individuals who are enthusiastic about being part of a high-impact, growing organization.


  • Prep and deliver the Sustainable South Bronx program, a 12-week, green collar training program preparing up to 70 adult jobseekers across three classes for sustainable careers in construction and maintenance. *The number of students and classes may vary in consultation with the Work Readiness Instructor.
  • Work closely with the Bronx Program Director to map the training program’s learning objectives, create presentation materials and assessments, identify tools and inventory required for instruction, and aggregate useful resources for students in line with the HOPE-created curriculum outline. 
  • Create, maintain, and execute a full training program schedule as well as weekly class schedule that integrates the following training components: 
  • Hard skills, hands-on training related to fundamentals of construction, including hand and small power tool use, carpentry, basic plumbing and electrical, green infrastructure and other trades; 
  • Soft skills, work readiness training, and appropriate attire, conduct and timeliness for work in the trades;
  • Industry-recognized certifications, such as OSHA 10 and 30, Flagger, Scaffolding, and EPA Lead Renovator; 
  • Additional programming to increase student candidacy, such as digital literacy, financial literacy, work wellness, math, and basic needs, such as meals and transportation. *Certifications, work-based learning, and additional programming will be led or facilitated by external partners, as needed and appropriate.
  • Serve as a singular point of contact for students through the full training program and provide oversight across other instructional or partner staff, where needed.
  • Identify, research, and ensure timely adoption of new lessons, best practices in workforce development, and industry or employer-demanded skills and tools to the program. 
  • Monitor student performance in class and provide coaching to enrolled students to ensure that students persist in the class and graduates find work, particularly with green or sustainability-focused employers or within construction or maintenance sectors. This includes working with students and HOPE staff to identify necessary services and resources, such as vocational, educational, housing, clothing, health, or other needs.
  • Successfully train and retain students, achieving at least 80 percent student completion.
  • Prepare for and participate in a weekly client and monthly staff meetings as well as 1:1 supervision with the Bronx Program Director.
  • Maintain accurate and current student records, including attendance, daily performance, reports for referring partners, qualitative case notes, student completion status, etc., using HOPE’s Salesforce database as per programmatic requirements and government contracts. 
  • Participate effectively as a team member, sharing information with other Work Readiness Instructors as well as Intake and Recruitment and Employment and Graduate Services’ staff to support the recruitment, placement, and advancement of as many graduates as possible. 
  • Participate in conferences, onsite training, site visits, etc. to ensure continued industry engagement and curriculum relevance as well as professional development. 
  • Facilitate or assist with special activities (e.g. graduation ceremonies, holiday dinners, retention events, student recruitment events, student intake interviews, practice interviews), as needed.
  • Serve as a backup instructor for other Work Readiness Instructors where needed and appropriate.


HOPE provides benefits, including pre-tax transportation, retirement plan, and time off.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Email cover letter, indicating where you saw the listing, and resume to Resumes unaccompanied by a cover letter will not be reviewed.