NBSS is a non-profit institution that offers a welcoming and collaborative environment in Boston's North End. We're small but ambitious, supporting the School's mission to help students achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods.

One of nation’s oldest schools for hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, NBSS is internationally known for its programs that help students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. For more than a century, the exceptional programs, master faculty, and inspiring community have encouraged individual growth, curiosity, technical mastery, and commitment to excellence.

As we build on the School’s legacy of fine craftsmanship, we seek positive, dynamic individuals who share our dedication to innovation, excellence, and superior customer service.

Middle School Woodworking Instructor (part-time)

The Middle School Woodworking Instructor is a co-teaching position. Instructors are responsible for planning and teaching woodworking classes in the NBSS Middle School Partnership Program. Currently, NBSS partners with two local schools to provide woodworking classes for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Reporting to the Director of Continuing Education, Middle School Woodworking Instructors are responsible for developing class content and managing student success. Instructors are expected to arrive one hour before class and stay one hour after class. Some flexibility is allowed for occasional off-site work.


  • Lead class demonstrations and facilitate hands-on exercises.
  • Maintain up-to-date lesson plans.
  • Classroom set up and clean up.
  • Materials prep and tool maintenance.
  • Order class materials and tools.
  • Attend bi-weekly program meetings with supervisor.
  • Complete an end of year staff review in June.
  • Student grading and comments each report card marking term.
  • Attend yearly health and safety or professional development training at NBSS.


  • Experience planning woodworking class projects, including creating milling lists and class outline and curriculum/lesson plans.
  • Demonstrated ability teaching youth, preferably in woodworking.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Other Requirements:

  • Must pass a Massachusetts CORi check as well as a Statewide Applicant Fingerprint Identification Services (SAFIS) check.

This is a part-time, non-benefited position. Start date is Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

How To Apply

Those interested should email a cover letter and resume to jobs@nbss.edu with “Middle School Woodworking Instructor” in the subject line. Please include a list of three professional references with your submission.

North Bennet Street School is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applicants of all backgrounds to apply for employment at the School.

Retail & Exhibit Manager

The Retail & Exhibit Manager is responsible for overseeing both the School’s retail operations as well as its participation in exhibits (on- and off-site). NBSS has an exceptional reputation for the education it provides, and the Manager should reflect this in the quality of product, visual merchandising, and customer service.

The School’s retail store sells a range of goods, from specialized tools and NBSS-branded items, to fine objects like silver and gold jewelry, hand-bound books, heirloom quality furniture, and more. The School hosts an Annual Celebration of Craft Student & Alumni Exhibition and participates in various off-site trade shows and exhibits such as Pawtucket Fine Furnishings and CraftBoston Holiday, among others, as well in the on-site North End Holiday Stroll.

The Retail & Exhibit Manager, in conjunction with the School’s Marketing & Communications Department, is responsible for store promotion and advertising to both specialized audiences (woodworkers, bookbinders, carpenters, etc.) and to the local North End community.


Retail Store

  • Responsible for all aspects of retail store operations: strategy, product selection/ordering, inventory management, sales, merchandising, and staff supervision.
  • Collaborate with Full-Time faculty and Continuing Education instructors on ordering/stocking tools required for classes.
  • Solicit NBSS alumni and current students for consignment of their work, maintaining a fresh, attractive inventory of handmade products.
  • Coordinate development of and manage new online store, including inventory, product photography, copywriting, and promotion.
  • Identify and pursue new opportunities for retail events and promotions (pop-up shops, demonstrations, book signings, etc).
  • Provide exceptional service to all customers.
  • Market product through creative merchandising, advertising, and promotion.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise Retail Store Assistant/Student Workers as needed.
  • Maintain store operating hours, including some evenings and Saturdays.


  • Manage the Annual Celebration of Craft Student & Alumni Exhibit, including issuing the call for entries, overseeing the jury process, coordinating work drop off and pick up, designing the exhibit layout, installing and labeling the exhibition pieces, educating exhibitors on exhibition responsibilities, breakdown of the exhibition, and working with the Marketing & Communications Department on promotion of the exhibit.
  • Work with the Director of Student Life & Career Services on student trade shows, including, but not limited to, Pawtucket Fine Furnishings, and CraftBoston Holiday.
  • Coordinate with North End business community on the North End Holiday Stroll and work with the full-time students to sell their work during the event.
  • Collaborating with faculty, manage exhibits hosted by the School (~3-5 per year).


  • 5+ years of retail operations experience.
  • Experience with visual merchandising and/or exhibition management.
  • Superior customer service and retail sales skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve design challenges.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Position works with a range of clientele: staff, faculty, students, vendors, donors, and the public.
  • Proficiency with POS management systems (QuickBooks), online sales databases, and Microsoft Office.
  • Experience within arts, crafts, or other creative industry preferred; experience within an educational environment preferred.

Other Requirements

  • Able to lift and carry 30 pounds.
  • Able to reach overhead.
  • Able to pull items from shelves.
  • Able to bend, kneel, or stoop.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Some travel may be required for off-site exhibit setup.
  • Valid Massachusetts driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Participation in after hours and weekend events such as Open House, trade shows, exhibits, student events, alumni events and fundraisers.

Note: Employee may be required to perform other duties as needed.

This is a full-time benefited position; health, retirement, and other benefits are available. Salary commensurate with experience.

How To Apply

Those interested should email a cover letter and resume to jobs@nbss.edu with “Retail & Exhibit Manager Position” in the subject line. Please include a list of three professional references with your submission. We’ll begin interviewing candidates immediately, and hope to hire for the position soon.

North Bennet Street School is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applicants of all backgrounds to apply for employment at the School.

Development & Event Coordinator
Posted September 7, 2017

NBSS seeks a full-time temporary Development & Event Coordinator to work with our Development Department to develop strategies to grow our base of donors and steward our current constituents through annual fundraising and cultivation events, outreach and stewardship, tracking and reporting.

The ideal candidate has experience working with fundraising, event, and project management in a non-profit cultural or educational setting. They should be organized, thoughtful, and committed to high-quality work. A good work ethic and excellent communication skills are a must.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working with the Director of Development and event volunteers to define event goals and objectives.
  • Supporting and organizing event committees, including committee roles and responsibilities, volunteer engagement, meetings, and communications.
  • Tracking sponsorship and ticket sales, registration lists, generating and monitoring fundraising reports using eTapestry.
  • Coordinating all print and electronic collateral alongside the Marketing & Communications Department.
  • Cultivating new event donors and attendees and identifying prospective major gift and annual fund donors through event and sponsor follow-up.


3-5 years of professional office experience with fundraising, event, and project management experience in a non-profit cultural or educational setting. Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Google Drive and development databases (eTapestry experience a plus). Excellent written and oral communication skills, a team player with the ability to work independently, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and competency to exercise discretion and confidentiality of data/donor records. Occasional evening and weekends required for events. Experience with a craft and an understanding of the unique nature and mission of North Bennet Street School is preferable.

This is a full-time (35-hours-a-week), 12 to 18 month appointment. The position reports to the Director of Development. Those interested should email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to jobs@nbss.edu with “Development Coordinator Position” in the subject line. We’ll begin interviewing candidates immediately and hope to hire in October.

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