Jobs at NBSS

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.

NBSS is a non-profit, post-secondary institution that offers a welcoming and collaborative work environment in Boston's North End. We currently have three job opportunities available:

  • Freelance Writer(s), posted July 22, 2016
  • Development Coordinator, posted July 18, 2016
  • Piano Technology Instructor, posted July 5, 2016

Please scroll down for more information on each position. 


Freelance Writer(s)

North Bennet Street School is seeking one or more Freelance Writers eager to develop compelling stories that highlight our talented community and champion our important work.

We’re looking for creative, digitally oriented writers who understand how to shape an institution’s voice and who will produce meaningful, relevant content across multiple channels and publications. You’ll collaborate with senior staff and faculty at NBSS, as well as with a team of social media strategists, visual designers, other contract writers, and additional consultants.

NBSS offers a creative and collegial environment that’s small but ambitious. Your work will support our mission to help students achieve meaningful lives and careers.

Key Responsibilities

  • With editorial direction provided, develop stories and content that highlight the School’s program offerings and demonstrate its leadership in craft and trade education.
  • Adjust style/format of copy as needed, based on editorial feedback and performance data.
  • Maintain the quality, consistency, and innovation of copy within publications, websites, blog posts, emails, and other communications.
  • Demonstrate impeccable judgment, and develop work that reflects NBSS’s approach and point of view.
  • Pitch ideas for stories and content that align with School mission, focus, and goals.
  • Periodically attend editorial meetings at the School, and provide regular updates on progress via email.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent communication communication, writing, and project management skills.
  • Attention to detail, including producing the highest quality work that follows editorial guidelines and rules for punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc.
  • 4-year degree and 3+ years of experience.
  • A strong portfolio of written work.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of inbound marketing techniques , including SEO, keywords, analytics, and writing for web/social media.
  • Experience using Google Docs and social media channels preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize workload, handle tasks, and meet deadlines.

One or more Freelance Writers will be hired on a contractual, per-project basis. Writers report to the Director of Marketing & Communications. Writers should be local to the greater Boston area, and able to visit the School for periodic editorial meetings.

Those interested should email a cover letter, resume, and three examples of written work to with “Freelance Writer position” in the subject line. Please include your rates and three professional references in the cover letter. We’ll begin interviewing candidates immediately and hope to hire in August.


Development Coordinator

NBSS seeks an energetic Development Coordinator to manage our Annual Fund, plan and execute development events, provide administrative support to the Director of Development and support the mission of the School.

Key responsibilities:

  • Developing the case for support for annual giving. Cultivating, soliciting and stewarding annual fund donors, and managing the Annual Fund budget and expenses.
  • Planning, executing and assessing multiple development events throughout the year and coordinating all aspects of the School’s annual spring fundraising event including sponsorships, event committee meetings, communications and other logistics. Assisting in a similar capacity with capital campaign logistics.
  • Gift entry and acknowledgements, data management and updates, and providing support for Development staff including mailing lists, queries and reports.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Experience and qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 3+ years of professional office experience with fundraising and event experience in a non-profit cultural or educational setting preferred.
  • Positive attitude and motivation to grow NBSS’s Annual Fund and fundraising efforts.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Team player with the ability to manage long- and short-term projects simultaneously, meet all related deadlines with the ability to work independently and to plan, prioritize, coordinate and manage own work.
  • Proven ability to solve problems independently, effectively and creatively.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Continually mindful of institution’s mission and goals.
  • Competency to exercise discretion and confidentiality of data/donor records.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Google Drive and development databases (eTapestry experience a plus).
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required for events.

This is a full-time position. Salary commensurate with experience. Health, retirement and other benefits are available. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to 


Piano Technology Instructor

NBSS seeks an Instructor who will be either Part-time in Basic Piano Technology (three days/week), or Full time in both Basic (three days/week) and Advanced Piano Technology (two days/week), transitioning to full-time in Advanced Piano Technology by September 2017.

Reports to: Department Head and Provost

Date: July 2016

This person is responsible for coordinating with other Piano Technology faculty to deliver the approved course curriculum to the students as well as sharing administrative duties related to the Department.

The available position is either part-time (three days/week) teaching Basic Piano Technology, or, for the right person, full-time, spending an additional 2 days/week teaching Advanced Piano Technology, with plans to transition into Advanced Piano Technology full-time by September 2017.

Academic responsibilities:

  • Recommendations about course objectives, emphasis, and curriculum.
  • Interpreting, articulating, and communicating School decisions and positions to students and others.
  • Recognizing departmental problems and coordinating a concerted approach to solve those problems.

Administrative responsibilities:

  • Budget development and management.
  • Assisting the Admissions Office in the interviewing and selection of students.
  • Maintaining all machines and equipment in optimum condition.
  • Maintaining shop facility and equipment safety.
  • Recommending equipment and facilities improvements.
  • Coordinating purchasing with the Business Office.
  • Attending Faculty and Staff meetings.
  • Representing the School and the program to the public.

Instructor responsibilities:

  • Advance preparation for lectures and demonstrations .
  • Development and assignment of student projects.
  • Presence during scheduled class hours to teach and supervise student work.
  • Evaluation of student progress, including attendance and grading.
  • Recommend educational or disciplinary action for students with problems.
  • Personal professional development, including maintaining currency and proficiency in technical as well as teaching skills.

The Basic Piano Technology position requires an experienced Piano Technician, Registered Piano Technician preferred. Must be committed to quality work and capable of teaching adults of varying learning styles and experience. Prior teaching experience is preferred. Qualified CTE and/or TEC a plus. The nine-month program’s curriculum includes: theory and practice of tuning and regulation, in-home service repairs, business, ethics, and various field trips. Attendance at PTG meetings and conferences encouraged.

In addition, Advanced Piano Technology requires professional experience rebuilding pianos, sound board replacement experience a plus. In this program, students rebuild grand pianos in teams of two or three over the nine-month academic year.

The instructor presents the theoretical, technical, and practical material involved in the piano technology trade, and is responsible for preparation and presentation of all instructional material. Methods of teaching will be by lecture, demonstration, guest presentations, multimedia demonstrations, directed projects in the workshop or on field trips.

General overview:

Instructors are expected to attend Faculty/Staff professional development events, the all School Open House (a Friday and Saturday in November), and the Annual Celebration of Craft fundraising events (two or three events in May).

Beyond the Department, he/she is responsible for keeping the Department Head and/or Provost informed of academic issues, and alerting the Executive Vice President to matters that might have legal implications or a broader impact in the community.

The principal classroom and workshop is at 150 North St, Boston. The maximum class size for Basic Piano Technology is 16 students, and for Advanced Piano Technology, 9 students. The daily schedule for instruction is 8:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, September through May. There is a week-long break in March and a two-week winter recess at the end of December.

Position begins Monday, August 29, 2016 with classes beginning on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Salary commensurate with experience. Health, retirement and other benefits are available.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to, by Sunday, July 31, 2016.

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