Employment

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.

We currently have two open positions:

    • Carpentry Instructor
    • Assistant to the President

Please see postings below.



Carpentry Instructor

NBSS seeks an experienced carpenter as an instructor in the nine-month Carpentry program. The program teaches adults entering the trade the theory and practice of residential construction including framing floors, walls and roofs; door and window installation; interior and exterior finish; drafting; hand tool and machine use.

The ideal candidate is an organized and thoughtful teacher who is committed to high-quality work and is capable of teaching adults of varying abilities, experience, and backgrounds. Prior teaching experience is preferred. A strong work ethic and excellent communication skills are a must. Clean driving record necessary. Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License (CSL) or ability to obtain one required.

The instructor is responsible for assisting in the preparation and presentation of all material. The methods of teaching include lecture, demonstration, and directed projects within the classroom/shop and related field trips. In addition to classroom and shop work, the class completes on-site projects such as: decks, additions, garages. These ‘real’ projects serve as examples for estimating, site preparation, and construction. The instructor will assist with evaluating student performance and be responsible for tracking student attendance.

In addition to teaching, the instructor is responsible for assisting with department administrative duties, ordering tools and materials, coordinating site work with clients, and maintaining a safe environment. Responsibilities also include attending faculty meetings, advisory committee meetings, required staff meetings, and after hours/weekend events such as Open House, the Annual Celebration of Craft, faculty development seminars and workshops, and fundraisers.

The class size is 26-30 students, ages 18 and older. Students come to the program with a range of woodworking experience from very little to a moderate amount. All students have completed high school and some have college degrees. Students have dedicated work space and the Carpentry program has a dedicated machine shop adjacent to the classroom. Textbooks used include Carpentry by Leonard Koel and the Massachusetts Building Code book.

The daily teaching schedule is 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday during the academic year (September through May). During the summers instructors are free to pursue other work. There is a two-week break at the end of December, a one-week break in March and ten (10) paid holidays.

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

Send cover letter, resume, and examples of your work (as attachments or a link to an online portfolio or website) to jobs@nbss.edu by Friday, July 26, 2019.


Assistant to the President

We're seeking an Assistant to the President to provide high level administrative support and project management for the activities of the President, including coordinating appointments, correspondence, and travel as well as managing special projects and committees to advance strategic initiatives. The position is also the primary administrative liaison to the Board of Directors and Advisors, supporting and coordinating their activities. While directly supporting the President, the position is collaborative in nature, assisting across staff, faculty, and board projects.

Essential Duties:

Administrative Support

  • Schedule President’s appointments and activities and maintain a comprehensive calendar. Collect materials/background information and prepare President in advance.
  • Manage incoming correspondence and prepare draft correspondence.
  • Screen incoming calls, inquiries, and correspondence to the President, respond independently when possible, use discretion in providing information, and direct inquiries to appropriate colleagues at NBSS.
  • Assist the President with agendas for internal and external meetings.
  • Maintain comprehensive filing system, including maintenance of confidential files.
  • Prepare purchasing card and expense reports.
  • Arrange travel plans and itineraries, and compile materials for travel related activities.
  • Maintain confidential information of all correspondence, documents, and board member discussions and related materials.

Board of Directors and Board of Advisors Relations

  • With the President and Director of Development, coordinate the Board’s calendar, including scheduling, preparation, logistics, and materials for all meetings and committees.
  • Attend meetings, take and keep minutes, and maintain the official records of all Board actions, committee assignments, and membership terms.
  • Organize new board member orientation, including an orientation handbook for all new Directors and Advisors.
  • Coordinate Board receptions and social events.
  • Assist Board of Directors and Board of Advisors with inquiries and special requests.
  • Maintain Board of Directors and Board of Advisors database files, email contact lists, and office files.
  • Assist the Board Chair, President, and Director of Development in maintaining frequent contact with Board members.

Special Projects and Event Coordination

  • Assist President with research of projects and initiatives.
  • Assist with planning for special projects, including partnership events with outside organizations.
  • Provide support for Public Program initiatives, including logistics and set-up.
  • Coordinate logistics for special projects, events, and meetings, including room set up, food set up and clean up, AV set up, materials distribution, and follow up.
  • Monitor kitchen inventory to support events.

General Responsibilities and Support

  • Support the President in promoting a culture of collaboration, inclusivity, and creative working.
  • Work evening and weekend events as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience and Skills:

  • 3-5 years relevant experience in all aspects of nonprofit executive-level administration, including direct work with volunteer leadership.
  • Project management experience, including events, with a collaborative and cross-departmental approach.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational, management, writing, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong multi-tasking skills and ability to plan and execute a number of ongoing projects simultaneously and with minor supervision.
  • Demonstrated diplomacy, judgment, initiative, and ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Flexibility and ability to work well under time constraints.
  • Initiative and ability to anticipate needs with minimal direction, meet deadlines, ability to effectively organize oneself and others and to ‘manage up’.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, poise, and discretion.
  • Open and regular communicator about progress towards goals.
  • A team player committed to the team’s well-being, to building authentic relationships with colleagues, and to proactively modeling institutional customs, beliefs, and values.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population and a variety of stakeholders and audiences.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Gmail and Google applications, as well as online research skills.
  • An understanding of the unique nature and mission of North Bennet Street School, and experience with a craft, trade, or related activity preferred.

Send cover letter and resume to jobs@nbss.edu by Friday, August 2, 2019.


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