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.

Director of Facilities

Seeking an experienced professional for a full-time Director of Facilities position.

The ideal candidate is an accomplished facilities management professional, with experience working with building systems and non-profits. They should be organized, thoughtful, and committed to high-quality work. A good work ethic and excellent communication skills are a must.

The Director of Facilities is responsible for management and supervision of the operation, maintenance, security, technology, and capital improvements of the School’s 64,000 sf facility at 150 North Street in Boston’s North End. Duties include overseeing all building systems, supervising maintenance staff and student workers, overseeing the work of independent contractors, preparing the annual facilities budget, and approving all expenses in accordance with the final budget. The Director of Facilities assumes responsibility for school property and occupant safety both in general and during times of emergency.

Essential Responsibilities:

Ongoing Maintenance and Operations:

  • Establish and monitor a weekly and monthly calendar for maintenance operations.
  • Oversee the functioning of all building systems including mechanical, electrical, fire/life safety, plumbing, and waste management.
  • Oversee daily cleaning activities of the custodian and Student Workers, including trash, recycling, and snow removal.
  • Assist with maintenance projects and tasks when necessary.
  • Solicit competitive bids for maintenance and operations service contracts.
  • Oversees contractors involved in facility projects and delivery of services.
  • Purchase all materials and supplies necessary for cleaning, maintenance, and repair.
  • Assist with insurance and other facility related surveys.
  • Manage the telecommunications system.


  • Maintain the School’s security systems, including the security and fire alarm systems and contracts for remote monitoring of the systems.
  • Maintain building security and immediately respond to building emergencies on a 24-hour basis.

Code Compliance:

  • Represent the School in operational interactions with state and municipal representatives including police, fire, and code enforcement officers.
  • Represent the school in interactions with federal code enforcement offices, including OSHA, ADA, and emergency planning.
  • Oversee the legal disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Assist academic departments in compliance with applicable federal, state, and municipal regulations with respect to health and safety issues.

Facilities Planning:

  • Assist the President, Executive Vice President, Provost, and the Board of Directors Facilities Committee with needs assessments and the development of proposed capital improvement projects.

Capital Projects:

  • Solicit and review competitive bids for capital improvement projects.
  • Represent the School in the administration of construction and improvement projects.


  • Oversee services related to software, hardware, Web resources, and networks.
  • Serve as initial information technology support person and oversee information technology vendors.

Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in facilities management.
  • Demonstrated skill in the areas of personnel, time, purchasing, cost, and quality management.
  • Experience with the construction and maintenance of building systems, including plumbing, HVAC, electrical, security and life safety systems, as well as structural systems, is essential.
  • Experience working within the Massachusetts State Building Code is required, experience working within the City of Boston preferred.
  • A Construction Supervisor’s license, or a license in a particular building trade, is preferred but not required.
  • Experience with basic level IT and computer support preferred.
  • Management experience in a non-profit cultural or educational setting preferred.

Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Google Drive, and databases. Excellent written and oral communication skills, a team player with the ability to work independently, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, demonstrated leadership and team building skills, and an ability for both practical and interpersonal problem solving. Occasional evening and weekend work required and candidate must be flexible and available 24/7 to cover facilities related calls. Experience with a craft and an understanding of the unique nature and mission of North Bennet Street School is preferable.

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

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@nbss.edu by Friday, January 25, 2019.

Freelance Writers

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

We’re looking for creative, passionate people who are able to capture our institution’s voice and who will produce meaningful, relevant stories across multiple channels and publications. For a sampling of content, please check out nbss.edu/blog.

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.
  • Conduct interviews with senior staff, donors, alumni, employers, and students.
  • Pitch new story/content ideas that may be relevant to the School’s broad audience.
  • 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.
  • Attend editorial meetings at the School—by phone or in-person—and provide regular updates on progress via email.

Required Qualifications

  • A strong portfolio of written work.
  • Excellent 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.
  • Ability to prioritize workload, handle tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with SEO, keywords, and other aspects of inbound marketing a plus.

Freelance Writers will be hired on a per-project basis. Those interested should email a cover letter, resume, and two examples of written work to jobs@nbss.edu with “Freelance Writer position” in the subject line. Please include your rate in the cover letter. We’ll begin interviewing candidates immediately. No phone calls please.

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