Vocational Instructor, Construction

Cambridge, MA

Just A Start YouthBuild is looking for a Vocational Instructor, Construction to provide pre-apprenticeship level construction training to YouthBuild students. This individual will provide quality hands-on supervision and training to students for on-site construction or renovation projects. This role is a key member of the YouthBuild Construction team of three, and larger YouthBuild team. The instructor will work closely with all team members across the program to support the ongoing success of students as they acquire key skills to enter the workforce.

Just A Start YouthBuild is a comprehensive youth development program that helps young people reclaim their education, gain job skills and become leaders in their communities. For more information on the YouthBuild program, visit our website at https://justastart.org/youth-programs.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

 

YouthBuild Construction Project Coordination

  • Work with Construction and Project Manager with the planning, coordination and implementation of construction projects
  • Coordinate construction team assignments
  • Work with Construction and Project Manager to maintain project timelines and determine scope of service, trainings, number of construction sites and jobs and outcomes
  • Ensure completion of projects to a professional level of quality and in conformance with written specifications/plans
  • Engage public housing partnerships (e.g. Chelsea and Cambridge Housing Authority) to ensure quality and quantity are adequate
  • Identify and track current credential needs (e.g. HBI-PACT and OSHA-10) and develop curriculum
  • Oversee training workshop, manage inventory of tools and equipment and acquisition
  • Co-teach OSHA-10 and HBI-PACT to students and new staff members
  • Collaborate with education staff to align HBI-PACT/OSHA-10 curriculum and continue development and implementation of curriculum
  • Provide hands-on skills training for on-site housing construction/renovation work in painting, wallboard installation, carpentry, power tools, safety, etc.
  • Teach and model employability skills such as cooperation, taking direction, attendance and engagement, meeting expectations, etc.
  • Maintain an efficient and safe work environment through enforcement and communication of safety rules and procedures, reinforcement of positive behaviors, and effective supervision
  • Work closely with Case Management and Counseling team to identify both positive and any behavioral challenges to better support youth on the worksite and beyond
  • Work closely with career pathways to identify programmatic goals and achievable outcomes.

Workforce Training (Field and Classroom)

  • Identify and track current credential needs (e.g. HBI-PACT and OSHA-10) and develop curriculum
  • Oversee training workshop, manage inventory of tools and equipment and acquisition
  • Co-teach OSHA-10 and HBI-PACT to students and new staff members
  • Collaborate with education staff to align HBI-PACT/OSHA-10 curriculum and continue development and implementation of curriculum
  • Provide hands-on skills training for on-site housing construction/renovation work in painting, wallboard installation, carpentry, power tools, safety, etc.
  • Teach and model employability skills such as cooperation, taking direction, attendance and engagement, meeting expectations, etc.
  • Maintain an efficient and safe work environment through enforcement and communication of safety rules and procedures, reinforcement of positive behaviors, and effective supervision
  • Work closely with Case Management and Counseling team to identify both positive and any behavioral challenges to better support youth on the worksite and beyond
  • Work closely with career pathways to identify programmatic goals and achievable outcomes.

Administrative and Data Collection

  • ●Participate in staff and other meetings, working closely with Construction and Project Manager, education, career, and counselors to support progress and development of youth throughout all phases of the program
  • ●Follow and develop safety protocols and training to maximize a safe working environment for staff and students
  • ●Track and record student progress through Salesforce, PACT Litmos

 

QUALIFICATIONS

High school diploma and a minimum of 3-5 years of journey level construction experience, or equivalent. Some college is preferred. 

  • MA Construction Supervisor License or ability to become licensed journey level of trades experience or higher
  • A minimum of one year of supervisory experience
  • Strong belief/experience in the potential of young adults (16-24)
  • Love, connection, sense of humor, and desire to build positive relationships with young people to support their career and life goals
  • Valid Driver’s License, safe driving record, and ability to drive program van; acceptable CORI & SORI.

 

SALARY & BENEFITS

$65,000 - $70,000

In addition to a competitive salary, Just A Start offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical insurance, dental insurance, short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, transportation benefits, 20 PTO days in the first year, 13 paid holidays, VTO (Volunteer Time Off) and a 401k savings plan with a 3% employer contribution.

 

WORK REQUIREMENTS

All employees and long-term consultants are required to be fully vaccinated and follow the organization's established protocols regarding COVID. This is a 37.5-hour-per-week hybrid remote/in-the-office position.

 

ABOUT YOUTHBUILD JUST A START

YouthBuild partners with opportunity youth to build the skillsets and mindsets that lead to lifelong learning, livelihood, and leadership. At more than 275 YouthBuild programs across the United States and around the world, students reclaim their education, gain job skills, and become leaders in their communities. YouthBuild strives to create a world where all young people are seen for their potential, and power to transform themselves and their communities.

YouthBuild sits within Just A Start, a Community Development Corporation based in Cambridge. Just A Start’s mission is to promote equity by creating access to stable housing and building pathways to economic opportunity.

Just A Start believes that access to stable housing and sustainable careers are the essential building blocks of vibrant and equitable communities. For 54 years, we have focused on meeting those fundamental needs of individuals and families who have been systematically denied opportunities to realize their full potential. We develop and connect residents with affordable housing, train residents for family-sustaining careers, provide a range of support services in Cambridge and beyond.

Just A Start is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our staff represents a wide range of ages, races, interests, and backgrounds coming together in pursuit of common goals. Together, we strive to provide an environment that values diversity and promotes an inclusive culture.  Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.