North Bennet Street School - Hiring a Carpentry Instructor


North Bennet Street School (NBSS), a traditional trades career training school in Boston, seeks an experienced carpenter as an instructor in our 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.

The instructor is responsible for assisting the Department Head/Instructor 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 the Department Head/Instructor 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 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.


  • 5 years carpentry or related experience. 
  • Teaching experience preferred. 
  • Clean driving record necessary.
  • Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License (CSL) or ability to obtain one required.


How To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and examples of your work (as attachments or a link to an online portfolio or website) to

Apply by:
July 26, 2019

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

About this Organization:

One of nation’s oldest schools for hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, North Bennet Street School ( 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.


The School offers full-time programs in Bookbinding, Carpentry, Cabinet & Furniture Making, Jewelry Making & Repair, Locksmithing & Security Technology, Piano Technology, Preservation Carpentry, and Violin Making & Repair. In addition, NBSS provides continuing education classes in a range of related disciplines. The School is located at an impressive, new facility in Boston’s historic North End, the community in which it was originally founded in 1881.


The School employs all persons on the basis of occupational qualifications and does not discriminate against any individual because of race, religion, age, gender, color, national and ethic origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, or any other status protected by law.

Boston, MA 02109

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