Youth Build Construction Teacher

July 7, 2022 Portland

Job Code 3006-22

Overview and Position Summary: 


The Construction Teacher of LearningWorks YouthBuild (LWYB) is the vocational instructor of a nationally accredited program working with young men and women ages 16 to 24 who have not had success in traditional school settings. The Construction Teacher is part of a dynamic team of professionals who, together, manage components of a comprehensive academic, vocational, and career pathways training program. This position provides both classroom-based and job-site specific vocational training and supervision to students of the LWYB program.  This role also includes overseeing LWYB’s involvement in the construction or rehab of low-income housing properties.

This position contributes to the accomplishment of the Agency’s mission through: planning and managing the jobsite and construction training components of the LWYB program, working directly with students both in groups and individually, cultivating and sustaining external partnerships in construction and related fields, and performing occasional administrative duties such as budgeting, data entry and expense monitoring.

Work is performed, reviewed, and evaluated under the supervision of the Director of LearningWorks YouthBuild.


 RESPONSIBILITIES: (essential functions of the job)

This position contributes to the achievement of the LearningWorks YouthBuild program’s mission through some or all of the following core accountabilities:

  1.  Manages the occupational skills training and associated curriculum of the LWYB program, and ensures that this program component meets and maintains a standard of excellence:

Teaches the national construction certification curriculum to students in adherence with prescribed NCCER proficiency benchmarks. Administers module tests and tracks participant results, providing additional support to students where needed;

Ensures quality instruction of a variety of construction skills including: demolition, rough framing, roofing, drywall, green building, finish carpentry, sheet metal, electrical, plumbing, painting, and masonry;

Ensures worksite safety, modeling and reinforcing proper construction techniques and all safety procedures including proper use of hand tools, power tools, and equipment;

Assists in the evaluation of student knowledge and skills in construction;

Supports the academic and leadership goals of the program by incorporating both of these into construction shop and building site activities whenever possible.

2.  Provides on-site supervision and guidance to students and monitors their progress and quality of work:

Defines weekly work assignments and goals;

Develops detailed construction plan and schedule;

Sets and maintain high standards of classroom and jobsite behavior and academic achievement for all students.

Provides clear and consistent feedback to students

3.  Assists in the development of job opportunities for trainees in conjunction with other members of LWYB staff and, where appropriate, assists students in setting career goals.

4.  Cultivates and maintains professional working relationships with a variety of external partners in the construction and related industries to help support LWYB’s program, students and alumni.

5.  Serves as an advisor to a small group of students and participates in alumni follow-up activities and community service events.

6.  Collaborates with the program’s Academic Teacher in a variety of classes where there may be content overlap.

7.  Displays the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards, and establishes open lines of communication when working with students, parents, other staff members and external partners.

8.  Submits student attendance, participation, grading and certificate data in a timely fashion.

9.   Participates as part of the staff team in the recruitment of students, the development or updating of programs and initiatives, and in the support of alumni and alumni programs.

10.  Attends meetings and trainings as required by LearningWorks YouthBuild and LearningWorks.

11.  Develops construction budget, monitors costs, and orders jobsite and shop materials and supplies.

Performs such other related tasks and assumes such other related responsibilities as needed



Licensed contractor or person with demonstrated and extensive experience in construction or construction management.

NCCER Instructor certification preferred though we will pay to train the right candidate.

OSHA certification is strongly preferred

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or at least 2 years of demonstrated experience in education, social services, youth development or workforce development.



At least two (2) years of experience working with young people in education, alternative or vocational programs, workforce development, social services or similar.

A sincere interest in working with a very diverse group of young people to help them acquire the skills they need to succeed in the workforce.

Ability to work patiently and positively with young people who may not have experienced much success in school.  Experience in effectively handling conflict.

Ability to work both independently at times and also collaboratively as part of a team environment.

Ability to set and consistently maintain appropriate boundaries.

Ability to interact with students, staff and external partners in a positive and professional manner.  Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and consistently.

A demonstrated commitment to both personal and professional growth.  A willingness and eagerness to learn, grow and improve as an educator.

Ability to both give and receive constructive feedback.

An understanding of, and sensitivity to, the needs of young people from a variety of different racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Proficiency in high school level algebra and geometry.

A fully intact sense of humor.

Willingness to speak to individuals and groups for the purpose of training, partnership and program promotion.

Ability to track and leverage key relationships with local housing authorities, various other nonprofits and commercial entities that regularly interact with the program.

Valid Maine Driver’s License. Incumbent must be able to operate a company motor vehicle to conduct LearningWorks business on a frequent basis to transport students, travel to appointments and meetings, or pick up supplies relative to the program.


Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $45k-$50k annually, depending on experience, skills, and qualifications. It is a full-time, salaried position working 40 hours a week.

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life, HSA(with health insurance enrollment),  152 hrs of PTO to start, 13 paid holidays, bereavement and pet bereavement, 401K after one year of employment and 1000 hours served, family-friendly, flexible environment

TO APPLY: Please take some time to familiarize yourself with our organization, what we do, and what we believe in. If you are inspired to join our team, please complete our online application and attach your resume and a thoughtful cover letter.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We prioritize the leadership of people of color and LGBTQ individuals, and we strongly encourage people of all traditionally marginalized identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws

This Job Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.