Work at NBSS

NBSS is a highly regarded nonprofit learning 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.

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.

Opportunity: Instructor, Three-Month Furniture Making Intensive 

Position Summary

NBSS is seeking an experienced educator and woodworker to instruct students in our Three-Month Furniture Making Intensive. The Intensive is a key part of our training at NBSS, offering beginners the chance to build a solid foundation in the most essential woodworking skills, and more advanced students the opportunity to grow their existing skills. 

Reporting to the Director of Continuing Education, the Intensive’s Instructor is responsible for developing class content, managing student success, and providing the highest degree of instruction per the School’s high standards. They will work closely with the Continuing Education Technician who orders materials, maintains machines, and manages tools/equipment. This position will also train under, and instruct alongside, the current Three-Month Instructor for the summer 2022 term. 

The Three-Month Intensive meets full-time, Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30 pm, and runs three times each year (February–May, June–August, September–December). The class has a dedicated bench room for 10 students, and an adjacent, fully equipped machine room that is shared with other woodworking classes. The class is open to the public, and managed by our Continuing Education department. Students in our full-time programs also enroll in the Intensive with some frequency, as a supplement to their regular training.

This is a temporary, hourly position with an initial term of one year. During the summer 2022 term, this role will train under and provide ongoing instructional support for the existing Three-Month Instructor on a full-time basis, M-F 8:30am to 4:30pm. After this training period concludes, the role will take on the essential duties below.

Essential Duties

  • Guide and develop curriculum, ensuring it’s relevant and informative, making adjustments as needed.  
  • Seek out additional opportunities for student learning, both within and outside of NBSS. 
  • Effectively communicate with students as a group and individually. 
  • Ensure each student is using best practices in shop safety. 
  • Prepare daily lesson plans, demos, and lectures. 
  • Manage student progress and success. 
  • Work with the Continuing Education Technician, and other colleagues across the School.
  • Attend regular check-ins with the Director of Continuing Education. 
  • Ensure appropriate instructional coverage is secured to cover content as needed

The description above is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. It is not intended to constitute an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

Experience Desired

  • Minimum of three to five years of experience as a woodworking instructor
  • High level of furniture making skill, using both hand tools and machines
  • Able to identify, and help students achieve, a high level of craft 
  • Instructional background working with both beginners and more advanced students
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Attention to detail/quality conscious in their work
  • Patient and open-minded, with a positive and friendly attitude

Additional Details

This is a temporary, hourly position with an initial term of one year. The position may be eligible for some benefits from the School. 

How to Apply

Please email your work history or a resume to with “Three Month Instructor” in the subject line. A cover letter is highly recommended, but not required. We’ll begin interviewing applicants immediately, and hope to hire in early June. 

All applicants will receive a response letting them know the status of their application in a timely manner. No phone calls please.