State of Massachusetts Vocational Instructor (A/B) in Springfield, Massachusetts

This position is located in Palmer, MA.

Shift: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm

Days Off: Saturday/Sunday

/Flexibility required to meet the needs of the program./

The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in and contribute to their communities as valued members.

The Vocational Instructor (A/B) supervises, instructs and gives appropriate work assignments to individuals with disabilities in employment programs by following task analyses and specific individualized objectives to increase the skill levels of individuals. Instruction may be in a variety of employment settings.

Duties of the Vocational Instructor A/B include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assists in the development of jobs, evaluates possible integrated sites for worker placements and performs outreach to local employers to solicit jobs.

  • Assists individuals when filling out online and on-site applications, prepare for interviews and assist with transportation needs.

  • Assesses individual skills at the worksite and follows instructional methods in order to make suggestions regarding appropriate supports and supervises work progress of individuals and assures that reasonable standards of workmanship and production are maintained.

  • Motivates individuals toward their vocational objectives as specified in the Individual Service Plan (ISP).

  • Performs related duties including the maintenance of a safe work environment, updating and reviewing records regarding individual’s work progress and behavior by completing designated progress reports, production reports, etc.

  • Conducts task analyses, as requested, to determine individual support needed and implements intervention and collects data as specified in ISP objectives.

  • Performs supported employment duties such as job coaching, including completing the job for the absent worker if necessary, or worker requiring assistance.

  • Acts as a liaison with site personnel and managers through the use of advocacy, diplomacy, and good communication and conflict resolution strategies.

  • Assists in all other agency related assignments as assigned.

  • May perform role of Human Rights Officer for the agency, which includes training of individuals and attending Human Rights Committee meetings.

  • Collaborates with other members of staff to cultivate a collegiate workplace atmosphere.

Pre-Offer Process:

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended

candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit:

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Human Resources Customer Service line at 800-627-7730.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE: At least one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and/or blindness; in vocational or industrial training; or in vocational or industrial instruction.


  • An Associate's or higher degree in industrial arts or vocational education may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.

  • One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

LICENSES: Based on assignment, travel may be required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the equivalent from another state.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Training and Development

Organization: *Department of Developmental Services

Title: Vocational Instructor (A/B)

Location: Massachusetts-Springfield - 140 High St

Requisition ID: 17000569