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The Home for Little Wanderers Vocational Instructor (Carpentry) in Plymouth, Massachusetts


The COVE School in Plymouth, MA is seeking a Vocational Instructor (Carpentry). Under the direction of the Principal and Vocational Coordinator, the Vocational Instructor collaborates with the vocational team to plan and implement school-wide vocational programming; coordinates development of new vocational programs and initiatives for the school community. They will assist with oversight of internship opportunities for students; provide direct instruction on specific vocational tracks and curricula with a focus on job readiness targeted to therapeutic class groupings of special education students primarily presenting with emotional impairments and performing at varying academic levels. Additional responsibilities include networking, facilitating off-site student hands-on experiences and specific job skills training.

How You'll Be Making a Difference

  • Coordinates with Principal and Vocational Coordinator in the development of school-wide and residential vocational program initiatives, carpentry, landscape / horticulture, woodworking, general/basic maintenance, grounds-keeping, etc. Plans and implements new vocational programs under supervision of the Vocational Coordinator.

  • Participates in delivering vocational education to residential clients.

  • Seeks out and maintains community partnerships for work experience/internship placements.

  • Works collaboratively with the Job Coach to oversee work experiences/volunteerism and internship initiatives including the development and implementation of Individual Vocational Plans and student portfolios and participates with the vocational team in the planning, facilitation, and oversight of on- and off-site internship programs for vocational and residential students.

  • Under the direction of the Vocational Coordinator aligns student vocational plans with student IEP goals, transition planning, and service delivery.

  • Works individually and in groups to help students to learn subject matter by delivering related curriculum in correlation kinesthetic learning applications. Directs, assesses, and evaluates the learning experiences of students. Provides instruction needed for students to obtain certifications in the respective fields.

  • Identifies individual student strengths and can offer differentiated instruction to meet the needs of the student.

  • Participates in development and maintenance of individual student vocation portfolios, including tracking of hours and certificate completions by students. Participates in competency tracking for student progress.

  • Embraces the model of the facility/agency’s behavior management principles, system, and procedures, including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention(TCI) training. Participates in application of TCI in the school and vocational environments including crisis intervention, use of restraints when required, processing with students during incidents, and teaching and modeling of social and emotional skills and growth.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, demonstrate flexibility and be willing to work outdoors for project-based learning to meet the needs of the students.

  • Participates as a member of student/client multi-disciplinary teams, provides information regarding the child’s progress in an educational setting and receives multi-disciplinary advice and guidance to facilitate achievement of treatment, behavioral, and educational goals.

  • Provides monitoring and coverage as needed in the program, which may include monitoring of meals, halls, and/or chaperoning on field trips, etc.

  • Must hold a valid driver’s license; may be required to assist with transportation of students as assigned.


  • High School diploma (Bachelor's degree preferred) and knowledge in field of designated assignment or subject (such as vocational training, landscaping, general maintenance, carpentry, etc.) required.

  • Previous experience working in education and/or with program specific population desirable.

  • Relevant vocational certification and/or experience.

  • Computer literate including Microsoft Office with the ability to learn new software applications.

What The Home Can Offer You

In addition to the chance to make a lasting impact on the lives of the youth we serve, The Home for Little Wanderers offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Generous time off including up to 20 days per year for new full-time employees, plus 11 holidays, 5 sick days, and 2 personal days

  • Health and Dental Insurance that is effective immediately upon hire

  • Extensive training to new staff

  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $2,400 per fiscal year

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with employer match

  • Employer paid Long-term and Short-term Disability Insurance, plus Basic Life and AD&D Insurance

  • And more!

Valuing Diversity

We are committed to excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion, while simultaneously creating a culture that supports those values. We believe the differences we bring enhance our ability to provide exceptional service and care to diverse children, families, and communities. Moreover, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging align with our values and our mission to help vulnerable children and their families build permanent, positive change.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)