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YouthBuild Vocational Training Assistant

Job Summary

The YouthBuild Vocational Training Assistant for Morehead State University’s YouthBuild project is responsible for assisting the Director in the vocational training branch of the YouthBuild Project encompassing all programmatic, training, grant compliance and reporting, student supervision and management activities of this federally funded project that educates and trains at-risk participants as they earn their GED and basic carpentry certificates, with the ultimate goal of placing program participants in post-secondary education and/or facilitating participants entrance into the labor market.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Oversees YouthBuild’s intensive construction training component
  • Ensures program participants get consistent and adequate skills training
  • Teaches credentialed vocational curriculum
  • Oversees YouthBuild’s on-the-job construction training component
  • Helps set standards for appropriate behavior on the construction site
  • Ensures work-site safety, learning of safety procedures, and proper construction techniques
  • Supervises at-risk youth
  • Performs record keeping as it relates to the job-training component of the program
  • Coordinates YouthBuild’s construction mentorship program.
  • Coordinates with the YouthBuild Director in scheduling and day-to-day program operations.
  • Responsible for budgeting and fiscal affairs, marketing and public relations and grant compliance and reporting.
  • Assists in the development of job opportunities for program participants in conjunction with other YouthBuild staff, and where appropriate, help participants set career goals.


  • Works with other YouthBuild staff in personnel and program management.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Organization Relationships

The YouthBuild Vocational Training Assistant reports to the COPC/YouthBuild Director and to IRAPP’s Director of Applied Research, Service, and Outreach.  This position interacts with program participants, citizens, government officials, businesses, nonprofit organizations, state, federal, and local government agencies outside the university as well as faculty, staff, and administration at IRAPP, and with other MSU units as necessary.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in industrial arts, construction management, education, or a related field preferred but eight or more years of experience in the construction field may be considered in lieu of a degree. Construction supervisory experience a must. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to facilitate a credentialed construction curriculum.  Prior experience in training and/or working with youth.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Three to five years experience in the construction field, particularly residential construction.  Experience working with at-risk youth.  Knowledge of affordable housing and construction techniques used by program partners.  Above average computer skills are desired. 

Working Conditions and Atmosphere

Frequent coordination and planning meetings, with possible evening and weekend planning sessions conducted throughout the project.  This position will require working in inclement weather relative to the construction-training component.  This position works closely with at-risk youth and their supervision.  Some regional and national meetings and training events that require travel and overnight stays will be required.  Ability to handle stressful situations that involve problem-solving, meeting evaluation deadlines, and site visits.  Deadline pressures will require a well-developed sense of teamwork and common purpose.

Date Approved/Revised:  October 23, 2008
Grade:  Exempt 4