Manufacturing Academy Instructor

  AJAC is looking for a Manufacturing Instructor / Career Navigator to teach classes on a variety of advanced manufacturing and other trade-related skills, as well as assist students and youth apprentices in finding employment within industry.

Our mission is to create industry-driven apprenticeship programs that serve the lifelong learning requirements of a 21st Century workforce.  This position contributes to our mission by delivering quality instruction, student advising, and program development. You will primarily work with youth ages 16-24 and support both AJAC’s Manufacturing Academy and Youth Apprenticeship programs.

This position is hybrid—you will be working in a classroom in Yakima, WA, in addition to working remotely. With the hybrid model, you will need to be comfortable working in a virtual environment, with Microsoft Office Suite, and using an online learning system to track student progress.  

A typical day as a Manufacturing Instructor / Career Navigator might look like this: 

  • Start your morning by teaching a class to AJAC students on a variety of manufacturing concepts. Ensure you are using methods and strategies to engage learners with diverse backgrounds. 
  • After class, visit one of AJAC’s Youth Apprenticeship classes, and talk to students about developing their resumes and interviewing skills. 
  • Communicate professionally with students, parents, and community partners about the Manufacturing Academy Program. 
  • Contact local manufacturing businesses to help place your students in an open position.  
  • Meet students during your office hours to support them in their career preparation. 
  • Have a virtual meeting with your program manager to update them on classroom and program needs, as well as discuss employment opportunities for students. 
  • Take the afternoon to visit community partners and schools to recruit for the next classroom cycle. 
  • Occasionally, you may also attend local career fairs and workforce events to promote the Manufacturing Academy and Youth Apprenticeship programs. 

You are a good fit for this role if:

  • You value education and the role apprenticeships play in building a thriving workforce.
  • You are passionate about working with diverse student populations, including non-traditional students, justice-involved individuals, and at-risk youth. 
  • You can teach a variety of manufacturing-related courses in the classroom/shop and online settings, including basic math, algebra, blueprint reading, shop safety, and precision measurement. 
  • You are comfortable using technology, including Microsoft Office Suite and learning management systems, to administer online classes, post assignments, and monitor student performance.
  •  2-3 years industry-related experience in manufacturing. This could include maintenance, machine operation, assembly, or machining.  
  • Experience with teaching. This could include classroom training, workplace training, or teaching workshops. 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office Suite, Zoom, and learning management systems.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Ability to deliver online instruction from home and/or the AJAC office.
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish is preferred, but not required. 
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check under Washington State Law, if working with youth, children, or special populations.

Applications received before May 1, 2023 will be prioritized.  

Schedule: Full time - Salaried Position 

Salary range: $65,000 - 70,000 (depending on experience)

Corporate office location: Yakima, WA (some in-state travel involved to support AJAC programs) 

Benefits Package: 

  • 8% - 401K Employer contribution  (after 120 days of employment) 
  • Monthly cellphone stipend
  • Robust Medical/Dental/Vision package 
  • Short-term, Long-Term disability 
  • Professional development opportunities 
  • Awesome company culture 
  • 4 Weeks of paid time off, plus 16 paid holidays        
  • Mileage reimbursement (when in travel status) 
Salary Description
$65,000 - 70,000 / year