Operations and Manufacturing Leadership Instructor

Job Type: Part time

Location: Spokane, Seattle, Everett, Tacoma (Washington). Multiple Positions and Locations.

Position Type: 60 Hours over 12 Weeks (generally classes are held one night per week from 5-9 p.m.; one hour of prep per week)


Compensation: $41.00-45.00/hour, depending on experience


Travel requirement: This position may require travel one to two nights a week during the quarter. Some courses are offered online.


Required experience: Minimum 5 years’ experience in operations and leadership in the manufacturing industry.


Who we are: AJAC is a statewide non-profit organization with offices in Kent, Yakima, and Spokane. We are an industry-driven apprenticeship organization, founded on the belief that mastery occurs on the job. Through pre-apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, and adult apprenticeship, all people have the opportunity to earn competitive wages, find meaningful and fulfilling work, and pursue lifelong learning. The organization annually serves 300+ manufacturing employers, 400 apprentices (including 100 high school juniors and seniors), and nearly 270 pre-apprentices. We have a small staff of entrepreneurial, smart, and motivated team members – this work is fast and dynamic but also rewarding and highly collaborative.  


About this job: We are seeking an operations professional to instruct courses for our Operations Specialist apprenticeship program. 


Some key duties of this position include:

  • Teach apprentices one or more of 6 sequenced courses leading to a journey-level completion as an operations specialist.  Courses can be found on our website at ajactraining.org 
  • Model and teach productive and constructive work habits, study skills, and core skills; and model the communication, computation, and human relations skills required for employment in operations management
  • Use our online system to report apprentice attendance and progress on a weekly basis
  • Adapt to a variety of teaching situations, including working effectively in both the classroom and the lab environment
  • Establish guidelines and manage conduct of students as appropriate for the classroom and shop 
  • Work with the program manager and make suggestions regarding the curriculum to ensure apprentices receive training in logistics and operations that address industry needs
  • Participate in instructor training and curriculum development meetings 
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written English 
  • Perform other duties assigned 

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in operations in the manufacturing industry
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Excellent communication skills

Preferred qualifications: 

Prior experience teaching or mentoring on the job, in a college, or in another vocational environment 

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