Design/Build Faculty

Yestermorrow Design/Build School Yestermorrow Design/Build School Employer:
Waitsfield, VT, USLocation:
Thu, Aug 31 '17Posted on:

Job Summary

The Design/Build Faculty is responsible for advancing Yestermorrow’s design/build curriculum through curriculum development, teaching, directing the school’s Sustainable Design/Build Semester Program and Design/Build Certificate Programs, and Advising Class Support Interns. The Design/Build Faculty works closely with the Woodshop Faculty, Yestermorrow’s President, the Program Administrator, and the Operations Team.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Lead Instructor and Director for the Yestermorrow/UMass Sustainable Design/Build Semester Program
  • Director of Yestermorrow’s Design/Build Certificate Programs
  • Instructor and/or Co-Instructor for Design/Build Courses
  • Advisor to Class Support Interns

Curriculum Development

Yestermorrow offers a variety of courses throughout the year, including weekend courses, week-long courses, two-week, courses, and longer-form courses through our Certificate and Semester Programs. The Design/Build Faculty is responsible for developing Yestermorrow’s design/build courses, together with the Woodworking Faculty, President, Program Administrator, external instructors, and operations staff.

Responsibilities include:

  • Designing the full design/build course catalog each year, including courses descriptions, learning objectives, and syllabi
  • Recruiting and managing external instructors and partners
  • Overseeing program evaluation to monitor satisfaction of students and teaching effectiveness
  • Teaching a limited number of courses each year

Lead Instructor and Director of the Yestermorrow/UMass Sustainable Design/Build Semester Program

The Yestermorrow/UMass Sustainable Design/Build Semester Program (Semester Program) is a 15-credit, semester-long program for up to 15 undergraduates and recent graduates. Based on the Yestermorrow campus and operating from mid-August through Mid-December each year, the program is focused on the collaborative design and construction of a single, high-performance, year-round structure for a real client. The semester includes four credit-bearing courses, taught as an integrated whole through lectures, seminars, discussions, studio time, and jobsite work. This full-immersion, credit-bearing semester complements programs in architecture, building science, engineering, and environmental design majors and has wide application in liberal arts curricula. Course descriptions and syllabi are available at

The lead instructor for the Semester Program is responsible for delivering the academic curriculum, leading and guiding the design/build process, supervising the faculty team (a co-instructor and teaching assistant), and teaching students how to develop and structure the design/build process collaboratively and constructively for themselves. The lead instructor is also responsible for the academic evaluation of students for credit through UMass Amherst. The lead instructor is cross-listed as faculty in the Department of Architecture, UMass Amherst.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the lead faculty to teach the Semester Program curriculum in the studio, classroom, and jobsite
  • Supervise the faculty team: a co-instructor and teaching assistant
  • Plan, develop, and refine the Semester Program curriculum, including:
    • Developing lectures and presentations
    • Leading group discussions and decision processes
    • Fostering independent and student-directed work
    • Identifying and working with a client for the Semester Program
  • Provide mentorship and academic evaluation for students
  • Market and grow the program as appropriate, in cooperation with Yestermorrow staff.

Director of Yestermorrow’s Design/Build Certificate Programs

Yestermorrow professional certificate programs are designed for individuals looking for intensive, in-depth, hands-on opportunities for deepening understanding, acquiring functional skill sets, and widening career opportunities. Design/Build Certificates for the 2018 calendar year include:

  • Certificate in Residential Design & Construction (Five Weeks)
  • Certificate in Building Science & Net Zero Design (Four Weeks)
  • Natural Building Certificate (Six Weeks)
  • Tiny House Design/Build Certificate (Four Weeks)         

Other Certificate Programs include a Woodworking Certificate (11 weeks), and an Advanced Woodworking Certificate (4 weeks), which are led by the Woodworking Director. Certificate course descriptions and syllabi are available at

The Design/Build Faculty is responsible for overseeing the design/build Certificate curricula and instructors, co-teaching and student advising. The Design/Build Faculty provides a consistent presence and academic continuity for Certificate students, especially as external instructors teach select pieces of the curriculum.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervise external instructors and coordinate with Yestermorrow operations staff to plan, develop, and refine the design/build Certificate Program curricula, including overseeing learning objectives, pedagogy, syllabi.
  • Lead or co-teach portions of the design/build Certificate Programs as appropriate
  • Provide mentorship and academic advisory services to students throughout the Certificate programs
  • Market and grow the design/build Certificate Programs through activities such as public lectures, conference presentations, blogs, etc.

Instructor and/or Co-Instructor of Design/Build Short Courses

The Design/Build Faculty will teach or co-teach Design/Build short courses where appropriate. Short courses include weekend, week-long, and two-week courses.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing the course syllabus and learning objectives
  • Coordinating with operations staff on class support needs
  • Teaching the course, in the classroom or jobsite, or both
  • Coordinating with co-instructors, as necessary
  • Providing overall mentorship and academic advisory services to students
  • Working with Yestermorrow staff on marketing the courses

Advisor to Class Support Interns

Yestermorrow relies on a team of 2-4 residential, Class Support Interns to support class logistics and preparation. The Design/Build Faculty provides overall mentorship and academic advisory services to interns and they support the development of the internship program.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Advise on learning objectives and professional growth for Class Support Interns
  • Train, implement, and enforce safety protocols
  • Work with the Class Support Coordinator to plan and oversee weekly work priorities


  • Masters of Architecture (MArch) or Bachelors of Architecture (BArch) required.
  • At least 5 years of experience in sustainable design/build preferred, as an instructor and/or practitioner.
  • Proficiency with computers required, including computer-aided design software, Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications, and Adobe Suite of graphic design applications.
  • Experience in sustainable design, methods, and construction (high performance envelopes, ethical material selection, reduced mechanical loads, renewable infrastructure, low-waste construction, etc.) and familiarity with standards such as LEED, Living Building Challenge, Passive House, etc.
  • Excellent written and oral communication; demonstrated technical competencies related to the integrated design/build process (schematic design, drafting construction documents, facilitating group charrettes, developing mockups, etc.) and various types and all stages of construction (including site work, foundations, wall systems, HVAC, finishes, etc.).

How to Apply:

  • Please send resume and cover letter to Michael Crowley,
  • Preference will be given to applications received by September 13, 2017.
  • Position is open until filled.
  • Any questions about this job description should be directed to Michael Crowley,
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