Applications close on Jan. 6 for multiple adult education teaching and administrative positions at the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
Eastern Suffolk BOCES is looking for part-time instructors who can lead evening classes in landscape design, medical assisting, and refrigeration and air-conditioning systems. Programs are housed at the H.B. Ward Technical Center in Riverhead, the Bixhorn Technical Center in Bellport, and the Milliken Technical Center in Oakdale.
According to Julie Lutz, the chief operating officer at Eastern Suffolk BOCES, about 5,000 students pass through its adult education programs every year. When economic conditions are tough or unemployment is high, BOCES programs often see many adult students enrolling to learn or hone skills that will help them get a leg up as job seekers, she said.
“We have everything from six-week courses in Italian cooking or pastry baking to programs for people who want to change careers and want to get a license or certificate in some area. It’s very broad,” Ms. Lutz said.
The adult education teaching positions, she said, are perfect for people who are masters in their professions.
“If you love your field and want the opportunity to impact that field in an ongoing way, one of the best ways to do that is to train the next round of workers in that field, and this is a great way to do that,” Ms. Lutz said. “Our teachers come in not only with a skill but also a passion for the field that they have spent a vast amount of time in. They like to give back.”
Eastern Suffolk BOCES is also seeking job coaches from various industries and a principal to oversee its technical and career education programs. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis for substitute teachers, teaching assistants, aides, and registered school nurses.
Almost every school district in New York State lists job openings online through a shared system provided by the Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES. It can be found online at pnwboces.org/olas.
Working for BOCES is very similar to working for a school district, Ms. Lutz said. “We also have a focus and a desire to make sure the employees that we have here reflect the communities that we serve,” she said. “We would encourage folks from our communities to apply and look at the postings. We are a welcoming and inclusive organization, and we are a big organization with lots of opportunity.”