Appalachia CARES / AmeriCorps Member - Construction Crew Leader

Americorps Construction Crew Leader Position Description

THIS POSITION MUST BEGIN AUGUST 1ST, 2019 - This is a term of service for 10 and 1/2 months (1700 hours).

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. This position reports to the Sr. V.P. of Construction & Programs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Assist with hands-on construction tasks including, but not limited to, demolition, site prep, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping. Projects may include new and gut rehab homes, as well as A Brush With Kindness (ABWK), Critical Home Repair (CHR) and weatherization projects.

·         Lead small groups of volunteers, ensuring that they are well-employed while on the work sites.

·         Use volunteer management techniques to facilitate positive experiences for volunteers and partner families working on site.

·         Collaborate with construction staff to identify skilled/enthusiastic volunteers and cultivate their involvement in Habitat’s work (i.e. encourage them to consider being trained as regular site leaders and/or returning volunteers).

·         Maintain site safety through modeling of safety practices and guidelines, volunteer education, and site monitoring. Attend safety trainings with our construction staff.

·         Provide on-site orientations and safety talks to groups of volunteers and family partners.

·         Help with materials management on site and at the affiliate warehouse and storage trailers. Pick up and organize materials needed for projects.

·         Set up and cleanup project sites.

·         Maintain site logs for each project completed in order for supervisor to assess progress and next steps.

·         Participate in regular planning and debriefing meetings as needed.

·         On occasion, member may participate in larger community projects such as lot clean ups, community gardens, etc.

·         Attend and participate in select affiliate events; responsibilities may include set up, cleanup, and engaging with attendees and informing them about the AmeriCorps program, our affiliate’s mission and NR programming, and how to become a volunteer and/or family partner.

·         Assist in monitoring and evaluating outcomes through our survey tool, Success Measures.

·         Identify community involvement projects and plan and execute projects for successful completion, e.g. community clean ups, community garden, ABWK projects, etc

Preferred Skills and Experience:

Required:

·         High School diploma or equivalent

·         Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements

 

Preferred/Helpful:

·         Previous experience as a construction AmeriCorps member or with a residential homebuilder

 

·         Experience with power tools

·         Ability to drive large pick-up trucks preferred (or willingness to learn)

·         Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps

·         Strong verbal communication skills

·         Ability to work with a diverse group of people

·         Experience working as a member of a team

·         Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience

·         Basic experience with Microsoft Word/Excel

·         Knowledge of community development practices

 

Physical requirements for this position 

·         Ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time, often on rough and uneven terrain

·         Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. on a regular basis

·         Ability to work on ladders and heights of up to two-stories

·         Ability to work in varying weather conditions – sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer

 

This position is located in the Chattanooga, TN Area

Habitat is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Provides Equal Housing Opportunity

Please complete this application and submit to cburkhalter@habichatt.org.

Madison Bradford