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Position: Habitat AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader

Host site (local Habitat organization) Central Valley Habitat for Humanity, Bridgewater VA

Program AmeriCorps National

Member role Construction Crew Leadership

Host site manager David Wenger

Direct Supervisor Buddy Reid

Service week (days/times) Tuesday, Thursday -Saturday 7:45 AM – 3:45 PMWednesday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Goals
We continue to work to make volunteering an integral part of our program. We have ongoing efforts to organize andtrain our volunteers. We have increased communication with our volunteers dramatically. We see volunteers as aresource that can be utilized to increase capacity and know that the best way to increase capacity in this area is tohave a program that is engaging and meaningful for the volunteer and families.

Our construction manager is working with volunteers during three half days. During other times he is orderingmaterials, creating and adjusting construction schedules, and meeting sponsors. As we work to increase times andtasks that are completed by volunteers, it is evident that we need a full-time site leader to work in conjunction with theconstruction manager. It is envisioned that this site leader, with training, will create a safe but dynamic and activeconstruction site. This person will implement construction plans developed by the manager. This person will also beimportant to creating an atmosphere that is productive and inviting. We know that as our volunteer numbers grow,our publicity, funding, and construction with grow. In short, our capacity for working with families will continue to increase.

One goal in the strategic plan is to increase volunteers and donors. As a result, the volunteer committee continues to work in conjunction with the construction committee on defining and expanding volunteers’ jobs. The committees continue working on programs that will promote and recognize volunteerism. The AmeriCorps member will be critical to the implementation of this plan on the work site. Additionally, the site leader will be important to the adjustment and editing of the plan to make it functional during his or her year of service. It is believed that the site leader position, whether staffed by AmeriCorps members after year one or a new staff member will be a critical component to our growth during the next 5 years. It is expected as growth continues during the next five years and beyond, AmeriCorps members will support the growth of other areas of the affiliate.

The AmeriCorps member will be the implementer of plans that have been develop for the effective functioning of our work site. While we will welcome his or her feedback about the plan and input about how things are working on the site, we do not expect them to create the plan. Similarly, while we expect them to work with volunteers and support a welcome environment, it is not their function to critique the volunteer groups or individuals. This is a function of the construction manager and the ED.

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, critical home repair 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 homeowner families working on site.

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

Maintain site safety by modeling best practices and guidelines, volunteer education and site monitoring. Attend safety trainings with construction staff.

Provide on-site orientations and safety talks to groups of volunteers and homeowner families. 

Help with materials management on site and at the local Habitat 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 for supervisor to assess progress and next steps. 

Participate in regular planning and debriefing meetings as needed including weekly staff meetings.

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

Attend and participate in select Habitat organization events; responsibilities may include set up, clean up and engaging with attendees, informing them about the AmeriCorps program, our Habitat organization’s mission, Neighborhood Revitalization programming, and how to become a volunteer or homeowner family. 

Required meetings, trainings and events

  • Minimum expectations are outlined below with the understanding that further trainings may be required, as determined by the host site, Habitat for Humanity International or the Corporation for National and Community Service. 
  • Onsite orientation to local host.
  • First Aid/CPR.Habitat Learns – “Foundation of Habitat” online series.
  • Habitat Learns- “Introduction to Ethics and Inclusion” and “Speak Up!”Lockton safety online courses.
  • Annual sponsored blitz build – Habitat AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon.

National Days of Service: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (required). September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance and AmeriCorps Week (encouraged).

  • Host site monitoring reviews and periodic check-in calls.
  • Weekly meeting with host site manager. Bi-weekly meeting with direct supervisor.
  • Life After AmeriCorps training.
  • Staff, construction and volunteer committee and ground breakings/home dedications, as appropriate. 
  • Individual and/or group professional development trainings may be made available based on budget, member interest and recommendation of the host site manager or direct supervisor.
  • Host site events-Habitat Way Games, Golf Tournament and Banquet. Participation in these events will be in line with AmeriCorps program regulations.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements. 
  • Preferred Previous experience with a residential homebuilder or as a construction AmeriCorps member.
  • Experience with power tools.
  • Ability to drive large pick-up trucks (or willingness to learn).
  • Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity International and AmeriCorps.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working with volunteers, teaching or group facilitation.
  • Experience working as a member of a larger team.
  • A second language is highly desirable, with preferred language being Spanish.
  • Knowledge of community development practices.
  • Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel. 

Physical Requirements

Ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time, often on rough and uneven terrain. Ability to lift at least 50 pounds on a regular basis. Ability to work on ladders and heights up to two stories. Ability to work in varying weather conditions – sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer. 

Service site environment 

Please note AmeriCorps members are prohibited from serving in a home office. Service site is an active construction site, often with rough and uneven terrain. Members will serve both indoors and outdoors during all types of weather. Multiple sites may be active at the same time requiring movement between sites. Construction tools will be provided. Members will have access to a shared computer station in the Habitat organization office to check service-related email and complete timesheets and reporting. 

Will a personal vehicle be required?  Yes 

Member may be required to transport tools and materials to and from work sites. Public transportation options are limited in our community so access to a personal vehicle is required to get to and from service, as well as any required meetings. Approved service-related mileage, beyond commuting to and from service, will be reimbursed per the Habitat organization’s policy.  

Compensation: This is a temporary service opportunity. Compensation is made in the form of a cost of living stipend. 

 

If interested in applying to be a Habitat AmeriCorps Member with Central Valley Habitat for Humanity, please contact david@centralvalleyhabitat.org.

 

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