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IA, Cedar Rapids - Construction Site Supervisor (CSS)

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The purpose and goal of Habitat for Humanity International is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need.

Habitat for Humanity has an Operational Headquarters in Americus, Georgia and an Administrative Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a global, non-profit ministry where our employees build futures and lives.

Job Description

Organization: Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity
Reports to: Construction manager
Status: Full time temporary / Non-exempt (April 1 – October 1)
Pay range: $13-$15 hourly (based on experience and qualifications)

To apply: Submit cover letter and resume/listing of relevant experience by email to or by fax to 319-363-9722 by Friday, February 28.

Position summary:

Under the direction of the construction manager, the construction site supervisor is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations on Cedar Valley Habitat’s various construction sites, to include primarily new construction and home rehabilitations. The construction site supervisor has primary responsibility for engaging, managing and coordinating with the on-site construction team, to include house and crew leaders, AmeriCorps and National Civilian Community Corps members, Habitat partner families, general volunteers, sub-contractors, neighborhood developers, city inspectors, etc.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills, including the ability to anticipate tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, and function smoothly under strict deadlines and shifting priorities.
  • Strong team player with demonstrated ability to manage personnel.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with volunteers, providing exceptional customer service at all times.
  • High level of proficiency with carpentry and all other aspects of residential home construction.
  • At least three years managing commercial or residential construction; proficiency in managing a range of different types of projects from new construction to home rehabilitation to exterior painting/repairs.
  • Commitment to affordable housing and mission of Habitat.
  • Ability to lift up to 75 lbs.
  • Ability and willingness to work Saturdays and overtime on a regular, ongoing basis.
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record, as well as high level of comfort driving trucks, towing trailers and handling heavy machinery and equipment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in individual and group settings.
  • Basic computer skills, to include proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as email and internet operations.
  • Previous experience with Habitat, residential contracting license and some technical/vocational education  are all highly preferred.

Physical requirements

  • Must be able to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  
  • Frequently required to talk or hear.  
  • Occasionally required to sit; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  
  • Must regularly lift or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds unassisted.  
  • Frequently required to lift up to 30 pounds unassisted to the height of approximately 4 feet.
  • Must be able to work effectively from extension ladders and scaffolding, as well as at significant heights, including on roofs.

Job duties:

  • Coordinate all on-site construction activities, in cooperation with other relevant staff, to include volunteer coordinator, construction coordinator, etc.
  • Assist construction manager and construction director in the development of home construction schedule, and manage sites in accordance with it.
  • Lead Habitat’s daily “morning circle” and safety talk.
  • Manage all aspects of Habitat’s new home construction, home rehabilitation and painting/repair projects.
  • Work within board-approved budget parameters under the direction of the construction manager.
  • Attend construction committee meetings and CVHFH staff meetings.
  • Advise the construction manager regularly on all activities and issues related to active Habitat construction sites, to include scheduling, accident reports, sub-contractor issues, etc.
  • Maintain a safe and volunteer-friendly work site at all times, enforcing safety guidelines whenever necessary.
  • Ensure that quality construction is maintained in compliance with standards set by HFHI, CVHFH and local authorities.
  • Coordinate home inspections with appropriate city authorities, as well as energy-rating agencies.
  • Complete and/or coordinate all ongoing home warranty work, per direction from construction manager and construction director.
  • Help to maintain functional inventory of tools and supplies; assist in the maintenance and organization of Habitat’s construction facility.
  • Report promptly to the construction manager and/or construction director any on-site accidents involving staff, sub-contractors, volunteers, homeowners, AmeriCorps or NCCC.
  • Other duties as required and requested by construction manager, construction director and/or executive director.

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer.