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IL, Elgin - House Lead

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, Elgin, IL

POSITION: House Lead

REPORTS TO: Construction Manager

WORKS WITH: HFH volunteers, house sponsors and staff members

HOURS: Part-time, 2 build days per week (build days occur on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays), 95% of time on site, 5% on planning, preparing, office, meetings

Overall Responsibilities:
Understand Habitat for Humanity’s programs
Ensure quality construction, compliance with HFHNFV standards, manage site safety
Ensure compliance with all Federal, State and Local laws, codes and ordinance
Assist in establishing a schedule for the project, complete project on budget and on schedule
Project ends with occupancy permit

Major Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Adhere to construction plans, standards and schedules to meet affiliate and sponsor goals
  • Communicate schedule adjustments to HFH staff
  • Be present at worksite on Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Prepare list of construction tasks for workdays
  • Assure the safety and security of the site, tools and materials.

Volunteer Management

  • Teach non-skilled volunteers how to use tools and train them on the day’s construction tasks
  • Provide safety talk and be aware of safety hazards throughout the day
  • Monitor the work done by volunteers to ensure construction quality
  • Maximize volunteer usage

Materials/Paid Labor

  • Make judicious use of all materials by integrating donated and inventory items into construction.
  • Prepare materials and tools for each work day.
  • Check work-site and report back to the Construction Manager after each work day for work completed, quality and to assess needs for the next work day.
  • Submit coded invoices promptly

Public Relations/Fundraising/Partner Families

  • Explain Habitat mission, goals, programs, etc. to volunteers, neighbors and the public as needed
  • Cultivate relationships with crew leaders, donors and sponsors
  • Help develop policies and procedures with HFH staff regarding construction, standards and safety
  • Communicate standards and product choices to partner families and ensure compliance

Requirements and Skills:

  • Ability to work with volunteers, donors and sponsors and ensure they have a good Habitat experience
  • Ability to read construction drawings
  • Knowledge of all phases of construction
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a diverse team in a manner which retains supporters
  • Ability to plan, organize and delegate
  • Ability to communicate in both written and verbal form

Working Conditions:

  • Site work requires broad mobility, ability to climb ladders to roof level and into foundations
  • Ability to lift at least 70 pounds
  • Travel to construction sites and warehouses in own vehicle
  • Ability to drive vehicles with trailers, as well as bobcat preferred

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Affiliate Name: Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley
Location: Elgin, Illinois
Region: North America
Job Position Type: Affiliate
Job Function: US Affiliate
Job Position Category: Affiliate-Opportunity
Last Updated: 20-Apr-2015
Auto Req ID: 896BR
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