Ventnor, NJ - Construction Site Supervisor/Project Manager
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.
Reports to: the executive director
The construction site supervisor supervises the construction activities that take place on the work site on any given work day and is involved in the supervision of volunteers and family partners. Staff is selected with equal emphasis upon construction skills, the ability to transfer skills to others and create a team atmosphere of working together.
The construction site supervisor is in charge. All work crews and individuals on site take their direction from the site supervisor, who is responsible for knowing what work must be done and applying volunteer resources to accomplish that work. The details of a site supervisor’s responsibilities are tabulated below.
Expected time commitment
- Three-month contract to start to evaluation after three-month period.
- Attend monthly committee meetings (or board meetings) as needed and/or appropriate.
- Monthly committee meetings are two to three hours, depending on the agenda.
- Weekly staff meetings may be requested.
A site supervisor should be able to meet the following requirements:
- Understand Habitat for Humanity: site supervisors are one of the most visible ambassadors for HFH, and as a result, they will be asked Habitat-related questions from volunteers, public officials and even the news media. Therefore, each site supervisor should know enough about HFH to field at least the basic questions. A site supervisor new to HFH can learn about the ministry by reading basic HFH background information, attending committee and/or board meetings and most importantly, participating with and asking questions of more experienced people.
- People skills: A site supervisor must be patient and kind at all times, should maintain an air of confident enthusiasm about the work being done and should strive to make the work experience enjoyable and rewarding for each and every volunteer. Site supervisors shall not become angry or upset on-site, shall not get into arguments and shall never use profanity on-site. Site supervisors shall not berate or belittle any volunteer or the efforts of any volunteer.
- Act in a supervisory role: The role of the site supervisor is to supervise the work at hand, and not necessarily to do the work. If a small number of volunteers are present at the work site, the site supervisor may be able to participate in the actual work the entire day. As the number of volunteers on-site increases, it becomes increasingly important for the site supervisor to back away from the actual work and focus on the supervisory role. It has been said that, “a site supervisor with a tool in their hand is either training someone, or has no control of the site.”
- Construction experience: A site supervisor should have a working knowledge of most aspects of residential construction, and have the confidence in that knowledge to effectively lead the site supervisor job description. The site supervisor should also have experience doing major critical home repairs. (Disaster relief rebuilding experience preferred, but not required.)
Two categories of responsibilities:
The first is the interactions with the volunteers. As the site supervisor, these responsibilities include:
- Responsible for completion of assigned tasks.
- Teach and demonstrate the techniques of house construction as assigned.
- Responsible to organize work crews for maximum efficiency of workers and material.
- Work with the engineer on house plans, as needed.
- Coordinate all sub-contractors, inspections, etc.
- Teach took use and safety. Maintain safe working conditions.
- Responsible for tools assigned on a daily basis.
- Maintain good group relations during construction.
- Responsible for records of labor exchange.
- Engage in production work on the houses when it does not interfere with instruction or supervisorial duties.
- Performs other duties as required by manager.
- Responsible for insuring that all volunteers sign a Waiver of Liability each workday.
- Responsible that all volunteers sign in and out of the job site each day.
- Submit weekly reports of work performed along with volunteer sign in sheets and waivers to the Habitat office by 5:00 p.m. each Friday.
- Documents that each family serviced provides the Title to their home prior to the start of work and Completes the emergency debris removal/site cleaning qualifications check list for every project.
The second category of your responsibilities is as the construction project manager. As the project manager, you are responsible to understand how each construction task and process is to be completed:
- Construction management system that clearly identifies the exact number of volunteers needed for each work day so they can be scheduled in advance.
- Construction schedule to maximize the use of volunteers on the work site, and a construction schedule reporting process.
- Ensures that projects are completed on schedule, according to contractual conditions, and within budget.
- Materials needed for each day.
- Tools needed.
- Processes to be followed.
- Quality standards.
- Sevent to ten years of experience in construction related work.
- Willing to commit to a mutually-coordinated schedule.
- Computer literacy with demonstrated experience in using the Internet and Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, Excel). Microsoft Project a plus.
- Working knowledge of construction and willingness to learn new methods.
- Patience to explain and teach various skills to both skilled and unskilled workers and volunteers.
- Know the many different reasons people volunteer and the reasons ACHFH chooses to build houses with volunteers.
- Must hold a valid contractor’s license.
- Must have general building and permits process skills.
- The ability and patience to teach others.
- The ability to speak Spanish is desirable.
- Must have reliable transportation to job sites in various locations.
- A valid New Jersey driver’s license and current automotive liability insurance are required.
- Must not be named on the contractor-debarred list.
- Must be willing to understand the big picture of the Atlantic County Habitat Ministry and know that construction is only a part of the larger goal.
Physical requirements to perform duties:
- Ability to climb ladders and scaffolding, maneuver over uneven ground, stand most or all of the day.
- Work environment is usually outdoors with minimal office work.
- Outside meetings and presentations may be frequently required.
- Some evening and weekend meetings required in locations and times when public transportation is unavailable.
- Occasional special projects such as a blitz build require spending consecutive days at the construction site overseeing logistics.
- Work and character references are required.
- Criminal background check and drug screen may be required.
Please email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 8, 2013. The job description may change slightly as we continue to assess the needs of Sandy victims.
Note: These job descriptions are intended as a guideline only, and does not limit in any way the duties or responsibilities of any employee. Nothing herein shall be construed as a contract of employment, expressed or implied. All employment is terminable at will, with or without cause.
Atlantic County Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer.