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WI, Madison - Construction Site Supervisor

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

Reports to: Construction manager

Applications due: April 15, 2014 or until position is filled

Apply with cover letter and resume to:

Adam Helt-Baldwin
Habitat for Humanity of Dane County
1014 Fiedler Lane, #29
Madison, WI 53713

or email to - No phone calls please.

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Position hours: Full time, Tuesday to Saturday
Benefits: Full package of health, dental, vision, retirement, vacation and sick leave

Position purpose

Site supervisors are responsible for directing and supervising all on-site construction activities. This position also provides support to the construction manager in key areas of the planning and building process.

Primary duties and responsibilities

  • Maintain contact with HFH construction manager.
  • Ensure that all tools, materials, equipment and subcontractors are on-site as needed and returned as necessary.
  • Maintain and keep site clean and organized; maintain erosion control; keep on-site storage facilities organized and neat.
  • Take inventory; ensure tools and equipment are in proper working condition; ensure building materials and tools are in order.
  • Ensure that construction safety program is communicated and enforced.
  • Manage and oversee volunteer schedule in cooperation with volunteer coordinator and construction manager.
  • Greet volunteers; ensure volunteers are signed in and registered; provide opening speech; divide volunteers and assign them to appropriate tasks.
  • Provide safety instruction.
  • Ensure volunteers are participating and learning; move them on to other tasks as tasks are completed.
  • Deal tactfully with questions and concerns; promote a successful volunteer experience.
  • Manage and announce break time, lunchtime and clean-up time.
  • Do prep-work for successive workdays at site.
  • Procure supplementary materials as needed within budget guidelines and deliver to job site.
  • Follow-up with vendors and subcontractors regarding delivery of material and supplies (e.g., countertops, appliances, windows, etc.).
  • Receive deliveries and verify their accuracy.
  • Maintain coordination of build schedule in conjunction with construction manager.
  • Set up and cleanup for on-site special events.
  • Guide, teach and direct leader and regular volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must understand and appreciate the mission of HFH.
  • Demonstrate excellent organizational skills and possess a strong attention to detail. 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and deal tactfully with all kinds of individuals; yet remain consistent in keeping a professional demeanor. Public speaking skills a plus.
  • Familiarity with construction terms, broad knowledge of all phases of residential construction and the ability to read blueprints required. 
  • Must understand and abide by safety requirements when using equipment and tools, and must be able to determine the appropriate tools/equipment to use for the various construction tasks.
  • Must possess the ability and patience to teach and work with a large number of unskilled workers in all facets of home construction.
  • Timeliness, patience and dependability are critical for this position, as well as being a team player and quick learner.

Physical demands

  • Required to lift 60-80 pounds on a regular basis and will experience frequent bending, squatting, lifting and repetitive motion. 
  • This position will be working outside year-round and must be adaptable to extreme changes in weather (e.g., heat, cold, wind, rain, etc.).


  • A minimum of 10 years of construction experience preferred, preferably in carpentry and supervision. 
  • General computer skills required, particularly with MS Office products and Outlook.

Education: Requires a minimum of a four-year high school diploma.

Certificates, licenses and registrations 

  • Driver’s license and clean record required.
  • Dwelling contractor credential preferred.
  • Lead-safe renovator certification preferred.