Construction Volunteer Lead

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia |

Job Location: Main Office Philadelphia, PA

Position Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $46,300.00-$55,000.00


At Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia (“HFHP”), we are builders who work alongside, not for, others. We are driven by accountability and defined by our stick-to-itiveness.

The BUILD Department directly improves the living conditions of low-income families by creating safe, healthy, affordable dwellings through the construction of new multi- and single-unit new housing, rehab projects, and owner-occupied home repair work. The Construction Volunteer Leader performs hands-on construction work while managing volunteer processes and personnel in a way that efficiently utilizes Habitat’s unique set of resources and partnership model to create safe, healthy, and affordable homes. Volunteer facilitation, training, and leadership skills are essential. The ideal candidate will have strong hands-on construction competencies and possess excellent planning, leadership, and motivational skills.

Position Overview

Developing a robust construction portion of a volunteer program, while facilitating individual and group volunteers as they perform the hands-on and supervisory activities necessary for the construction, rehab, and repair of residential homes. In coordination with key HFHP (Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia) staff: effectively train and utilize the labor and enthusiasm of Habitat’s volunteer workforce; uphold HFHP’s quality and safety standards; work as a community partner, and promote Habitat’s mission to create housing opportunities and revitalize neighborhoods.


  • Supervise volunteers in performing construction tasks with a focus on teaching technical skills and encouraging leadership.

  • In coordination with site staff, lead volunteer workdays in basic carpentry and construction tasks, including workday preparation, skills and safety training, and volunteer supervision and engagement throughout the workday

  • Learn and implement volunteer sign up and waiver processes, ensuring adherence to liability and day-of volunteer data collection

  • Develop and lead construction skills training for a broad range of volunteers including those who are both skilled and unskilled, in 1:1 and group settings.

  • Lead and supervise volunteers at all sites and events that include carpentry and construction expertise.

  • Exemplify a positive and respectful work attitude and require the same from all members of your work team

Key Responsibility: TECHNICAL WORK

  • Perform and lead hands-on home construction work across a variety of skills including rough framing; installation of windows, doors, finish trim, flooring, hanging and installing drywall; siding and exterior finishes; landscaping; painting

  • Lead site volunteers, to assure the timely completion of construction projects

  • Independently plan, organize, and efficiently execute work order tasks and construction building plans as directed by Project Managers

  • Perform any additional duties requested by Build Team leadership


  • Take ownership for completing projects on schedule, plan for material procurement and labor resource needs

  • Communicate goals, updates, and challenges with Volunteers and Build staff

  • Adhere to organizational tasks related to data entry, prompt email responsiveness, and attending staff meetings

  • Implement HFHP safety practices and ensure that all volunteers adhere to these standards

  • Adhere to OSHA, BPI, and EPA standards and practices

  • Maintain HFHP work vehicle, tools, and equipment, training and empowering volunteers to do the same

  • In tandem with the Volunteer Team, develop and implement a Core Volunteer Program as well as future programs that support the evolving needs of the build and volunteer aspects of HFHP’s mission.


Required Education, Experience, Knowledge & Skills:

  • Strong carpentry background, skills in other home construction trades also encouraged, minimum of 4 years of related work or educational experience

  • Ability to work across a range of home building tasks including rough framing and decking; installation of windows, doors, finish trim, flooring, and kitchen and bath installs/renovation; hanging and installing drywall; siding and exterior finishes

  • Experience working with volunteers, speaking to groups, and /or group facilitation

  • Teaching/training program development or implementation experience

  • Effective communication, planning, and organizational skills

  • Demonstrated experience managing tasks and projects

  • Basic computer and tech competencies: the ability to check and send emails- experience with SalesForce or similar CRM system preferred

  • Understanding of the Habitat for Humanity philosophy and the desire to promote it

  • Professional attitude and strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with diverse populations

  • Ability to maintain a posture of respect and compassion when working with people who are in difficult life circumstances

  • OSHA 30 certification or commitment to becoming certified within the first 60 days of employment

  • Valid driver’s license with no major violations in the last 3 years

  • Effective December 1, 2022, all new hires are not required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is strongly encouraged

Physical Requirements to Perform Duties:

  • Ability to perform all construction duties, such as: lifting up to 50 lbs

  • Ability to frequently work in unconditioned workspaces in the heat of summer and cold of winter

  • Comfortable working at heights and on ladders and scaffolding

Benefits: This position is eligible for medical, dental, paid vacation, sick time, and holidays. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please send resume and salary requirements through the Indeed application portal by January 30, 2023. No calls, please.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, genetic information, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, familial status, source of income status, domestic or sexual abuse victim status or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law in any employment-related decision, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, training, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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