Employment Opportunities


Position:         Construction Supervisor

Department:  Housing Department of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East

Reports to:     Director of Construction


Position Description

The Construction Supervisor leads families, volunteers and regulars in performing in-house construction activities, including site preparation, foundation systems, concrete work, rough framing, window/door installation, weatherproofing, siding,painting, flooring installation, cabinet/millwork installation, interior painting and landscaping. This position directly supervises work teams on site.

The Construction Supervisor is responsible for the following activities:

  • The construction supervisors are in charge of day-to-day construction activities, and supervise Americorps staff, volunteers and Habitat families performing their sweat equity. This person must be mindful of the diverse abilities of Habitat volunteers and families and assign work that can be accomplished successfully. Providing a quality volunteer experience is a key element of our mission. Habitat also has a corps of skilled regulars, and the construction supervisor will identify and encourage skilled volunteers who work regularly to lead other volunteers.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Construction and the individual site staffto prioritize daily/weekly tasks to be accomplished by Habitat staff, families and volunteers. Participate in the development and updating of project schedules. Communicate issues of concern and potential schedule delays to the Director of Construction as they arise.
  • Gain/maintain a thorough understanding of the permitted construction documents and all construction drawings provided. Review the construction details for each activity in advance with the Director of Construction. Each Construction Supervisor is responsible for meeting the Habitat Quality Assurance standards.
  • Maintain the quality assurance check sheets. Habitat strives to build safe, decent, affordable and sustainable homes. QA check sheets verify that work completed has been inspected prior to proceeding to the next phase/stage of the construction. Check sheets require dual sign-off by the construction supervisor and the Director of Construction.
  • Create a positive, safe and productive on-site experience for all Habitat volunteers and families. The top concern for each construction supervisor is to maintain a safe work environment. At each construction site, the construction team shall present a daily safety orientation for all volunteers and families. In addition, the construction supervisor is responsible for insuring that proper safety equipment is in use and that tools are safe to use. Remove faulty tools from use upon discovery and notify the Director of Construction.. When first aid supplies are used, notify the Director of Construction. Each site must have a fully stocked First Aid kit, a Safety Binder, and a map to the nearest emergency facility. Maintain a safe work site throughout the workday.
  • Federal and State laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, gender, marital status, race, creed, color, religion, disabilities or handicaps. Be mindful, and when necessary, emphasize that discrimination will not be tolerated on Habitat job sites.
  • Participate in regular construction meetings, organization meetings and other required events. This position works Tuesday through Saturday and isbased at the supervisor’s assigned job site.


Required Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in residential construction.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience as a lead carpenter/construction supervisor.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in residential new construction with an emphasis on tract / production of homes and/or apartments.
  • Proven ability to take a project from plans to a completed structure, including blueprint reading, preparing material take offs, and extensive knowledge of all phases of residential construction.
  • Working knowledge of the 2011 Oregon Residential Specialty Code.
  • Excellent math skills.
  • Ability to assess the capabilities of others and to teach basic construction techniques to unskilled families and volunteers.
  • Strategic thinking with ability to adapt to changes.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Familiarity/experience with project management and scheduling.
  • Prior experience working with volunteers.


Application Packets Must Include:

1.         A complete resume, including dates of employment.

2.         The names and contact information for three references.

3.         A cover letter including answers to the following questions:

  • How have the personal and professional experiences you have had in your life prepared you and directed you to apply for this position?
  • How did you hear about this position?


To apply, please submit the above information to: sharon@habitatportlandmetro.org with “HFH” in the subject by Monday, January 26, 2015 before 3:00pm.


Note:  This job description is 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. Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is an equal opportunity employer.


Anti-Discrimination Policy

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East expects all staff, board and volunteers to behave in a way that reinforces the mission and founding principles of the organization. Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, therefore, does not discriminate against any employee, volunteer, partner family or applicant for a Habitat home on the basis of race, color, cultural heritage, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, physical condition, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status or any other status protected under local, state, or federal law. This policy extends to all personnel decisions, terms and conditions of employment, vendor contracts and provision of services. Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East does not tolerate harassment for any reason. Respect for the dignity of others shall be the guiding principle for our relations with each other. Want to know more? Read our Frequently Asked Questions or see who qualifies for our program. Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization. If you would like more information about our organization or programs, please contact us at 503-287-9529. Thank you for your interest!

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