Rock The Block Construction Manager
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity - Des Moines, IA

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Deadline for Resumes: 10/18/13

General Position Summary:

This position supports GDM Habitat’s Rock the Block® neighborhood revitalization initiative.

Core Responsibilities:
Regular and predictable attendance is a required function of this position.

The Rock the Block® Construction Manager has the following main duties:

1. Lead volunteers, AmeriCorps and residents to safely complete Rock the Block® projects, which will generally fall into one or more of the following categories: A Brush with Kindness, Critical Home Repairs and Weatherization

2. Participate in assessment of potential Rock the Block® projects and determine what resources—volunteers, tools, equipment, and supplies—are needed to complete them

3. Procure necessary supplies while working with the Rock the Block® director

4. Help to lead program initiatives such as weatherization, Home Depot Repair Corps or other HFHI and affiliate programs

5. During Rock the Block® events, (typically minimum of 4 per year) coordinate the projects in conjunction with the number of volunteers and crew leaders to ensure adequate coverage for each project

Day-to-day responsibilities:

  • Coordinate, obtain, and organize materials on site prior to and during workdays
  • Assess tools, equipment, supplies and volunteers needed to complete projects, on your own or in collaboration with Rock the Block® team members, outside experts, and/or members of the Construction team
  • Work with Volunteer Services and Rock the Block® director to schedule individual Rock the Block® workdays
  • Communicate basic information about Habitat’s mission, programs and goals with volunteers, through regular meet and greets, end of day wrap up as well as general communication
  • Work closely with volunteers to ensure that they are fully engaged in the projects and that they have a positive experience
  • Provide regular updates to the Rock the Block® director and team, documenting in a timely fashion the results of workdays and project status along the way
  • Supervise any AmeriCorps or long-term volunteers assigned to assist you
  • Work to identify potential Rock the Block® Project Leaders and Construction Crew Leaders in cooperation with the GDM Habitat Rock the Block®, Construction and Volunteer Services teams
  • Regularly assess all tools for safety and proper working conditions. Work with the Rock the Block® director as tools need to be removed and or replaced from service
  • Regularly assess all vehicles/trailers driven or used by Rock the Block® to ensure that they all meet our minimum safety and maintenance standards
  • Other duties as assigned

Works Closely with: Rock the Block®, Construction and Volunteer Services teams

Time Requirements: Flexible schedule, typically Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., weekend and evening work sometimes required


  • Minimum three years experience in construction-related field or equivalent experience
  • Understand the Habitat for Humanity philosophy and willingly promote it
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Work effectively with GDM Habitat staff, volunteers, and community at large
  • Self-starter/able to work independently without supervision
  • Team player with ability to engage people of a wide variety of backgrounds and skills
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Able to work, walk and climb where necessary at GDM Habitat work sites
  • Exchange ideas and convey detailed information accurately to staff, volunteers, subcontractors , community members and others
  • Able to drive Habitat vehicles to work sites and vendor locations in the Greater Des Moines area
  • Willing to participate in additional job-related training as assigned
  • Must meet or exceed the ability to demonstrate the 5 core and common competencies outlined below.
  • Convey clear, concise information to others, using verbal or other appropriate communication techniques.
  • Complete formal training plan and assignments as required.
  • Treat others in a nondiscriminatory, lawful and ethical manner, respecting the differences among people, and the value they bring to GDMHFH.
  • Follow safe practices in all work activities to avoid injuries and accidents
  • Become lead safe certified
  • Become BPI certified if applicable

Job Competencies

  • Demonstrate commitment to Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity’s Mission and Core Values of:

1. Faith and Integrity
2. Safety
3. Quality
4. Compassionate and Motivated Workforce
5. Empowerment

Normal Work Environment (Check best description):

Office Outdoors Retail
0 X 0 Continuous (67-100% of workday)
X 0 0 Frequent (34-66% of workday)
0 0 X Occasional (1-33% of workday)

Physical Requirements:

Continuously = 67-100% of workday
Frequently = 34-66% of workday
Occasional = 1-33% of Workday

F - Sitting F - Standing
F - Bending F - Twisting
0 - Stooping F - Reaching above Shoulder
0 - Kneeling F - Reaching below Shoulder
0 - Crawling 0 - Working at Low Position
F - Climbing Stairs F - Pushing/Pulling
F - Climbing Ladders F - Working on Elevated Surfaces
0 - Driving C - Walking
F - Working on uneven surfaces

Weight Lifting/Carrying: Dexterity:
0 - Sedentary (0-10 lbs.) C - Eye/Hand Coordination
F - Light (11-25 lbs.) F - Feet (foot pedals)
F - Medium (26-50 lbs.) F - Fingering (picking, pinching, etc.)
F - Heavy (51-74 lbs.) F - Handling (holding, grasping, etc.)
0 - Very Heavy (75-100 lbs.) F - Wrist Motion (repetitive flexion/rotation)

Hearing: X Yes 0 No
If yes, explain the reason hearing is necessary:

Hearing is necessary to perform the job as the ability to communicate verbally is essential to training and coordination with internal and external customers.

Visual Acuity Distance: (Example - clarity of vision at 20 inches or less):
Clarity of vision sufficient to view computer monitor, read reports, perform home inspections and repairs, as well as drive between office and work sites.


  • Computer and Accessories
  • Printer/Copier/Scanner/Fax
  • Telephone
  • General Office Supplies
  • Hand Tools
  • Power Tools
  • Ladders

Mission Statement: Seeking to put God's love into action, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.