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Disaster Corps Project Lead - SBP AmeriCorps Program

About SBP

Climate change is here, increasing the size and frequency of natural disasters and displacing over 15 million people each year. Hurricanes like Ida, Harvey, Maria, and Katrina disproportionately affect underresourced communities, whose road to recovery often takes years. SBP is dedicated to shrinking the time between disaster and recovery, work that includes helping individual homeowners and communities rebuild after a disaster. We can't prevent natural disasters, but we can prevent some of the suffering they cause. By increasing resilience before disasters occur and streamlining the post-disaster recovery process, we're able to fortify people against unnecessary stress and trauma. Started in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we are currently supporting recovery in eight disaster-affected communities. With our construction system enhanced and optimized through an ongoing partnership with Toyota, which helped implement lean manufacturing processes, SBP rebuilds homes far below market rate and carries out construction projects with much lower subsidies than traditional affordable housing models. Learn more at sbpusa.org

Duties

As a Disaster Corps Project Lead, you will embody SBP’s dedication to timely response, deploying to disaster-impacted communities following the immediate impact of natural disasters. When not on deployment, you will serve as Project Leads supporting recovery in your community. This is a vital part of the role, as some Disaster Corps members may not have the opportunity to deploy during their term.

  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized worksite.
  • Ensure that all construction work is of the highest quality.
  • Actively participate in construction projects completing each phase of construction on schedule with or without the presence of volunteers.
  • Interact professionally and maintain a positive attitude when interacting with other team members, staff, homeowners, and volunteers.
  • Maintain the ability to perform strenuous, physical labor in different climates, over long periods of time.
  • When volunteers are present, Project Leads must:
    • Clearly articulate the homeowner’s story and enduring needs, and educate volunteers on the community and the impacts of the storm.
    • Communicate daily and weekly goals.
    • Supervise, participate alongside, and provide effective training and constructive feedback to volunteers who are completing insulation, drywall, mudding, painting, flooring, trim, doors, and other phases of construction.
    • Serve as a liaison between the homeowner and volunteers.
  • Following a disaster, Disaster Corps Project Leads must:
    • Commit availability to travel with 24-48 hours' notice and have the availability to deploy for 30 or more days
    • In the event of a large-scale disaster, relocate to the impacted community supporting response and recovery activities.
    • Provide immediate and long-term relief in areas impacted by natural disasters, including but not limited to:
      • basic needs assessments,
      • volunteer coordination,
      • client coordination,
      • supply and donations management,
      • debris removal,
      • mucking and gutting homes, and
      • any additional critical needs identified.
    • Willingness to stay in deployment housing which could include public shelters, Airbnb, hotels, religious facilities, or other temporary housing options available. SBP will provide bedding materials if none are available.
    • Conduct disaster response and preparedness trainings for communities and other national service organizations.
    • Support client services coordination, and volunteer coordination as needed.
  • Adhere to SBP’s Construction Manual and Safety Protocol and participate in regular safety trainings.
  • Meet monthly with the Project Manager to discuss goals, construction projects, professional development, and any other issues, and be open to regular feedback and coaching.
  • Participate in September 11th Day of Remembrance and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service events, which may take place on a weekend or during holidays and include activities outside of the scope of typical day-to-day functions.

Qualifications

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  3. Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
  4. Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be able to provide documentation of vaccination status prior to enrollment
  5. Ability to commit to serving full-time, Monday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm and an average of 2 Saturdays a month. AmeriCorps members serve an average of 42.5 hours per week to complete 1700 hours of service during a temporary 10-month service term.

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The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.

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