AmeriCorps House Captain
Rebuilding Together New Orleans
About the organization
Since 1988, Rebuilding Together has believed that everyone has the right to live in a safe and healthy house. With this mission, RTNO has quickly grown into one of the largest home rehabilitation non-profit organization in New Orleans, completing over 500 home repair and community revitalization projects since 2005. By focusing our program in target neighborhoods, RTNO meets the needs of the communities we serve quickly and efficiently by leveraging corporate, private and public dollars, volunteer labor and help from the AmeriCorps program. We are currently focused on meeting the growing need to make homes safer through aging in place repairs, energy-efficiency repairs and moderate kitchen and bathroom repairs. These repairs strengthen neighborhoods by allowing low-income homeowners to stay in their longtime times as the age, inhibiting blight from spreading and keeping invested homeowners in place.
AmeriCorps members serving with RTNO get to see first-hand how the work they’re doing positively impacts the community. The tasks House Captains complete improve the quality of life for all of RTNO’s homeowners. They complete hands-on repairs as part of prep work or punch list for special projects. On project days, AmeriCorps House Captians work with volunteers from all backgrounds and skill levels to complete a variety of construction activities. Wherever possible, they teach and empower volunteers to learn new skills and safely implement them on the worksite.
Essential Functions of Position:
Complete direct hands-on repairs, including but not limited to: rough/trim carpentry, tile work, grab bar installation, wheel chair ramp/safe entry/egress repairs, interior/exterior painting, and weatherization.
Assist with logistics through pulling, staging, stocking, and delivery of construction materials.
Oversee general volunteers in completing direct hands-on repairs. Ensure that volunteers are trained in their task and have access to tools/materials, that proper safety procedures are being followed, that the work product is of good quality, and that volunteers enjoyed and feel appreciated for their service.
Where possible, encourage and support volunteers to safely try new construction tasks and build their skill sets. Educate homeowners about the repairs that were completed and any new or recommended home maintenance.
Experience with construction methods, home repair, and housing issues
Experience with managing or coordinating volunteers
Excellent verbal communication skills
Experience working on and successfully communicating with a team
Valid driver’s license and clean record to use RTNO vehicles (members must be 23 years of age to drive RTNO-owned vehicles)
High school diploma or equivalent (GED)
Must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
Must be at least 18 years old
Physical ability to work on a construction site
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Proficient with basic computer skills and use of internet
Ability to serve with and for a diverse community and staff
Familiarity with public speaking and presenting/direct small or large groups of people
Organized, self-motivated, flexible, detail-driven
Ability to work with diverse clients, volunteers, and staff to create a friendly, helpful atmosphere
Access to reliable transportation to daily commute, or comfort with using public transit
Contact email: [email protected]
Equal Opportunity Employment
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