SummerCorps Project Coordinator
Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) is a safe and healthy housing organization that believes community starts at home. We provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the Peninsula.
Our efforts are strengthened by partnerships and collaborations with government agencies, private businesses, skilled craftspeople, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers. Every year, RTP brings thousands of volunteers and corporate sponsors together to preserve affordable housing and rebuild communities. RTP facilitates neighbors helping neighbors, enhancing dignity and pride for all who participate.
About Our Community
Since 1989, Rebuilding Together Peninsula has served low-income homeowners, as well as community facilities serving low-income communities, in one of the most expensive places to live in the entire country. 18 of the top 100 most expensive housing zip codes in America are located in our service area, including the #1 most expensive zip code for Atherton, with a median home sales price of $4.95 million in 2017. (1) As one of the largest Rebuilding Together affiliates, we are beneficiaries of extreme wealth in our region, and actively partner with our volunteers, donors, and other nonprofits, businesses, and local government in addressing the income disparity that we witness daily through our work in the community. We serve two Counties, 24 cities and towns, and an incredibly diverse ethnic and socio-economic population, working in urban and rural agricultural areas, as well as every type of home environment from RVs and mobile homes to townhomes and single family homes. Our work with community facilities includes everything from family daycares to homeless shelters to Senior Centers.
1. Wolf Richter, “The Most Expensive Housing Zip Codes in America”, Business Insider, Original Publication December 20, 2017, http://www.businessinsider.com/most-expensive-housing-zip-codes-in-america-2017-12. (accessed January 2, 2018).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinate communication between clients, staff, House Captains, and contractors such that all parties are on the same page about work scope, timeline/timing of project elements, and expectations.
- Meet with clients to complete home assessments, develop a work scope and materials list, and collaborate with other team members to develop a project timeline (especially if coordination with volunteers or contractors is required).
- Arrange purchase and delivery of crucial project needs, including: tools and materials, personal protective equipment, dumpsters and other rented items, water and snacks. Maintain a system for warehouse inventory to allow bulk purchasing, the reuse or repurposing of tools/materials, and an efficient supply chain. Ensure routine maintenance of Rebuilding Together-owned tools between projects.
- 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.
- 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, basic electrical or plumbing, and weatherization.
- Obtain necessary permits, inspections, and other approvals to begin work.
- At the end of each workday, evaluate productivity against the work scope and ensure quality and completion of work.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- As this role will be interacting with clients and community members regularly, familiarity with the community is preferred
- Bachelor's Degree or equivalent life experience
- Experience volunteering, volunteer leadership is ideal
- General knowledge of construction skills and housing needs
- Ability to sustain high-level of activity on project event days
- Experience with database, inventory, and barcoding systems or willingness to learn
- Solid interpersonal skills and ability to make connections and build relationships with volunteers
- Ability to work with diverse clients, volunteers, and staff to create a friendly, helpful atmosphere
- Ability to communicate in clear and encouraging language with a diverse community and staff - in writing, in person, and over the phone
- Ability to function in a fast-paced, collaborative environment where each team member must balance being organized and detail-oriented with being flexible and keeping up with changing scopes of project work
- Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs/Sheets/Drive, Google Calendar, and use of internet
Description of Physical Demands
- Must be able to navigate an active construction site, including: climbing stairs and ladders, standing, lifting, and carrying for extended periods of time over difficult terrain
- Must be able to lift 40 pounds on a regular basis as part of their responsibilities to complete direct hands-on repairs and assist with the delivery of tools and materials.
- Access to reliable transportation for regular travel during the work day as part of core responsibilities
- Use of a personal vehicle is recommended due to inadequate public transportation
- Valid driver's license and driving record to allow use of an affiliate-owned or rented vehicles or trucks
- Comfort backing up a vehicle with a trailer (or willingness to learn)
- RTP has some bicycles available for staff and AmeriCorps to use as well
We are located between the San Francisco and Silicon Valley affiliates, specifically serving San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County. Each year, we serve approximately 200 low-income homeowners in single family homes, mobile homes, and townhomes, as well as approximately 20-30 community facilities through our National Rebuilding Day, Safe at Home Minor Home Repair, and Team Build programs. Our team consists of 12 full and part-time staff members, and more than 2000 volunteers to support our work. Because of the high cost of living in the area, our affiliate purchased and renovated a home in East Palo Alto (approximately 5 miles from our office in Redwood City) to offer subsidized housing to our AmeriCorps members.
CapacityCorps members are required to pass an FBI criminal background check with fingerprints, applicable state background checks, and an NSOPW check. For more information about disqualifying findings, visit our FAQ’s on the Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps website, www.rebuildingtogether.org/capacitycorps.
How To Apply
Deadline for applications: Accepted until a qualified candidate is hired.
Start date: There are two SummerCorps terms. May 1 through July 2 and July 8 through September 6.
Compensation: SummerCorps members serve a minimum of 300 hours, typically volunteering full time, roughly 38-40 hours per week, over a 9 week term of service. In exchange, they receive a living allowance of $1,600 over 9-week term of service, which is divided across five total living stipend payments. The first four payments will equal $355 before taxes, the final payment will equal $180, for a total of $1,600. In addition, SummerCorps members are eligible for an Education Award of up to $1,044 for qualifying education expenses or loans.
Confidential Application Process: Please visit the Rebuilding Together SummerCorps website, https://rebuildingtogether.org/summercorps to complete the online application. The online application requests a resume, two references, and your response to a series of short answer questions.
RTP will provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, gender, age, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran.
AmeriCorps members may not engage in any of the AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities (see below) directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the activities listed below. AmeriCorps members will not recruit or coordinate volunteers for the purposes of raising funds for his/her living allowance, Rebuilding Together’s general operating expenses, or write grant applications for funding provided by CNCS or other federal agencies. Any volunteer recruitment, training, management, or coordination listed above as completed by the AmeriCorps member pertains to volunteers engaged in work directly related to rebuilding project implementation only.
AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities
Prohibited Activities. While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities supported by the AmeriCorps program or CNCS, staff and members may not engage in the following activities (see 45 CFR § 2520.65):
a) Attempting to influence legislation;
b) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes;
c) Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing;
d) Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements;
e) Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office;
f) Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials;
g) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization;
h) Providing a direct benefit to—
i) A business organized for profit;
ii) A labor union;
iii) A partisan political organization;
iv) A nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 related to engaging in political activities or substantial amount of lobbying except that nothing in these provisions shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and
v) An organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph 3.g. above, unless CNCS assistance is not used to support those religious activities;
i) Conducting a voter registration drive or using CNCS funds to conduct a voter registration drive;
j) Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; and
k) Such other activities as CNCS may prohibit. AmeriCorps members may not engage in the above activities directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the activities listed above. Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-CNCS funds. Individuals should not wear the AmeriCorps logo while doing so.
- 45CFR § 2520.65 - http://www.americorps.gov/help/ac_sn_all_2012/WebH...
- 2012 AmeriCorps Provisions IV.D.3 - https://egrants.cns.gov/provisions/ACProvisions201...