Disaster Recovery Project Lead and Volunteer Coordinator

Family Asset Building

Full Time, Internship
Posted 4 days ago

SBP In-Office Supply and Logistics Coordinator

Full Time 1700 Hours

Program Overview:

Build your Career - Make a Difference -  Get Paid - Reduce Student Debt

SBP is an award-winning, innovative nonprofit organization that shrinks time between disaster and recovery. A leader in volunteer-driven, post-disaster rebuilding; SBP educates, advocates and improves the disaster recovery sector so that we can collectively achieve more for communities. With a team of 50+ staff and over 300 AmeriCorps members, SBP has rebuilt more than 1,300 homes across 8 states, and has shared best practices with nonprofits, recovery groups, and government entities across the country. SBP is an organization that attracts AmeriCorps Members and employees who embrace innovation and constant improvement, enjoy rising to meet pressing challenges, believe in community-wide collaboration, and can develop and achieve clear benchmarks to reduce human suffering.

SBP has teamed up with Avenue Community Development Corporation to bring even more families home and benefit the community at large. Our missions have joined together for one cause; to help bring families home who lost everything to a natural disaster.

Avenue CDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to building affordable homes and strengthening communities.  Avenue CDC has been in existence for 26 years and has developed housing and promoted community development in several of Houston’s historic neighborhoods.

In exchange for bringing your talents to SBP and Avenue CDC, you will gain marketable job skills that will help you pursue a wide-variety of careers, while also having an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families who have been impacted by disaster events. To help support your service, you will also receive the following benefits:

Benefits Provided to SBP AmeriCorps Members

  • Monthly Living allowance of $1,263.
  • An additional $150 monthly housing stipend for individuals who have previously served in AmeriCorps, NCCC, or VISTA.
  • Free limited benefits health coverage.
  • An education award of $5,815 upon successful completion of each 10 month term. (More information can be found at: http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/benefits/benefits_ed_award.asp).
  • Eligibility to postpone repayment of federally-guaranteed student loans during your service term. (The National Service Trust will also pay all or a portion of the interest that accrued during the service period.)
  • Child care assistance
  • Valuable professional development and opportunities to further your career
  • Potential opportunities to travel in order to respond to disaster events


Project Lead AmeriCorps Member Position Overview:

Volunteer Coordinators play a vital role in creating an extraordinary volunteer experience that gets people excited about volunteering with Avenue CDC. Volunteer Coordinators handle all volunteer logistics, support volunteer fundraising efforts that directly support the AmeriCorps project, speak with energy to large groups of volunteers about Avenue CDC before and after their volunteer build, communicate with multiple SBP departments to ensure volunteers have a quality experience, and spread the word about SBP and Avenue CDC at local outreach events.

Avenue CDC is currently working to expand their volunteer driven construction program. As a Volunteer Coordinator/ Project Lead you would have the opportunity to not only recruit volunteers to serve with Avenue, but also lead them to project completion on the actual build sites.  Your time would be split approximately 60/40 between field based Project Lead work and office based Volunteer Coordination work.    

Project Leads implement the construction efforts on clients’ homes and oversee groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers in rebuilding projects. All Project Leads are supported by a Project Managers and are also provided with construction and volunteer management training curriculum that equips them with the knowledge to facilitate construction projects ranging from demolition to final paint and prime. Applicants for this position do not need any prior construction experience!  As long as you are willing to learn, are adaptive to change, and are excited to serve as part of a team that will lead a diverse array of volunteer groups, we encourage you to apply!

Project Leads ensure that SBP and Avenue CDC  is represented in a positive and professional manner by completing each project on time and on schedule, interacting positively with volunteers and homeowners, and maintaining high quality and safety on site. When not on site leading volunteers, you’ll be serving as a Volunteer Coordinator to deepen the volunteer experience.  Volunteer Coordinators work diligently both before and after the volunteer group’s build experience encouraging volunteers to become further engaged in SBP and Avenue CDC , beyond just volunteering. This hard work will result in returning volunteer groups, quality volunteer experiences, increased volunteer fundraising that directly supports the AmeriCorps project, and a greater awareness about SBP.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Be at least 17 years of age or older.
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.

Essential Functions:

Construction Project Lead

  • Maintain a clean, safe and organized project site.
  • Ensure that each phase of construction is being completed on schedule.
  • Ensure that construction projects are completed in the highest quality possible.
  • Conduct on site orientations for volunteer groups.
    • Clearly communicates the homeowner’s story to volunteers.
    • Educates volunteers on the area, the effects of the storm, and the history and work of SBP.
  • Communicate the daily and weekly goals to volunteers.
  • Provide effective training and constructive feedback to volunteers who are completing insulation, drywall, mudding, painting, flooring, trim, doors and other phases of construction.
  • Maintain a professional and positive attitude when coordinating volunteers.
  • Serve as a liaison between the homeowner and volunteers.
  • Interact effectively and positively with other team members.
  • Encourage volunteer groups stay engaged with SBP by returning to volunteer, donating to support the AmeriCorps Project, applying to join SBP’s AmeriCorps program, and spreading awareness of the continued need for disaster recovery assistance in communities that have been impacted.

Volunteer Coordination

  • Respond to volunteer requests, questions, or general inquiries via email and phone in a timely fashion.
  • Coordinate all trip logistics for volunteers. This includes being the point of contact for multiple volunteer groups in any given week: both volunteers currently on site and those registering for weeks or months in advance.
  • Accurately document all communications and logistics.
  • Use of volunteer management software including SalesForce, Formstack, Google spreadsheets, and Classy.
  • Update and track volunteer information on Google documents used by multiple departments.
  • Assess availability of volunteer work and schedule volunteer groups.
  • Give orientations to as many as 150 volunteers at a time.
  • Give debriefings at the end of each volunteer experience.
  • Spend no more than 10% of the AmeriCorps service term engaging volunteers in fundraising efforts that support the fundraising goals of the AmeriCorps project.
  • Maintain updated records and routinely track volunteer information, including volunteer numbers, contributions and feedback.
  • Keep volunteers informed about upcoming SBP events.
  • Maintain an energetic and positive attitude with volunteers and colleagues.
  • Build partnerships with local businesses and community organizations.
  • Participate in outreach and planning for volunteer special events.
  • Communicate with entire team about the role, function and needs of volunteers.


  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Experience/comfort with public speaking
  • Ability to lead diverse groups of volunteers on a wide array of tasks (that will most likely be new to you)
  • Ability to do physical labor, occasionally strenuous
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to delegate tasks effectively
  • Experience/interest in developing project management skills
  • Willingness /enthusiasm to receive constructive feedback from your supervisor and peers
  • Ability to take initiative and be self-motivated
  • High regard for safety
  • Strong passion for the work of the SBP
  • No construction experience necessary, although helpful, as this is a construction heavy position.

Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

How to Apply

  • Visit http://sbpusa.org/get-involved/americorps
  • Complete the two-page application
  • Upload your resume
  • Submit your application
  • Finally, please e-mail and indicate what position you have applied for.

Job Features

Job CategoryFamily Asset Building

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