We currently have the following positions available.

The Position 

Community Construction Program Manager 

Full Time $29-34/hr. starting 

Community Construction is a home remodeling and employment program of Community Action Duluth. 

Community Construction employs peoples with barriers to employment remodeling homes for low-income families teaching them trade skills in the process. Crew members will receive employment and financial coaching (as part of their paid work week), to assist them in reaching the goal of finding and transitioning into permanent employment. 

Reports to 

Director of Field Operations 


Organizational Mission 

To empower and engage our community to eliminate poverty.  


Position Mission 

To exemplify radical hospitality (empathy, kindness and patience) and to place participants/transitional employees first in everything you do when restoring dilapidated homes to an environment that invites prosperity for occupants through exemplifying quality, hard work and professionalism.  


Commitment to Values 

To uphold, commit to, grow in and hold yourself and your fellow co-workers accountable to the organizational values of: Respect, integrity, cultural competence and optimism; as well as the organization’s commitment to: Anti-racism, public policy and community engagement-based work.  


Position Summary: 

The Program Manager is responsible for leading crew members in implementing rehab project homes in Duluth. Training crew members and utilizing transitional employment are keys to the success of the program and the attainment of grant goals. 


Major Responsibilities 

  • Supervise a crew of four to ten program employees (mostly temporary, transitional employees) 

  • Oversee day-to-day operations and individual site rehabs 

  • Ensure that projects are completed in a timely fashion, with safety and quality as the foremost priorities despite never knowing how many employees will show up any given day    

  • Demonstrate patience with transitional employees 

  • Instruct transitional employees in construction/remodeling techniques 

  • Teach life, soft, and hard skills and work ethic to transitional employees 

  • Delegate work assignments 

  • Coordinate logistics, materials and crew trainings 

  • Record crew attendance and job performance 

  • Order materials, supplies, and acquire tools and equipment for crew members 

  • Document program expenditures and procurements  

  • Report project status and project challenges to the Director, grantor, and Board 

  • Estimate, schedule and evaluate work projects 

  • Identify, hire and coordinate with subcontractors 

  • Transport crews to work sites 

  • Work on project design  

  • Resolve conflicts/questions/concerns with crew members with program director and manager of HR  

  • Maintain contractors’ license 

  • Write scope of remodeling projects based on walkthrough of house 

  • Hiring new transitional employees regularly 

  • Networking with the rest of the industry to find possible future employers to the crew and partners for the program 


Required qualifications 

  • A passion for helping people with barrier to employment 

  • A high school diploma or GED 

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for residential building/remodeling work  

  • 3-5 Years’ experience building/remodeling projects 

  • A driver’s license, current insurance, and clean driving record  

  • Ability to lift 30 pounds independently and 50 pounds with a partner 

  • Ability to safely perform physically demanding work for long periods of time 

  • Demonstrated leadership skills 

  • Believes in philosophy and mission of Community Action Duluth 

  • Reads blueprints and specs.   

  • Strong safety orientation 

  • Possesses ability to train others in the basics of home construction and remodeling and receive feedback 

  • Experience establishing and coordinating work schedules 

  • Has intermediate computer skills, including email and Microsoft Office suite 

  • Ability to self-start and work not only as team leader but as a team member 

  • Must be able to relate to and communicate effectively with multi-ethnic and varied socio-economic groups/individuals and co-workers with excellent oral, written, and organizational skills 

  • Aptitude in math and problem solving orientation ex. Rise and run, sq ft. Calculate building materials needed while minimizing waste 

  • Ability to proactively anticipate challenges, future needs and calendar management. 

  • Either have or be able to obtain within 90 days of hire a qualifying builder's certificate 


Preferred qualifications 

  • Skilled trade certification or equivalent experience 

  • 3-5 Years demonstrated experience leading residential building/remodeling projects 

  • Previous supervisory experience 

  • Demonstrated experience supervising teams with employment barriers 

  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations 

  • Demonstrated experience in first-aid; possess first-aid/safety certifications  

  • Ability to back a large vehicle with a trailer 

  • Degree, coursework or related experience in construction, building science or environmental sustainability  

  • Network of subcontractors for specialty trades (especially plumbing and electrical) 


Compensation and Working Terms  

$29-34 per hour with a benefits package of medical (employee must pay full premium for dependents), life, AD&D, dental, disability, vision and 403b programs, along with an Employee Assistance program. This position is at-will employment, non-exempt 40 hours/week position with working hours 7:00-5:30 M-Th.  

Applications will not be considered without cover letter, resume and 3 professional references. Please send materials via e-mail to jobs@communityactionduluth.org and put “Community Construction Crew Leader” in the subject line. Please also indicate how you heard about the position opening.

Last Date of Description Review 

August 2021 

Community Action Duluth is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that diversity of background and perspective are strengths. We seek to continue to grow a diverse, highly-committed, skilled and collaborative staff.