Employment Opportunity: Sales Assistant and Office Manager

You Home Builders Association of Greenville has an opening on its staff for a Sales Assistant and Office Manager.  The position is full-time and offers a competitive wage and benefits including retirement, generous leave, long-term disability insurance, and a wellness program that includes a monthly stipend for health insurance premiums.  Applicants must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.  Interested applicants should email their resume and statement of interest to Crystal Yanes, Chief Operating Officer, at CYanes@HBAofGreenville.com.

Governor McMaster proclaims October Careers in Construction Month

Governor McMaster proclaims October Careers in Construction Month

Governor Henry McMaster

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed October Careers in Construction Month.  In his proclamation, Governor McMaster states:

  • South Carolina has nearly 60,000 vacancies in construction jobs
  • South Carolina has los 26.8 percent of residential construction jobs
  • 82 percent of construction companies regularly have jobs they are unable to fill
  • 24,000 new construction workers are needed to meet South Carolina’s current building needs

Job Posting: Construction Manager

Hartness Development, Inc.

Hartness Development, Inc. (HDI) is seeking a self-motivated, high energy and team-oriented Construction Manager to assist in the creation of Hartness, a 440 acre master-planned Traditional Neighborhood Development located in Greenville, South Carolina. This walkable community will consist of more than 600 homes in a variety of architectural styles and types, a 180-acre nature preserve, and a quaint village center with restaurants, retail shops, offices, and civic spaces.

HDI has compiled an exclusive group of local custom home builders to build the majority of the single-family detached homes at Hartness.  However, HDI will build, or hire contractors to build, a variety of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, mixed-use commercial buildings, and community amenities.

Job responsibilities will include, but will not not be limited to:

  • Work with the HDI team to plan and manage light commercial and residential construction projects from start to finish
  • Collaborate with architects, designers, engineers, general contractors, and other construction industry professionals
  • Manage the Hartness builder group
  • Create and manage standard residential building specifications
  • Administer residential design and construction guidelines
  • Support the architectural review process
  • Prepare and negotiate cost estimates, budgets, and work timetables
  • Select appropriate construction methods and strategies
  • Interpret and explain contracts and technical information
  • Select, hire, and instruct material suppliers and contractors
  • Supervise construction personnel and activities onsite
  • Report on work progress and budget matters

Education Requirements: Associate or Bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, architecture, or engineering (or qualifying work experience in one or more of these fields).

Work Experience: 10 years minimum experience in light commercial and residential construction.

Professional Licensing: South Carolina Residential Builder (or have qualifications for licensing); South Carolina General Contractor (or have qualifications for licensing).

Interested applicants, contact Clay Driggers, Director of Development, Hartness Development, Inc., 3500 S. Highway 14,Greenville, SC 29615. 864-304-0472. clay@hartnessliving.com.

Habitat for Humanity- needs Director of Construction

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County is looking for a Director of Construction. Below is the full job description. If you would like to apply please visit their website at  http://www.habitatgreenville.org/.
Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
Director of Construction
Job Title:             Director of Construction
Reports To:         Vice President of Operations
FLSA Status:       Exempt
Summary:  Plans, directs, and oversees all aspects of the construction, repair, weatherization, and rehabilitation of homes. Ensures that all construction volunteers have a safe, productive, and positive experience. Ensures that all affiliate construction activity takes place in a safe manner. Provides leadership and direction to Construction Department staff and volunteers.
Duties & Responsibilities
Other duties may be assigned.
1.       Ensures that all affiliate construction activity takes place in a safe manner, consistent with affiliate safety policies and procedures
2.       Participates in review of affiliate safety policies and procedures
3.       Plans the execution of the annual build schedule, as set by affiliate, and tracks progress of each project
4.       Prepares sites for construction
5.       Ensures that all construction volunteers have a safe, productive, and positive experience with HFHGC
6.       Creates purchase orders for all HFHGC construction projects and utilizes QuickBooks to track all job costs
7.       Plans and coordinates effective and efficient use of construction gifts-in-kind and ensures each is communicated to Development and Finance departments
8.       Continually updates and perfects accuracy of material takeoffs  
9.       Ensures that all relevant code requirements by governing bodies are met or exceeded, including Energy Star and other applicable green building standards
10.   Ensures necessary equipment, supplies and vehicles are purchased, inventoried and maintained
11.   Ensures that homeowner orientations and first and second pre-closing homeowner walkthroughs are performed with each Partner Family and ensures that home maintenance and landscaping classes are taught effectively by Construction staff or volunteer(s)    
12.   Develops, implements, and improves as necessary the contractual procedures for HFHGC subcontractors
13.   Develops and manages the Construction Department budget
14.   Ensures compliance with housing and urban development funding source requirements
15.   Regularly solicits bids from all subcontractors and suppliers in order to maintain the best prices possible for the affiliate
16.   Ensures that all subcontractors that perform construction work for HFHGC meet standards set by policy (have necessary licenses and the required amount of liability insurance and workers comp coverage, etc.)
17.   Assists Family Services Director in addressing warranty issues and processes
18.   Follows-up with homeowners one year after move-in to follow-up on warrantable items
19.   Maintains and routinely updates HFHGC Construction Manual 
20.   Works with Finance Department in solving outstanding and disputed invoices
21.   Manages maintenance of HFHGC office and maintenance of HFHGC properties – including vacant lots, vacant houses. Ensures code violations do not take place
22.   Assesses build-ability of potential lots and assists with land acquisition, as directed
23.   Manages the inspection of homeowner insurance claims, as needed
24.   Manages the estimating, planning, and execution of repair, rehab, and weatherization projects within each project’s respective budget and on schedule  
25.   Leads in the development of new house designs, construction processes, and systems for quality control
26.   Completes necessary CEPSCI erosion control inspections (holds CEPSCI credentials or is willing and able to get certified)
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  1. Supervises the Construction Department staff, Quality Assurance Team members, Task Leaders, and all other construction volunteers
2.       All affiliate construction takes place under Director of Construction’s builder’s license
3.       Plans and supervises the purchasing of construction materials
4.       Manages and supervises subcontractors and supplier relationships
1.       Associate’s degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or four to six years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
2.       Must be a licensed builder in the state of South Carolina.
·         The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to fifty pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk. The employee is frequently required to use hands; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and talk or hear.
·         Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or disability.

Construction employment has not kept pace with construction growth

Part of the reason employment growth is so weak is that despite sizable increases in residential construction spending, increases in construction employment have been MIA. From April 2012 to April 2013, residential construction put-in-place increased from $249 billion to $295 billion, an 18% rise. However, during the same period, the number of residential building employees and residential specialty trade contractors rose from 2,048,100 to 2,131,800 or by just 4%!

Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D.
GraphsandLaughs, LLC