Job Announcement: Crew Chief

January 12, 2016

WHO WE ARE

Coalfield Development Corporation is a not-for-profit company. Notice, we are not a non-profit company. We’re designed as a “social enterprise,” meaning we blend the efficiency and production of the for-profit sector with the compassion and purpose of the non-profit sector. The result is a more effective, more self-sustaining, and more innovative organization. While we will always push to be a successful business as measured by dollars-and-cents (certainly, we celebrate the value and goodness of for-profit business), we wake up in the morning and work harder than what is considered “normal” because of our commitment to the community-based mission of this organization (and we are registered as a 501(c)3 charitable organization with the IRS):

OUR MISSION

To develop Appalachian people and places toward their full potential, power, and purpose.

Every day, we operate according to our values. In making decisions, in solving problems, in overcoming challenges, we ALWAYS return to our values.

OUR VALUES GUIDE US

  • NO COMPLAINING OR WHINING
  • TRUST AND RELATIONSHIPS ARE TOP PRIORITY
  • TAKE TIME TO LISTEN
  • VALUE EACH OTHER’S UNIQUE STRENGTHS
  • DOGGEDLY PURSUE SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS
  • STEADY, HUMBLE, QUALITY WORK
  • KEEP FOCUSED ON and COMMITTED TO THE MISSION
  • BE GENUINE AND HONEST
  • LEARN AND GROW
  • FIND THE JOY


HOW WE DO IT

Our on-the-job training program is structured on what we call the 33-6-3 model. Coalfield is a licensed general contractor that is involved in several types of construction in the community as well as deconstruction projects. We hire unemployed young adults who are under-skilled with the goal of dramatically increasing their skill level, self-confidence, and workforce readiness. The crew members who participate in our program work for Coalfield doing hands-on construction work for 33 hours a week. 6 hours a week are devoted to classes in which crew members attend a local community college for all general course classes and major course classes. Along with course work, local community colleges partner with Coalfield to give credit for certain on the job training activities that take place during the 33 hour portion of work. This enables crew members to be full time students and give them the opportunity to complete a degree in two years’ time.  3 hours are spent in life-skills coaching (things like money management, time management, goal setting, healthy living etc.). The crew chief is responsible for facilitating the growth and development of crew members and for their successful completion of all three elements of the 33-6-3 model.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • 4 main traits that we look for in a Crew Chief (and which the crew must commit to develop) are:

o Caring heart for Mentorship – Above all, an effective mentor is top priority for all Staff of Coalfield. The purpose of Coalfield is to be leaders in helping people in Southern WV discover their full potential, power, and purpose. This is only achieved through effective one-on-one relationship building.
o Hard Worker – A crew chief will be in the field every single day for most of the day and exemplifies what it means to be a hard worker. Examples should be shown to crew members through physical labor as well as hard work in a supervisory/planning role (ie, not always just harder, but smarter).
o Creative Leadership – Leadership is paramount to the role of a Crew Chief, but to do so creatively is what defines those who hold this position as even more unique. We think of leadership as first walking in front to model behavior and skill-sets, then beside to support the crew member as they learn by doing, and then behind to let the crew member learn on their own, but do so in a safe environment.
o Entrepreneurial Mindset – Having a crew on a job site far away from main headquarters makes contact with others in the organization difficult. A crew chief runs their crew as if it were their own business. The entrepreneurial mindset involves making due with what’s available, rather than complaining about what isn’t.  

  • Credentials and Desired Traits for Crew Chief

o General Contractors License – Not required but highly desired.
o Leadership and management experience; any past experience with not-for-profit, mentorship, or community/economic development organizations. 
o Experience running crews or groups of 5-10 people efficiently, whether construction or other organizational work projects.  
o Project planning/scheduling experience highly desired.
o Estimating and Bidding experience highly desired.
o Construction skills in all trades – Mainly rough carpentry, finish carpentry, plumbing, concrete work, excavation, painting, drywall (hanging and finishing).
o Certification in Lead Abatement, Asbestos Abatement, Hazardous Waste, OSHA 30 or at Least OSHA 10 certified are desired but not required.
o Familiar and comfortable with using the computer or iPad. Also emailing and scanning documents or doing other necessary tasks associated with current technology in order to make communication and existing processes run smoothly.
o Other professional certifications and education will be considered in the hiring process.
o Any past mentoring experiences are encouraged to be expanded upon, such as Coaching (sports or other), Big brothers-Big Sisters, 4H, etc… Please be open and honest about these experiences and how they affected you and who you were involved with.
o Comfortable speaking in public or in a leadership setting. Will be asked to take part in organizational meetings or occasional presentations dealing with their work or proposed work as well as dealing with Clients during all phases of the construction process. (possibly on a daily basis)
o Comfortable making decisions on the job site whether it deals with design, process or even disciplinary action of a crew member.
o Be Flexible and imaginative AKA the ability to Effectuate: Sometimes our given work projects are not cut and dried. There is no material list or final plan in place, only an idea. Our crew chief must come up with an outcome or final product based on what we are given and not our ideal circumstances! (this process is called Effectuation)
o A person serving in the position of Crew Chief should fully understand the challenges that are present in Appalachia and have a desire to make a tangible change for the better.
o Crew Chief should have an understanding and passion for our mission and values and an aspiration for personal and professional growth as well as the growth and mentorship of your crew and all coalfield crewmembers.

LOCATION

Wayne County, WV

APPLY

To apply, please email your application letter and resume in a single PDF to awarren@coalfield-development.org.  Please put “Application for Wayne County Crew Chief” and your name in the email subject.  No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until February 28th, 2016, but the position will be filled as soon the right candidate is identified.

Revitalize Appalachia, a Coalfield Development social enterprise, provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
 

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