MLF is excited to announce the position of Construction & Maintenance Assistant.

The Construction & Maintenance Assistant is an integral part of the Construction & Maintenance team. The C&M Assistant will perform a variety of duties involved in the construction and maintenance of projects at Community First! Village, including the purchase and procurement of raw goods, materials, and supplies.

This is a full-time hourly non-exempt, entry level position reporting to the Senior Purchasing & Logistics Manager. The Construction and Maintenance Assistant will office at Community First! Village located at 9301 Hog Eye Road, Austin, TX 78724.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes has embarked on a new and innovative journey to transform how we care for the chronically homeless in our community. We have recently launched and developed Community First! Village, a 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. And we are now embarking on a second phase of community expansion, adding more than 300 new neighbors over the next 5 years.

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist Construction Team to carry out daily projects
  • Assist Maintenance Team to carry out daily work orders and maintenance requests from staff and residents
  • Support all teams through material procurement, job execution, and other requested tasks to get jobs done in a timely and efficient manner
  • Purchases goods and services according to policies and procedures
  • Ensures accuracy, timeliness, and condition of deliveries
  • Receives and coordinates deliveries of supplies and equipment ordered
  • Coordinate with managers to maintain inventory levels and identify purchasing needs
  • Assist in evaluating vendors based on price, reliability, capability, and previous transaction history
  • Assist in organizing shop, tool room, and laydown yard
  • Communicate and coordinate with staff regarding delivery schedules
  • Maintain clean vehicle and work areas
  • Manage inventory of supplies and equipment for organization
  • Ensures that purchasing documents are complete and accurate and include appropriate and reasonable terms and conditions
  • Maintains pricing histories and other vendor records
  • Flexibility to travel to meet with vendors and personnel to procure and deliver supplies as necessary within the Austin area
  • Compliance with Health & Safety initiatives
  • Assists with other tasks for the Maintenance and Construction teams as needed

MLF is a faith-based organization with its ideals and philosophy coming directly from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

MLF is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen based on ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetics, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation in accordance with federal and state law.

It is important for all applicants to understand that Mobile Loaves & Fishes is an essential business that provides food, shelter, and other necessities of life for our neighbors who have experienced homelessness. We strive to joyfully maintain these essential services to those that are most in need in our community. All employees of Mobile Loaves & Fishes are expected to work onsite to maintain the essential functions of the organization. All applicants should be aware of our essential business classification before applying for open positions.

Goals

  • Transform the way people view the stereotype of those who find themselves homeless
  • To reconnect the homeless to self, family, and community
  • Help the chronically homeless rediscover and utilize their God-given talents to do purposeful work
  • To connect human to human, heart to heart through the fellowship of food and hospitality
  • Inspire people to give abundantly and offer their best first

Our Mission
We provide food and clothing, cultivate community and promote dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need.

Core Values

The vision is supported by core values centered on our belief that homelessness is the result of a profound catastrophic loss of family:

  • God, infinitely prefect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness, freely created man to make him share in His own blessed life
  • By virtue of being created by God in His image, we are all called to live in community and relationship with Him through each other
  • The family is the original cell of social life
  • You shall love your neighbor as yourself
  • All members of the human family are equal in dignity
  • The Lord God took the man and settled him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it. Gen.2:15

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Commitment to serving those who have experienced homelessness and personal alignment with Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ vision, mission, core values, and goals.
  • 1+ years equivalent work experience
  • Working knowledge of commonly used construction materials and supplies, including electrical, plumbing and lumber
  • Can read blueprints and exploded parts diagram
  • Ability to read construction documents and material takeoff
  • Comfortable driving a trailer, gooseneck and 5th wheel
  • Ability to clearly communicate and update across various departments
  • Proactive attitude; self-starter
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Must be willing to submit to a criminal background check and drug screen
  • Computer savvy, with experience using Google docs, Excel and Word
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • High school diploma or equivalent

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

  • Ability to stand, climb, stoop, kneel, or crouch, to reach with hands and arms, and move about the property, including a construction environment.
  • Ability to lift and move up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Exposed to all outside weather conditions, including wet or humid conditions, fumes, airborne particles, and moving mechanical parts, equipment.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, some occasional high noise levels may be expected.

Our Purpose & Vision

We empower communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless.

Guiding Principles
These Guiding Principles are the basis upon which MLF team members make decisions, plan strategies, and interact with each other and our community. The principles define the kind of leaders we are striving to be.

Yes, and…Positive Attitude

  • Looks for the positive in any situation
  • Begins with yes, and looks for positive possibilities from a proposed idea
  • Has a generally positive attitude

Semper Gumby (flexible/adaptable)

  • Adapts to big & small change well
  • Can formulate alternative plans when things change
  • Is teachable (learns from others) and willing to change

Relational

  • Develops numerous strong relationships with staff, neighbors & volunteers
  • Shows humility in his/her servant leadership
  • Looks for the good in others. Assumes the best in other’s intentions
  • Treats others with love & respect, including when talking about them to others
  • Works to resolve conflict with others, goes directly to the person

Team Player

  • Puts MLF above himself/herself and his or her program
  • Depends on others to help with solutions
  • Brings strengths of the team together

Communicator

  • Keeps others informed of things going on in their program
  • Communicates effectively to staff, neighbors & volunteers
  • Resolves conflict well & in a timely manner

Multiplier

  • Delegates effectively to staff, contractors & volunteers
  • Invests in developing staff, contractors & volunteers
  • Empowers staff, contractors & volunteers so that their talents & ideas are unleashed

Good Steward

  • Stewards MLF physical resources (money, land, equipment, etc.) well
  • Stewards MLF human resources well (staff, volunteers, donors, neighbors, & board)
  • Takes care of one self physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually

Dependable/Accountable

  • Sets reasonable deadlines & meets them consistently
  • Keeps others informed if they won’t meet a deadline
  • Comes on time & prepared for meetings