Director of Construction Planning and Project Management

Job DescriptionDirector of Construction Planning/Project Manager

Full-time, Exempt

Habitat for Humanity of Durham (Durham Habitat) is seeking a Director of Construction Planning/Project Manager (the Project Manager) to plan, manage, and meet Durham Habitat’s goals to build 20-25 homes per year. The position will be located in Durham Habitat office’s in downtown Durham and on construction sites throughout Durham. 

The Project Manager will work closely with the Construction Director, who has primary responsibility for Habitat’s day-to-day construction operation, to ensure the construction team successfully meets its goals 1) to build new and rehabbed homes in partnership with volunteers and hard-working, low-income families, and 2) to repair homes for 35-50 low-income homeowners per year. The Director of Construction and the Project Manager are jointly responsible for providing an excellent volunteer experience for Habitat volunteers and for bringing in projects on schedule and on budget. 

 Position Summary

The Project Manager will create an annual construction plan and ensure that all projects in the construction portfolio progress on schedule and on budget. 

The Project Manager is responsible for maintaining the global schedule for the company, working to acquire building permits, develop lots, build realistic schedules for all construction projects, and ensuring each site is prepared for each construction project. The Project Manager will also play a crucial role in developing a company construction strategy, evaluating current programs, and helping to improve the construction process. The individual will have or be able to develop a clear understanding of safe construction practices, building codes, sound building practices, and sustainable building trends. 

The Project Manager will be a visible leader in the building industry for Durham Habitat, and as such, they should understand and embrace Durham Habitat programs and principles. The Project Manager should be a passionate advocate for Habitat, and should enjoy working in a volunteer driven construction company. The Project Manager will be responsible for maintaining a professional and enthusiastic attitude while on the job-site and while working with volunteer groups, contractors, city officials, or other stakeholders. 

The position will be based out of Durham Habitat’s office, and will include visits and work on construction sites throughout Durham. A typical work schedule will be Monday-Friday with some occasional week-night and weekend commitments. The Project Manager and the Construction Director will develop a rotation to ensure that between them all Saturdays are covered.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Project Planning and Management
    • Global Construction Schedule: Develop and manage schedule to ensure new starts, build schedules, and timelines meet fiscal year goals, team goals, and sponsor and volunteer requirements.
    • Project Schedules: Develop and maintain project schedules for each new construction and large historic gut-rehab project.
    • Work to develop healthy team environment to provide a quality volunteer experience and ensure and projects are built on schedule, on budget, and to a high quality.
    • Continue HFH Durham’s commitment to sustainable building: Strive to ensure new and rehabilitated homes are healthy, energy efficient, durable, and environmentally friendly. Ensure all qualifying projects meet System Vision, Energy Star and NAHB Green rating requirements and receive certifications.  
  • Program Development & Evaluation
    • Work to engage new partners to find those creative solutions facing the local housing market. Think creatively about current housing, educational, and financing options.  
    • Manage department resources and help adjust allocated staff and fiscal resources to ensure projects are built in a timely manner and to highest possible quality.
    • Develop and evaluate frameworks for new programs. Evaluate opportunities as they develop to determine if and how they help Habitat for Humanity of Durham and local housing market.  
    • Develop measurable metrics to evaluate current or new programs.  
  • Permitting & Land Development
    • Work with Construction Director to acquire building permits for all new construction and rehab projects. 
    • Manage design process, including working with engineers and draftsmen to develop plans. Complete schematic design and assist in plan development.
    • Value engineer plans to ensure they are efficient, affordable, desirable, and meet universal design criteria.  
    • Maintain a strong relationship with City of Durham inspections, planning, and plan review staff.
    • Work with Construction Director to maintain land as purchased and develop land when permits are acquired. This includes working with subs for clearing, grading, tree removal, utility work, foundation work, and other aspects required to have property build ready. 


The Project Manager must be committed to Durham Habitat’s mission and vision. They will have successful residential construction experience with a thorough knowledge of sound construction procedures and standards, scheduling techniques, land development practices, permitting, basic procurement standards, residential building materials, current building codes, and OSHA safe work practices.

The successful candidate will have strong leadership skills and will be able to plan, organize and communicate with the construction staff, affiliate leadership, community stakeholders, and key volunteer crews. The ability to work with a construction company dedicated to providing a positive volunteer experience is critical. In addition, candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Experience in and/or interest in building affordable housing preferred.
  • Strong commitment to Habitat for Humanity’s mission is essential.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience working in the residential or commercial construction industry with construction management experience. 
  • Ability to create schedules and budgets construction and building projects.
  • Ability and willingness to work with suppliers to secure best prices for services and/or donated materials.
  • Experience with construction scheduling and procurement practices
  • Experience in permitting residential construction projects and residential land development practices
  • Interest in growing in the field to acquire credentials, licenses, etc.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills. Must have the ability to complete work on a deadline and manage many different priorities at one time.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with many different individuals and stakeholders, which includes city officials, subcontractors, volunteers, affiliate staff and stakeholders, and more. 
  • Excellent people skills and experience working with volunteers.
  • Experience and/or strong interest in SystemVision and building energy efficient homes.
  • Proficiency with computer systems including use of e-mail and MS Office suite. Ability to learn and utilize construction management software or technology as required. 
  • Knowledge and ability to assist Construction Director with tough codes issues.
  • Strong commitment to quality. Ability to walk/ punch a house for quality construction at frame complete and pre-buyer walk. 

To apply:  Send a cover letter and resume to Blake Strayhorn, Executive Director at .  

Habitat for Humanity of Durham is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Durham Habitat

Durham Habitat is a community based low-income, housing developer which builds homes, hope and community. Founded in 1985 by a group of visionary leaders, Durham Habitat is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) and has built and rehabbed more than 300 homes in collaborative partnership with low-income, working families and other partners that care.   

Our Faith. Founded on Christian values in 1985, Durham Habitat partners with those who share our ideals of love, respect, compassion and justice for all. We welcome those of any faith - or no faith - to join us building homes, hope and community in Durham. 

We build and repair homes, and we deconstruct homes. Habitat builds new homes and we rehab existing homes in partnership with hard-working families in Durham and others that care. We repair homes for veterans and low-income, elderly neighbors, and our deconstruction program salvages and resells building materials from homes under renovation. 

We build hope. Habitat homes are not given away, but are sold to low-income neighbors who do not qualify for traditional home loans. Lower construction costs, zero-interest mortgages, and green building principles keep our homes affordable for our partner families.

We build community. As we transform the lives of the families who buy our homes, we also transform Durham neighborhoods by stabilizing communities to make them safer and stronger. We work in partnership with the communities in which we build, and we embrace asset- based community development. Our volunteer programs bring Durham neighbors together across racial, class, and socio-economic divisions to make Durham a stronger community.

Habitat Success Stories

Alicia partnered with the Catholic Coalition to build a Habitat home in Southwest Central Durham. Alicia enjoyed working more than 250 hours of sweat equity on her home, saying "I know every beam in my house."