Construction Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Stipend Provided



Application Deadline



Km 2 Carretera a San Juan del Obispo


Position: Construction Coordinator

Location: Fundación Familias de Esperanza/Antigua

Department: Visitor Experience (Hospitality)

Reports to: Visitor Experience Manager

Conditions: Full-time long-term volunteer with stipend

Organizational Summary

Common Hope promotes hope and opportunity in Guatemala through a comprehensive approach that includes education, health care and housing. We work with impoverished children, families and communities to improve lives and break the cycle of poverty.

Construction Coordinator

Position Purpose

Common Hope | Familias de Esperanza believes it is imperative to facilitate an extraordinary experience that creates productive, worthwhile opportunities for families, staff and visitors to move the mission forward.

Construction Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the production of volunteer house-builds and supporting other facilities projects at the campus in Antigua. Specifically, the Construction Coordinator’s ultimate goal is to support the Housing Department AND serve as leader of volunteers when volunteers are being used for housing/construction supports in order to ensure the Visitor Experience is extraordinary.

The position serves as the liaison between the Housing/Construction Department of Familias De Esperanza and the Visitor Experience team of the US & Guatemala. As the bilingual project lead on-site during housebuilds and other volunteer construction execution, their role is critical in leading volunteers through a meaningful experiences and when available providing support to the construction department.


Visitor Experience (Volunteer Management)

The position serves as the bilingual leader responsible for volunteer onsite experience in alignment with Housing Department needs.

  • Serves as lead translator for volunteers
  • Provides English instruction and, as such, serves as leader and facilitator for volunteers serving housebuilds (as trained by the Familias de Esperanza Housing Coordinator)
  • Communicate the Common Hope story and message to all volunteers
  • Engage volunteers appropriately with enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for the mission
  • Collaborate with Vision Team Coordinator to understand the visitor profile and capacity
  • Communicates housing needs effectively with Visitor Experience Manager, Volunteer Coordinator and Vision Team Coordinators
  • Ensure proper training, instructions and context for Common Hope’s construction practices are communicated to volunteers

Housing (Construction) Department

The position also works with the Housing Coordinator to ensure that teams and work schedules for visitors and volunteers meet both visitor experience and housing needs and serves as the on-site bilingual facilitator between Common Hope housebuild team and English speaking visitors.

  • Collaborate with Housing Coordinator to understand the construction plan for the year
  • Work with Housing Coordinator to develop the work plan for each housebuild and/or team’s construction activities
  • Communicate anticipated volunteer/team profile, numbers and dates to Housing Coordinator in advance of planning meetings to determine work plan
  • Ensure Housing Coordinator and team has proper tools, equipment and materials are available for volunteers
  • Secure information from Housing Coordinator/Vision Team Coordinator about the family receiving the house and the environment where housebuild will take place
  • Understand the needs of the Housing department and assist where appropriate in all construction activity as approved by supervising manager
  • Understand the needs of the Housing Department and communicate those needs to others in Visitor Experience department in order to develop plan to recruit, train and lead volunteers to fulfill needs as deemed appropriate by Manager and Housing Coordinator
  • Participate and facilitate other construction needs by volunteers as determined by Housing Coordinator and Visitor Experience Manager
  • Support the efforts of the housing/construction team when visitors are not present
  • Support opportunities for the youth program to be involved in construction and housing projects when appropriate or upon request as approved by supervisor


  • Serve as the crew leader and translator to volunteers on site
  • Train new short-term volunteers on housebuild expectations and model
  • Ensure safe onsite environment for volunteers
  • Ensure construction volunteer inventory, for example, boots, gloves, etc. and communicate needs to Housing Coordinator
  • Oversee volunteers’ daily construction activity
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work environment
  • Follow best practices as outlined by Housing Coordinator for construction in Guatemala
  • Assure the good maintenance of tools and work materials
  • Oversee quality production of volunteer work onsite
  • Communicate to Housing Coordinator and Visitor Experience manager of challenges onsite
  • Work with Housing Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Visitor Experience Manager to plan each year’s, quarter’s, and month’s anticipated building plan to best of ability Candidate Requirements

Candidate Requirements

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, values, principles and goals of Common Hope and its four sites in Guatemala
  • Demonstrated attitude of service, commitment to work in a service environment, and to learn about Guatemalan culture
  • Willingness to encourage and uphold a team atmosphere with fellow staff and staff at other sites
  • Ability to work on a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to collaborate effectively between departments, leaders and peers
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural sensitivity and awareness
  • Outgoing and enthusiastic
  • Openness to change; flexible
  • Quick problem-solving capability
  • Direct communication skills
  • Excellent communication skills -- effective listening, writing, speaking, and presentation
  • Ability to work proficiently in both Spanish and English, with strong verbal skills
  • University studies preferred, minimum high school degree
  • Experience in hospitality, education, or volunteer coordination
  • Knowledge of construction technology and basic home repair, or desire to learn
  • Ability to perform physical tasks and lift 20 lbs or greater
  • Valid driver’s license, experience driving manual transmission vehicles
  • Minimum one-year commitment
  • Noteworthy: Availability on weekends. Position requires a flex-schedule based on visitor timelines and will include Saturdays.


  • Stipend provided
  • Training provided
  • Housing available

Level of Language Proficiency

Ability to work proficiently in both Spanish and English; reading, writing, and speaking

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Erin Treinen at