Store Manager

Full Job Description

Habitat for Humanity Seattle King & Kittitas Counties is seeking a Store Manager for its Habitat Store location in Ellensburg.

Are you passionate about ensuring families have a safe, affordable place to live?

At Habitat for Humanity Seattle King & Kittitas Counties, our vision is to create a world where everyone has a safe, affordable place to live. We are an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit, faith based housing ministry, named “Brand of the Year” in the social services nonprofit category for the second year in a row. Habitat for Humanity works in King and Kittitas Counties to eliminate sub-standard housing and strengthen communities by building, renovating and repairing homes in partnership with low-income families.

One of the nation’s largest Habitat affiliates, operating in King and Kittitas County, we are moving into the future under a leadership team and Board of Directors focused on innovative strategic opportunities, growth and a passion for our mission. An affiliate of distinction, Habitat for Humanity, King and Kittitas Counties has built 500 homes and served over 600 families and builds over 50 homes a year Internationally, providing basic needs of shelter, sanitation and safety. Our stores play a major role in providing funding for our mission.

The Habitat Store is a retail business that sells donated building materials, furniture, and appliances at discounted prices to generate revenue to support Habitat for Humanity of King & Kittitas Counties in its mission to build homes, communities and hope. The Store Manager is responsible for the overall business performance of the Store with priority responsibilities on the acquisition, marketing and sale of quality donated materials of a volume necessary to achieve revenue and profit targets; the planning and execution of an effective and efficient receiving and merchandising process; and HR duties such as hiring, training, and supervision of volunteers and staff.

POSITION SUMMARY: Generate revenue, meet budgets and maintain profitability objectives through the acquisition, management, and marketing of home improvement materials. Create positive visibility and face of Habitat in the local community, presenting the mission and scope of Habitat for Humanity.

Working at an extremely fast pace, the Store Manager implements and drives programs for donations and retail success. Provides sustained network development to expand the scope of Habitat Store activities and develop long-term, collaborative relationships with businesses, community groups and others to secure donations and raise awareness of Habitat for Humanity’s mission in the community.

Viable candidates will have the following skills:

  • A minimum of 3 years managing a high volume retail store, directing successful teams and accountable for meeting objectives.
  • Solid application of interpersonal and communications skills, internally and externally, with groups and individuals.
  • The ability and willingness to call on existing and potential donors to increase merchandise in the store.
  • Demonstrated ability in training, managing, leading and developing Associates in a consistent, positive and safety conscious manner.
  • Basic computer skills, including spreadsheets, word processing, presentations and email.
  • A history of successfully adapting to rapidly changing conditions with unexpected shifts in priorities.
  • Ability to safely lift and position up to 75 pounds with appropriate accommodation. Job could entail frequent standing, bending, kneeling and reaching, often in awkward or tiring positions.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated:

  • High standards of personal and professional integrity and accountability.
  • Excellent Leadership skills including: staff hiring, training, coaching and developing.
  • Team Building though positive and effective communications, empathy and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Innovation based on sound business acumen and consideration of a range of risk and reward factors.
  • Initiative represented by “a sense of urgency” energy, enthusiasm, attention to detail and follow up.
  • Adaptability, a quick, sound and positive decision maker in rapidly changing conditions; anticipating, addressing and solving problems.
  • A history of building positive, cooperative, mutually beneficial and long-term relationships.

Habitat for Humanity King & Kittitas Counties is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity (EEO) and will provide such opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, sexual preference, national origin, age, religion, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Vision insurance

Experience level:

  • 6 years

Shift:

  • 8 hour shift

Weekly day range:

  • Every weekend

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Ellensburg, WA 98926: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Experience:

  • Customer service: 6 years (Required)

Work Location: Ellensburg, WA

September 2022 Newsletter

Creating Change—Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity
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Give Big with a Great Day of Golf

With fall fast approaching, it is time to sign up for the annual Suncadia Give & Golf Fundraiser all greens fees benefit to Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity.

The Suncadia Give & Golf Fundraiser is on Thursday, October 13th. With a shotgun start at 11:00 am on the Rope Rider course, it is going to be a fun day of golf, giving back, and enjoying one of the most beautiful courses in the state.

Sign up as individuals or as a team and don’t miss out of this great way to give back.

There are sponsorship opportunities available as well. To learn more email me at kelle.vandenberg@kchabitat.org

Building the future 18 homes at a time.

On Thursday, September 15, 2022 we celebrated the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Stuart Meadows, our upcoming 18-home affordable housing neighborhood. The celebration was well attended and as I stood there overlooking the Stuart Mountain range dreaming of the future, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of hope for the families of Stuart Meadows. We have spent the last year and a half in permitting, planning, and collaboration, but on Thursday, with the sun shining and blue skies, we spent our time together just celebrating. Our homeowners, staff, state representatives, and City Officials spoke about the project, what it means for our families, and the need to continue to build affordable housing for Kittitas County.

With the civil work well underway, we anticipate vertical construction to begin in the next month and continue throughout the seasons. The homes will be built in three phases with the first six homes to be complete by fall 2023 and the entire 18 homes to be finished by fall of 2025. There is much to do and plenty of opportunity to help build these homes. If you would like to learn how to help build, donate, or help our families, reach out to me directly at kelle.vandenberg@kchabitat.org

Thank you to all who attended, to all our sponsors and to our community partners for making Stuart Meadows possible!

Habitat for Humanity Home Is A Foundation for Stability, Security, and Self Reliance

Kelly has devoted well over the last decade of her professional life to conducting research that helps seniors and their loved ones access needed resources. Yet, Kelly and her young daughter have been unable to access safe, affordable housing in Kittitas County themselves…until they applied to Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity for a Stuart Meadows home.

It was a Facebook ad that led Kelly to apply for a Habitat home. “I applied and heard back a while later that I had made the interview round. I interviewed and got word a month or two later that I was chosen!”

As housing prices in Ellensburg skyrocketed, along with the rest of the region, Kelly feared she might be stuck in her current ‘chaotic’ living situation. Though she’s aware there are less expensive places to live outside Ellensburg, Kelly must remain in the area to comply with her daughter’s custody agreement. As a single mother, her income just cannot accommodate soaring mortgage prices in the region’s traditional real estate market.

“I’ll be excited to be in a permanent living situation and to be able to bring my three cats with me. The first thing I will do when I move in is help my daughter set up her very own room.”

Moving into her own Stuart Meadows home will give Kelly the security she needs to continue developing her career in marketing, writing and research on behalf of seniors. And it will provide the freedom she needs to hike, walk and just ‘chill’ more often with her growing daughter.

Persistence Paid Off for this Stuart Meadows Family

Elizabeth, her husband and their two daughters have been living in a small trailer for years here in Kittitas County. She first heard about Habitat for Humanity from a neighbor in 2007 but didn’t apply for a home until 2010. While that first application didn’t succeed, persistence paid off for Elizabeth. She applied again in 2022 and was excited to be accepted to partner with Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity on her family’s new home in the Stuart Meadows Community.

Elizabeth and her family are looking forward to help build their new home and are excited for the day they can move in. Her two daughters, ages 4 and 12 years old, are looking forward to a new, safer neighborhood, new friends, and a new school district. “I’m happy to have a bigger place to raise my girls,” she adds. With roses being her favorite flower Elizabeth stated, “I love to garden and look forward to having my own space to grow more flowers.”

Elizabeth sees her Habitat home as part of a brighter future for her family.  “This home will be a better place for us all.  And it will be ours to do what we want with it.  We can sell it, leave it to our children or anything else we want.” She says she is forever grateful to Habitat for this opportunity to improve life for her family. 

Stuart Meadows: Meet You Neighbor Picnic

It was just about the perfect summer evening in the park. Horses in the distance and the soft light of a warm summer evening set the stage for our first ever Meet Your Neighbor Picnic, to celebrate our first six families selected for Phase I of our Stuart Meadows 18-home affordable housing community.

With the families starting to arrive, bringing a dish to share and eat family style together, the Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity team had tables set, the grill going and were serving up hamburgers, hot dogs, and even vegan options for any who would prefer.

KC Habitat had set up games throughout the picnic area and had a piñata at the ready, the evening was an old-fashion neighborhood picnic in the park, and simply fun. It was a good reminder to make time to do this more often. Children of all ages tested out the games, played in the playground and one child stated, “I cannot wait to meet all my new neighbors and make new friends to grow up with.”

The importance of their statement rings true, as these families will be building their new homes together, side-by-side for the next year until complete. They will help each other, learn from each other, and truly come to care for their neighbor. It is part of the Habitat way. As staff person Emily Freeborn said, “This is the human in Habitat for Humanity, this is why we are here.”

Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity believes bringing a community together is essential, especially when building your home alongside your future neighbors. It is empowering to not only be able to help build your own home, but what that home represents for the future for many of these families; security, peace of mind, and a safe place to be able to dream. As the piñata was shredded and eager children chased after scattered candy, two moms were standing side-by-side, leaning into each other; new friends and new neighbors for all.