Full Job Description
This position is for our Ellensburg Store.
Make a difference in our community by working for Habitat for Humanity at our retail stores!
-Great benefits (medical, dental, vacation, 401k matching, and more!)
-Great hours (no late nights, Sundays off, & 11 paid holidays!)
Summary: The Store Associate is responsible for a variety of duties in the daily operations of the store and plays a vital role in providing an extraordinary staff, donor, volunteer, and customer experience. This role is cross-trained to perform various tasks throughout the workday as needed.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
· Greet customers and donors entering the Store ensuring each receives outstanding service by providing a friendly environment.
· Stock merchandise paying attention to presentation and mark prices on shelves and items.
· Intake appropriate donations while answering customer/donor questions, and provide information on procedures.
· Assist the donation driver on pickups.
· Establish and maintain interpersonal relationships with both staff and volunteers. Demonstrate leadership qualities and promote a positive, safe and clean work atmosphere.
· Assist loading items for customers on the retail floor as-needed.
· Exhibit a can-do attitude and flexibility to tackle ad hoc tasks as needed.
· Other duties as needed.
· Receive payment by cash, credit cards, or automatic debits. Maintain a high level of accuracy in cash management.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education/Experience Background: Must be 18 years or older.
Previous experience and/or skills must include:
· Have a commitment to the mission of Habitat for Humanity Seattle – King and Kittitas Counties.
· Willing to have a flexible schedule and able to work the hours needed to meet store needs.
· Ability to accurately and safely operate store equipment such as computers, forklifts, pallet jacks, and electric lifts.
· General knowledge of building and construction a plus.
· Prior experience in merchandising very helpful.
Leadership Skills: Demonstrate leadership qualities and promote a positive, safe and clean work atmosphere.
Language Skills: Ability to read, count, write and communicate effectively in English ensuring correct completion of all documentation. Good oral and written communication skills and an ability to relate to people with diverse backgrounds.
Math Skills: Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and multiply and divide with 10s and 100s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurements, volume, and distance.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Must be able to organize, plan and prioritize work to completion.
Computer Skills: Must have demonstrated knowledge with Microsoft Office or equivalent.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described below represent the activities and surroundings of the positions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
· Spend a majority of the work day standing and being physically active. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and frequently lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
· Ability to sit in vehicle or otherwise remain in a stationary position at a computer workstation for the majority of the work day.
· Ability to frequently move about the Store.
· Ability to constantly operate a computer and other office equipment such as calculators, copy machines, and printers.
· Ability to communicate accurately with co-workers, volunteer leadership, and donors about matters related to the organization.
· Ability to communicate accurately to guests, visitors, and clients to the Store.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $16.00 per hour
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Employee discount
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
- Tuesday through Saturday
Ability to commute/relocate:
- Ellensburg, WA 98926: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)
- Customer Service: 1 year (Preferred)
Work Location: 212 S. Railroad Ave, Ellensburg, WA 98926
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.
Stuart Meadows Homeowner Spotlight: Ronnie
Ronnie has been a long-haul truck driver his whole life, supporting his family and raising a daughter. In 2012, he returned to his roots in Ellensburg to obtain much needed back surgery…alone. He bought a used motor home in the Shady Acres mobile home park and has lived there for 14 years, and he kept driving until 2020 when a heart attack incapacitated him. When he learned the Shady Acres would shut down in December 2022, Ronnie feared he might be homeless.
Because he dreamed of owning a home, Ronnie had been applying to Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity for housing since 2016. He is a frequent visitor to the Habitat Store and tries to stay in touch with the organization. When it was announced that land had been secured for Stuart Meadows, Habitat staff paid a visit to Shady Acres to inform its residents. Ronnie applied immediately, qualified and was accepted.
“I am so excited! This has been a dream come true,” Ronnie declares. “All my life I’ve wanted to own a home. This is a life changing moment for me.”
Ronnie will be among the first to move into a Stuart Meadows home, and he’s grateful. To other seniors who might consider applying for a Habitat home, Ronnie says “Give it a chance. The process was easy and informative. You’re guided very clearly on what you need to do.”
When fully complete in 2025, Stuart Meadows will consist of 18 new homes serving a range of household sizes and those making less than 80% average median income (AMI), with three of the homes reserved for those making 60% AMI or less. Each of the 18 units will offer three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms, allowing for flexibility in buyer needs for multi-generational families, couples, as well as accommodating small and large families.
As for Ronnie, he’s looking forward to feeling secure in his own home, with his own space and room for a garden.
“I am very grateful to know I will be living in a clean and safe community and having a Habitat home will give me this sense of security. I want to thank all the people involved, especially Jessica Jorgensen, who helped me get to this point, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King & Kittitas Counties, the City of Ellensburg and the contractors. Thank you so much for this opportunity!”