Brush With Kindness Site Leader


Habitat for Humanity NYC

Description: Habitat NYC’s A Brush with Kindness (BWK) program consists of multi-day projects of painting, revitalization work in all five boroughs at community, afterschool, and senior centers, homeless shelters, and non-profit community gardens, which have limited funds to pay for refurbishments. The program serves over 6,000 New Yorkers each year and has revitalized more than 100 neighborhood spaces since it began in 2009.  BWK is a natural extension of Habitat NYC, insuring that low income and very low-income New Yorkers who might not qualify for homeownership have beautiful, well-maintained community spaces and communities, whether “home” be public housing, a shelter or a rented apartment.


Habitat New York City’s Brush With Kindness Site Leader engages and directs Habitat NYC’s volunteers and future homeowners on our BWK community sites; they are an integral part of our painting team and work to insure that all volunteers have a safe and meaningful experience and that projects are completed with quality and on budget and on time.


Site Leaders are staff members of the Volunteer Services team and have a day to day reporting responsibility to the Brush With Kindness Site Supervisor.



Provide onsite orientation to Habitat NYC volunteers that includes overview of organization, tasks/building instructions for the day and comprehensive safety information.
Monitor site for safety compliance
Provide creative design and direction for the drafting and execution of murals and art pieces as requested by clients.
Monitor inventory of volunteer related tools and equipment and regularly report inventory needs to designated Volunteer Services staff member.
Insure successful on site execution of fundraising and advocacy initiatives.
Painting responsibilities:
Set-up all necessary tools and supplies for each day, such as ladders, paint, brushes, signage, etc.
Apply paint to surfaces including canvas, walls, floors, doors, and cabinets. Scrape, sandpaper, prime, or seal surfaces prior to painting.
Work on ladders to reach high ceilings or walls.
Clean up project site daily and insure supplies are cleaned and ready for next day.

Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills required. Customer service experience preferred.
Basic painting skills a must.
Ability to lift minimum of 20 lbs. and move equipment and furniture. Able to work on ladders.
Fine Arts Degree recommended. Experience painting, drawing or design and/or creating and designing various styles of mural work preferred.
Photoshop or other design software experience a plus.
Strong proficiency in various styles of painting, drawing and collaborative design


Location: Revitalization projects occur throughout all five boroughs.

Hours: Site Leaders work full time, 35 hours a week, Tuesdays – Saturdays, 8am – 4pm.

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