How to Write a Commercial Construction Superintendent Job Description

December 27, 2023

How to Write a Commercial Construction Superintendent Job Description

When hunting for your dream superintendent for your commercial construction business, a compelling and detailed job description can be the difference between hiring them or losing them to a competitor. 

Just take a quick search on Indeed or LinkedIn to see how many job descriptions appear half-written, light on the details, or copied and pasted from a template. The construction industry is not immune to these mediocre job postings.

This guide can show you how to do better: Here’s how to write a commercial construction superintendent job description. 

Start With a Compelling Introduction

Like any good piece of writing, hooking your audience (in this case, job hunters) right away is essential to persuading them to click the “apply now” button.

Here’s an example:

“Are you looking for a career that will challenge you, grow your skills, and help solve the need for more housing? 

“Smith Contracting, a respected construction company in the San Diego area for more than 25 years and a winner of Best Places to Work four years in a row, is looking for an experienced commercial construction superintendent. In this role, you’ll bring construction projects to the finish line, supervise construction teams, and manage million-dollar budgets.”

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Write Detailed Job Responsibilities

Construction superintendents are details people. Make sure your job summary is consistent with their knack for keeping track of details. 

As we mentioned before, poorly written job postings are a dime a dozen on job sites. Writing clear, specific details about what the job entails will attract more qualified applicants and fewer unqualified applicants.

Here are some ideas for responsibilities you can write in your superintendent job posting:

  • Maintaining project schedules.
  • Collaborate with construction project managers on ongoing project meetings that include all project team members.
  • Team building to keep morale high and communication constant
  • Keeping stakeholders informed on project progress.
  • Supervising staff on the construction site.
  • Ensuring all projects follow necessary safety protocols and stay within compliance.
  • Keeping projects within budget. Modifying the budget when necessary.

The more details, the better. Make sure the job responsibilities are tailored to be specific to construction superintendent role. 

Write Detailed Qualifications

The section for required qualifications is just as important as the responsibilities section. Your superintendent should have the exact traits you’re looking for, and applicants deserve to know if they have a real chance at getting the job they’re applying for. 

You’ll have to decide what those qualifications are based on the job itself and the values of your company, but here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • X years of experience in the construction industry
  • Education (an example would be a master’s degree in construction management.)
  • Proficiency with construction software
  • Expert knowledge of construction safety standards like OSHA

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Include All Benefits and Salary Information

When you take into account the high pressure and expectations that construction superintendents are always under, you’ll want to make sure that job applicants know what’s in it for them. 

Perks, benefits, and salary are the last (but certainly not least) ingredient for a great construction superintendent job posting. Here are a few things you should include:

  • Salary (Indeed indicates that the average base salary for construction superintendents is $93,973.)
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Healthcare
  • 401K

Consult with your Human Resources team to find out exactly what the salary and benefits are for this construction position.If you need help finding a superintendent for your commercial construction company, K2Staffing can help. We have over 40 years of experience helping construction companies like yours find workers. Contact us today to get started.

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