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  • Construction Specialist-LEAD, Lead Hazard Reduction Program

    Job Description
    POSITION:  Construction Specialist/LEAD                   FLSA:  Non-exempt         DATE:   2/19
                         Lead Hazard Reduction Program
    REPORTS TO:   Program Coordinator LEAD            DEPT/DIV:   Development        GRADE:   B2-4
    RIHousing is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
    RIHousing strives to ensure that all people who live or work in Rhode Island can afford a healthy, attractive home that meets their needs.  A good home provides the foundation upon which individuals and families thrive, children learn and grow, and communities prosper.
    To achieve our mission, we:
    •          Offer competitive and innovative single family and multi family lending programs.
    •          Provide housing related education to consumers and others.
    •          Finance development that builds healthy, vibrant communities.
    •          Invest housing grants and subsidies to Rhode Islanders with the greatest need.
    RIHousing uses its resources to provide low-interest loans and grants to help Rhode Islanders find, rent, buy, build and keep a good home. Created by the General Assembly in 1973, RIHousing is a privately funded public purpose corporation.
    RIHousing requires its employees to be highly motivated and knowledgeable, have a sound understanding of the changing needs of Rhode Island's housing market, be willing to work within and toward a smoothly integrated operation, demonstrate a commitment to serve the people of Rhode Island, especially those with low and moderate incomes in need of safe and affordable homes, and possess a high level of integrity and a deep respect for all Rhode Islanders, including customers, partners and fellow employees.
    This position is accountable for enforcing all requirements for lead inspection and abatement activities for RI/HUD Lead Hazard Reduction Program. Also ensure compliance with HUD, EPA & OSHA standards in developments financed through RIHousing such as HOME, BHRI of other assigned programs. 
    RIHousing oversees the construction and leading aspects of Lead Hazard Reduction Programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of RIHousing Resources Commission. 
    This position performs Housing Quality Standards inspections to ensure that the properties comply with minimum requirements, also reviews all lead inspection reports summitted by private lead inspectors for completeness and accuracy. Incumbent documents and informs the inspector of any errors or missing information. He/she identifies and resolves any discrepancies with lead inspectors. 
    Incumbent works with property owners, including nonprofit organizations, to prepare specifications and work orders for the treatment of interior, exterior, soil and water lead hazards identify in the inspection reports. Conducts a review of the specifications with the homeowner and contractor.  This position reviews all bid proposals from contractors for completeness and reasonableness.  Also assists in the closing process.
    Incumbent monitors the lead abatement process from day one, including timely inspections during construction and document progress on properties. He/she reviews the completed work of contractors including a final clearance with the homeowner and authorize/coordinates the lead inspector final inspection. Ensures compliance with all program specifications, regulations and the property are lead safe. This position also prepares and authorizes payments to contractors and inspectors for completed work, prepares and review appropriate documentation and prepares and negotiates change orders.
    Incumbent will serve as a program ambassador, with community organizations, homeowners, government agencies, cities and towns to promote the program. Also, to bring leverage funds towards healthier homes.
     Incumbent will try to bring new contractors to the program by guide and educating them thru the entire process to become register contractors with RIHousing Lead Homes Program.
    Incumbent will work with the Healthy Homes Specialist, scheduling the HQS/HH inspections together, photograph and document all hazards, assisting the Healthy Homes Specialist with the specifications, product information, photographing and documenting the completion of the Healthy Homes work
    Incumbent works on other special programs and projects as assigned.

    • Preform a HQS/HH inspection (Pre-CELI)
    • Educate the Home Owner (s) about RI Housing Lead Program, Healthy Homes Program and their complete process.
    • Assemble a Pre-CELI estimate
    • Reviews inspection reports submitted by private lead inspectors, to ensure accuracy and completeness.
    • Prepares specifications for property owners based on lead inspection reports, photos, and notes taken at the HQS inspections.
    • Create a complete Bid Package.
    • Oversee the complete Contractor Walk Through and its process.
    • Review bid proposals from contractors to ensure completeness and feasibility.
    • Monitors lead abatement process, including conducting timely on-site inspections, on-site spec review, change orders (as needed), final inspection, documenting progress and authorizing payments.
    • Preform special projects or research as assigned.
    • Assist DOH (Department of Health) with Emergency Super Cleans.
    • Assist other City Program/CDBG Funding/Sited Properties.
    • Work closely with the R.I Historical Preservation Society on all historical projects, to ensure an acceptable Bid Package (Required by HUD).
    • Review Architectural drawing and design specification of assigned developmental proposal, to ensure repairs and management activities are completed in accordance with HUD Guide Lines.
    • Assist in the evolving Policy and Procedures up-dating (as needed).
    • Assist in the recruitment and training of new contractors.

    • Minimum 3 years of construction industry experience, extensive knowledge of lead inspection and lead hazard reduction activities including the Rules and Regulations for Lead Poisoning Prevention
    • Licensed lead hazard reduction contractor or certified lead inspector preferred
    • Experience working with private inspectors and contractors as well as homeowners and nonprofit organizations
    • Strong analytical, communications and computer skills
    • Associates degree in architecture, civil engineering or related field (Bachelors preferred); and/or equivalent work experience required
    • Use of personal vehicle, valid driver’s license and proof of insurance is required.
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