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  • Construction Specialist - LEAD Safe Homes

    Posted: 04/28/2022

    RIHousing – Construction Specialist – LEAD Safe Homes
    Pay Rate - $26.21 - $37.92 per hour

    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.

    What it’s all about:

    RIHousing oversees the construction and lead hazard control work in accordance with 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 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.  The construction specialist is also responsible for recruitment, orienting, and training of new contractors.
     
    What you’ll do on a daily basis: 

    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 focused on healthier housing.
      
    Incumbent will help recruit new contractors licensed to undertake lead abatement and assist in the recruitment and training of contractors who want to become licensed. 
     
    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

    What you’ll bring to the team:

    • Perform HQS/HH inspections (Pre-CELI)
    • Educate the Homeowner(s) about RI Housing Lead Program, Healthy Homes Program, and their complete process.
    • Assemble a Pre-CELI estimate
    • Review inspection reports submitted by private lead inspectors, to ensure accuracy and completeness.
    • Prepare 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.
    • Monitor lead abatement process, including conducting timely on-site inspections, on-site spec review, change orders (as needed), final inspection, documenting progress and authorizing payments.
    • Perform 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 Guidelines.
    • Assist in the evolving Policy and Procedures up-dating (as needed).
    • Assist in the recruitment and training of new contractors.
    What you’ll need to succeed:
    • Associates degree in architecture, civil engineering, or related field (Bachelors preferred); and/or equivalent work experience required
    • 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, communication and computer skills
    • Use of personal vehicle, valid driver’s license and proof of insurance are required.
    Why RIHousing:
    • Mission Driven Organization
    • Dedicated Workforce
    • Competitive salary
    • Parking Stipend
    • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
    • Paid Time Off
    • Retirement Options
    • Flexible Work Hours
    • If Position Eligible, Future Hybrid Work May Be Available
    • Education Reimbursement
    • Onsite Fitness Classes
    • Volunteer Days
    • Winner of “Best Places to Work” 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021
    • Worksite Health Award 2013-2021
    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 fair, affordable, and innovative lending programs.
    • Provide housing-related education to consumers and others.
    • Promote and finance sensible development that builds healthy, vibrant communities.
    • Provide housing grants and subsidies to Rhode Islanders with the greatest need.
    • Team up with partners to improve everything we do.
    RIHousing uses its resources to provide low-interest loans, grants, education, and assistance 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 deep respect for all Rhode Islanders, including customers, partners and fellow employees.
     

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