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Franklin County Reg. Housing Authority Housing Rehabilitation Specialist in Turners Falls, Massachusetts

TURNERS FALLS Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Position Overview: HRA administers the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) for many of the communities which include the administration of housing rehabilitation programs. The Housing Rehabilitation Specialist works under the direction of the Director of Community Development and indirectly under the Construction Coordinator. Minimum Qualifications: 1. Three years of experience in the building construction trade and/or housing rehabilitation or code enforcement. 2. Previous training/experience in CDBG or other public housing rehabilitation program preferred. 3. Valid driver\'s license and access to reliable transportation required. Position requires ability to drive to and conduct comprehensive visual inspections of private residential properties located in 26 towns of Franklin County. Additional Qualifications: 1. Demonstrated ability to create cost estimates and to prepare material specifications in the construction field. 2. Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn new software programs. 3. Demonstrated knowledge of building and state sanitary codes. 4. Documented experience with the preparation and interpretation of construction plans and specifications. 5. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. 6. Ability to administer complex programs in a clear and consistent manner. 7. Experience with conflict resolution and de-escalation. 8. Respect for and sensitivity to the challenges faced by people with low income, persons with disabilities and elders. Principal Duties: 1. Inspect designated homes to determine eligible rehabilitation work to be undertaken by identifying violations of state and local building and sanitary codes, federal and state lead paint regulations. 2. Prepare work lists and cost estimates of eligible work to be performed and prepare bid documents for the project. Review contractor bids and/or material price lists to determine cost reasonableness and accuracy. 3. Inspect work progress and, when necessary, prepare change order documentation for approval and work with homeowners to approve payments as invoiced. 4. Prepare project waivers to the MA Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities for projects that exceed maximum loan amounts. 5. Act as intermediary between contractors and homeowners and resolve disputes if they arise. Assist homeowners with individual questions they have regarding work progress and means and methods of construction. 6. Maintain contractor lists; duties include reference checks, license checks with state licensing boards, and data entry. 7. Provide technical support and home inspection services to the community development staff for projects including but not limited to the CEDAC Home Modification Loan Program and Mass Housing \"Get the Lead Out\" loan program. 8. Other duties as assigned. Salary and benefits are according to state and federal law, Board approved personnel policies and budget. HRA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.