Housing Rehabilitation Specialist

Posted: 09/08/2019

Submit resume by going to, clicking on Job Vacancies, reviewing the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist description and following directions to submit cover letter and resume. We will not accept mailed, faxed, hand-delivered or directly emailed resumes. Deadline to submit resume is Noon on Friday, October 4, 2019. GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES Technical and administrative position responsible for performing a wide range of community development assignments including housing rehabilitation and inspections using Federal, State and private funding sources following Federal and City of Waterloo regulations. The work is performed under the general direction of the Senior Rehabilitation Specialist or the Community Development Director, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. No supervisory responsibilities. EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Illustrative Only) These functions are considered essential for successful performance in this job classification. 1. Assists low and moderate income homeowners in improving and rehabilitating their properties. 2. Offers technical advice and information on remodeling and rehabilitation techniques. 3. Conducts client interviews and inspections to assess property needs including ways to address existing lead-based paint hazards. 4. Prepares work write-up reports and cost estimates of rehabilitation work. 5. Coordinates rehabilitation work with contractors, offering knowledge of construction techniques and methods. 6. Prepares work agreement/contract between the homeowner and contractor. 7. Conducts follow-up inspection of work completed by contractor as stated in the work agreement/contract. 8. Maintains individual case files, cross-referenced files and other reports. 9. Provides technical information to property owners about various financial methods available for rehabilitation purposes. 10. Interprets contracts on behalf of property owners. 11. Advises members of the public who are seeking information concerning improving and rehabilitating their home. 12. Assists in educating homeowners about the dangers of lead and lead-based paint. 13. Operates standard passenger vehicle to perform some essential functions. 14. Works independently and with others with minimum supervision. 15. Attends work regularly at the designated place and time. 16. Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and City, OSHA and Community, Planning & Development safety rules and regulations. 17. Performs all other related duties as assigned. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES 1. Knowledge of minimum housing standards and building code regulations. 2. Knowledge of methods and techniques utilized by private and community organizations concerned with social welfare. 3. Working knowledge of building construction, remodeling costs and applicable codes and ordinances related to building construction. 4. Ability to participate in and discuss problems with people to arrive at solutions to difficult social and economic problems. 5. Ability to complete required training for lead-based paint certifications within designated time, as determined by the department head. 6. Ability to present materials and information in good report form, complete forms and perform required record keeping. 7. Skilled in use of personal computer and ability to learn related software applications, enter and retrieve information on a computer, develop computer-generated reports and update records. 8. Ability to read, understand and follow Federal regulations regarding government-financed homeowner rehabilitation and remodeling. 9. Ability to interpret complex municipal housing codes and ordinances and make decisions and recommendations regarding rehabilitation and remodeling, following specific guidelines. 10. Ability to prepare and review cost estimates. 11. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, present facts and findings, give advice and recommendations and respond to questions from the public, public officials, coworkers, contractors, property owners and government agency representatives tactfully and in a clear, concise and easily understandable manner. 12. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other City employees, supervisors, public officials, other government agency representatives and the public. 13. Ability to keep accurate and thorough records. 14. Ability to function with independent judgment and skills to plan, organize and implement rehabilitation duties. 15. Ability to work with people from a broad variety of social, economic, racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds. ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE & TRAINING 1. High school graduate/equivalent with a minimum of three years progressively more responsible experience in building construction, business, finance, building design and engineering or closely related field OR Graduate of an accredited technical school with a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in architectural and construction technology and a minimum of one year responsible experience in building construction, business, finance, building design and engineering or closely related field OR Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. 2. Iowa driver’s License and good driving record based on City of Waterloo driver performance criteria. MISCELLANEOUS 1. The City of Waterloo will conduct a background investigation including employment, education, criminal history and motor vehicle record checks on any applicant being considered for this position. 2. Following a conditional offer of employment, the City of Waterloo reserves the right to require a physical examination and a drug test by a physician of the City's choice to determine if an applicant is capable of performing the essential functions of the position. 3. Must obtain and maintain lead-based paint certifications within time frame determined by department head. 4. Must submit to and pass Civil Service examination procedures including an oral interview. WORK SCHEDULE Generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with a one hour unpaid lunch. Must also be available for department or City activities or meetings that require the attendance of the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist. Occasional out-of-town travel for training. Limited overtime.

Type of Employment: Full-Time