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HOUSING REHABILITATION INSPECTOR
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
This is paraprofessional work involving responsibility for the inspection of privately owned residential dwellings to determine the rehabilitation work needed to make the structure decent, safe and sanitary. The incumbent is also involved in the supervision of the construction of new houses. The construction work on individual homes is funded by Community Development Block Grant and other federal and state source allocations to towns and villages in Onondaga County. This classification is distinct from Housing Inspector I in that the Housing Rehabilitation Inspector does not inspect for the purpose of identifying housing code violations. The Housing Rehabilitation Inspector performs inspection work to identify needed improvements to restore homes and inspects work in progress to assure compliance with written specifications. An employee in this class receives assignments from the Housing Rehabilitation Supervisor. The assignments are received weekly and involve scheduling of inspections and instructions as to appropriate approaches to addressing unique problems that may arise. Review of work performed is specific as to individual work items as well as to overall progress. Supervision is not a responsibility of this class. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Inspects homes of eligible owners to identify any problems with structural integrity (walls, roof, foundation, etc.), the safety and operational efficiency of internal systems (plumbing, heating, electrical, etc.), any factors that effect the health and safety of the occupants (handrails, ramps, grab bars, etc.), and the items that affect energy efficiency (insulation, storm windows, etc.).
Prepares written specifications and cost estimates for rehabilitation work to be financed by the program.
Prepares specifications for the construction of new homes.
Reviews, together with the Housing Rehabilitation Supervisor, the bids submitted by contractors.
Reviews with the homeowner the rehabilitation work to be done, explaining the need for any items that may not be clear to the homeowner, e.g. changes in the electrical system that are required for safety but which may not be visible.
Completes and submits appropriate forms, indicating work authorized, cost of work, contractor performing work, and notice to proceed to the town or village clerk in the town or village in which the homeowner resides in order that the town or village and the contractor may execute contracts prepared by CDD for the rehabilitation work to be done.
Meets with the homeowner and contractor during the rehabilitation work to inspect and verify that the work is being done properly and expediently and to correct any problems that may arise during performance of the rehabilitation work.
Mediates any conflict between homeowner and contractor.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of methods and materials used in housing construction.
Thorough knowledge of structural, mechanical and electrical components of houses.
Ability to inspect for deficiencies in structural integrity, safety and operational efficiency of internal systems, factors that affect the health and safety of occupants, and items that effect energy efficiency.
Ability to prepare written specifications and cost estimates as they pertain to housing rehabilitation work.
Ability to relate well with homeowners, contractors and village officials during the inspection and construction process.
Ability to compose clear and concise written reports pertaining to housing restoration process.
A. Four (4) years of full time work experience, or its part time equivalent, in
the inspection, construction, or repair of residential buildings (single family or
B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate's Degree in Architectural Technology or Building Construction and two (2) years of full time work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in the inspection, construction, or repair of residential buildings (single family or multi family)
C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.