Housing Rehabilitation Specialist

Orange County Government Hillsborough, NC
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The Orange County Housing and Community Development Department has an opening for a Housing Rehabilitation Specialist. Under general supervision, performs inspection work for the Housing and Community Development Department. Work involves inspecting residential units for compliance with the minimum housing codes, Section 8 Housing Quality Standards, and other applicable building codes and regulations for participation in a variety of Federal, state, and local housing rehabilitation programs; preparing detailed work specifications and cost estimates for units repaired under both County's Comprehensive Housing Rehabilitation Program and the Urgent Repair Program; assisting in bid solicitation; monitoring rehabilitation work in progress to ensure all work is performed properly; and maintaining records, contracts, and payment records to contractors.

Examples of Duties:

Examples of Essential Functions: Following are examples of typical work activities and responsibilities. The incumbent may be responsible for performing other related duties and responsibilities as required or assigned. A position may not include all the work examples given, nor does the list include all that may be assigned.

Conducts initial inspection of units targeted for housing rehabilitation.

Prepares detailed work specifications and cost estimates for prospective rehabilitation units.

Assists in the bid solicitation progress.

Schedules and conducts pre-construction conferences.

Monitors all rehabilitation work.

Documents all rehabilitation work.

Meets with department director and Housing Specialists.

Conducts annual inspections of Section 8 units.

Conducts re-inspections of Section 8 units with Housing Quality violations.

Conducts initial inspections and/or other special inspections as needed.

Receives and/or reviews various records and reports such as physical conditions of houses targeted for rehabilitation, housing and building codes, physical conditions of Section 8 units, Section 8 Housing Quality Standards, lead paint risk assessments, clearance tests for lead based paint, bid openings - bids, environmental applications, permit applications, etc.

Prepares and/or processes various records and reports such as work write up, cost estimate, bid package, construction contract, Section 8 inspection reports, Section 8 annual letters, HUD inspection reports, Urgent Repair applications, etc.

Refers to building codes, minimum housing code, Section 8 Housing Quality Standards, program regulations and guidelines, lead paint risk assessment, HUD regulations, administrative plan, Program Administrator's manual, policy and procedure manuals, codes / laws / regulations, publications and reference texts, etc.

Operates a vehicle and a variety of equipment such as calculator, computer, handheld PDA, digital camera, fax machine, copy machine, typewriter, etc.

Uses a variety of tools such as tape measure, flashlight, ruler, ladder, suit and mask, etc.; a variety of supplies such as paper, files, manila folders, writing instruments, envelopes, batteries, general office supplies, etc.; and a variety of computer software such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Emphasys Elite, Digital Photo Processing, GIS Mapping System, Microsoft Streets 98, etc.

Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as Housing and Community Development Director, homeowners, Section 8 tenants, Section 8 landlords, construction contractors, building inspectors, contractors/sub-contractors, Environmental Health Department, OWASA – Water and Sewer Authority, and the general public.


Performs file maintenance.

Performs intake of general housing assistance applications occasionally.

Processes standard documents by computer.

Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards, and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position.

Knowledge of County ordinances and relevant state and federal laws and regulations.

Knowledge and understanding of Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) rules and regulations and ability to appropriately apply them to cases and related situations.

Knowledge of department policies and procedures.

Knowledge of modern office practices and equipment.

Knowledge of proper English usage, vocabulary, punctuation, and spelling.

Knowledge of basic mathematics.

Knowledge of how to operate and maintain a variety of office equipment as necessary in the performance of daily activities.

Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the job. Is capable of working under stressful conditions as required.

Knowledge of how to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.

Knowledge of how to personally demonstrate appropriate customer service skills.

Skill in prioritizing and organizing work.

Skill in performing basic mathematical calculations.

Skill in interviewing persons and gathering information and communicating and presenting information to assist and or guide the public and program participants.

Skill in excellent administrative, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Skill in applying a responsible attention to detail as necessary in preparing reports and correspondence.

Ability to maintain professional decorum in all interactions and ethical standards.

Ability to type accurately at a rate sufficient for the successful performance of assigned duties.

Ability to read and interpret various materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job.

Ability to take the initiative to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision.

Ability to use independent judgment in performing routine and non-routine tasks.

Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize daily assignments and work activities.

Ability to offer assistance to fellow employees as necessary.

Ability to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.

Ability to effectively communicate with persons in confrontational situations.

Ability to maintain positive customer-focused relationships with co-workers, supervisors, agencies, the general public, and all other internal and external customers.

Sensitivity to and experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse individuals, communities, agencies and organizations which comprise the constituency of the Orange County Housing Authority.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to a high school diploma or greater and at least three (3) years of related experience.

Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.


Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate, though not constant, physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which involves the lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (up to 20 pounds) and occasionally heavier weight (up to 50 pounds). Tasks may involve entering confined spaces, climbing various heights on ladders, and traversing uneven terrain during field inspections.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Women/Minorities/Veterans/Disabilities