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JR. Technical Advisor For Construction

Company: Tennessee Housing Development Agency
Location: Nashville
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

Critical features of this job are described under the headings below. They may be subject to change due to changes in our business processes or other business-related reasons.

POSITION SUMMARY : Provides technical support to the Technical Advisors, Assistant Director and Director related to technical monitoring, construction policy, training, and compliance for programs administered by the Community Programs Division. Assists with the development and administration of the program to ensure adherence to applicable building standards and regulations in conjunction with the federally-funded HOME, National Housing Trust Fund, Weatherization, the state-funded Housing Trust Fund, and other programs where construction activity or physical building compliance is required in the delivery of the program. Such standards and regulations will relate to new construction and rehabilitation, lead based paint, green building, universal design, energy efficiency, accessibility, and applicable state, local and adopted international codes. The incumbent should be well versed in building, electrical, plumbing, A/C mechanical and gas codes, as well as other applicable laws, and the programs they apply to within THDA.


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

* Assists in the oversight of construction activities, program design standards, adherence to building codes, related contractor/subcontractor procurement review, payment review and grant close-out for the programs administered by the Community Programs Division.

* Coordinates with other Divisions to develop, implement, and maintain rehabilitation and new construction standards for the agency in compliance with THDA, state and federal requirements.

* Inspects and/or coordinates the inspection of housing construction activities undertaken by THDA grantees to ensure conformity with local, state, and international codes as applicable with federal and state program requirements.

* Provides assistance in the oversight and coordination of work of inspectors engaged in the examination of the construction of buildings within the state.

* Reviews and approves the work write-ups, estimates, plans and specifications through a pre-determined process of programs as necessary.

* Interprets and implements federal and state statutory and regulatory policies as they relate to THDA-administered federally and state funded programs.

* Assists with some aspects of technical assistance and trainings to grantees, agency personnel, and THDA staff.

* Assists in the development of program manuals and policies for any construction related language.

* Provides input to contracts between grantee, beneficiary, and/or contractor as needed for conformance with program requirements.

* Processes grantee pay requests, as necessary.

* Recommends policy clarifications and revisions.

* Assists with monitoring visits and prepares monitoring reports.

* Researches specific policy issues as requested.

* Briefs the Advisors, Director and Assistant Director on construction issues and policy, as necessary.

* Acts as a liaison to grantees, general contractors, and other partners on construction issues.

* Conducts and participates in workshops.

* Provides guidance and support to Division and THDA staff as assigned.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

Education and Experience:

* High school diploma or GED; Bachelor degree and/or relevant post high school certification required.

* Bachelor's Degree in building, architecture, engineering or related field preferred.

* Four years of experience in housing development construction inspection, and/or building code compliance.

* Knowledge of housing standards for new construction and rehabilitation, local building codes and international building codes is preferred.

* Experience working in a federal, state, or local housing program, including construction management and codes compliance, property management, real estate, or other housing field is preferred.

* Certification as a Residential Building Inspector or other applicable code disciplines by International Code Council (ICC) is preferred.

The above qualifications express the minimum standards of education and/or experience for this position. Other combinations of education and experience, if evaluated as equivalent, may be taken into consideration.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Competencies :

* Thorough knowledge of modern building construction practices, methods, materials, equipment.

* Ability to understand and interpret building codes, plans and specifications.

* Skill in applying basic mathematical concepts to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs, diagrams, and blueprints.

* Knowledge of and efficient with calculator; reference codes; ladder or scaffold; tape measure; level; hand tools.

* Knowledge of federal lead-based paint regulations.

* Knowledge of green building and energy efficiency standards.

* Knowledge of arthitectural requirements and standards required by the Americans with Disabilites Act, Section 504 Of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as an understanding of Universal Design standards.

* Knowledge of weatherization standards such as the National Energy Audit Tool (NEAT) and the Manufactured Home Energy Audit (MHEA).

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

* Strong interpersonal skills.

* Treats people with dignity, respect, and compassion.

* Ability to enforce building codes and ordinances with firmness, impartiality and tact.

* Maintains credibility through sincerity, honesty, and discretion.

* Builds and maintains positive relationships with internal and external constituents, including fellow employees, contractors, the general public, architects, engineers, and public officials.

* Strong organizational skills.

* Strong time management skills; uses time effectively; consistently meets deadlines.

* Maintains a high level of confidentiality.

* Documents regularly, thoroughly, accurately, and completely.

* High level of detail and accuracy.

* Exercises good and consistently fair judgment, courtesy, and tact in dealing with the staff and public in giving and obtaining information.

* Computer literate; proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and the internet; able to effectively adapt to and use other computer systems as needed for daily activities.

Special Demands:

The special demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

* Current, valid driver's license from domicile state and the ability to drive.

* Frequent in-state travel, including overnight travel, and occasional out-of-state travel.

* Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

* Ability to exert 20 pounds of force occasionally and up to 10 pounds of force frequently.

* Ability to perform frequent physical activity including walking, lifting, reaching, stooping, pulling, grasping, balancing, climbing, kneeling, standing, and crouching.

* Manual dexterity is required to operate equipment in performance of duties.

* Ability to perform work activities both inside and outside with no effective protection from weather changes.

* Ability to hear sufficiently to perceive information at normal spoken word levels.

* Work entails possible safety hazards and necessary safety precautions are to be taken to prevent injury.

State of Tennessee positions that may involve driving responsibilities require candidates to meet the following minimum driver qualifications:

* A valid driver's license

* For the past five years, the candidate's driving record must not have record of the following violations: driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, license suspension for moving violations, more than 4 moving violations

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