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Construction Programs Coordinator (Housing Rehab)

  • Full Time
  • Raleigh

City of Raleigh

The Housing and Neighborhoods Department is committed to improving and maintaining the quality of life and environment for all Raleigh citizens through a variety of programs and activities throughout the city. The department provides funding for the creation and preservation of affordable housing and for services and programs benefitting low to moderate income persons. The Department enforces codes to ensure safe and decent housing and carries out neighborhood revitalization and community engagement and enrichment activities. Construction Programs Coordinator’s role is key to the successful implementation of housing and community development programs and services.

Each year, the City receives entitlement dollars awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support programming for homeowner rehab and repair, resources for first-time homebuyers, down payment assistance, and low-income housing tax credit gap financing.

In November 2020, Raleigh voters approved an $80 million affordable housing bond. The funding will be utilized over the next five years. The bond supplements local and federal funding the City is awarded annually. The housing bond priorities are as follows:

  • Equal geographic distribution with project investments
  • Production of a range of housing types serving a range of income levels in coordination with Wake County and other partners
  • New unit production and rehabilitation of existing housing units
  • Innovative development partnerships
  • Projects and acquisition opportunities near planned transit routes like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Homeownership
  • Preservation of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH)

The Community and Small Business Development Division of the Housing and Neighborhoods Department administers the City’s housing and community development programs funded with local and federal funds. These resources support a wide range of programs that add value in the community, including citywide first-time homeownership loans, affordable rental housing, rehabilitation of existing housing stock, housing initiatives for the homeless and public services. Many activities are carried out through third parties which involves contracts and contract administration, loan agreements and loan administration, and the issuance of NOFAs and RFPs and other instruments. Work also includes implementing elements of the City’s Strategic Plan relative to affordable housing and related areas. Additionally, the work includes the compliance with federal regulations and local and departmental policies.

Hiring Range: $51,822.00 – $72,500.00 (promotional range may vary)

Duties and Responsibilities
The Construction Programs Coordinator is responsible the effective administration of City-funded single family homeowner housing rehabilitation construction projects. The position manages all construction related activities of the City’s homeowner rehabilitation program and the Capital Improvement program for the City’s affordable rental portfolio. The duties include managing the construction process, evaluating the quality of work, requiring correction where needed, consulting with the homeowner and mediating disputes between the homeowner and contractor. The position manages multiple projects concurrently.

  • Evaluates prepared construction specifications for needed repairs reviewing the detailed written plan for repairing each deficiency, estimating the cost of each item, and explaining the issues to property owners.
  • Prepares and approves bid packages for housing rehabilitation and other City-sponsored housing construction programs. Completes required environmental review checklists.  Prepares construction contracts and reviews and approves change orders. Authorizes contract payments.
  • Performs site inspections of rehabilitation work during construction to evaluate the quality of work and compliance with work schedules, bid specifications, federal and state guidelines and applicable codes and ordinances. Arbitrates disputes between homeowners and contractors. Conducts follow-up inspections of completed work as necessary.
  • Consults with the Construction Manager and other departmental staff to evaluate the program, determine operational objectives and meeting overall program goals.
  • Coordinates contractor retention and development efforts.
  • Updates program guidelines.

Typical Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in real estate, urban planning, construction management, business administration or directly related field and five years of community development experience related to assignment.  Some positions directly manage employees and should have two years of supervisory experience.

OR

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.

Licensing/Certifications:
Depending on assignment, some positions may require:

  • Valid North Carolina Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.
  • NeighborWorks Construction and Rehab Professional Certification, PHRANC Certified Rehabilitation Specialist Certification, or other related professional certifications preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three to five years of related experience in housing construction and/or rehabilitation.
  • Experience with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) CDBG and HOME grant program administration.
  • Knowledge of federal program regulations including Davis–Bacon Act Wage Rate Compliance, lead based paint remediation, environmental review and other HUD program requirements.

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft programs, including PowerPoint and Publisher.

Additional Information

ADA and other Requirements:
Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an indoor or office environment.

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