Housing Construction Specialist
San Diego Housing Commission - San Diego, CA

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This is the journey-level class in the Housing Construction series that is responsible for construction, rehabilitation, and capital improvement program projects, and can be assigned to either Commission-owned and managed or privately-owned housing units, in either the Asset Management or Housing Development and Finance Departments, respectively. Incumbents assigned to Housing Development and Finance provide technical advice to property owners regarding the rehabilitation of single and multiple-family residential properties, conduct inspections, write specifications, make cost estimates, and coordinate and oversee all preconstruction and construction phases. Incumbents assigned to Asset Management provide technical advice and participate in the identification, development, and management of capital improvement projects for Commission-owned and managed residential projects. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. This class is distinguished from the Housing Construction Supervisor in that the latter is the full supervisory-level in the Housing Construction class series and is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of project work, as well as participating in the most complex construction and rehabilitation projects. This class is distinguished from the Housing Construction Manager classification in that the latter has overall day-to-day management responsibility of both private and Commission-owned construction projects and programs.

Examples of Essential Job Functions:
  • Advises property owners, contractors, architects, engineers, and others on matters relevant to construction methods, materials, and types of construction.
  • Designs criteria for construction and rehabilitation projects to meet Federal, State, and local codes and regulations; consults with architects, engineers, public utilities, consultants, and contractors regarding the design of construc­tion and rehabilitation projects.
  • Prepares and reviews cost estimates, budgets, plans, and specifications for construction and rehabilitation projects.
  • Coordinates the bidding process for construction and rehabilitation projects.
  • Reviews and analyzes bids submitted and advises property owners and Commission staff regarding the selection of the successful bidder.
  • Conducts pre-construction conferences, negotiates contracts, and prepares addenda and change orders; evalu­ates and processes construction disbursements; monitors construction for contract, code, and prevail­ing wage compliance.
  • Acts as owner’s representative for construction and rehabilitation projects.
  • Conducts regular site visits to check project progress and compliance; interprets contract documents, technical specifications and plans; issues verbal and written directives; acts as mediator and coordinator between contractors and property owners.
  • Inspects completed work to ensure compliance with all applicable codes, laws, and regulations; investigates and resolves complaints and problems as well as prevailing wage discrepancies; certifies completion of assigned projects and authorizes contractor payments.
  • Inspects properties to identify rehabilitation, modernization, and maintenance needs; advises property owners and/or Commission staff regarding the best methods of correcting deficien­cies.
  • Creates and maintains detailed project records, files, reports, and correspondence.
  • Investigates and resolves complaints and problems.
  • Interprets codes and regulations, explains required inspections and construction requirements to owners, architects, engineers, contractors, lending institutions, realtors, and the public.
  • Researches and keeps abreast of current construction techniques, materials, and trends.
  • Investigates and enforces warranty provisions.
  • Consults with HUD officials, auditors, public utilities, and others.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

In addition, when assigned to Asset Management:
  • Participates in the design, construction, and field inspection processes for capital improvement projects to ensure contractors’ and developers’ compliance with Commission standards.
  • Researches construction materials and building code requirements; drafts addenda and clarifications for bid documents.
  • Monitors service contractors such as those providing landscape, site cleaning, and tree and shrub maintenance services.

In addition, when assigned to Housing Development and Finance:
  • Provides technical assistance and advice to homeowners, rental property owners, organizations, and Commission staff regarding the rehabilitation and/or construction of housing units; explains the provisions and requirements of rehabilitation programs.
  • Advises, counsels, and assists property owners in applying for rehabilitation grants and loans; coordinates grant and loan applications with Commission staff.

Typical Qualifications:

Knowledge of:
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, regulations, and departmental policies regulating building construction and zoning.
  • Principles and methods used in various building construction craft areas, including plumbing, electrical, heating and ventilation, building construction and remodeling, zoning, and others.
  • Appropriate safety and fire prevention methods in construction.
  • Basic principles and practices of budget and capital improvement program development, administration, and accountability.
  • Principles and practices of contract administration and evaluation.
  • Technical principles and practices of engineering design, specification, and cost estimate preparation.
  • Defects and faults in construction.
  • Materials sampling, testing, and estimating procedures.
  • Mathematical principles and theories.
  • Technical report writing and preparation of correspondence.
  • Record-keeping principles and procedures.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the Commission in contacts with other agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Commission staff.

Ability to:
  • Review plans and specifications for building and related construction and determine compliance of plans with codes and regulations.
  • Monitor building sites during construction, alteration, or repair and enforce a wide range of building, zoning, and related codes and regula­tions.
  • Deal courteously and communicate effectively with a variety of individuals in the course of the work, including the resolution of disputes and job-related problems with property owners and contractors, architects, engineers, and utility companies.
  • Analyze, interpret, apply, and enforce applicable Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Understand, interpret, and successfully communicate both orally and in writing, pertinent department policies and procedures.
  • Identify problems, research and analyze relevant information, develop and present recommendations and justification for solution.
  • Develop cost estimates for supplies and equipment.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Maintain accurate files and records.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12 th ) grade and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in building construction at the foreman or contractor level, supplemented by college-level courses or specialized training in architecture, planning, or engineer­ing relative to construction and property management.
Licenses and Certifications:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment.