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Residential Damage Assessor / Inspector

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) – Houston, TX

Responsibilities

Summary


The role of the Residential Damage Assessor/Inspector is to provide inspections and document damage in homes resulting from a disaster event. The position will also provide oversight of the construction and rehabilitation of these residential single and multi-family properties. The individual that applies for this position must meet the qualification requirements and have extensive field experience in residential construction with some familiarity in the elevation of homes. The candidate must be able to travel between jobsites within a 50-mile radius.


Essential Functions


  • Perform on-sight inspections of disaster-related damaged residential properties to determine and document cause and scope of damage; findings to be used for the completion of an estimate and scope of work for the repairs to the property.
  • Access and inspect all areas of a dwelling including roofs and lot for drainage issues.
  • Collaborate with the estimating team to ensure the scope of work meets the standards of safe, secure, and sanitary.
  • Provide photographic documentation of all damaged items and repairs made by homeowners after the disaster event.
  • Evaluate structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing deficiencies and determine improvements necessary for code compliance, meeting applicable Minimum Property Standards, meeting applicable Green Building Standards, and other possible program standards.
  • Perform comprehensive daily reporting of damage scopes and estimate results both verbally and in an electronic database.
  • Work with the Damage Estimators to ensure the field notes are of acceptable quality to provide an accurate estimate of damages.
  • Develop and maintain a good working relationship with the Estimators and other IBTS staff.
  • Complete forms necessary for the delivery of a complete bid package.
  • Function as a Team player but also remain productive while autonomous, delivering the required materials and findings accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Remain familiar and up to date with different editions of the International Residential Codes.
  • Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, and contractors to discuss and resolve matters, such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems.
  • Communicate with construction contractors representative on a regular basis.
  • Plan, schedule, and/or coordinate construction inspection activities to meet deadlines.
  • Ensure compliance with procedural requirements on contractor s SOP for Request for Information.
  • Plan, organize, and/or direct oversight activities concerned with the construction with IBTS employees and others.
  • Study job plans and specifications to determine appropriate construction methods are being used.
  • Comply with project quality control programs.
  • Review and approve change orders in coordination with the IBTS Document Control Specialist.
  • Review modified Scope of Work in response to changes in construction and unforeseen conditions.
  • Coordinate and work with contractors relevant to project requirements in accordance with established procedures.
  • Identify potential delays and take appropriate actions to eliminate or minimize their cause and/or impact on the project.
  • Attend meetings with Client, Contractors, and IBTS employees weekly, monthly, or other scheduled times.
  • Prepare clear and accurate job records in IBTS database, listing inspections conducted, personnel on site, causes of delays, and job problems as well as appropriate photo documentation.
  • Perform other duties, responsibilities, and activities as directed by IBTS Senior Management or others as assigned, at any time with or without notice.

Competencies

  • Deep hands-on working knowledge of Building and the Construction industry, including and not limited to materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, exterior landings, steps, or other structures related to property.
  • Experience with quantity material and labor take-off means and methods.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Ability to read and interpret building plans relevant to the elevation, rehabilitation, and construction of single and multifamily residential properties.
  • Ability to compare construction plans and specifications with the work being performed or completed for compliance and report on any discrepancies.
  • Ability to prepare clear, technically sound, accurate, and informative inspection reports and other reports.
  • Understand and utilize Information Technology in the performance of work including Internet, Intranet, Microsoft Windows OS, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge and previous use of Xactimate estimating software is preferred.
  • Foster positive attitude towards IBTS staff, contractors, homeowners, and clients.
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write the English language with proficiency.
  • Maintain daily logs and records of inspections performed with the ability to issue findings both verbally and written to IBTS staff, contractors, supervisors, and clients as needed.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving to detect, inspect, and recognize Life Safety issues as well as identifying quality control in accordance to program requirements and IBTS guidelines.
  • Knowledge of the installation of foundations including but not limited to driven and drilled piles and reinforced concrete.

Qualifications

Experience/Certification/Licensure/Education


Required:

  • Must satisfy at least one of the following:
    • Licensed Professional Engineer
    • Registered Architect
    • Texas Real Estate Professional Home Inspector license (TREC)
    • ICC certified Residential Combination Inspector (building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing)
  • Must possess a minimum of three (3) years of experience in residential home inspections.
  • Must have extensive field experience in residential construction with some familiarity in the elevation of homes.
  • Must be able to travel between jobsites within a 50-mile radius.
  • Must possess a working knowledge of computers and the ability to transmit electronic reports.

Preferred:

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or Construction Technology or any related field.
  • Experience using Xactimate 28 estimating software.
  • Certification in Housing Quality Standards (HQS).
  • ICC Residential Building Code certifications.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and use of various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by IBTS.
  • Other technical certifications and the ability to work in other project areas.

Company Overview

Bring your passion, expertise, and experience to IBTS, where we appreciate and are committed to our employees. We offer outstanding benefits, growth opportunities, and work hard to maintain a culture that values our employees.
The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established to provide unbiased professional building code compliance services, while enhancing the communities in which we work. At IBTS, our mission is to deliver quality services to meet the challenges of governance at all levels while enhancing public safety, economic development, and the general welfare of the community. Our services include Building and Community Development, Energy and Sustainability Services, Disaster Planning and Recovery, Quality Assurance, as well as Compliance and Risk Monitoring.
IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, VA, with additional offices in Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, DC.
We are committed to building a community of experts with diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives who are passionate about our mission. IBTS is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. This opportunity is open to Section S3 Residents.
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