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Home Repair Program (HRP) Coordinator

Southeastern Vermont Community Action

     The mission of Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is to empower and partner with individuals and communities to alleviate the hardships of poverty, to provide opportunities to thrive, and to eliminate root causes of poverty in southeastern Vermont. SEVCA gives people the knowledge, tools, and support to break the cycle of dependence, and works to find solutions to the deep-seated problems of poverty, largely by empowering and collaborating with those whose lives are affected by it daily. SEVCA was created in 1965 as a part of the nationwide ‘War on Poverty’ and chartered as a Community Action Agency (CAA) – a private non-profit corporation, locally initiated and governed, and designated by local, state and federal officials as the ‘anti-poverty agency’ serving Windham and Windsor Counties in Vermont. 

     SEVCA was founded on the belief that poverty is not an inherent condition of anyone’s life, and that with hope, support, adequate resources, and opportunities, everyone can reach their full potential, and be free from the hardships of poverty. Guided by those values, SEVCA has served low-income people in this area for the past 55 years. During that time, the problems facing that population have been diverse, complex, and constantly changing; thus, the agency has developed a broad, multi-faceted approach that reflected the breadth and depth of the problems and enabled it to be flexible enough to adapt to changing needs and conditions. The result is a wide array of programs and initiatives addressing the comparable range of poverty-related needs, in the areas of crisis intervention, affordable housing / homelessness prevention, home energy costs, business startup and support, workforce development, education and skills training, early childhood development, family support, food and nutrition, affordable clothing / household needs, income budgeting / savings, information & referral, and service coordination.


Job Objectives and Job Summary:

Plans, manages, coordinates, and/or directly implements, as needed, policies, procedures and day-to-day operations of the HRP, including performing direct onsite home repairs as needed, feasible and cost-effective. Ensures quality services, productivity, cost effectiveness, compliance with applicable agency, federal, state, and municipal laws / policies / requirements, and that all work meets funding source standards for eligibility, materials, safety, and workmanship, through effective oversight, monitoring, and supervision of participating contractors.  Establishes and maintains positive & productive collaboration with Weatherization, other SEVCA programs, and with external partners.

Up to 40 hrs/week for combined coordinator & direct service work, 20-30 for just the coordinator role if feasible due to availability of adequate external building contractors.

Requirements:

Qualifications:

  1. High school diploma or equivalent, and 5 years’ experience in building trades, with increasing knowledge, skills and responsibilities in contracting for and management of residential construction / repair / rehab, and/or inspection / quality control.
  2. Good current knowledge of building codes and permitting policies & procedures.
  3. Ability to effectively supervise contractors; knowledge of local building trades and contractors a plus.
  4. Ability to travel frequently throughout service area and have access to reliable vehicle to transport self, tools, equipment and materials.
  5. Excellent organization, time management, attention to detail, documentation / recordkeeping, and computer skills – preferably job scheduling / tracking, spreadsheet, and word processing software.
  6. Ability to communicate with diverse groups & individuals, including low-income clients, contractors, building inspectors, local / state officials, compliance monitors, other service providers, community leaders, media, and the general public.
Responsibilities:
  1. Carries out and/or oversees all aspects of the HRP, and coordinates efforts to maintain, and as feasible expand the program and the scope and depth of its services.
  2. Conducts eligibility screening and enrolls clients in program, preparing and maintaining all required paperwork and files, and protecting all confidential information received and observations made.
  3. Inspects clients’ homes to identify building code deficiencies and other needed repairs, prepares work specifications and cost estimates, executes agreement with property owner and contractor if applicable, prepares final work write-up and schedule, and loan documents if applicable. Coordinates with building inspectors on code specifications, resolving conflicts as needed.
  4. As needed, feasible and cost-effective, performs direct onsite home repair work to address the identified needs in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible, while contracting out work best done by private contractors.
  5. Establishes and maintains network of appropriately licensed & insured contractors to do specified work. Recruits, solicits bids from, and qualifies contractors to perform specified repair / rehab work.
  6. Develops and implements contracts with selected contractors, including preparation of contract documents, inspection and quality control for compliance with plans, specifications, and other requirements, and payment.
  7. Acts as liaison between property owner and contractor, interprets and explains codes, regulations, and funding guidelines, and mediates disputes between owners and contractors on bid specifications, code compliance, defective work, and other issues.
  8. Coordinates effectively with Weatherization, other SEVCA programs, and external partners to leverage all potential grants, loans, and in-kind resources for repair / rehab, weatherization, code compliance, accessibility, abatement of lead and other hazardous substances, historic preservation, and other needs.
  9. Establishes and implements appropriate procedures to avoid health and safety hazards according to OSHA standards and regulations.
  10. Performs & coordinates diverse inspection & follow-up activities related to processing applications for USDA, CDBG, and/or HOME funds, subsidized & deferred loans, and other loans & grants.
  11. Tracks and compiles program data and other relevant information to be used for reporting, marketing & publicity, and submits program status, progress, financial and other reports as required or requested.
  12. Compiles and maintains lists of resources to be shared with clients and staff, and collaborates with SEVCA and external partner staff on client referrals.
  13. Performs any other duties requested and/or approved by the WPD, ED, or other designated staff that are consistent with the functions of this position, the HR and Wx programs, and with the mission, goals, and priorities of SEVCA.
How to Apply:

Send letter of interest and/or resume and salary requirements ASAP to Linda Brooks (lbrooks@sevca.org), or contact Steve Geller (sgeller@sevca.org) if you have any questions.

Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Job Location:

Westminster, VT and on-site locations in SE VT

Date Added: January 12, 2021

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