Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspector

Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority   Kingsport, TN   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on May 18, 2023

Title: Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspector

Full-Time/ Part-Time: Full-Time

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

Hourly/ Salary: Hourly Salary Range: $16.50-19.00 per hour

Organization Overview: The Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority (KHRA) offers affordable housing and additional services to eligible families within the Greater Kingsport area. KHRA administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program within eight counties and offers additional community resources through special programs such as the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, Life BRIDGE, and Financial Opportunity Center. Additionally, KHRA operates its subsidiary, the Greater Kingsport Alliance for Development (GKAD), a non-profit organization which provides a means for the public and private sector to cooperate in providing affordable housing to low-income families in Kingsport.

Position Summary: The HQS Inspector is responsible for ensuring compliance with Federal Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and upcoming NSPIRE implementation for all properties receiving assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based Voucher programs administered by Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority (KHRA). Activities associated with the job include performing inspections of a variety of housing units to determine what alterations, repairs and/or maintenance work needs to be performed in order to bring the unit into compliance with established local housing codes and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standards. Job related duties require considerable knowledge of the construction industry and applicable building safety codes, strong organizational, interpersonal, and decision-making skills, excellent observational skills and sufficient strength and agility to perform the physically demanding aspects of the job in a variety of weather conditions. Job performance is evaluated by the Executive Director and is subject to annual independent and HUD audits. Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four year high school or GED Additional training in the construction trades preferred Thorough knowledge of existing housing and life safety codes preferred Commitment to KHRA's mission "To Transform and Empower Communities." Knowledge of social services agencies and other resources available in the community for the low-income population Knowledge of current HIPAA regulations pertaining to the storage and dissemination of Protected Health Information (PHI). Considerable experience working with the public from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Considerable experience performing administrative functions (answering and directing phone calls, maintaining organized file systems, data entry, etc.). Must be able to communicate verbally and electronically in a professional manner. Must be able to demonstrate attention to detail and thoroughness. Must be able to perform the physically demanding aspects of the job in a variety of weather conditions Or, any equivalent combination of education or experience to provide the following:

Primary Duties: Primary Duties: Conducts annual inspections of all properties associated with the Housing Authority through the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Project Based Voucher Program per HQS guidelines Notifies all program participants of appointments regarding scheduled inspections through appropriate channels and in accordance with PHA and HUD policy. Inspects housing units that have potential to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program at the property owners' requests and notifies prospective property owners of the market value of the unit and/or any needed repairs or alterations required for participation Meets with property owners to notify them of existing deficiencies and schedules re-inspections as required. Collects and maintains data on market rents in the PHA's jurisdiction to determine Rent Reasonableness (RR) and communicates with property owners to obtain market surveys of properties for rental amounts. Conducts required quality control samples as required by HUD in accordance with PHA policy. Acts and conducts business in accordance with SEMAP performance indicators for HQS. Inspects all units constructed prior to 1978 to determine if they are in compliance with Lead Based Paint regulations. Notifies property owners of suspension and/or abatement if notice of repairs is not received and verified within thirty (30) days of the inspection repair list being mailed. Serves as a liaison between landlords and residents participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Project Based Voucher Program and conducts inspections of units upon receiving complaints pertaining to the condition and/or use of the property. Performs other duties as needed. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Necessary Special Requirements: Possession of a valid Tennessee Driver's License and the ability to be insured at standard vehicle liability rates. Must obtain or maintain the following certifications within 30 but no more than 90 days of employment or other timeframe approved by Executive Director: Housing Choice Voucher Specialist HCV Housing Quality Standards (HQS) NSPIRE for HCV Program I understand the requirements, essential functions, and duties of the position.