EMPLOYMENT OPP: Construction Specialist (Baltimore County, MD)

Baltimore County Department of Planning
Neighborhood Improvement Division

Construction Specialist

Please have any interested prospects send their resume and cover letter to Liz Glenn
by email: eglenn@baltimorecountymd.gov
or by mail: 105 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 201, Towson, MD 21204

Under the supervision of the Housing Programs Administrator, the Construction Specialist is
responsible for the coordination of residential construction, rehabilitation, and inspection
services for the Baltimore County Department of Planning’s Housing Opportunities Program.
The Construction Specialist will be responsible for ensuring the regular, periodic, and annual
inspections of multifamily & single family residential projects, public facilities (including
emergency and transitional shelters), and commercial buildings both new construction and
rehabilitation of existing buildings assisted with public funds (including state, federal, and local
funds) meet all applicable and required codes as appropriate. Other regular duties consist of
creating and reviewing proposals for rehabilitation and new construction, inspecting the work
for compliance with specifications and program standards; analyzing building envelope and
building performance for energy efficiency and indoor air quality; testing for lead paint hazards
and other environmental hazards; and, the performance of other related duties as required.

The Construction Specialist must have a working knowledge of, and ability to assess, the
applicability of local zoning laws, procedures, and requirements; as well as an ability to assess
any applicability of environmental protection and resource management policies and/or
procedures that may be required. The Construction Specialist must be able to work independently,
with little supervision, as well as coordinate the scheduling of inspection services of other housing

The Construction Specialist must have demonstrable ability to articulate program policies,
procedures, and regulations, County, owner/contractor obligations and other requirements in a
tactful and correct manner with owners, contractors, construction and public sector personnel.
She or he must have shown the ability to prepare detailed work proposals, summaries,
inspection reports, correspondence, clear and concise technical reports, and other documents
related to rehabilitation and new construction projects. The Construction Specialist must be
prepared to represent the County at pre-bid, pre-construction and construction progress
meetings.  The Construction Specialist must also have demonstrated the ability to evaluate
construction draw schedules and protect federal and state monetary interests in rehabilitation
and new construction projects. Finally, the Construction Specialist must be able to make field
decisions in conformance with program guidelines, contract specifications and Code issues that
are consistent with office policies and procedures.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

-Perform general residential housing inspections, identifying all health and safety deficiencies in the unit as well as any other needed upgrades that may be required for a specific program.

-Perform energy audits pre and post construction/rehabilitation.

-Provide detailed inspection reports for a variety of programs.

-Develop a scope of work to address any deficiencies or hazards identified in said inspection.

-Monitor contractor performance to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and Local regulations.

-Perform draw including final draw inspections to ensure the satisfactory completion of assigned jobs.

-Perform QC test out inspections for energy related projects.

-Perform lead hazard clearance inspections for lead hazard reduction related projects to include lead dust clearance wipes per the HUD guidelines for lead hazard control.

-Perform other construction management duties as needed.

-Provide the applicable Program Manager and/or Program Director with all necessary data related to program specific projects for reporting purposes

-Log and track unit and/or occupant information in the department’s electronic database

Required Qualifications and Certifications

1. A valid MD driver’s license

2. Graduation from an accredited High School or equivalent GED

3. Licensed as a BPI certified Home Energy Analyst

4. A minimum of 3 years of experience working in a weatherization related industry

5. A minimum of 5 years of experience working in a construction related industry.  These 5 years
may include the necessary 3 years of experience in a weatherization related field.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Licensed as a BPI certified Envelope Professional.

2. AA degree in construction management or equivalent bachelor’s degree in a construction
related industry.

3. Experience working with or directly part of Federal or State funded grant programs.

4. Knowledge and experience working with both Davis Bacon and Section 3 Federal guidelines.

5. Experience developing scopes of work that comply with Maryland Historic Trust restrictions.

6. A Maryland Lead Hazard Inspector Technician certificate.  If the candidate does not possess this
certification, he or she must be able to obtain one within 90 days of hire.

Proof of Licenses and Certifications

-Proof of licenses, certifications, and/or education must be submitted with each application.

-Additionally, if the candidate is unable to obtain a Maryland lead hazard inspector technician certificate within the required 90 days of hire, then the candidate will forfeit the position.

Please have any interested prospects send their resume and cover letter to Liz Glenn
by email: eglenn@baltimorecountymd.gov
or by mail: 105 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 201, Towson, MD 21204