Housing Repair Engineer II

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on January 24, 2023
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$87,951.34 - $111,483.42 Annually

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

DCHS - Community & Human Srvcs

Job Number

Housing, Homeless & Comm Dev

2/4/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.

King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.

We are recruiting for two (2) Career Service Housing Repair Engineer II's!

Are you passionate about community development, housing rehabilitation and social justice? Do you enjoy working collaboratively to bring this vision to life? Would you enjoy working with homeowners and tenants to bring rehabilitation projects to fruition? Can you move quickly between big picture vision and project-level details? If so, King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is looking for you!

The Housing, Homelessness and Community Development Division (H2CD2) of DCHS seeks a skilled Projects Manager/Engineer II to provide information and technical assistance to community property-owners, special needs renters and stakeholders throughout King County, who are interested in receiving funding to maintain, or repair their homes. This job requires extensive home and in-person consultation, including home visits to inspect properties and assess the feasibility of repair projects. This job requires climbing on ladders, walking on uneven surfaces, crawling under homes and other potentially strenuous activities. This position requires working proactively with homeowners of King County, to explore, solve and improve a wide range of home rehabilitation issues that will maintain a safe, decent and livable home environment.

This position has been designated Mission Critical. Unless otherwise directed by the County Executive, department director or agency head, all employees, regardless of designation, are expected to report to work or request leave during an emergency or inclement weather. For more detailed information as part of your DCHS on boarding process, please visit HR Policy County Operations During Emergency Situations and the King County Guidelines for Workforce Management in an Emergency .

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, "see my resume" are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.

WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime. Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. This position is represented by PROTEC17.

Teleworking Requirement

The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required , including the wearing of masks in some situations . King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

RECRUITER: Annette Coleman, ancoleman@kingcounty.gov

Job Duties
  • Inspect dwellings for housing quality standards, code violations and eligible repairs under the Housing Repair Program. The projects outcome is to achieve a secure, safe and a reasonable housing unit in compliance with program standards.
  • Provide technical assistance and planning expertise to the projects scope of work process. Research all applicable building codes to determine project feasibility.
  • Work to apply an equity and social justice approach to aspects of the work in partnership with team members and other division and department staff.
  • Prepare written bids/proposals, develop construction specifications to facilitate the public bid process. Administer construction/rehabilitation contracts between contractor and homeowner. Resolve homeowner/contractor disputes.
  • Conduct project site inspections with contractors to monitor contractor compliance. Authorize interim disbursements and contract final payments. Monitor and review budget expenditures for each individual client project.
  • Conduct outreach to Housing Repair stakeholders while working across diverse communities to provide information about program and funding.
  • Provide technical assistance to Housing Repair applicants and streamline the application process.
  • Participate in division and department-wide meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Experience managing construction projects, including monitoring compliance requirements, staying within budgeted costs and keeping project timelines.
  • Two years (24 months) of current construction-related experience in housing rehabilitation and/or general construction practices.
  • Demonstrated, recent experience with construction costs and labor requirements.
  • General understanding and ability to interpret current building codes, mechanical HVAC, plumbing, electrical and applicable land use requirements.
  • Physical ability to conduct in-person home inspections, which may include demands such as going up and down steps and ladders as well as climbing over or crawling under or around obstacles.
  • Two years of experience in community development, and/or general construction.
  • Demonstrated experience building trusted working relationships with communities of color including immigrant and refugee communities and other vulnerable populations.
  • Teamwork orientation, ability to be cooperative, negotiate and compromise and resolve issues with minimal direction.
  • Strong customer service, flexible attitude and a high-level of professionalism when interacting with the public as well as staff at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated clear and professional-level writing for client and/or contractor communications and providing written technical assistance.
  • Ability to manage time, to work on multiple tasks in high pressure/short deadline environment and to adapt to changes in workload demand and priorities.
  • Understanding of equity and social justice principles and practices and the effects of place, race, policy and systems-based inequities and the ability to apply an equity and social justice approach to all areas of the work, including communication, technical assistance and contract processes.
  • Intermediate proficiency using Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel.
  • Possess a valid Washington State driver's license and have the ability to travel to various locations throughout King County in a timely manner.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background investigation per FWAC or CW 43.43.
  • Familiarity with the public/private bidding process to select contractors, including experience negotiating and writing contracts.
  • Two years' experience reviewing Construction related project proposals and working in partnership with applicants to fine-tune projects for funding.
  • Knowledge of EPA/HUD regulations regarding lead-based paint inspections, risk assessments and clearance examinations. A State certified lead-based paint risk assessor is preferred, but not required.
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills.
Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North" , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.