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Housing Inspector - Home Repair

Posting Date:  04/15/2021 (extended 5/7/21)
Position Type:  Full-Time, Salaried

Department:  Housing Division (DHHS) 

Compensation Range:  $51,516 - $60,015 Annually
Closing Date:   Sunday, May 16th, 2021 @ 5:59 p.m. CST

JOB SUMMARY:  Under the direction of the Housing Program Manager, the Housing Inspector - Home Repair performs comprehensive inspections of private properties identified for rehabilitation; inventories repair work needed; creates and approves scopes of work; estimates rehabilitation costs; ensures all rehabilitation and new construction work performed by contractors conforms to scopes of work as well as building codes, construction specifications, and Federal HUD and State regulations.


  • Performs comprehensive inspection of residential properties to prepare scopes of work for projects, including construction, electrical, plumbing, lead hazard abatement work (including lead risk assessments), and accessibility work (architectural barrier removal).
  • Uses field inspection notes, measurements, and photographs to generate written scopes of work.
  • Performs necessary environmental record review for HUD funded projects.
  • Reviews scopes and bids with property owners and determines the amount of funding to be requested and prepares files for loan review.
  • Prepares contracts between property owner and contractor. Prepares loan documents and conducts loan closings. Arranges contract signings and pre-construction conferences.
  • Performs interim and final inspections to assure compliance with approved plans, building codes, County Home Repair specifications, and manufacturers’ standards; directs contractors to redo work, use different materials or methods when work does not comply with standards.
  • Performs inspection of County’s portfolio of completed HOME funded projects for compliance with HOME period of affordability regulations. Conduct file review for HOME rental projects annually.
  • Provides programs outreach municipal partner and through other agencies. Field questions from clients about the Program over the phone and in person.
  • Monitors change orders, contract time extensions, and contractor job performance. Troubleshoots problems at jobsites and recommends solutions. Provide technical assistance over the phone and on the job site. Approves payment requests to vendors.
  • Prepares project-related reports and correspondence for agency representatives, homeowners, and elected officials. This may include using Loan Ledger and other software.
  • Responsible for the training of Housing Division rehab inspectors.
  • Ability to conduct initial, re-inspections, quality control, and special Inspections of units that receive rent assistance to ensure compliance with HUD and program standards, complete inspection reports and explanation of necessary repairs to program participants.
  • Travel within the community approximately 50% of work time.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a current resident of the State of Wisconsin
  • Current Wisconsin Driver's License and access to a reliable insured vehicle; both maintained throughout employment
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in Construction Management or in a closely related field from an accredited college and/or university
  • At least five (5) years of recent experience working as an Inspector in the housing, construction, or in a closely related field.
  • Possess at least a basic level of experience with Microsoft Office programs to include Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook
  • Able to travel within the community up to 50% of the time
  • Able to lift/carry/push/pull up to 70lbs as needed
  • Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code Inspector and Wisconsin Lead Risk Assessor or Hazard Investigator within 6 months

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of the regulations governing subsidized programs such as HUD; knowledge of work processing applications; ability to operate a personal computer; ability to prioritize and organize workload; ability to determine rental subsidies; ability to effectively communicate in written and oral form; ability to secure confidential information; ability to perform calculations to determine eligibility; ability to work harmoniously and effectively with staff members, government officials, case managers and the general public.

M. Otero


Note: This Original Examination is open to current residents of the state of Wisconsin. The selection process will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods.

Milwaukee County offers a comprehensive blend of benefits designed to make your life better both inside and outside of the workplace. Milwaukee County conducts job related criminal background checks and pre-employment screenings.

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Milwaukee County is an Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability genetic information or protected veteran status. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.