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Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) is a quasi-city agency that provides major home repairs, energy conservation and accessibility modifications to low-income Philadelphia residents. PHDC offices are located in center city Philadelphia. Application procedure below.


Staff Attorney
Starting Salary: $75,047/year

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC), a quasi-city agency that provides major home repairs, energy conservation and accessibility modifications to low- income Philadelphia residents seeks to hire a highly motivated attorney to join the legal department. Although a PHDC employee, the Staff Attorney will be hired to support the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) in handling various (i) transactional and financing matters related to property transfers, PRA loan programs and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) multi-family housing programs, and (ii) litigation matters including condemnation actions, eviction/ejectment actions and other civil matters. The litigation will involve drafting pleadings, appearing in court on behalf of PRA and preparing discovery responses, subpoena responses and other litigation documents as required. The attorney is also expected to prepare and review contracts and other general transactional documents on behalf of PRA. Other job duties include legal research, compliance matters and interaction with outside counsel.

AUTHORITY DESCRIPTION:
The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is a public government quasi-city agency charged with the redevelopment of the City of Philadelphia.  Redevelopment activities are geared towards the ultimate goal of producing new residential and non-residential land use on land which is blighted, under used, or improperly used.

EDUCATION AND LICENSING:
Juris Doctor degree and admitted to bar, and in good standing, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Minimum 3-4 years of relevant experience in real estate and transactional law, preferably in a law firm or in-house environment, including both litigation experience and residential and commercial real estate/finance transaction experience. The candidate must be able to understand and interpret statutes, administrative regulations and case law. The candidate must possess the highest professional and ethical standards and be able to work collaboratively with others. The candidate must be able to work under pressure, work independently, manage his/her own workload with little oversight, possess a strong attention to detail and keen analytical skills, and have an awareness of legal and commercial risks. Strong oral and written communication skills are also required. Familiarity with commercial loan transactions and closings, affordable housing loans and general finance experience a plus.

To be considered for this position, please submit cover letter, resume and law school transcript to PRA.HR@pra.phila.gov.


Construction Projects Technician
Salary $43,103

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS: This is technical field work of limited scope and difficulty, applying mathematics and technical engineering knowledge to the inspecting of public works construction projects to ensure work performed by contractors complies with contracts, plans and specifications and meets current standards for work quality. An employee in this class is responsible for interpreting construction and contract requirements and for informing contractors and supervisors of non‑conformity with contractual agreements and construction violations. Work is performed under the supervision of a higher level technical supervisor.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

Inspects a variety of construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation and alteration projects in process and on completion to ensure compliance with approved plans, specifications and other contract requirements; checks for proper shoring and sheeting of excavations; determines that other safety measures are taken to protect the workers and the public; observes property conditions along line of construction for existing defects prior to construction and makes necessary notes; supervises on‑the‑job tests of construction materials; attends job conferences with contractors, engineers, architects and others before a project begins and again at specified times during the project to work out solutions to problems and interpret contract requirements; discusses and makes recommendations with regard to scheduling and procedural matters; interprets plans and specifications and describes special features or requirements to the contractor.

Informs contractors and supervisors when requirements are not being met; advises supervisor of violations of federal, state and local laws and regulations concerning procedures, safety practices and working conditions; confers with contractors regarding modifications required during construction; reinspects areas where violations were found to see that corrective action has been taken. Keeps records on assigned projects; submits reports indicating the progress of such projects including detailed comprehensive reports where advisable; records quantities of materials received or used during specified periods; maintains daily log of construction and inspection activities and prepares progress reports; keeps quantities for monthly estimates of work completed; performs related work as required.

Inspects brick work, carpentry, plumbing, roofing, paving, grading, concrete work, wall and column footings, foundation walls, floors, excavations and other specialized phases of construction projects for adherence to plans and specifications; may check plumbing, heating and ventilating equipment for proper installation; checks forms and reinforcing steel before pouring of concrete; checks grades of trenches to ensure proper fall.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Training and Experience: Graduation from a recognized high school and five years of experience in building construction work, including estimating construction costs as they relate to residential rehabilitation; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge, Ability and Skills: Knowledge of the principles and practices used in testing and inspecting materials used in construction projects for conformance to plans, specifications and contract requirements in the area of specification; knowledge of the materials, methods, equipment and practices used in the construction and alteration of public work structures and installation in the area of specialization. Knowledge of the physical characteristics and approved testing methods of construction material in the area of specialization; some knowledge of contractual practices relative to scheduling and the preparation of building and material specification; some knowledge of mathematics necessary to calculating dimensions.

Ability to read and interpret plans, diagrams, blueprints, maps and specifications and to recognize deviations, improper or faulty construction and other hazardous conditions created during construction and to recommend corrective action in the area of specialization; ability to determine the conformity of material quantity, installation and workmanship methods and quality with contract requirements, plans and specifications; ability to explain contract deviations and to enforce compliance with contract specifications and other requirements firmly and tactfully; ability to learn the regulations and standards governing the construction of public works, structures and installations; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, contractors and others; ability to meet approved minimal physical and medical standards.

Required Licenses and/or Certificates: Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to, and during tenure of employment.


Director, Compliance & Monitoring
Salary  $75,047

The Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC), a non-profit organization funded primarily by the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is looking for an experienced Director of Compliance and Monitoring. Under general supervision, the Director of Compliance and Monitoring is responsible for implementing the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s primary compliance and monitoring functions relating to economic inclusion for Minority, Women, and Disabled-owned Business Enterprise (M/W/DSBE) monitoring and prevailing wage monitoring/reporting on a day‑to‑day basis.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

  • Works with developers, general contractors, and subcontractors (collectively “Contracted Parties”) whose projects require Economic Opportunity Plans (EOPs) per Philadelphia Code Section 17-600, and/or whose projects require prevailing wage rates to apply per Federal (Davis-Bacon), State (PA Prevailing Wage Act), or City prevailing wage requirements
  • Provides Contracted Parties with information on specific requirements that apply to their projects
  • Meets with Contracted Parties as needed, and serves as primary point of contact to collect reporting data from Contracted Parties on a regular basis during the entire course of their projects
  • Monitors projects to ensure the timely submission of required reporting information in the correct format and works with Contracted Parties on an ongoing basis to correct errors and omissions in reported information
  • Establishes and maintains efficient and effective monitoring and reporting systems
  • Makes field visits and attends progress meetings as needed
  • Ensures timely and complete submission of information when audited
  • Assists in resolving disputes
  • Produces periodic progress reports
  • Interfaces with various other agencies (including Philadelphia Office of Economic Opportunity and Philadelphia Office of Labor Standards)
  • Seeks strategies for process improvement that may assist Contracted Parties in achieving higher goals
  • May also represent the organization at events, conferences, or other public events relating to economic inclusion or wage compliance.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Training and Experience:

  • Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, or related field, and
  • At least six years of experience in M/W/DSBE monitoring, diversity/inclusion programs, prevailing wage monitoring, relevant public policy, diversity business development or administration
  • Or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • General knowledge of ordinances, City, State, and federal laws, and regulations relating to economic inclusion and/or prevailing wage
  • Experience working in the development and construction industries in Philadelphia
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the private sector
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely
  • Ability to enforce regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with developers, contractors, business and other governmental agencies and officials
  • Ability to draft reports and maintain administrative control over all records.

Human Resources Generalist
Salary Range: $46,381 – $59,616

The Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC), a non-profit organization funded primarily by the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is looking for an experienced Human Resources professional. Under the general supervision of the Human Resources Director, the successful candidate will work closely with other members of the Human Resources team supporting the overall mission of the organization and will be responsible for carrying out HR-related duties on a professional level. This is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about human resources and able to work both independently and collaboratively, while also prioritizing a diverse workload. The primary responsibilities include the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources Office including, but not limited to assisting in the following functional areas:

  • Compensation and Benefits Administration
  • Timekeeping and Payroll Administration
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Employment Law Compliance
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Onboarding and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Position Classification
  • Policy Administration

REQUIREMENTS:

Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources management, human resources development, business, or a related field
  • At least five years of progressive leadership experience in human resources positions
  • Specialized training in employment law, compensation, benefits administration, organizational planning, organizational development, employee relations, safety, training, and preventive labor relations is preferred
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification is preferred
  • Previous experience in a union environment is a plus

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Good knowledge of applicable employment laws and best practices
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • High degree of discretion and judgement in sensitive and confidential matters
  • High initiative, integrity, and strong work ethic
  • Highly detail-oriented with excellent time management skills
  • Ability to keep up in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with people at all levels
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner
  • Ability to research, gather, and analyze data skillfully

Service Representative I
Salary Range: $32,416-$35,235

GENERAL DEFINITION

This is skilled public contact work giving information to and interviewing the general public in order to process applications and determine eligibility for housing assistance in the City.  An employee in this class must determine what housing assistance is available based on the information provided by clients, explain what housing programs are available to meet their need, determine what programs they qualify for, and inform the client what process is involved to apply.  Employees may take phone application from callers to the housing assistance Hotline and thereby directly provide access to housing assistance.  Significant aspects of the work are full time contact with the general public to provide and elicit information, and the use of judgment to properly process documents.  Work is performed under the supervision of an administrative or clerical supervisor.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)

Interviews applicants applying for vacant properties; provides housing information and elicits information from applicants; receives documents; checks documents for accuracy, completeness and conformity with the program requirements; rejects improper documents; completes application and determines eligibility.

Processes applications; checks terminal for property status and to determine taxes, ownership, income information, taxes, water and lien delinquency; prepares status report for each application completed.  Dispatches repair crews based on information taken.

Performs filing, typing and other clerical duties.

Performs related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Considerable knowledge of the English language and spelling.
  • Considerable knowledge of office practices and procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of departmental functions and organizations.
  • Considerable knowledge of regulatory and procedural issues related to client eligibility for housing assistance programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of interviewing techniques.
  • Knowledge of house systems and repair approaches.
  • Proficiency in public contact and customer service.
  • Ability to speak and provide information clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to make judgmental decisions where several courses of action are presented.
  • Ability to understand and speak the Spanish language fluently for the Bilingual specialty.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
  • Three years of experience in clerical work, two years of which shall have involved as a significant job assignment giving information to or eliciting information from the public or receiving and answering complaints.
  • Or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL STANDARDS

  • Ability to meet the physical and medical standards approved for this class.

Housing Rehabilitation Inspector III
Salary Range: $46,281 – $51,076

GENERAL DEFINITION:

This is technical field work of a high level. The primary responsibilities include the coordination of all phases of housing rehabilitation including new construction, major and moderate rehabilitation, emergency repairs and environmental hazard reduction work, performed by employees or subcontractors of PHDC. An employee in this class is expected to handle all aspects of field work inspection and coordination including the preparation of work specifications, conducting job site conferences and to insure compliance with contract terms, work specification, codes, construction practices, and inspection protocols.

An employee in this class is expected to interpret contract documents and assist in resolving disputes with project architects, developers, contractors and homeowners.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)

Duties include conducting jobsite conferences with contractors, work crews, homeowners, developers and other pertinent parties involved in rehabilitation of housing; conducting interim quality control inspections; conducting final quality control inspections; issuing work change orders and punch lists; authorizing payment for work satisfactorily performed; oversight of work performed by subcontractors; coordination and assignment of work and assisting the Housing Rehabilitation Inspector Supervisor in all phases of work coordination.

Performs pre-construction surveys and reviews construction documents and specifications prior to work commencing. Conducts regular interim compliance and quality control inspections during all phases of the construction process and upon completion to insure adherence to contract terms, work specifications, codes and good workmanship standards. Establishes start dates and interim and final completion dates for each project. Assures that work schedules are adhered to and initiates corrective action as required. Informs contractors and subordinate inspectors of procedures, technical information, contract requirements, and any problems that need attention and resolution. Coordinates information with supervisor and department management staff, project architects, developers, and homeowners. Initiates conflict resolution process when work site disputes arise.

Enforces contractors’ compliance with contract requirements; interprets specifications and contract requirements to resolve disputes between the sponsor, contractor and the homeowner.

Reviews and records progress of assigned projects; prepares progress reports, technical reports, and correspondences; prepares payment requests, change orders, and punch lists.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Completion of a two year program with major course work in building construction technology, or civil engineering technology at a technical institute or two years at an accredited college or university with major course work in civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering or architectural design, and
  • Two years of experience performing technical field inspections of construction projects to assure contractors adherence to contract requirements, plans and specifications, including one year of at the full performance level.
  • Or, any equivalent combination of acceptable training and experience that has included with the completion of at least five years of hands-on construction experience, with at least two years of experience performing technical field inspections of construction projects to assure contractors adherence to contract requirements, plans and specifications, including one year at the full performance level.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL STANDARDS

  • Ability to meet approved minimal physical and medical standards.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES

  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to and during tenure of employment as a Housing Rehabilitation Inspector if required by the work assignment.

Information

All positions begin at stated starting salary. Salaries increase yearly to top of range for position based on satisfactory performance.

ALL POSITIONS INCLUDE:

  • Superior health insurance (including prescription, vision and dental)
  • Generous retirement plan
  • Life insurance
  • Deferred compensation
  • Paid vacation and sick time.

ONCE HIRED ALL EMPLOYEES MUST BECOME A RESIDENT OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF APPOINTMENT AND MAINTAIN RESIDENCY STATUS IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit cover letter (indicating position desired) and resume to:

Email: PHDC.Hiring@phila.gov or

Human Resources Department
Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation
1234 Market Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

PHDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability ,marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status.