Responsible for representing the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD’s) Bureau of Public Housing Development and Construction (BPHDC) and acting as its liaison with local housing authorities (LHAs), their architects, engineers, contractors and other consultants and contractors during public housing construction jobs; conducting on-site inspections to assure conformance with contract documents and the Bureau’s construction standards and best practices; attending regular job meetings; reviewing and making recommendations with respect to payment requests, change order requests and Construction Change Directives; and working with all parties to resolve problems that may arise during construction in accordance with the project contracts. Respond to requests to review conditions at existing buildings. Perform related duties as required.

• Represents the interests of DHCD during the construction phase of projects.
• Actively participates in planning capital improvement projects, monitors quality of the work during construction, resolves disputes in a timely fashion, and assists LHAs in closing out construction projects.
• Provides guidance, opinions, and commentary to DHCD staff in creating and updating the Bureau’s Design Guidelines and Construction Standards.
• Responsible for monitoring the construction contractor’s conformance to the contract documents and to the Bureau’s Design Guidelines and Construction Standards.
• Participates in capital planning efforts via multidisciplinary teams aimed at rendering technical assistance to LHAs.
• Assists LHAs in prioritizing their capital improvement projects.
• Ability to conduct job functions while in the field, or while otherwise away from DHCD’s office.
• Assists LHAs in assembling their Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
• Assists LHAs in maintaining the accuracy of their building condition data within the electronic Capital Planning System (CPS) database.
• Reviews project scopes and descriptions, budgets and schedules for completeness and appropriateness at the designer selection project phase.
• Reviews project construction documents prior to bidding for completeness and constructability.
• Inspects existing buildings as requested by LHAs or the Bureau.
• Assesses building conditions and assists LHAs in preparing project scopes, schedules, and budgets for selected projects.
• Conducts preconstruction meeting after the contract award and assists the LHA in issuing the Notice to Proceed (NTP) for each construction project.
• Communicates frequently with DHCD staff (Project Development Unit, Architectural & Engineering Services Unit, Bureau of Asset Management) as to the status of jobs within assigned territory.

• Attends weekly construction job meetings, reviews construction progress, works with all parties to resolve construction problems and/or disputes.
• Assists all parties with the administrative aspects of the construction, particularly any proposed changes to the project’s scope, schedule or budget.
• Prepares written monthly report detailing status of jobs within assigned territory.
• Reviews and approves contractor requisitions for payment.
• Reviews contractor’s proposals for change orders to the contract for construction.
• Assists in preparing project histories and/or summaries.
• Attends dispute resolution conferences, discussions, and related meetings as needed.
• Performs other technical or administrative duties as required.
• Reviews and approves documents necessary to close out each project, especially formal transfer of warranties, manuals and maintenance instructions.
• Participates in post construction and post occupancy evaluations to determine how well Bureau Design Guidelines and Construction Standards performed in real projects.
• Provides guidance, opinions, and commentary to DHCD in an effort to improve the Department’s overall functions.


Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time technical experience in the construction, inspection, and/or alteration of building construction projects or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

I. An Associate’s degree with a major in civil engineering, civil engineering technology or construction technology may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required experience.*

II. A Bachelor’s or higher degree in civil engineering, civil engineering technology, architecture or structural architectural engineering may be substituted for the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Based on assignment, incumbents may be required to possess a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Knowledge of construction means, methods, techniques, best practices and procedures, and common building materials for low, mid and high-rise housing projects.
• Ability to read and interpret technical architectural and engineering drawings and specifications.
• Knowledge of 2009 International Building Code with special Massachusetts amendments, known as the 8th edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code, and all other applicable building regulations.
• Knowledge of Massachusetts public bidding laws and requirements for procurement of goods and services.
• Ability to deal fairly, impartially and tactfully with all parties involved in the construction process.
• Knowledge of construction management including scheduling and cost estimating.
• Ability to effectively communicate (both in writing and verbally) technical concepts to people with little or no technical background.
• Ability to work independently and to set and prioritize workload.
• Ability to exercise leadership in a group setting.
• Experience with public housing construction, either from the perspective of a contractor, project representative, local housing authority or state or federal housing agency.
• Progressively responsible experience in construction working as a Project Representative, Project Superintendent, Project Manager, and Building Inspector or in a similar capacity is strongly preferred.
• Ability to learn and use portable laptop computer technology with internet capability.

A Massachusetts Construction Supervisor’s license is required


Travel throughout the Cape and Islands will be required. Employees must have a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s license or the equivalent from another state and applicant must have his/her own form of transportation.

How To Apply:

Please mail 2 copies of both your cover letter and resume referencing the CEO ID#J34989-EXT-RES  to:

Department of Housing and Community Development
Human Resources Department
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114-2524

Fax: (617) 573-1299
TTY: (617) 573-1140

To ensure consideration, resume and cover letter must be postmarked by midnight on the deadline date.

Please reference posting ID# J34989-EXT-RES on all correspondence.

Agency Web Address:

Diversity Officer:

Ms. Nancy DePaul, (617) 573-1100