Institute for Building Technology and Safety

  • Residential Damage Assessor/Inspector

    Posted Date 6 months ago(7/12/2018 6:14 PM)
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    Disaster Recovery
  • Responsibilities

    The Residential Damage Assessor will support damage-assessment inspections in Harris County, Texas.  The Candidate must be highly motivated and qualified to assess flood damaged homes using Xactimate software, make recommendations for repairs to ensure the homes are safe, sanitary and secure, and create that scope of work.


    Essential Functions: 

    • Perform on-sight inspections of Harvey flood damages to determine cause, scope of damage, and estimate the cost of repair by using Xactimate software
    • Schedule daily inspections of homes
    • Access and inspect all areas of a dwelling including roofs and lot for drainage issues.
    • Educate homeowners on determining scope of work
    • Collaborate with the estimating team to ensure the scope of work meets the standards of safe, secure and sanitary
    • Ensure the work is done in a timely manner
    • Provide photographic documentation of all damage items and repairs made by homeowners after the storm
    • Evaluate structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing deficiencies and determines improvements necessary for code compliance and to meet applicable Minimum Property Standards, and applicable Green Building Standards, and other possible program standards.
    • Perform comprehensive daily reporting of damage scopes and estimate results verbally and in an electronic database.
    • Work with the Damage Estimators to ensure the field notes are of acceptable quality to provide an accurate estimate of damages.
    • Develop and maintain a good working relationship with the Estimators and other IBTS staff.
    • Monitor the pace of field assessments and projecting the level of estimating effort required as work progresses.
    • Complete forms necessary for the delivery of a complete bid package.
    • Function as a Team player but also productive while autonomous, delivering the required materials and findings accurately and in a timely manner.
    • Render sketches using Xactimate
    • Remain familiar and up to date with different editions of the International Residential Codes.
    • Perform other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned by supervisor.


    • Knowledge of Building and Construction industry, including and not limited to materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, exterior landings, steps, or other structures related to clients property.
    • Understanding of residential construction drawings and specifications.
    • Familiarity with quantity material and labor take-off means and methods.
    • Use of critical thinking and problem solving to recognize issues as well as identifying solutions to discrepancies with estimates.
    • Ability to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
    • Able to communicate effectively with IBTS staff, contractors, and homeowners both orally and in writing.
    • Demonstrated ability to provide quality customer service to contractors and homeowners.
    • Ability to successfully foster positive attitude towards IBTS staff, contractors and homeowners
    • Ability to maintain a cooperative and collaborative working relationship with variety of customers, contractors, and County staff
    • Ability and willingness to travel for required meetings and training as assigned.
    • Ability to speak, read, and write the English language with proficiency.


    • Requires Licensing as a Texas Real Estate Professional Home Inspector with minimum of 3 years of professional experience; or licensed as a Professional Engineer or Architect. 
    • Minimum 3 years of experience providing estimating of home damage.
    • Must have Xactimate 28 experience
    • ICC Residential Building Code certifications, preferred.
    • Must possess a working knowledge of computers and the ability to transmit electronic reports.
    • Experience successfully handling multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
    • Demonstrated experience in interpreting field notes to produce an accurate computer generated repair Scope of Work and Estimate using Xactimate 28® estimating software.
    • Working Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

    Physical Demands

    • The person in this position needs to move about inside and outside of homes and buildings while examining work sites.
    • Constantly positions self to ascend/descend ladders for examining work site including but not limited to climbing steps, moving through crawl spaces, attics, basements, etc. These actions include climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling etc.
    • Frequently move equipment weighing up to 50 pounds to and from work site.
    • Constantly works in all outdoor weather conditions


    Special Requirements:


    • Consent to and pass a driver's and criminal records background check.
    • Must possess a valid driver's license, and have an acceptable driving record at time of appointment and throughout employment.


    Bring your passion, expertise, and experience to IBTS, where we appreciate and are committed to our employees. We offer outstanding benefits, growth opportunities and work hard to maintain a culture that values our employees. 


    The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that was established to provide unbiased professional building code compliance services, while enhancing the communities in which we work. At IBTS, our mission is to deliver quality services to meet the challenges of governance at all levels while enhancing public safety, economic development, and the general welfare of the community. Our services include Building and Community Development, Energy and Sustainability Services, Disaster Planning and Recovery, Quality Assurance, as well as Compliance and Risk Monitoring.


    IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, VA, with additional offices in Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, DC.


    We are committed to building a community of experts with diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives who are passionate about our mission. IBTS is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.


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