Institute for Building Technology and Safety

  • Inspector - Disaster Recovery

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/8/2018 11:23 AM)
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    We are seeking Inspectors who can assist in residential inspections for property owners whose dwellings have been damaged by natural disasters. Deployments may occur nationwide and even outside of the continental United States. Inspectors will be a part of a large network of pre-qualified inspectors that are able to complete inspections within 24 hours of being deployed and remain for the duration of the given assignment, which will vary based on need.  

    The tasks and functions of the Inspectors include, but are not limited to, the following:


    Disaster Inspector Readiness Responsibilities:

    • Maintain any issued equipment in accordance with policy, including scheduled security system updates.
    • Stay current with and adhere to all clauses of Code of Conduct, Safety Policy, company training, availability, timekeeping and travel reimbursement policies
    • Update deployment availability on a monthly basis following instructions provided.
    • Maintain eligibility to conduct disaster housing inspections by satisfactorily completing all required mission and duty-ready training on an annual basis, or as necessary.

    Disaster Inspector Deployment Responsibilities:

    • Arrive at disaster field office at appointed date and time and receive briefing and equipment as necessary.
    • Schedule inspections with the disaster survivors on a first-in, first-out basis
    • Perform inspections according to defined specifications and Inspections Guidelines:

    These duties include but are not limited to:

    • The inspector must meet with the disaster survivor (or approved designee) at the damaged dwelling and be escorted through the dwelling by the applicant or designee.
    • Explain related documents and answer basic questions from applicants about the disaster recovery process.


    • Verify ID, Insurance status, Ownership (only for owners), Occupancy, and Household Composition.
    • Buildings posted by local or state officials with notices such as “do not enter” or “not safe to enter” will not be entered
    • Buildings that have not been evaluated for entry safety will be entered only if deemed safe to do so by the inspector
    • Enter each room (whether there was damage or not) and record damages to the walls, floors ceilings, doors etc., appliances, and furnishings
    • Assess damage to the roof from the ground; assess damage in the crawlspace from the exterior
    • Assess appliance damages before recording them as Repair or Replace
    • Measure rooms in which damage occurred and total square footage of dwelling
    • Take interior and exterior photos of the dwelling and damages reflective of the habitability determination
    • Address all data fields required within the provided software
    • Complete and return to IBTS all assigned inspections in less than 5 (five) days of the disaster survivor’s registration
    • Submit accurate timesheets and travel reimbursement forms on a weekly basis
    • Respond professionally to IBTS staff inquiries within 12 hours
    • Other Technical Assistance duties as assigned

    Definition of Disaster Housing Inspector as determined under the Service Contract Act (SCA)

    • Performs inspections and assesses damage of residences. Documents the damages sustained based on extensive knowledge of construction techniques.
    • Assesses damage to dwellings and the overall habitability of homes and addresses each appropriate field using the provided software.
    • Provides support in the administration of Inspection services contracts, such as assisting in the development of emergency response plans and assisting with quality control monitoring.
    • Assists in determining number of inspections needed at disaster field sites and provides guidance to other field inspectors. Typical guidance provided is assisting other inspectors with disaster specific information or technical assistance with the provided software.
    • Assists the supervisor with analyzing and evaluating Inspection service procedures in order to recommend improvements in inspection methods and techniques.  Procedures are typically evaluated through physical observation of field experiences.
    • Reviews, analyzes, and verifies occupancy documentation provided by applicants such as mortgage payment books, deeds and various insurance documents.
    • Provides disaster assistance program information to applicants.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.


    Qualifications & Experience:

    • High School diploma or GED equivalent preferred and a minimum of 1 year experience conducting home inspections, general construction experience or the equivalent of knowledge skills and abilities.
    • Candidate must pass pre-employment assessment that evaluates baseline comprehension of residential construction principles. 
    • Fluent in speaking, reading and comprehending English.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in basic math and computer skills required.
    • Professional demeanor, business writing and documentation needed.
    • Must have valid driver’s license and safe driving record.
    • Must pass a background check.

    U.S. Citizenship required for all project positions. The selected candidates must undergo a required criminal background investigation and fingerprint analysis. Only candidates who rate favorably will be selected for employment.

    Physical Demands

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements: 

    • On-call position – number of hours worked will vary based on need.
    • Ability to work in a stressful environment yet capable of delivering exemplary customer service with professionalism.
    • Ability to walk up and down stairs to access all levels of dwelling and on uneven terrain.
    • Attire must be clean and professional while working.
    • Personal hygiene must be maintained while working.
    • Extensive overnight travel required.


    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 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. This opportunity is open to Section S3 Residents.


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