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Lead Program Specialist II

For City of Burlington
General Purpose


The Project Specialist designs and manages lead hazard reduction and healthy homes projects, oversees testing consultants, contractors, and laboratories, gathers and maintains current information regarding lead hazard reduction techniques and healthy home intervention protocols, and provides education to various groups about healthy homes principles and the hazards of lead.All lead activities are completed following the Vermont Regulations for Lead Control and HUD's Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead Hazards in Housing (rev. 2012).

Consistency throughout the entire application process is critical and will be assessed.  Each question must be answered completely and accurately.  Do NOT leave any answers blank; enter N/A (Not Applicable) if there are areas that do not pertain to you.


Essential Job Functions

Project Management

  • Schedule and manage lead hazard reduction and healthy homes intervention projects to meet aggressive quarterly benchmarks
  • Communicate with property owners, tenants, and others about lead hazard control projects and healthy homes interventions;
  • Schedule projects base on Burlington Lead Program priorities.Work closely with the Vermont Department of Health to expedite work on properties occupied by lead poisoned children.
  • Identify healthy homes hazards and design interventions to protect occupants from a range of health and safety hazards found in homes.
  • Assist in the preparation of relocation plans for residents.
  • Prepare grant agreements, construction contracts, and other program documents.
  • Assist in determining the eligibility of applicant properties.
  • Create and update all program documents and informational materials.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws and obtain required permits. Conduct contractor bid walk-throughs.
  • Assist property owners in the selection of and negotiations with qualified contractors.
  • Provide oversight of contractors during construction, conduct substantial completion inspections, and review requests for payment.
    Project Design
  • Schedule and coordinate lead-based paint inspections at eligible properties.  Monitor testing consultants and laboratories to ensure compliance with HUD protocols.
  • Analyze the results of lead-based paint inspections and sampling reports.  Make recommendations to occupants regarding immediate hazards.
  • Conduct on-site lead-based paint risk assessments, healthy homes assessments and One Touch referrals through visual examination and interviews with property owners and occupants.
  • Review inspection report errors/discrepancies with testing consultants.
  • Develop project specifications for lead hazard reduction (using Housing Developer Pro) and healthy homes interventions.
  • Report risk assessments and specifications information to property owners.  Review project specifications and project financing (grants & loans) with property owner.
  • Work with the State Historic Preservation Office and/or a historic preservation consultant to ensure that project details retain historic features at eligible properties.  Submit projects to SHPO for review.
  • Create occupant protection plans for properties and submit to the Department of Health for approval.
Lead Hazard Control Protocols / Specifications
  • Research and collect information and materials regarding current hazard reduction protocols, techniques and technologies.
  • Research and collect information and materials regarding current healthy homes initiatives.
  • Review and update standard inspection and hazard reduction protocols, based on the requirements of HUD's Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead Hazards in Housing.
  • Review and update standard specifications for hazard reduction work.
  • Review and update standardized bid and contract.
    Quality Assurance / Quality Control  (QA/QC)
  • Monitor XRF testing consultants to insure proper testing protocols are followed.Review inspections results in the field for completeness and consistency.
  • Monitor the performance of analytical laboratories by submitting and tracking results of control samples and other methods.
  • Maintain and update information on pre-qualified lead abatement contractors.
  • Assist interested contractors in becoming certified to complete lead abatement.
  • Conduct lead assessments (visual inspections) in homes as requested by Burlington and Winooski residents.Provide one-on-one education regarding potential lead hazards, lead safe cleaning methods and lead safe work practices.
  • Provide technical assistance to property owners, property managers and contractors regarding their legal obligations and lead safe work practices.
  • Work with Code Enforcement to insure landlord compliance with the Vermont Lead Law.Provide technical assistance to other programs and City Staff.
  • Work with health professionals to develop and update informational materials on the hazards of lead.
    Other Duties
  • Work closely with and provide technical assistance to other program and city staff
Non-Essential Job Functions:
  • Performs other duties as required.


Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent training and experience required.
  • Three years' experience in project management aspects of lead paint hazard reduction, healthy housing assessments, housing development/rehabilitation or construction, project planning or analysis, or program administration with capital development/planning component required.
  • Knowledge of government procurement, reporting, permit process, and federal programs preferred.
  • Experience in specification writing and preparation of bid and contract documents.
  • Knowledge of the hazards of lead, hazard reduction and abatement techniques preferred.
  • Must be able to obtain certification in Vermont as a lead inspector/risk assessor, contractor supervisor, and lead project designer.
  • Willingness and ability to obtain Healthy Homes Practitioner training.
  • Ability to screen applicants for program eligibility, develop marketing materials, and represent CEDO in the community.
  • Proficiency in knowledge of Windows-based software including, but not limited to word processing, spreadsheet, database programs and specification development or construction management software preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and to budget time and work load.
  • Demonstrated ability to conform to regulatory and program detail.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Interact with courtesy when dealing with the public.
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Additional experience may be substituted for a degree requirement on a two-for-one year basis.
  • Ability to actively support City diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as evidenced by ongoing trainings and professional development.
  • Regular attendance is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions.
  • Ability to understand and comply with City standards, safety rules and personnel policies.


Additional Information


This position's duration is estimated through 2020 as this is a grant funded position.

The City of Burlington will not tolerate unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, HIV positive status or genetic information.  The City is also committed to providing proper access to services, facilities, and employment opportunities. 

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AmeriCorps, PeaceCorps and National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.        
Oct 06, 2017
Oct 10, 2017
Three years' experience in project management aspects of lead paint hazard reduction, healthy housing assessments, housing development/rehabilitation or construction, project planning or analysis, or program administration with capital development/planning component required.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent training and experience required.
Burlington, VT
Regular Full Time Exempt