Home Improvement Agency Surveyor

£25,481 - £29,577 Per annum
04 Jun 2021
01 Jul 2021
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Home Improvement Agency Surveyor
Hours: 37.00
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £25,481 - £29,577 Per annum
Closing: 01/07/2021

An interesting and exciting opportunity has arisen to join Home Improvement Team (HIA) as HIA Surveyor. The Home Improvement Team provide major and minor adaptions to people’s homes in the Herefordshire depending on their eligibility. In addition, HIA runs a Handyperson schemes for small jobs around the county.

The HIA Surveyor will have experience in working with vulnerable people and a sound working knowledge of building regulations and Housing Grants criteria, along with an appropriate qualification in Building Construction or Surveying. The main purpose of the job will be to provide a comprehensive surveying service to vulnerable households within the county, mainly in relation to the provision of Disabled Facilities Grants, to administer the award of relevant grants, provide technical advice and support on repair or adaptations to properties. The ability to use computer based drawing and database packages is essential.

Main Purpose of Job:
• To administer and recommend the award of all housing grants and assistance within relevant legislative and policy guidelines.
• To provide technical advice and support to vulnerable households on the repair, adaptation or improvement of their properties, that will enable them to choose to remain in their own homes.
• To assist the Senior Home Improvement Agency Officer in developing, promoting and delivering all aspects of the Home Improvement Agency Service.

Main Responsibilities/Accountabilities/Key Result Areas:
The jobholder will be expected to complete the responsibilities/accountabilities effectively in order to deliver the key objectives of the organisation:
• To provide a comprehensive surveying service to vulnerable households occupying properties requiring improvement or adaptation, and administer the award of grants and other assistance under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and other relevant legislation, within the budget available and in accordance with Council policy.
• To provide specialist advice on technical issues and comprehensive information on financial options and other services provided by the Home Improvement Agency.
• To assist the Senior Home Improvement Agency Officer in ensuring the provision of a high quality service that supports vulnerable people in achieving independent living within their own homes.
• To follow the relevant procedures for ensuring that information and data is collected and recorded accurately thus enabling the production of reliable analyses and reports.

Council staff
To follow the relevant procedures for ensuring that information and data is collected and recorded accurately thus enabling the production of reliable analyses and reports.

Job Activities:
• To visit vulnerable households in their homes, provide appropriate advice and assistance, including assistance with the completion of documents as necessary, and to maintain regular contact until works are complete and / or the case is closed.
• To liaise with professional and other colleagues and partners, including service users’ families and carers to achieve the best possible outcome for the vulnerable client or household.
• To undertake surveys, prepare detailed plans and specifications, ensuring compliance with current legislation and policy; and to analyse plans and specifications prepared by others.
• To advise service users on technical options and priorities regarding works to their properties.
• To act as agent in assisting the service user to apply for approvals to other council departments, statutory organisations and utility companies.
• To undertake a tender process, inviting registered contractors, fully evaluating quotations received, ensuring value for money and a high standard of workmanship in all cases.
• To administer contractual arrangements between the service user, the agency and the contractor, and to undertake to keep the client informed of progress at all times.
• To oversee works on site to their satisfactory completion and to recommend the payment of relevant monies to the applicant or to the contractor.
• To maintain detailed statutory and other records in respect of the team’s activities, and to prepare reports as required.
• To assist in the development of initiatives designed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and public awareness of services provided by the Home Improvement Agency team.
• To assist in the implementation of any training / induction programme for students and persons attached to the Home Improvement Agency team on an ad-hoc basis.
• To maintain personal and personal and professional development, and keep abreast of all legislative and technical changes that may impact on the changing demands of the post.

In return we will offer
• 25 days per year rising to 30 after 5 years’ service plus Bank Holidays and2 days unpaid at Christmas (pro rata for part time)
• Enrolment in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
• Provide access to a high quality programme of evidence-based learning and development to enhance skills and practice
• Regular 1:1’s and development opportunities
• A generous relocation package for eligible candidates
• Pick your perks – our benefits include access to a range of retail, leisure, holiday and health benefits. This includes savings, cash back and discounts. We also offer an employee assistance programme that means you will have access to confidential support and advice if you ever need it.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.

To apply, please submit your CV along with a supporting statement, referring to the job description and person specification, detailing how you meet the specific requirements of the role.

We welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity. All requests for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments will be considered.

The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post:
• Those who indicate they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the ‘Disability Confident’ scheme.
• Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant; and
• Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care

If you would like to discuss this job in more detail please contact Denis Scerri on 01432 261893

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Due to social distancing and infection controls currently in place we will contact you to discuss interview arrangements. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact Hoople Resourcing at: enquiries@hoopleresourcing.co.uk

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