Home Repair Specialist

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services is hiring a Home Repair Specialist to work in the Construction Services Department providing homeowner repairs throughout Tompkins County. This is a full time position. Below is a description of the position and the requirements for applicants to apply. Please forward via email: resume, cover letter and three references to Christine Carreiro, Director of Construction Services; ccarreiro@ithacanhs.org.


The Home Repair Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Service’s Home Repair Program. The program provides small repairs for senior citizens, persons with disabilities and other qualified individuals throughout Tompkins County. Additionally, the Specialist will be responsible for repairs for clients receiving assistance through INHS’s home purchase programs. The Specialist’s responsibilities include the evaluation of service requests, home inspections, estimating costs of materials, preparation of required documents, and the execution of construction activities. Repairs may include carpentry, flooring work, minor plumbing and electrical repair, and other repairs as needed with a particular focus on health and safety concerns. The Specialist is responsible for documenting time and materials related to each repair project and entering data into the program database. This position will involve referrals from, and coordination with, other local service agencies. General knowledge of building trades’ practices and codes, as well as good communication and organizational skills are essential to the Mini Repair Specialist position.


· Evaluate service requests. Assess whether the request meets the eligibility requirements under the guidelines of the program;

· Inspect homes for health and safety, evaluate needs, create work scopes, develop cost estimates and create materials list required for repairs;

· Perform required services needed to accomplish eligible repair requests;

· Complete the job reporting forms required to track the hours and expenses related to each job and enter data into database;

· Maintain INHS tool and materials inventory. Keep shop and vehicle organized and clean;

· Work closely with the Director of Construction Services on reporting, equipment procurement and budgetary monitoring as per funders’ requirements;

· Efficiently organize and perform repair work necessary;

· Travel to and from job sites, carrying the necessary tools and materials;

· Assist in promoting the program to the general public;

· And any other duties as assigned.


· Knowledge of good building techniques and practices, as well as local and State building codes;

· Ability to inspect homes for health and safety, assess problems, develop solutions, create estimates and

perform required repair work;

· Organizational skills, construction math skills and English language skills;

· The ability to interact effectively with elderly and disabled clients, co-workers, other service providers,

and building material suppliers;

· Ability to manage confidential information;

· Ability to work independently and efficiently schedule and manage the work load;

· Attention to detail, record keeping, filing and computer skills as necessary to provide periodic reports;

· Ability to successfully perform a wide range of construction tasks, including but not limited to general carpentry; flooring, window and door replacement, minor electrical and minor plumbing repairs;

· Possess physical conditioning in line with the demands of the position;

· Must become EPA-certified in Lead-Safe Work Practices (RRP) and complete the NYS Mobile Homes certification class;

· Must have a valid NYS Drivers License.

· This description is not to be taken as a limiting document. Other duties may be assigned as situations dictate.


· High school diploma OR equivalent;

· Minimum of five years experience in building maintenance, construction and/or repair and remodeling.

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. INHS is a Tompkins County Living Wage Certified Employer

Established in 1976 as a partnership between residents, funders, and local government, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services is a non-profit, community development corporation affiliated with NeighborWorks® America. The INHS mission is to revitalize Ithaca’s neighborhoods – encouraging stability and diversity – and to help people of modest incomes obtain affordable housing on a long-term basis. INHS is committed to creating energy-efficient housing and sustainable communities that benefit residents of all income levels and occupations.