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Join the Housing Authority of the City of Laredo in the quest to provide safe, decent, and sanitary housing to its communities. We encourage you to become part of our team and benefit from our competitive compensation, excellent benefits package, and pleasant work environment.

LHA provides all permanent full time employees with Health Insurance upon completion of their two month probationary period and a Retirement Plan, Life Insurance, Annual Leave, and Sick Leave upon the completion of their six month probationary period.

Applications

Employment applications are available at the Housing Authority of the City of Laredo Administration Building, 2nd Floor.

You may also download the application on this website and submit in person, fax or by email listed.

Applications, resumes, and other supporting documentation may be submitted via email, fax, postal mail, or in person Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm at:

Housing Authority of the City of Laredo
2000 San Francisco Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78040
956.722.4521
956.722.6561 (fax)

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Benefits

Health Insurance

The Housing Authority provides and covers 100% of the premium of Health Insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. A buy up plan is available.

Retirement Plan

LHA Employees are provided with a Retirement Plan through Housing Authority Retirement Trust (HART). The Housing Authority contributes 9% of the employee’s actual worked wages towards their plan. Employees are responsible for contributing 2% of their gross wages towards their own plan.

Life Insurance

The Housing Authority provides a Life Insurance of two times (2x) the salary of the employee. Additional coverage may be purchased.

Annual/Sick Leave

Hours of annual and sick leave are accrued at six months from the date of hire.  Each pay period an employee will earn four (4) hours for annual and four (4) hours for sick.

Elected Benefits

LHA employees may elect to purchase additional insurance coverage from the offered policies:

  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Life
  • Cancer
  • Accidental Death/Dismemberment
  • Air Evac Lifeteam
  • Legal Shield
  • Short-Term Disability

Direct Deposit Option

Direct deposit is a banking option that allows the transfer of funds without the hassle associated with paper checks. This is a free service that allows us to deposit you pay check directly into your personal checking or saving account. Download and turn in this form to our finance department.

Direct Deposit Form

Official Standard Holidays

Authorized Day

New Year’s

Martin Luther King Day

President’s Day

Good Friday

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Veteran’ s Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Personal Holiday

When Observed

January 1st.

Third Monday in January

Third Monday in February

Friday before Easter Sunday

Last Monday in May

July 4th

First Monday in September

November 11th

Fourth Thursday in November
Friday after Thanksgiving

December 24th

December 25th

Scheduled & Approved by Supervisor

Positions Available

For employment consideration please submit a completed LHA Job Application.
Director of Housing Management
Reports To: Executive Director
Department / Division: Housing Management
FLSA: Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time
Date:March 4, 2019
Position Summary
Responsible for performing a variety of complex and diverse managerial and administrative duties pertaining to the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the Agency’s public, private, and mixed finance housing properties. Revises policies, procedures, and plans to ensure and maintain program compliance with HUD’s changing regulations and guidelines and makes administrative and management decisions concerning overall operations of applicable plans. Responsible for the Agency receiving at least a satisfactory rating concerning HUD agency scoring systems such as Housing Management Assessment System (PHAS) and other future HUD required evaluation systems. The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements regarding duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment in association with this position.
Responsibilities
Undertakes and performs the following and all other work-related duties as assigned.
  1. Responsible for strategic planning, developing, implementing, and administering the overall goals and responsibilities of the department. Actively leads, manages, and develops a culture of continuous improvement to ensure effective planning, high standards for tenant services, and appropriate controls to ensure revenue and performance is consistent with agreed targets.
  2. Directs and provides guidance to admissions and occupancy staff in the development and implementation of policies to ensure all procedures are in compliance with HUD guidelines, and that interviews, eligibility processes, maintenance of waiting lists for appropriate bedroom size and for sites, re-examinations, preparation of contracts, etc., are in accordance with the Agency’s rules, policies, and procedures completed in a timely and professional manner.
  3. Directs and provides guidance to the safety and crime prevention staff to ensure progressive, coordinated safety, crime prevention, and fear-reduction strategies and services are effectively implemented to guard against theft, vandalism, violence, or other threats against Agency employees and/or tenants within the Agency’s jurisdiction.
  4. Proposes and implements property management policies and directs and monitors/provides guidance to subordinates to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local housing regulations, and that organizational goals are met.
  5. Directs and prepares departmental budgets, staffing plans, maintenance schedules (e.g., annual inspections, preventative maintenance, required narrative, and statistical reports for submission to the Executive Director, HUD, and the Board of Commissioners) and reviews reports prepared by departmental staff.
  6. Coordinates with the Director of Community and Economic Development in the preparation of Capital Improvement modernization and revitalization plans, timetables, activities, and budgets ensuring compliance with funding programs and federal, state, and local residential building requirements.
  7. Monitors the Physical Assessment Subsystem (PASS), Management Assessment Subsystem (MASS) and Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) sub-indicators and ensures all data in PIC is accurate.
  8. Monitors the procurement and construction process for all Capital Improvement activities, identifies the physical conditions of Agency properties, and makes certain they are maintained in marketable condition. Oversees the procurement of architectural and engineering services, contractors, and other professional services for ongoing and future plans and developments.
  9. Directs and provides guidance to the maintenance staff in providing skilled trade services (e.g., electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.) for Agency properties and oversees response to routine and emergency repair requests to ensure timely and successful resolution of problems. Directs the preparation of annual maintenance schedules and budgets and their implementation. Directs and provides guidance to the maintenance staff in the effective assignment, servicing, and replacement of Agency vehicles and equipment.
  10. Directs and provides guidance to the tenant services staff in the development and implementation of plans/resources in each community to effectively assist tenant family members to more fully and successfully participate in educational and economic programs and to attain life opportunities and objectives.
  11. Acts as the Agency’s HUD Section 504 compliance officer to ensure that qualified individuals with a disability will not be excluded from the participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Provides guidance and develops policy on 504 issues.
  12. Monitors and tracks non-routine legal matters and their dispositions to ascertain long- and short-term effects and impact on the Agency, its practices, its budget, and its image in the Community.
  13. Supervises staff, providing ongoing assistance to support a positive and productive working environment. Oversees training, direction, supervision, utilization, and discipline of department employees and makes recommendations for other personnel-related activities. Makes recommendations to the Executive Director regarding selection, employment, and termination of department employees. Sets standards, frameworks, performance indicators and protocols, identifying necessary responses to overcome performance issues and take appropriate action where required.
  14. Interacts with businesses, public officials, and public agencies to successfully maintain positive Agency image and working relationships.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration, or related field from an accredited college or university and three (3) to (5) years of progressively responsible experience in management or in an administrative capacity in property management or low income housing.
The following Certifications must be obtained within one (1) year of employment or other allowable period of hire as authorized by the Executive Director or his/her designee:
  • Housing Management Manager
  • Rent Calculation
  • Fair Housing
  • Supervisory Maintenance
  • Occupancy Specialist
  • Enterprise Income Verification System (EIV)
  • Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS)
Knowledge and Skills
  1. Thorough knowledge of the modern principles, practices, and techniques of Housing Management Agency management.
  2. Thorough knowledge of the relationship of PHA’s to other federal, state, and local jurisdictions and their abilities to provide funds or other support to the Agency.
  3. Thorough knowledge of Agency operating policies and procedures, pertinent HUD regulations, and federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to Housing Management authorities.
  4. Thorough knowledge of the modern principles, practices, and techniques of personnel management, training, goal-setting, and performance evaluation.
  5. Thorough knowledge of procurement regulations and OSHA requirements.
  6. General knowledge of the modern principles, practices, and techniques of maintenance and other functional areas within the Agency.
  7. Thorough knowledge of the modern principles, practices, and techniques of budgeting and accounting, and of the function and operation of the construction industry.
  8. Skill in presenting information in a clear, organized, and convincing manner.
  9. Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, co-workers, and persons outside the Agency.
  10. Ability to accurately and completely document in writing appropriate events and activities.
  11. Ability to plan, direct, and supervise the work of others, to delegate responsibility and authority, and to hold subordinates accountable for tasks assigned.
  12. Ability to read and comprehend complex material.
  13. Ability to identify operational problems and develop effective solutions.
  14. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, co-workers, and persons outside the Agency.
  15. Ability to prepare clear and concise narrative and statistical reports and deal effectively with situations requiring tact and diplomacy, yet firmness.
  16. Ability to communicate in English and Spanish is desirable.
  17. Ability to operate appropriate Agency computer equipment and software packages.
Supervision Controls
The Director of Housing Management receives instructions from the Executive Director regarding agency goals, their priorities, and special assignments. The employee routinely works without the direction of the Executive Director and is free to develop methods, deadlines, and/or objectives. Normally the Director of Housing Management makes independent decisions pertaining to situations not covered by specific guidelines but the Executive Director is consulted in serious or unusual circumstances. The work of the Director of Housing Management is reviewed for progress, achievement of goals as appropriate to the circumstances, and compliance with procedures.
The employee provides guidance to subordinates, developing activities, setting priorities, establishing timelines, and modifying or making changes in the course of achieving global and priorities. The employee monitors the work of subordinates for accuracy, completeness, conformity to policy, and achievement of goals or objectives. Also, responsible for employee success by training and/or mentoring subordinates within their department. In addition, authority to administer employment procedures such as annual evaluation and disciplinary action plan as needed (up to termination).
Guidelines
Guidelines followed by the Director of Housing Management include published laws, regulations, handbooks, codes, and ordinances. Materials used vary with the project and the entities involved, and independent research is necessary depending on the activity and/or project requirements.
Complexity
The Director of Housing Management performs a wide variety of non-routine tasks, which are not always clearly related. The employee must identify the work that needs to be done, determine how to accomplish it, and coordinate, integrate, and prioritize a variety of tasks or assignments. The employee must make regular decisions involving usual and unusual circumstances, conflicting data, conflicting and competing demands, or other non-routine occurrences. The employee must coordinate costs, timing, funding availability, contracting requirements, and working relationships of fund providers in the development process.
Decisions and issues facing the employee involve multiple organizational units. Difficulty may be experienced in convincing staff, peers, and other individuals to concur with decisions made regarding day-to-day priorities, operational objectives, and goals.
Scope and Effect
The employee’s work affects other Agency departments, the Agency’s Housing Management programs, its tenants, and the financial viability of Agency and can determine to a great extent the quantity and quality of housing and services the Agency is able to provide for low-income families. Successful accomplishment of work responsibilities by the employee ensures the Agency is operationally efficient and consistently rated as a standard or high performer by HUD and enhances the Agency’s ability to provide housing that is decent, safe, and sanitary, with adequate services for its tenants.
Personal Contacts
The Director of Housing Management has contact with a broad range of individuals including coworkers, applicants, tenants, business firms, contractors, consultants, local, state, and federal officials, and architects. Personal contacts serve multiple purposes including: giving or gaining information, planning, coordinating, and advising motivating, influencing, directing persons or groups, and justifying, defending, negotiating, and resolving significant and/or sensitive and controversial issues.
Physical Requirements
  1. Work is principally sedentary, but may involve some physical exertion, such as kneeling, crouching, or lifting to obtain files and records, and eyestrain from working with computers and other office equipment.
  2. Must be able to sit or stand for up to eight (8) hours at a time while performing work duties.
  3. Must be able to bend, stoop, push, and pull in the performance of office-related duties.
  4. Must be able to use fingers bilaterally and unilaterally to operate office equipment.
  5. Must have vision and hearing corrected to be able to perform essential job functions.
  6. Must maintain a professional appearance and portray a positive image for the Agency.
  7. Must be able to maintain punctuality and attendance as scheduled.
  8. Must be able to perform essential job functions in an environment that will sometimes include increased levels of work-related stress.
  9. An employee may request a reasonable accommodation to mitigate any of the physical requirements listed above.
Work Environment
Work involves the normal risks or discomfort associated with an office environment and is usually in an area that is adequately cooled, heated, lighted, and ventilated, but also involves working outdoors during visits to dwellings or facilities.
Other Requirements
  1. Must possess a State of Texas driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
  2. Must be available for occasional overnight travel for training.
  3. Must pass a criminal background check.
  4. Must work with the highest degree of confidentiality.
The Housing Authority of The City of Laredo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description is subject to change and in no manner states or implies that these are the only duties and responsibilities to be performed. The duties herein are representative of the essential functions of this job. This job description reflects management’s assignment of functions; however, it does not prescribe or restrict tasks that may be assigned. Nothing in this document restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time. The qualifications listed above are guidelines, other combinations of education and experience that could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job may be considered at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Employment with the Housing Authority of The City of Laredo is on an “at-will” basis. Nothing in this document is intended to create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, and does not constitute a promise of continued employment.
Disclaimer:The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified. Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons. Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice. This job description supersedes earlier versions.
Project Specific Workforce

Reports To: Project Specific Manager
Department/Division: Community & Economic Development
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Employment Status: Temporary (Length is up to the duration of the assigned construction project(s))
Multiple positions available. (Posting will remain open through the duration of the Inner-City Revival construction projects)
Date: November 21, 2018
Position Summary

Employee performs tasks involving physical labor in demolition and new construction for the Department of Community & Economic Development. Performs multiple tasks such as general carpentry, electrical, plumbing, concrete work, and tile setting at construction and development sites. The duties listed below illustrate the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements regarding duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment in association with this position.

Responsibilities

Undertakes and performs the following and other work-related duties as assigned.

  1. Routinely starts, operates, and checks for safety and appropriate maintenance on agency vehicles. Includes lubricating, cleaning and minor repairs of the assigned vehicles.
  2. Repairs maintain, and alters buildings, retaining walls, and other brick or stone structures. Repairs steps, sidewalks, chimneys, floors, and walls. Patches cracked concrete, replaces broken concrete masonry blocks and ceramic tiles, re-grouts ceramic tile, and seals concrete and exterior brick walls. Performs carpentry work incidental to masonry and concrete finishing work.
  3. Smoothes and finishes surfaces of poured concrete floors, walls, sidewalks, patios, or curbs to specified textures, using hand tools or power tools, including floats, trowels, and screeds.
  4. Installs various types of joints, reinforcements, etc. for masonry/concrete finishing work as required and ensures work meets or exceeds quality control requirements.
  5. Pours concrete or directs concrete deliverer to position truck to facilitate pouring concrete and moves discharge chute of the truck to direct concrete into forms to make floors, walkways, pads, or other projects.
  6. Spreads concrete into inaccessible sections of forms, using rake or shovel and levels concrete to specified depth and workable consistency using handheld screed and floats to bring water to the surface and produce soft topping. Smoothes and shapes surfaces of freshly poured concrete using straightedge and float or power screed. Finishes concrete surfaces using power trowel, or wets and rubs concrete with abrasive stone to impart finish.
  7. Removes rough or defective spots from concrete surfaces using power grinder or chisel and hammer, and patches holes with fresh concrete or epoxy compound.
  8. Constructs, erects, installs, and repairs structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter’s hand tools, and power tools, and conforming to local building codes. Projects may include renovation, repair, alteration, fabrication of walls, doors, windows and frames, ceilings, roofs, floors, stairs, shelving, tables, benches, cabinets, counters, countertops, and/or facings, signs, scaffolds, and many different building components of wood, wood substitutes, metal, plastic, plastic laminates, sheetrock, paneling, etc.
  9. Inspects, installs, maintains, and repairs or replaces plumbing fixtures and fittings (e.g., leaky faucets, clogged drains and sewer lines, damaged commodes, bathtubs, water heaters, and water cutoffs.) Installs, repairs and replaces water heaters and lavatory sinks.
  10. Prepares all interior/exterior wall surfaces for painting by removing electrical outlets and lighting fixtures, spreading drop cloths, scraping peeled paint, caulking, plastering and/or patching holes and cracks, taping and floating drywall, and/or sanding. Removes closet and bedroom doors.
  11. Sands wood surfaces and/or applies primers or sealers to new surfaces as appropriate to prepare for painting, varnishing and/or staining.
  12. Mixes, matches, and blends various paints, enamels, lacquers, varnishes, stains, and special protective coatings to achieve the desired color, consistency, and drying properties and applies to prepared surfaces with a brush, roller, or spray equipment.
  13. Performs preventive maintenance as defined for the area of responsibility (e.g., interior /exterior buildings, ceilings, floors, and roofs, adhering to the preventive maintenance schedule.)
  14. Prepares all interior/exterior wall surfaces, doors, and frames for painting.
  15. Applies caulking compounds by hand or with caulking gun to seal crevices.
  16. Erects and disassembles scaffolding, shoring braces and other temporary structures.
  17. Digs ditches and levels earth to grade specifications, using pick and shovel.
  18. Signals equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, and adjustment of machinery, equipment, and materials.
  19. Sprays materials such as water, sand, steam, vinyl, paint or stucco through a hose to clean, coat or seal surfaces.
  20. Loads and unloads trucks and haul and hoist materials.
  21. Operates machines that pump concrete, grout, cement, sand, plaster or stucco through spray-gun for application to ceiling and walls.
  22. Operates heavy machinery and hand/power tools of all types.
  23. Maintains a clean job site; pick up all tools equipment and secure job site each day to eliminate potential hazards.
  24. Ensures compliance with plans and specifications for individual construction projects.
  25. Accountable for consistent adherence to Agency standards regarding the ethical, responsible, and appropriate use, care, and safeguarding of Agency materials, supplies, resources, and other assets.
Education and Experience

High School graduate or GED is desirable. Two (2) years’ experience in the construction field or maintenance, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to fulfill essential position functions.

Knowledge and Skills
  1. Good knowledge of techniques, methods, materials, and equipment used in the construction or repair of houses, buildings or other structures such as highways and roads.
  2. Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles.
  3. Ability to understand and follow non-complex instructions.
  4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and tenants
  5. Math skills sufficient to perform essential job functions.
  6. Skilled in the use of various hand tools, power tools, and test equipment.
  7. Thorough knowledge of occupational hazards and applicable safety precautions of the assigned work.
  8. Ability to communicate in English and Spanish is desired.
Supervision Controls

The employee receives instructions from the Project Specific Manager or his/her designee as assigned. Generally, methods of accomplishing assignments are at the discretion of the employee within established procedures. Deadlines, priorities, necessary guidelines, and scope of work are generally set by the supervisor and the employee’s progress is monitored regularly for adherence to instructions, compliance with established procedures, quality, and completeness. The employee has no supervisory responsibilities.

Guidelines

All guidelines are usually provided orally and are supplemented by established procedures. If a situation not covered by these guidelines arises, the employee consults the supervisor for guidance.

Complexity

Work performed by the employee may be routine or non-routine in nature depending on the situation and task involving construction. The nature of some task may be highly complex. Occasionally, some tasks may require the exercise of personal judgment in making decisions on accomplishing assigned work

Scope and Effect

The employee’s work primarily affects Community & Economic Development Department activities. If accomplished properly, work efforts enhance the overall appearance of the developments and the surrounding community.

Personal Contacts

The employee’s personal contacts are with other employees and tenants. Contact with primarily concern work assignment.

Physical Requirements
  1. Normal physical activity can be tedious and require heavy lifting, carrying, and prolonged standing, walking, reaching, bending, pushing, pulling, kneeling, crouching, stooping, climbing, balancing and lying prone. The employee must use arm strength to manipulate hand tools such as saws, sanders, and jointers etc.
  2. Must be able to lift up to fifty (50) pounds without assistance.
  3. Must have a sense of balance sufficient for standing on a ladder of at least six (6) feet in height for an extended time period of time.
  4. Must be able to operate hand tools, power tools, and equipment (e.g., drills, wrenches, hammers, pliers, electrical, etc.)
  5. Work requires spatial perception, and finger and manual dexterity.
  6. Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, tenants, and persons outside the Agency and perform essential job functions in an environment that will sometimes include increased levels of work-related stress.
  7. Must be able to sit and/or stand for up to eight (8) hours at a time while performing work duties.
  8. Must be able to use fingers bilaterally and unilaterally to utilize job-related tools and equipment.
  9. Must have vision and hearing corrected to be able to legally operate a vehicle in various environmental and traffic conditions and perform essential job functions.
  10. Must have the normal color perception to differentiate colors of electrical wiring, etc.
  11. Must maintain a professional appearance and portray a positive image for the Agency.
  12. Must maintain punctuality and attendance as scheduled.
  13. An employee may request a reasonable accommodation to mitigate any of the physical requirements listed above.
Work Environment

The employee works indoors and outdoors and is exposed to weather extremes. The employee may occasionally be subjected to electrical shock hazards, dangerous heights, dangerous chemicals (e.g., cleaning solutions, solvents, insecticides), and skin irritants. The employee may be required to use goggles, gloves, masks, lumbar support belts, safety boots, and other personal protective equipment.

Other Requirements
  1. Must possess a State of Texas driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
  2. May be required to work after office hours on the on-call work schedule.
  3. Must work with the highest degree of confidentiality.
  4. Must pass a criminal background check.

The Housing Authority of The City of Laredo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description is subject to change and in no manner states or implies that these are the only duties and responsibilities to be performed. The duties herein are representative of the essential functions of this job. This job description reflects management’s assignment of functions; however, it does not prescribe or restrict tasks that may be assigned. Nothing in this document restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time. The qualifications listed above are guidelines, other combinations of education and experience that could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job may be considered at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Employment with the Housing Authority of The City of Laredo is on an “at-will” basis. Nothing in this document is intended to create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, and does not constitute a promise of continued employment.

Disclaimer:The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified. Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons. Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice. This job description supersedes earlier versions.

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