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Residential Inspector/Damage Assessor

Residential Inspector/Damage Assessor

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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 that was 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. Section 3 residents, people with disability, and veterans encouraged to apply.


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IBTS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, established to provide impartial evaluations, research and technical assistance to reduce the burden on Federal, state and local government agencies.


IBTS strives to provide private sector efficiency with governmental credibility. Located in Ashburn, Virginia, IBTS has a resident and field staff of over 400 including engineers, architects, inspectors, and regulatory specialists. The Institute's multi-disciplined staff of engineers and technicians has expertise in program administration, performance measurement, auditing, quality management, information systems and support, housing/building regulations, and design and construction contract administration.


This position will require being a part of the recovery efforts to help those that have been affected by natural disasters. IBTS has the need for a Residential Inspector/Damage Assessor to support current and future damage assessment inspection services.  The Inspector is expected to conduct residential home inspections in South Eastern Louisiana to provide an accurate assessment of damages and completed repairs caused by localized flooding. 


Tasks include, but are not limited to:


  • The timely and efficient scheduling of multiple inspections among several locations.
  • The inspector’s primary focus is to photograph and document the condition of the property.
  • Determining damage to the structure, exterior surfaces and finishes, interior surfaces and finishes, roofing, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.  
  • Comprehensive reporting of inspection results verbally and in an electronic database.
  • Provide accurate measurements of the homes exterior and all interior rooms using an electronic measuring device.
  • Identifying Minimum Property Standards, Housing Quality Standards, and code related issues that would need to be corrected within a dwelling.
  • Ability work and communicate with others in a fast paced environment.
  • Timely submittal of all inspection results by using an electronic device.
  • Experience in home construction, home inspection, real estate, and any other related experience
  • A thorough knowledge of building materials, home construction methods and home repair are essential
  • Identify repairs necessary to make the home safe and sanitary
  • Ensure compliance with program requirement and quality control standards
  • Certify that replace and/or repair construction work executed meets authorized scope of work and program quality standards
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
  • Mobilize quickly and travel to various sites within Louisiana
  • Sound ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information
  • Strong written, documentation and communication skills
  • Previous experience conducting inspections, recording results, recommending corrective action and submitting required reports.
  • Lifting 50 pounds or less.
  • Position will include wearing associated personal protective equipment to meet the required OSHA requirements.


Desired Qualifications:


  • Experience in new and retrofit residential construction and/or inspection.
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, the application of the International Residential Code (IRC) and HUD Housing Quality Standards (HQS).
  • ICC certification as a “Residential Combination Inspector” is desired but not required. Certifications beyond this minimum are a plus. 
  • Licensed as a LSBHI Home Inspector
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Experience using Xactimate estimating software is desired.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally in clear, grammatical English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability and willingness to travel between projects within an approximate 50-mile radius.
  • Other technical certifications and the ability to work in other project areas are a plus.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience providing residential inspections
  • Requires the successful completion of Xactimate 28 training and certification within 60-days of employment (training provided by IBTS)






  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • A technical degree in engineering, architecture or building construction, though not required, is a plus.

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