The Lowell Housing Authority is a quasi-public organization with a mission to work in partnership with other housing providers, local government and our residents to provide quality housing and a variety of social services programs that assist residents in achieving their highest level of self-sufficiency. The Authority manages over 2,500 units of federal, state, and leased housing for individuals and families. The LHA operates under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) who establish regulations and provide guidance to our agency.
We are a large housing organization with approximately 83 administrative staff, and an experienced maintenance workforce, responsible for the upkeep of our properties across the City of Lowell. We consider ourselves to be A Foundation for Stability and Opportunity. We recognize that access to affordable housing is only the first step in achieving self-sufficiency, so we’ve dedicated ourselves to becoming much more. To achieve our goals, we implement or partner with a number of community organizations to create opportunities for our residents to achieve self-sufficiency. Programs and services include youth enrichment, academic scholarships, financial literacy, counseling, and homeownership.
As a team, we are data-driven, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence. We value our employees, offer excellent benefits, and support the professional growth of staff through our tuition reimbursement program, professional training, and mentorship.
JOB SUMMARY The incumbent of this class performs skilled electrical maintenance tasks such as the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical wiring systems, fixtures, controls, appliances, and equipment of buildings, grounds, apartments and general facilities. The incumbent is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of assigned electrical systems and components. SUPERVISION RECEIVED The incumbent of this class receives general supervision in the performance of assigned electrical tasks. The incumbent receives work assignments from and is supervised by the Superintendent of Facilities. SUPERVISION GIVEN No supervision is exercised normally, but incumbent may on occasion provide work direction to a few maintenance personnel who assist in non-technical, tasks. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES
- Knowledge of National, State and Local Electrical codes.Knowledge of Electrical Theory.
- Knowledge of electrical tools and equipment.
- Knowledge of safety precautions and procedures used while working with electricity.
- Skilled in the use of hand tools and test equipment.
- Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, blueprints, diagrams repair manuals, etc.
- Ability to plan and layout electrical wiring systems for proper and safe operations.
- Ability to receive and carry out oral and written instructions.
- Ability to perform effectively in cramped quarters and in high places, such as telephone poles, etc.
- Shall possess a valid Massachusetts' Driver's License.
- Performs the installation of electrical wiring systems to switches, outlets, lights, stoves, dryers, transformers, etc. in accordance with appropriate electrical safety codes by using tools such as wire pullers, wire strippers, visor, conduit tools, drills, wrenches, knockout. punches etc.
- Repairs appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, dryers, disposals, etc. by troubleshooting circuits for defects by using test equipment such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, test lights, meggers, etc. to restore them to operational condition.
- Performs internal and external connections of complicated electrical equipment such as motor controllers, switchboxes, transformers, generators on multiphase circuit, etc., by referring to Circuit diagrams, blueprints, schematics, etc.
- Performs electrical maintenance and repair to fire alarms systems, intercom systems, emergency lighting systems, incinerators, compactor, high voltage imperfect contacts, replacing burned out elements, fuses and/or switches, tightening loose connection, etc.
- Plans the routing, placement type, size, gauge, load, capacity, etc. of wiring systems by interpreting building plans blueprints, wiring diagrams, electrical maintenance and repair manuals, etc. to ensure the proper installation and safe operation of wiring circuit and lines.
- Installs a variety of components of an electrical system, such as wire (Romex, EX, single conductor, low voltage, high voltage, etc.), electrical boxes panels, motors, lighting fixtures, meter sockets, switch plugs, conduit piping, EMT piping, etc.
- Performs other related duties of a Maintenance Mechanic, as required.
Assistant Youth Program Coordinator
The Lowell Housing Authority is seeking a qualified individual to serve as temporary, part-time Assistant Youth Program Coordinator. The incumbent in this position is responsible for assisting in the daily operation of an after-school educational enhancement program. The program will be offered between the hours of 3:00PM and 5:30PM, Monday through Thursday. The program serves a diverse youth group in grades 3-8 and operates from September 2019 through mid-June 2020.
The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Youth Program Manager who develops daily work assignments and provides program direction. The incumbent also works under the general supervision of the Family Self-Sufficiency Director.
The incumbent will assist in the supervision of program participants. The incumbent will also be responsible for the supervision of volunteer student tutors.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of the needs and obstacles faced by the youth population
- Ability to develop effective relationships with persons of varied backgrounds
- Ability to demonstrate self-initiative with regards to job responsibilities and expectations
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing as to be readily understood by others
- Ability to operate relevant office machinery, such as telephone, calculator, photocopier, computer, etc.
- General knowledge of academic studies appropriate to middle/ junior high school age children
- Assist with maintaining daily attendance of program participants.
- Assist with program registrations/intake as well as the collection of progress reports/report cards and permission slips for off-site events.
- Assist with the coordination of daily routine including student homework assistance as well as the development and oversight of structured learning activities
- Provide guidance to program participants with regards to the successful completion of homework assignments and projects.Mentor program participants via the demonstration of appropriate interactive skills with others.
May also perform other related duties that pertain to the successful operation of an after-school program.
The nature of this work suggests that an appointee possess a High School Diploma and have had prior work experience with middle/junior high school age children. Bilingual ability preferred. Position will remain posted until filled.
Benefits are offered for full time 35 hour/week positions and include:
- Defined pension plan
- Health and dental coverage
- Long-term disability
- Flexible spending
- Deferred compensation
- Training certifications, conference participation, and tuition reimbursement