Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP)

Company: CHFA

Location: Rocky Hill, CT

Job Function: Project Management


Background

Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (“CHFA”) is a self-funded, quasi-public organization. Its mission is to alleviate the shortage of housing for low-to moderate-income families and persons in the state of Connecticut (“State”) and, when appropriate, to promote or maintain the economic development of the State through employer-assisted housing efforts.

CHFA is a mission-driven leader in creating #affordablehousing opportunities for families and individuals in Connecticut. We believe in the power of the diverse and inclusive communities we serve. We provide a challenging, progressive and supportive environment that encourages and promotes employee development.

We offer competitive salaries; tuition reimbursement; 457 deferred compensation, state sponsored pension plan, comprehensive health, dental, life, and disability plan, paid vacation, sick, and holidays, hybrid work schedule, ongoing training, career development and if qualified employee may be eligible for student loan forgiveness under Federal Loan assistance program.

Summary

This position is responsible to provide environmental review support related to the architectural and construction services of the CHFA Technical Services Department – Multifamily Housing to ensure that all proposed environmental abatement and remediation plans for projects financed and/or provided tax credits by CHFA are acceptable, accurate, and within all Federal, State and local environmental laws, regulations and guidelines including the published CHFA Standards.  The position is also responsible for the review of environmental reports, architectural and contractor abatement and construction plans and specification review of proposed multifamily housing developments for compliance with environmental regulations and requirements, as well as CHFA, local, state and federal requirements including the Multifamily Design, Construction and Sustainability Standards and Guidelines. Provide remediation and abatement cost analysis of each proposed transaction and verify the adequacy and accuracy of development construction costs of each funded project to ensure that all environmental costs are reasonable given the scope of work and are within CHFA’s published construction cost guidelines.

 Reviews construction documents and compares proposed environmental costs against industry cost data and historical comparable developments in CHFA’s portfolio. Conducts environmental division line item and per square foot cost analysis on all development proposals with environmental work. Integrates appropriate development cost proposals prior to and during the loan application and approval process.

Verifies environmental requirements and CHFA design standards during the architectural design and construction process. Reviews all environmental reports including but not limited to Phase I, II and III Environmental Assessments, Hazardous Building Materials surveys and testing, soil remediation plans, remediation action plans, and remediation and abatement contract documents to ensure that all components of the development site and structures are in accordance with governing laws and regulations and meet standards of remediation/abatement including CHFA’s Multifamily Design, Construction and Sustainability Standards. Provides technical environmental assistance and support for special programs and projects as assigned.

Assist staff by providing on-going management, review and coordination of CHFA Development Projects under construction.  Review, approve, distribute and maintain all project field observations reports, job meeting minutes, monthly payment requisitions, change orders and correspondence.  Notify assigned underwriters and asset managers of any concerns relative to construction, schedules and/or constructions cost issues.

Review environmental and hazardous materials reports, including any geotechnical reports and capital needs assessments for proposed housing developments to ensure that the proposed plan complies with CHFA’s Multifamily design, construction and sustainability standards and all applicable guidelines for construction cost related to all environmental remediation work at the site and/or building(s).  Conduct site visits as required as part of the environmental due diligence review.

 May be responsible for providing guidance and training to Technical Services junior staff as needed and as it relates to environmental review and compliance. General coordination of all technical services efforts on funding rounds related to environmental and hazardous material, abatement and remediation plan and specification reviews.

Responsibilities

Assist staff by providing on-going management, review and coordination of CHFA Development Projects under construction.  Review, approve, distribute and maintain all project field observations reports, job meeting minutes, monthly payment requisitions, change orders and correspondence.  Notify assigned underwriters and asset managers of any concerns relative to construction, schedules and/or constructions cost issues.

Review environmental and hazardous materials reports, including any geotechnical reports and capital needs assessments for proposed housing developments to ensure that the proposed plan complies with CHFA’s Multifamily design, construction and sustainability standards and all applicable guidelines for construction cost related to all environmental remediation work at the site and/or building(s).  Conduct site visits as required as part of the environmental due diligence review.

 May be responsible for providing guidance and training to Technical Services junior staff as needed and as it relates to environmental review and compliance. General coordination of all technical services efforts on funding rounds related to environmental and hazardous material, abatement and remediation plan and specification reviews.

Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

A Bachelor degree or higher in Science or Engineering, or equivalent Bachelor degree or higher in the environmental fields, and at least five years’ of relevant work experience in environmental reviews and the associated cost estimating. Relevant work experience includes the participation in the performance of environmental site assessments that may include environmental analyses, investigations, and remediation which involve the understanding of surface and subsurface environmental conditions and the processes used to evaluate these conditions and for which professional judgment was used to develop opinions regarding conditions indicative of releases of hazardous substances. Experience may also include familiarity with hazardous building material surveys and testing including but not limited to asbestos, lead based paint, PCBs, radon, mold, and universal waste.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

A current State of Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professional designation (LEP) is preferred but not required. Professional knowledge and experience in building and site remediation and abatement, state and federal code requirements including EPA.  Superior analytical skills is preferred and extensive experience in Multifamily Housing Design and Construction to ensure that projects are appropriate and that the design and construction documents, hard costs and other reports submitted comply with CHFA Technical Standards and requirements.   Excellent oral and written communication skills and problem-solving skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities. Must also interact with professionals from a wide variety of disciplines. Requires knowledge of Microsoft Office™.

*Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally.  

Compensation and Benefits

Salary: $75,498 to $119,919 (DOE)

How to Apply

To apply for this position, submit resume, cover letter referencing the position for which you are applying, and complete on-line application at https://www.chfa.org/careers

Application open until position filled.

CHFA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.