Architectural Technologist required, Dublin

Company

An GhnĂ­omhaireacht TithĂ­ochta/The Housing Agency

Region

Republic of Ireland

Job Type

Architectural Technologist

Closing Date

30 June 2022

Town City

Dublin

Salary Band

Dependent on experience

Contract Type

Permanent

Role Description

The Housing Agency is a government body working with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) in the delivery of housing and housing services.

The Agency’s vision is to achieve an integrated housing system, meeting the nation’s housing needs and promoting sustainable communities. It does this by providing evidence-based housing insights and data that inform thinking and policy making; by working with others to enable the delivery of housing solutions and implement programmes and actions in Government housing policy; and by equipping itself and its stakeholders with the capacity required to respond quickly and effectively to challenges in the housing system.

The Agency’s work to deliver sustainable and affordable housing for all is framed under three broad themes:

  • Being a centre for housing knowledge;
  • Bridging housing supply and demand; and
  • Building capacity for housing.

We provide a broad range of services including:

  • Assisting local authorities with all aspects of their housing function
  • Supporting affordable housing initiatives including cost rental and affordable purchase schemes
  • Housing acquisitions and property sourcing for social housing
  • Managing the Croí Cónaithe Fund
  • Technical advice and supports to local authorities and AHBs regarding capital construction and refurbishment projects and procurement
  • Financial appraisals of AHB funding applications
  • Co-ordination of the Housing First initiative
  • Mortgage to Rent
  • Research, financial analysis and policy advice
  • Pyrite Remediation and the Defective Concrete Block Schemes
  • Land development and management
  • Loan Underwriting
  • Housing practitioner training and information
  • National Housing Strategy for Disabled People

Further information on The Housing Agency is available at www.housingagency.ie

The Housing Agency is now seeking applications for an Architectural Technologist. This is a permanent role on the Projects, Procurement and Programmes Team.

The Projects Team is a multi-disciplinary unit that operates within the Projects, Procurement, Programmes section of the Housing Agency. The Unit provides technical advice and services to local authorities, approved housing bodies and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in relation to the delivery of housing.

The appointed Architectural Technologist will work alongside and in close collaboration with the technical and professional teams assigned to the Projects, Procurement and Programmes Team.

Main Duties

The successful candidate will be working as part of a technical team. Their main duties will be:

  • Working as part of a design team to deliver new housing and regeneration projects
  • Assist in the preparation of drawings and associated documentation for development projects from feasibility to completion stages.
  • Support local authorities and AHBs in their housing delivery in the most effective ways, including traditional contractual arrangements, design by employer, design and build contracts, works contracts, turn-key developments, development agreements and joint ventures
  • Provide assistance and support to Local Authorities and AHBs in the development of project briefs
  • Provide assistance and support to Local Authorities and AHBs in the procurement of consultants and works contractors
  • Provide assistance and support to remediation schemes operated by the Housing Agency, as required
  • Liaison with other building professionals, local authorities, AHB’s, state agencies, DHPLG, OGP, and other organisations
  • Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by Principal Officer and the Chief Executive Officer.

Candidate will have:

  • Proficiency and experience in the production of drawings and documentation for development projects from feasibility to completion stages.
  • A high level of technical knowledge and strong ability in technical design detailing is essential, particularly in the area of housing and apartment construction
  • Knowledge and familiarity working with Government Public Works contracts
  • Proficiency in the preparation of statutory applications.
  • Experience of construction stage site inspections and reporting.
  • Complete familiarity and working knowledge of the Irish Planning Regulations, Building Regulations, and Health & Safety legislation
  • Complete familiarity and working knowledge of statutory consent processes and the BC(A)Rs process
  • Experience using NBS Specification system preferable
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD is essential.
  • Proficiency in BIM (Revit) is desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of 3D Design software such as Sketchup would be beneficial.
  • Knowledge of Graphic design software such as Photoshop would be beneficial.

Educational Requirements and Experience

The successful candidate should have:

a) A minimum Level 7 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) in Architectural Technology or an equivalent architectural qualification; and

b) Have had, at least five years’ experience working on architectural projects, on the design, detailed design, contract administration and quality monitoring during construction of housing and apartment projects.

Competencies

  • Delivery of Results – works in a team on a range of different projects and work activities to successfully deliver results
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills – builds and maintains relationships with key stakeholders, working with diverse teams, preparing and presenting reports to key stakeholders
  • Teamwork – Builds positive working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Analysis and Decision Making – Takes account of any broader issues, agendas, sensitivities and related implications when making decisions
  • Specialist skills – proficiency in architectural design, specifically housing and apartments, BC(A)Rs, project management and construction, and relevant IT skills, including experience of current software design packages.

Salary Scale – Senior Executive Technician (LA Scales)

€47,577 – €48,547 – €49,873 – €52,131 – €53,498
LSI 1 - €55,403
LSI 2 - €57,315
New entrants will be appointed on the first point of the scale in line with government policy. Different terms and conditions may apply if immediately before appointment you are a currently serving civil/public servant.

Eligibility to Compete

Candidates should note that eligibility to compete is open to citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of the Member States of the European Union along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Swiss citizens under EU agreements may also apply. To qualify candidates must be citizens of the EEA by the date of any job offer. Eligible candidates must be:
a) A citizen of the European Economic Area. The EEA consists of the Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway; or
b) A citizen of the United Kingdom (UK); or
c) A citizen of Switzerland pursuant to the agreement between the EU and Switzerland on the free movement of persons; or
d) A non-EEA citizen who is a spouse or child of an EEA or Swiss citizen and has a stamp 4 visa; or
e) A person awarded international protection under the International Protection Act 2015 or any family member entitled to remain in the State as a result of family reunification and has a stamp 4 visa; or
f) A non-EEA citizen who is a parent of a dependent child who is a citizen of, and resident in, an EEA member state or Switzerland and has a stamp 4 visa

 

How to apply

Application Procedure

  • All sections of the application form must be completed, incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.
  • Applications should be typed and submitted in PDF format to [email protected]. NOTE: Apply using the formal application form, available here: https://www.housingagency.ie/Careers
  • Applications will not be accepted under any circumstances after the closing date.
  • Canvassing by or on behalf of the applicant will automatically disqualify.
  • All information must be provided on the formal application form. Additional information such as CVs, references, and certificates should not be attached to this form.

Should the person recommended for appointment decline, or having accepted the position relinquish it or if any additional vacancy arises, the Agency may, at its discretion, select and recommend another person for appointment on the results of the selection process.

Closing date for Receipt of Applications – Thursday 30th June at 12.00 noon
Interviews will take place week of 18th July 2022


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