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Research Center Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

 

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the insurance industry’s property protection advocate based in Tampa Florida, is searching for Research Center Administrative Assistant/Receptionist for our Richburg, South Carolina Research Center.

Summary: Perform administrative tasks that require a working knowledge of MS-WORD and EXCEL as well as greet visitors and answer incoming calls at the front desk and assist the Communications Department.

 This position requires a positive attitude at all times, basic data entry experience and attention to detail. In addition, the position requires the ability to perform administrative tasks with minimal direction in a very fast-paced work environment. The Administrative Assistant/Receptionist is the first contact to greet visitors by phone and in person. The Administrative Assistant/Receptionist will primarily answer a multi-line telephone system and greet visitors in a timely, pleasant, and professional manner and provide information and assistance to the Communications Department and other departments as needed. In addition, the Receptionist must be able to handle sensitive information with discretion.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support to the Office Manager, Engineering and Communications departments for projects as needed.
  • Answer and direct incoming calls, determine caller’s needs and route to the appropriate department.
  • Greet and direct office visitors, determine their needs and contact the appropriate department for visitor escort.
  • Maintain the conference room, break broom and lobby areas.
  •  Oversee the visitor sign-in and security process.
  • Maintain conference room reservation schedule.
  • Assist various departments with special projects as needed.
  • Fax, copy, and maintain records and files with accuracy.
  • Order and set up food and refreshments for monthly staff and visitor meetings.
  • Inventory general office, break room and first aid supplies.
  • Provide administrative support to the Graphic Technician as requested.
  • Process media (photos, videos)
  • Import (intake and archiving of photos and video)
  • Add metadata
  • Get approval for all photos and videos to be added to the common drive or website, or provided externally, from the Engineering Dept. with appropriate names, captions, etc.
  • Naming and filing
  • Upload/Archive
  • Maintain inventory of photos and videos on common drive and website
  • Fulfilment – provide photos and videos as requested by staff
  • Process requests (let people know where to find the images and video

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications

  • Will have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be reliable
  • Will have at least 6 months experience as administrative assistant or receptionist in a professional business environment.
  • Must be a motivated self-starter able to work effectively with all departments with limited supervision.
  • Must have intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.
  • Must be punctual, with solid time-management skills.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent

IBHS Mission – The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property losses by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.

 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Military Veterans Welcome!

www.DisasterSafety.org

 

For more information, interested candidates should contact Debbie Perricone, IBHS Director, Human Resources,

at dperricone@ibhs.org or (813) 675-1048, fax (813) 286-9960

 

 

Research Center Technician – Carpentry

 

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the insurance industry’s property protection advocate based in Tampa Florida, is searching for Research Center Technician –Carpentry for our Richburg, South Carolina Research Center.

Summary:  Assists in the fabrication, assembly, and movement of buildings and portions of buildings for testing at the IBHS Research Center. Uses basic carpentry skills, basic knowledge of residential/light commercial construction, and ability to read drawings and sketches to perform framing, trimming, and finishing tasks for test buildings and portions of buildings. Operates building movement equipment to relocate structures on Research Center campus.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

Under supervision of the Director of Construction, Equipment and Lab Facilities, performs basic carpentry tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Calculate material estimates from drawings and sketches
  • Measure and cut wood, light gauge metals and other building materials
  • Frame test structures and displays
  • Assemble test specimens to test standard specifications
  • Install doors, windows and other items
  • Install asphalt shingles and other roofing materials
  • Install trim and accessories (fascia, soffit, gutters, downspouts)
  • Assists with moving test buildings into and out of test laboratory as well as setup and removal of equipment and instrumentation used in tests. 
  • Under Director’s supervision, assembles, operates, and disassembles specialty house moving equipment. 
  • Assists with the construction of instrumentation support structures and equipment needed for building testing as required.
  • Assists as needed with the conducting of tests in the laboratory.
  • Conducts inventory of tools, materials, and supplies and reports any discrepancies to Director.
  • Willingness to learn to operate heavy equipment, including, but not limited to: forklift, shooting boom forklift, and manlift.
  • Assist in special projects as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications:

Education: High School diploma or equivalent

Experience: Two (2) or more years experience as a carpenter. 

Other:   

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret blueprints, drawings, and engineering sketches. 
  • Ability to communicate easily with engineers, technicians, and contractors through written correspondence and verbal communication.
  • Basic computer skills required
  • Willingness to be an integral part of a team that works in close coordination on building science research.
  • Willingness to work at heights from manlift and/or catwalk as needed.
  • Ability to work alone as required – be self-motivated.

IBHS Mission – The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property losses by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.

 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Military Veterans Welcome!

www.DisasterSafety.org

 

For more information, interested candidates should contact Debbie Perricone, IBHS Director, Human Resources,

at dperricone@ibhs.org or (813) 675-1048, fax (813) 286-9960

 

 

 

Research Center Technician I – Electrical

 

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the insurance industry’s property protection advocate based in Tampa Florida, is searching for Research Center Technician for our Richburg, South Carolina Research Center.

Summary:  Performs and documents preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, inventory and storage of electrical equipment at the IBHS Research Center.  Sets up instrumentation for testing of buildings in the large test laboratory as well as specific instrumentation used in component testing in small laboratory facilities. Assists Director, Electrical & Instrumentation & other Research Center personnel in maintenance duties for all systems on site. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Under supervision of the Director, Electrical & Instrumentation, performs, documents, and records preventative and routine maintenance, troubleshooting, inventory, building, and storage of electrical equipment, including instrumentation, controls, and data systems at the IBHS Research Center.  Serves as liaison with outside vendors or manufacturer’s technicians who may be needed from time to time to maintain, train, or calibrate electrical equipment.
  • Assists Director, Electrical & Instrumentation in working with engineering staff to develop instrumentation plans for tests of buildings in the large laboratory and with smaller component and system tests carried out at various locations.
  • Maintain an inventory of sensors and instrumentation including their operational status, location and date of last calibration.
  • Lays out, builds, tests, troubleshoots, repairs and modifies electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems for testing needs at the IBHS Research Center. Works with Electrical Technicians Team and to perform system checks of newly installed equipment in structures to evaluate installed system performance.
    • Diagnoses cause of electrical or mechanical malfunction or failure and performs preventative and corrective repairs. This may include, but is not limited to:
      • Run conduit pull cable and wire through conduits and terminate joints
      • Assemble instrumentation support structures and attach sensors
      • Troubleshoot data acquisition cabling and connections
  • Troubleshoot equipment Plans, performs, documents, and records periodic electrical testing, and recommends or initiates modification or replacement of equipment which fails to meet acceptable operating standards. This may include, but is not limited to:
    • Operate man lift and forklift equipment.
    • Be able to work in heights up to 80’
    • Run conduit exposed or buried using all necessary tools and equipment
    • Pull, label, document, and record all necessary wire or cable
    • Make all necessary terminations
    • Assists with the construction of specimen testing equipment as required. Assists with moving test specimens into and out of test laboratory as well as setup and removal of equipment and instrumentation used in tests. Assists as needed with conducting tests in the laboratory.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications:

Education: High School diploma or equivalent

Experience: Two (2) or more years experience as an electrical technician in an industrial or construction environment.  Knowledge of PLC systems / controls, Allan Bradley Controls Software, Rockwell Automation System, telephone systems, and data systems helpful.

Other:

  • Assist in special projects as assigned.
  • Excellent problem solving skills is essential
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret blueprints, drawings, and engineering sketches. 
  • Ability to operate and maintain electrical equipment.
  • Ability to communicate easily with technicians and contractors through written correspondence and verbal communication.
  • Knowledge of Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.
  • Willingness to be an integral part of a team that works in close coordination on building science research.
  • Ability to lead and direct other personnel on specific tasks.

IBHS Mission – The Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property losses by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.

 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Military Veterans Welcome!

www.DisasterSafety.org

 

For more information, interested candidates should contact Debbie Perricone, IBHS Director, Human Resources,

at dperricone@ibhs.org or (813) 675-1048, fax (813) 286-9960

 

 

Design/Construction Program Project Manager

 

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the insurance industry’s property protection advocate based in Tampa Florida, is seeking an experienced construction project manager to review residential and commercial project plans, inspection reports and other development and design related documents for compliance with our FORTIFIED Program standards and all applicable local, state, and federal codes and guidelines.  The FORTIFIED programs incorporate design and construction guidance intended to strengthen homes against natural hazards and include an inspection and review component to ensure compliance with the FORTIFIED standards.

Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines, and occasionally involves working extended hours to meet deadlines.  Position functions 80% in an office environment with no notable hazards or adverse environmental conditions and 20% performing site visits and attending meetings with interested parties, evaluators or inspectors.

Position involves frequent reading, writing and use of computers; ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.  While at the office or field site, must be able to move around the site.  Position requires visual acuity; strong verbal and auditory abilities sufficient to perform duties and responsibilities. Ideal candidates will be creative self-starters who are detail-oriented and passionate about construction.

IBHS Mission – The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property losses by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Reviews construction documents for compliance with FORTIFIED program standards.
  • Reviews evaluation forms submitted by FORTIFIED inspectors and makes recommendations on FORTIFIED compliance to Senior Engineering Manager.
  • Reviews third party audits of FORTIFIED evaluations and inspections and reports findings to Senior Engineering Manager.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of FORTIFIED related training and FORTIFIED program standards.
  • Works with FORTIFIED inspectors, professional engineers, builders, homeowners, and IBHS staff to discuss FORTIFIED evaluation review comments, design standard requirements and other applicable standards.
  • Makes site visits to projects as needed to perform periodic field audits on completed work.
  • .Participates in compliance and verification issue resolution.
  • Attends meetings as needed.
  • Responds to and handles issues and concerns from the general public regarding the FORTIFIED building programs.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  This job has no current supervisory responsibilities.  There is a potential for future supervisory responsibilities as the institute grows. 

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in construction management, construction engineering, building science, building contracting, business or related field PLUS five years of experience in residential plan review and construction. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of residential construction including design, construction, and inspection; residential and commercial development plan review; modern methods and techniques in the design, construction and maintenance of residential projects; methods, materials and techniques used in construction; principles of record keeping and organization. 

Skills in:  Operating a personal computer; word processing, spreadsheet, and data base software applications.  Excellent problem solving ability; communication skills; focus and attention to detail; and excellent organizational skills. 

Ability to: Perform evaluation and interpretation of compliance documentation submittals and general mathematical calculations; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish effective working relationships with co-workers, developers, engineers, and members of the public; perform technical reading and writing; effectively utilize engineering manuals, reports, design standards, and codes; analyze and evaluate many complex and significant variables; assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands; coordinate multiple assignments and meet critical deadlines; take initiative and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility; organize data in order to extract meaningful information; operate a motor vehicle on public streets, highways, and at field sites; navigate across even and uneven surfaces.

Licenses and/or Certifications: Valid driver’s license is required. 

Environmental and Physical Factors:

Position functions 80% in an office environment with no notable hazards or adverse environmental conditions and 20% performing tasks outside of the office.
Position involves frequent reading, writing and use of computers; ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.  While at the office or field site, must be able to move around the site and/or facility.  Position requires visual acuity; strong verbal and auditory ability abilities sufficient to perform duties and responsibilities.    

 Work Situation Factors:

Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines, and occasionally involves working extended hours to meet deadlines and to attend meetings after office hours.  

 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Military Veterans Welcome!

www.DisasterSafety.org

 

For more information, interested candidates should contact Debbie Perricone, IBHS Director, Human Resources,

at dperricone@ibhs.org or (813) 675-1048, fax (813) 286-9960