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Building Inspector

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Salary Range: 

Salary Range: $45,760.00  

General Function: 

Performs work of a professional and technical nature utilizing skills, knowledge and abilities normally acquired prior to assuming the position.  The employee is responsible for the inspection, investigation and enforcement of ordinances, codes and standards related to development, construction and property maintenance. 

Essential Duties: 

Responsible for conducting construction and property maintenance inspections consistent with the City’s ordinances and adopted codes.

Responsible for participating in plan reviews for proposed construction projects and ensuring that planned work is compliant with applicable regulations and standards. 

Works with other City departments and outside agencies to facilitate efficient permitting, plan review, inspections and occupancy in order to provide positive experiences for residents and businesses within the City. 

Consults on all phases of City building projects to facilitate cost-effectiveness, code compliance and overall project success.  Provides support to Public Works and other City departments regarding the construction and maintenance of City buildings and facilities. 

Assists with drafting code amendments, code interpretations, internal inspection standards, and supplemental regulations.  Assists with adoption of current editions of national codes. 

Approves permit applications after all relevant requirements have been met. 

Provides technical assistance to stakeholders including residents, business owners, design professionals and contractors regarding code requirements and the overall development process.

Provides assistance to the Planning and Code Enforcement Division as necessary. 

Participates in professional organizations, attends training seminars and remains aware of industry developments on the national, state and local level. 

Exercises discretion necessary to support achievement of the City’s overall redevelopment goals and maintain high life-safety standards while encouraging process efficiency, providing for positive stakeholder interactions and remaining sensitive to economic realities.  

Appropriately responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive stakeholder inquiries and complaints with tact and diplomacy. 

Attends meetings of the Board of Adjustment and other city bodies as necessary. 

Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned or required.

 

Minimal Acceptable Qualifications: 

High level of knowledge, competency and skill related to the following: 

  • Methods and techniques of plan review and construction/property maintenance inspection.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • National, state and local codes, standards and other regulations, including but not limited to the International Code Series, the NFPA National Electrical Code and Life Safety Code; the ANSI A117.1 Accessibility Standard and the relevant provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Zoning codes and subdivision regulations; stormwater and floodplain management regulations.
  • Multiple disciplines of plan review and inspection, including Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing in both residential and commercial contexts.
  • Current construction practices, materials and methods.
  • Other pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations. 

Willingness and Ability to: 

  • Work to improve the overall operations of the department, including documenting performance to achieve continued advancement on various metrics, including those related to the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Scale (BCEGS) program.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Suggests improvements to workflows and processes in order to increase efficiency and provide better delivery of services to customers.
  • Interpret, explain and enforce Departmental policies and processes.
  • Speak with stakeholder groups and perform proactive outreach to the community.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following: walking or           standing for extended periods of time; operating assigned equipment;                       climbing ladders and stairs and occasional crawling.
  • Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for: making observations; communicating with others; reading and writing; operating assigned equipment.
  • Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities.
  • Drive an assigned city vehicle; maintain a valid Oklahoma State driver’s license; possess a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier.
  • Work overtime or flexible hours when required.
  • Handle stressful situations, maintaining tact and diplomacy during potentially hostile situations with irate stakeholders.
  • Work year round in all kinds of weather.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 Possession of a high school or vocational school diploma or equivalency.

Two (2) years experience performing construction inspections. 

Possession of a valid Oklahoma Inspector Licenses or ability to obtain licensure according to an agreed training and development plan. 

Possession of current Inspector and/or Plan Reviewer certification from a national code development organization in commercial and residential Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas or ability to obtain certifications according to an agreed training and development plan. 

Additional Desirable Qualifications: 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

 Current licensure and/or certification in applicable trades as well as in complementary areas such as accessibility and energy efficiency. 

Experience with stormwater management and inspections and certification as a Certified Floodplain Manager and/or Qualified Stormwater Inspector. 

Bachelors Degree from an accredited post-secondary institution with coursework in construction management, budgeting, financial management and/or general business.

Supervision Given and Received: 

Does not supervise other employees, but provides technical guidance as directed. 

Reports to the Chief Building Inspector. 

Education and Experience: 

Current licensure and/or certification in applicable trades as well as in complementary areas such as accessibility and energy efficiency. 

Experience with stormwater management and inspections and certification as a Certified Floodplain Manager and/or Qualified Stormwater Inspector. 

Bachelors Degree from an accredited post-secondary institution with coursework in construction management, budgeting, financial management and/or general business.