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Chief Building Inspector

Department of Job Listing: 
Community Services
Salary Range: 

Salary Range $53,809.60 - $72,051.20

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.  The Chief Building Inspector serves as a member of the management team in the Community Services Department, supervising inspection and plan review functions and providing general support to the entire department.

Essential Duties: 

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

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

Manages interactions 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.

Supervises the Development Services division, manages inspectors, plan reviewers and permit staff, reviews inspection reports for consistency and accuracy, provides mentoring and serves as a technical resource for city staff. 

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. 

Drafts code amendments, code interpretations, internal inspection standards, and supplemental regulations.  Responsible for adoption of current editions of national codes. 

Provides training, education and mentoring for city staff.  Develops and teaches courses as part of the City’s Preferred Provider Program. 

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:

  • Prepare reports, conduct personnel evaluations, develop training plans and perform other administrative duties consistent with a manager-level position.
  • Work to improve the overall operations of the Development Services Division, 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.
  • Evaluate new service methods and techniques, including incorporating new technologies into existing workflows.
  • 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.

Seven (7) years experience performing construction inspections. 

Possession of a valid unlimited Oklahoma Inspector License in at least two trades, one of which must be Building, with ability to obtain licensure in the remaining trades within two (2) years of employment. 

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 at a rate of at least one trade per year until all trades are completed. 

Certification as a Certified Building Official (CBO) or ability to obtain within two years of employment.

Additional Desirable Qualifications: 

Certification as a Master Code Professional. 

Certification as a Certified Floodplain Manager and/or Qualified Stomrwater 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: 

Directly supervises all inspection personnel, including Building Inspector and Housing Inspector.  Provides direction for permitting staff.  

May be appointed to manage various department functions in the absence of other members of the management team or when business need dictates. 

Reports to the Director of Community Development.  

Education and Experience: 

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

Seven (7) years experience performing construction inspections. 

Possession of a valid unlimited Oklahoma Inspector License in at least two trades, one of which must be Building, with ability to obtain licensure in the remaining trades within two (2) years of employment. 

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 at a rate of at least one trade per year until all trades are completed. 

Certification as a Certified Building Official (CBO) or ability to obtain within two years of employment.