This person in this position is responsible for the overall operation of the Building Inspections Division, and manages staff who administer permitting and inspections of new and existing structures (with accompanying utility appurtenances). The work involves recommendations for adopting or amending local ordinances and adopted state construction codes. Additionally, the incumbent renders interpretations on adopted construction codes, and ensures all construction projects within the City’s jurisdiction meet the minimum requirements to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and general physical welfare. The incumbent typically serves as the owner’s representative for City-owned construction projects. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Community Development Director.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Interprets construction codes, building ordinances and development code requirements for officials and the general public on a final basis;
- Reviews civil plans, and architectural blueprints on new construction and alterations for design integrity, and conformity with the City’s building codes and ordinances;
- Issues building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical permits;
- Inspects new construction, alterations, and repairs to ensure compliance with construction, building and development codes;
- Maintains records of inspections, corrections to code violations, certificates of occupancy, approved plans, and associated amendments to plans;
- Ensures a copy of applicable standard codes are maintained, current and accessible to the City, the local amendments are recorded with the Department of Community Affairs as required;
- Causes existing buildings to be inspected for life safety and fire code violations when approving business licenses;
- Prepares the division budget, and recommends fee amounts for permits administered by the division;
- Presents cases before the Board of Adjustments and Appeals;
- Supervises Building Inspectors and performs annual performance reviews for the staff in these positions;
- Works with the Community Development Director for recommendations on hiring, discipline and termination of division staff, as well as creation of new employee positions;
- Initiates and ensures abatement of unsafe buildings, and
- Performs other job related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Requires an Associate’s Degree from an accredited college, preferably related to building technology, and a minimum of five (5) years of work experience. Equivalent combination of education, experience, and training may be substituted for required experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.
- Ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving/receiving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or assistants and from supervisors.
- Ability to read a variety of permits, drawings, applications, correspondence, time sheets, orders and informational documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures.
- Ability to prepare correspondence, charts, policy, reports and budgets using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.
- Ability to speak to people, and groups of people, with poise, voice control, and confidence.
- Ability to learn and understand complex principles and techniques; to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation; and to make independent judgment in the absence of management.
- Ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of administrative, technical or professional languages including engineering, legal, counseling, construction, budgetary, mechanical, electrical, and personnel terminology.
- Ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and subtract totals; multiply and divide; utilize determine percentages, perform calculations involving variables, formulas, square roots, and polynomials; perform statistical calculations which include frequency distributions, reliability and validity of tests, correlation techniques, factor analysis and econometrics; perform statistical calculations including advanced probability theory, experimental design and advanced statistical inference with applications.
- Ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape, visually with a computer, adding machine, copier, fax, vehicle, ladder, hand tools and scales.
- Ability to coordinate hands and eyes using a computer, adding machine, copier, fax, vehicle, ladder, hand tools, and scales.
- Ability to handle a variety of items such as a computer, adding machine, copier, fax, vehicle, ladder, hand tools and scales. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have considerable minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
- Ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.
- Ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.
- Ability to perform under considerable stress when confronted with an emergency.
- Ability to communicate via telephone, two-way radio.
CERTIFICATION, LICENSE AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
The incumbent must possess International Code Council (ICC) certification as a Certified Building Official or be able to obtain certification within twelve (12) months of hire (2) years of related experience). Certified Commercial Plan Review and Certified Residential Plan Review Licenses are also required. Additionally, the incumbent must have a valid Georgia driver’s license and maintain a satisfactory motor vehicle record.
The work is sedentary and requires balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching, feeling, fingering, grasping, handling, hearing, kneeling, mental acuity, pulling, pushing, reaching, speaking, writing, standing, stooping, visual acuity, driving a motor vehicle and walking.
Works in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing goals, priorities, and needs. Works both outdoors, in an office and in large meetings rooms.