Job Title: Building Commissioner
Department: Building & Housing
Salary Range: Low to mid-$90’s, DOQ
Application Deadline: Open until position filled
GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK:
Performs difficult advanced technical work performing residential and commercial building inspections in the field, reviewing residential and commercial building permit applications and plans and issues approvals, maintaining records and files, providing onsite consultations, and related work as apparent or assigned. Responsible for the commercial code enforcement activities. Work is performed under the general direction of the Director of Building and Housing. Divisional supervision is exercised over all personnel within the division.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS:
Conducts various building and commercial property maintenance code inspections; enforces building and commercial property maintenance codes and ordinances; prepares and maintains inspection files and records.
(These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)
- Performs, and has direct oversight of inspectors performing, residential and commercial building, plumbing, electrical, fire suppression, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) inspections in the field.
- Reviews residential building permit applications and plans and issues approvals. Coordinates review with Planning Department.
- Issues stop work orders, violation notices, and orders for the safe occupancy of habitable structures. Coordinates with the Law Department. Communicates and coordinates with residents and contractors at the Building and Housing Department office; meets with residents and contractors onsite for consultations.
- Coordinates interdepartmental review of commercial building permit applications as well as residential developments. This includes coordinating the review with an outsourced commercial plans examiner and the city engineer when necessary.
- Works as part of team to streamline department operations, including the adoption of the new permitting and electronic field inspection platform.
- Confers with the Director of Building and Housing on code issues, permit applications, and administrative questions.
- Provides recommendations for the recruitment and hiring of division personnel; assigns, directs, trains and inspects the work of staff; coaches and advises staff; develops staff schedules; recommends transfers, promotions, demotions, suspensions, and terminations; ensures deadlines for the division are met; develops and achieves high performance and strategic objects for the division; supervises daily operations.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Comprehensive knowledge of the application of laws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures relating to the division and to building inspections; comprehensive knowledge in the principles of management, organization, planning, development and implementation of responsibilities as they relate to the duties of the job.
Skill in the use of personal computers, mobile devices, associated software packages, hardware, and peripheral equipment; skill in data gathering, analysis and compilation technique for report preparation; skill in planning, project management, supervision, public relations, and technical writing; skill in dispute resolution.
Ability to understand, interpret, explain and apply policies and procedures; ability to provide leadership, guide and motivate staff; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to exercise sound judgment in analyzing situations and in reaching decisions quickly; ability to deal effectively with people from diverse backgrounds; ability to drive safely under various traffic road and weather conditions in carrying out daily inspection schedules over a wide geographical area; ability to conduct a high volume of inspections efficiently and effectively; ability to conduct thorough inspections, accurately document conditions that do not meet standards, and prepare clear and concise reports; ability to use acute observational skills to identify dwelling unit problems which others have attempted to hide; ability to read maps and locate streets and addresses quickly and efficiently; ability to manage a high volume of on-site interactions and demonstrate tact and sensitivity to issues involved; ability to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinate employees; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, property owners, business and community leaders, contractors, Department Directors, elected officials, property owners, regulatory agency administrators vendors, and the general public.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Associates/Technical degree with coursework in construction, engineering, or related field and extensive experience in construction and code enforcement with supervisory and management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 10 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and reaching with hands and arms, frequently requires standing and walking and occasionally requires sitting, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling and pushing or pulling; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires using of measuring devices, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work frequently requires exposure to wet, humid conditions (non-weather) and exposure to outdoor weather conditions and occasionally requires working near moving mechanical parts, working in high, precarious places, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, exposure to extreme cold (non-weather), exposure to extreme heat (non-weather) and exposure to vibration; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).
Possession of Building Official, Residential Building Official, Commercial Building Inspector Certifications, and Residential Plans Examiner from Ohio Board of Building Standards (OBBS) upon hire. Obtain Commercial Plumbing Inspector Certification and/or Electrical Safety Inspector Certification from Ohio Board of Building Standards (OBBS) within two years of hire.
May require possession of, or ability to obtain, specific licenses and/or certifications depending on departmental assignment.
Must meet and maintain all training and education requirements for position. Valid driver’s license in the State of Ohio.
The City of Shaker Heights will no longer hire external candidates who use any form
of tobacco or nicotine products.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.
PLEASE SEND CITY APPLICATION AND/OR RESUME TO THE CITY OF SHAKER HEIGHTS HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, 3400 LEE ROAD, SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH 44120. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Application available online at shakeronline.com EOE