• Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • Jul 30, 2023

Website City of Brighton

Municipal Government

Job Description

Salary: $110,744.30 – $151,935.49


Manages, supervises and coordinates the work and services of the Building Division by ensuring enforcement of building codes as adopted by the City Council.  Develops the Division’s short- and long-term strategic operating plans and programs.  Develops and maintains partnerships with City Divisions and Departments, property owners, contractors, and vendors. The Chief Building Official must be able to work with minimal supervision and work well as a manager, and with teams, while providing excellent, respectful customer service.

This position reports to the Community Development Director.   The Chief Building Official oversees the Division’s inspectors, plan reviewers, permit technicians, clerical staff, temporary personnel, and external consultants.

Assumes full management responsibility for all permitting, building inspection and plan review services and activities; recommends, administers and approves policies and procedures.
Administers, interprets and enforces the provisions of the building codes, developer agreements, zoning regulations and other municipal regulations as they apply to building matters; issues stop work orders; abates dangerous building conditions; prepares and recommends new modified building code provisions.
Confers with engineers, developers, architects, a variety of agencies and the public in acquiring information and coordinating building inspection and plan review matters.
Supervises and delegates field inspections of industrial, commercial, and complex residential buildings in trade specialties such as plumbing, electrical and mechanical, structural and finish trade areas during various stages of construction and remodeling; ensures compliance with applicable codes and regulations of City, State and Federal agencies.
Reviews or delegates for review, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and other specialty plans and specifications to ensure conformance to laws, codes, ordinances and regulations; conducts field review of plans and specifications; authorizes changes in work procedures.
Represents the Building Division to other City departments and outside agencies; explains, justifies and defends Building Division decisions, programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant and controversial issues.
Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates Building Division personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
Manages and participates in the development and administration of the Building Division budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs the preparation of and implements budgetary proposals.
Participates in a variety of boards and commissions and committees including the Development Review Committee; reviews and recommends approval of developer proposals.
Acts as Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for all elevator installations in the City.
Oversees and directs Building Division office operations; maintains appropriate records and files.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings, including annual code development conference of ICC, stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of building safety code enforcement.
Reviews and approves applications for building permits and contractor licenses; calculates permit fees; issues certificates of occupancy.
Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
Responds to after-hours emergencies.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of:
Principles of the International Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical Codes.
Principles of structural design and engineering.
Research methods and sources of information related to civil engineering and building code enforcement.
Operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive building safety code enforcement program.
Principles of back flow prevention and associated State and Federal laws.
Principles of wastewater pre-treatment.
Modern and complex principles and practices of program development and administration.
Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration; principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations including provisions of the International Building Codes.
Legal aspects of code administration.
Ability to:
Analyze, interpret and check complex plans, specifications, calculations, laws and regulations.
Prepare building safety ordinances and code amendments.
Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff.
Organize complex tasks and projects.
Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the Building Division.
Identify and respond to community, developer and City Council issues, concerns and needs.
Develop, implement and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient building safety code enforcement services.
Prepare and administer the Building Division’s budget.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Prepare clear and concise reports and make presentations before various boards and commissions.
Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations particularly, the provisions of the International Building Codes.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including city and other government officials, community groups, developers and contractors, and the public.

High school diploma or GED equivalent. At least five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in the design, plan review, construction and/or inspection of buildings with at least (2) years of supervisory experience.
Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, construction management or a related field.  Certification through the International Code Council as a Certified Building Official.
Note: Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.  Ability to obtain International Code Council Building Official Certification within six (6) months of employment is required.

Ability to stand, walk, sit, kneel and climb ladders and stairs.

Possession of a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record.
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
Ability to complete FEMA ICS 100 and IS 700 training within six (6) months of hire.

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