Chief Building Official

Website Town of Vail

Municipal Government

Chief Building Official  The Town of Vail, Colorado

The Position

The Town of Vail, a premier mountain resort community, is seeking a Chief Building Official to join our dynamic Community Development management team. The ideal candidate will be an experienced, self-driven, dedicated individual with demonstrated abilities in managing a diverse workforce while coordinating multiple complex projects. Vail’s residential and commercial construction projects involve innovative design and building practices to erect world-class structures such as the Vail Valley Medical Center and high-end lodging properties like Solaris and Four Seasons. Every project is constructed to fit in the mountain environment and meet the unique needs of our community, requiring the Chief Building Official to use creative problem solving solutions and successfully coordinate plan reviews & inspections. She/he will be a progressive, team-oriented leader with a high level of emotional intelligence, excellent written and oral communication skills and technology savvy. It is essential that the Chief Building Official be customer service oriented and understand the importance of balancing public safety and win-win solutions for the community. Qualified candidates must have knowledge of development review, building permit and building plan review processes and procedures in addition to construction techniques and applicable codes and regulations. Additionally, a deep understanding of the codes’ intent and building performance objectives is crucial to being able to provide the highest level of service to our customers. Candidates shall have successful experience in making presentations to numerous boards and elected officials. The position demands strong interaction with the development and construction community and a genuine desire to establish and foster professional relationships with our internal and external customers. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in a related field plus a minimum of seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in building code administration, with at least three (3) years in a managerial role. Must possess ICC certifications as both Chief Building Official and Plans Examiner or the ability to acquire them within one year of appointment. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

The Community

Vail is located in Eagle County, Colorado, approximately 100 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70. The resort community encompasses approximately 8.5 miles in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Celebrating its 50th year of incorporation as a municipality, Vail has 5,300 permanent residents, 8,500 part-time residents, and as many as 35,000 daily guests during the peak winter season with summer event weekends rivaling the winter season. Vail’s economy is driven by tourism with over 2.8 million visitors each year. While Vail is one of the finest destination resort communities in the world, it’s much more than a vacation setting. Vail is a thriving community with excellent schools, an expanding hospital, outstanding recreational opportunities and more designated open space than any resort community in the United States. Much of Vail’s charm is its unique alpine village and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. Although winter continues to draw most of the area’s guests, an abundance of summer activities, such as golf, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, rafting and cultural arts performances have produced a growing market for summer tourism. Pristine natural resources are another major reason for Vail’s attractiveness to residents and guests. Even though Vail receives more than 250 inches of snow a year, the Vail area still averages almost 300 days of sunshine each year, and offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Vail is truly a unique and attractive place to live and work.

The Organization.

Vail was founded as a ski resort in 1962 and was incorporated as a statutory town in 1966, adopting a Home Rule Charter in 1972. Vail has a Council-Manager form of government and is led by a seven member Town Council elected at-large. The Town of Vail has a total of 240 full- time and up to 100 seasonal/part-time employees. The Town of Vail is recognized by its resort peers for its strong financial health and substantial fund balances. In 2015, across all funds, revenues totaled $67.9 million, up 5 percent from the prior year. Vail has experienced record sales tax collections for the past four consecutive years, driven largely by a focus on special events, summer marketing efforts and newer lodging inventory commanding premium prices. Vail’s annual budget for 2017 is $65.3 million. The Town has 19 parks, a pedestrian corridor, a public library, a full service hospital, an indoor ice arena, an 18-hole championship public golf course, 17 miles of recreation trails, and an outdoor amphitheater named for President Gerald R. Ford, a long-time supporter and part-time resident.

The Department

The Community Development Department is comprised of five teams including Administration, Building, Environmental Sustainability, Housing and Planning with the primary function of implementing Vail’s Comprehensive Plan. The Community Development Department strives to provide a balanced and effective permit process while ensuring only high quality development and redevelopment occurs. In 2015, the Department reviewed and processed more than 700 development applications (more than $126 million in building valuation) and nearly 1,500 applications for building permits. In addition to reviewing and processing development applications and building permits, the Department is also responsible for code compliance, environmental sustainability, planning and administering the Town’s affordable housing programs. The Chief Building Official is a working manager and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Building Team. Vail’s Building Team’s primary function is to ensure that all applicable building codes are adhered to and that construction in the Town of Vail meets the highest standard for safety through reviewing plans and performing in-field inspections. Along with the Planning Manager, the Chief Building Official plays a critical role in the successful administration of the Town’s development review process. To enhance customer services and increase efficiencies the Department recently launched ProjectDox allowing customers to access projects, view documents and plans, and complete assigned tasks online. This is just one example of the Department providing the highest level of service.

The Compensation

Salary range for the position is $78,466 – $110,102 annually dependent upon qualifications, plus excellent benefits including vacation/holiday pay, sick leave, generous retirement plan contributions, 457 deferred compensation plan, health and dental insurance, life insurance, AD&D and fitness/recreation benefit options (ex. ski pass, golf pass, health club membership). The Town offers many other benefits to help employees make Vail their “home” including employee housing options (temporary), home buyer/renter assistance programs, day care assistance, education reimbursements, professional development opportunities and much more.

The Application Process

Applications will be accepted electronically by KRW Associates, LLC, [email protected] and must include a cover letter, resume and four professional references. Questions should be directed to KRW Senior Associate Susan Eaton at [email protected] or (303) 377-9675. The Town of Vail is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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