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  • Chief Building Inspector

    City of Superior
    Job Description

    The City of Superior is currently seeking applications for a Chief Building Inspector in the Public Works Department. http://wi-superior3.civicplus.com/74/Building-Inspection.

    Work Location: Government Center, 1316 N. 14th Street, Superior, WI

    Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (40 hours/week and as needed otherwise).

    Benefits:  Health/Dental Insurance, Health Savings Account, WI Retirement System, Life Insurance, Paid Leave, 11 Paid Holidays. Paid time off available on day 1!  See BENEFITS tab for more information.  Certification allowance will be paid for certifications above the minimum requirements.

    Other Benefit Options Include:  Deferred Compensation-457 plan, Roth 457 plan, Roth IRA, Flexible Benefits, Short Term Disability, Critical Illness, Accident Plan, Hospital Plan, and Term Life (all 100% employee contributed); Employee Assistance Program, Superior Municipal Employees Credit Union Membership.  Certification allowance eligibility when obtaining additional certifications above the minimum requirements.

    DEFINITION: Under general supervision of the Public Works Director, the Chief Building Inspector provides managerial direction and administrative support to the Building Inspection Division and ensures the consistent and fair enforcement of applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and ordinances. This position directs work as well as performs the work supervised. Work includes plan review, permit issuance and skilled inspections in compliance with applicable construction codes to ensure public safety and health.

    DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Chief Building Inspector is the direct supervisor of Building Inspection Division staff. The Chief Building Inspector supervises the analysis and review of residential and commercial building plans to determine if the proposed construction complies with applicable codes. An employee in this position issues permits under their authority either directly or through supervised staff and performs or causes to be performed all required field inspections. The Chief Building Inspector interprets building codes and makes professional and technical determinations relating to permit issuance and code enforcement. In addition to ensuring compliance with building, housing, electrical and plumbing codes, this position enforces zoning ordinance and various related codes and ordinances.

    1. Supervises and directs all Building Inspection Division staff including an Assistant Chief Building Inspector, 3 Building Inspectors, 1 Code Compliance Officer, and 2 administrative staff. Hires, trains, evaluates, and disciplines employees as well as assigns, monitors and coordinates work. Enforces City rules, procedures, and policies governing employee behavior.
    2. Plans, organizes, and conducts the work of the Building Inspection Division. This includes establishing and implementing Divisional objectives, procedures, and policies as well as reviewing work in progress to ensure that established standards are met.
    3. Prepares annual Divisional budget recommendation. Implements and administers approved budget.
    4. Oversees and performs review of building plans, calculations and specifications for residential and commercial proposed and existing construction.
    5. Directs and conducts onsite inspections of residential and commercial construction to ensure compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
    6. Resolves building code and code compliance interpretation issues.
    7. Prepares and maintains records of plans, inspections, letters, and reports prepared or used in connection with Divisional activities. Supervises the maintenance of a filing system for permits and orders.
    8. Responds to questions from property owners, developers, and the public. Meets with development professionals and the public to provide information pertaining to City building and zoning requirements including verbal and/or written interpretations of City codes and ordinances.
    9. Enforces State of Wisconsin and City building, zoning, sign, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating and air conditioning codes.
    10. Approves and directs issuance of occupancy permits upon final completion.
    11. Directs the inspection of all licensed establishments such as hotels, motels, salvage yards, and second hand stores.
    12. Directs the condemnation of non-habitable buildings and issues raze orders as needed. 13. Receives, investigates, and acts to solve complaints from builders, tenants, landlords and the general public.
    14. Recommends and drafts ordinance changes as needed.
    15. Represents the Building Inspection Division at judicial proceedings, before the City Council, and at other official meetings as required. Works with City Attorney's Office to prepare and present evidence at proceedings.
    16. Acts as an advisor on the Zoning Board of Appeals.
    17. Oversight of the issuance of sign permits and access permits.
    18. Provides for staff development and training.
    19. Carries out additional duties and responsibilities as outlined in ordinances and codes.
    20. Other duties as required.

    • Thorough knowledge of building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and energy codes governing building construction, use, and occupancy.
    • Thorough knowledge of approved building construction methods, materials, tools and equipment. • Working knowledge of employee supervision practices and employment law.
    • Working knowledge of City Zoning ordinances.

    Ability to:
    • Plan, assign, coordinate and supervise work of subordinates inspecting various phases of building construction and code enforcement.
    • Read and interpret plans, specifications and blueprints. Detect deficiencies and violations in plans and construction, interpret technical drawings, and interpret relevant codes and ordinances.
    • Keep records and prepare reports? Express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    • Interpret building codes and zoning ordinances for issuances of building and land use permits.
    • Enforce and interpret regulations firmly and tactfully and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, architects, property owners, employees and the public.
    • Use good judgement and initiative in performing the assigned responsibilities.
    • Establish priorities and provide for resolution of difficult problems.

    Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain these knowledges and abilities would be through completion of a bachelor degree in engineering, architecture or related field from a college or university of recognized standing with at least five years experience as a licensed professional engineer, architect or superintendent of building construction, at least two years of of full-time experience in performing building inspections preferred.
    License Requirement: Must obtain and maintain State of Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code Certification before probationary period will be fulfilled.  Must obtain and maintain State of Wisconsin Commercial Building Inspector certification within twelve months of completing the probationary period.
    Oath of Office Requirement: Will be required to take an oath of office.
    Driver License Requirement: Must possess valid driver's license or be able to provide suitable  transportation as approved by the Department Head.
    Residency Requirement: None.
    Post Job Offer medical Examination Requirement: Must pass medical exam for specified occupational grouping and drug screen prior to hire.
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