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Building Official

Company: County of Oconee
Location: Walhalla
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Salary is DOQ.Job posted until filled.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this position is to plan, direct, and supervise the administration and enforcement of all adopted regulatory codes and ordinances pertaining to building construction, and to perform related supervisory, technical, and administrative work as required. As Director, provide guidance, training, and organization of the work activities in the department. Manage the department's safety program and present at various civic and county meetings. In addition, this position is responsible for the organization and implementation of various programs within major organizational policies, and reports program progress to executive-level administration through reports and conferences.

  • Supervise assigned staff. Supervisory duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; and recommending employee promotions, transfers, discipline, discharge, and salary increases.
  • Interprets, administers and enforces all adopted regulatory codes and ordinances pertaining to building construction; meets with architects, engineers, contractors, developers, property owners and others to discuss plan review and inspection procedures and results.
  • Develops, implements and modifies as necessary all department policies and procedures pertaining to building inspection and E-911 addressing.
  • Directs and supervises the task of plan review and project applications submitted by architects, engineers, contractors, and land developers. Oversees the review of plans for code compliance. Confers with design professionals and developers in planning and construction meetings.
  • Investigates and complaints relating to violations of County code and ordinances. Resolves complex and sensitive customer service issues either personally, by telephone, or in writing. Supervises the maintenance or records and documents of customer service issues and resolutions.
  • Supervise and participate in the issuance of permits. Assists inspectors with the more difficult inspections as necessary; approves all final inspections.
  • Supervise and participate in the issuance of permits.
  • Plans, organizes and directs all programs and activities of the Building Codes Department, ensuring compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Plans, formulates and implements departmental policies and procedures. Sets short-term and long-term goals for the department. Reviews ongoing activity for desired results
  • Provides consistent issue management resolutions, prioritizing between competing agendas, resources, and building projects.
  • Provides for adequate staff training and development opportunities.
  • Develop public relations campaigns.
  • Develops and administers the department budget; ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time.
  • Make recommendations to the Administrator for improvement. Provides direct assistance to the County Administrator, County Council and other groups and individuals in related matters and regarding various special projects, when requested.
  • Train and inspect staff and accompany staff intermittently.
  • Manage the department's safety program.
  • Inspects and supervises the inspection of sites where there may be a potential for stop work orders, unique property concerns, or possible code violations; issues warnings, correction notices and/or citations; prepares cases for prosecution in the event of non-compliance.
  • Collects, records, and deposits related fees and fines.
  • Resolves conflicts between contractors and inspection staff.
  • Evaluates existing codes and ordinances and recommends changes as appropriate.
  • Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes.
  • Coordinates department activities and functions with those of other County departments, municipalities and outside agencies as appropriate.
  • Gives informational presentations to various community / civic / professional groups to increase public awareness, understanding and support of department operations.
  • Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and co-workers for mutual benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships inter- and intra-departmentally, and with external entities with whom the position interacts. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints in order to establish and maintain good will. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image.
  • Responsible for recruitment, interviewing, selection of new employees, performance appraisals, recommending promotions, disciplinary action, termination and salary increases.
  • Review & Approve Engineering Details, Plans and Specifications.
  • Coordinate and monitor Engineering and Surveying Consultant services.
  • Participate in professional development.
  • Engineer solutions to complex problems.Essential Job Duties are intended to be examples of duties and are not intended to be all inclusive. There will be other duties as assigned.
    Additional duties include: Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed.

  • Requires doing professional-level work requiring the application of principles and practices in a wide range of administrative, technical or managerial methods in the solution of administrative or technical problems; or the coordination of entry-level managerial work; requires general understanding of operating policies and procedures and the ability to apply these to complex administrative problems; requires continuous, close attention for accurate results or frequent exposure to unusual pressures.
  • Customer service skills;
  • Computer processing skills; Requires handling or using machines requiring moderate instruction and experience such as computers, and software programs such as word processing, spreadsheets or custom applications.
  • Technical reading skills;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  • Knowledge of Blue Prince Development software;
  • Problem-solving skills; Requires negotiating, exchanging ideas, information, and opinions with others to formulate policy and programs or arrive jointly at decisions, conclusions, or solutions. Requires performing work involving the application of principles of logical thinking to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organizational impact.
  • Requires using mathematics involving the practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions; or measurements, logarithmic or geometric construction. May use algebraic solutions of equations and inequalities; descriptive statistics; deductive geometry, plane and solid, and rectangular coordinates; mathematical classifications or schemes.
  • Communication skills; Requires reading professional literature and technical manuals; speaking to groups of employees, other public and private groups; writing manuals and complex reports.
  • Knowledge of the County GIS mapping systems;
  • Knowledge of County personnel policy and state and federal labor laws;
  • Knowledge of State and Federal safety regulations;
  • Knowledge of the International Building Codes;
  • Ability to read and interpret architectural and engineering construction plans; Requires synthesizing or integrating analysis of data or information to discover facts or develop knowledge or interpretations; changes policies, procedures or methodologies based on new facts, knowledge or interpretations.
  • Negotiation skills;EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
    • The educational requirement for this position is: Bachelor's degree or equivalent training to four years of college education in architecture, engineering, building construction or closely related field.
    • Education may be substituted for experience.
    • Related-experience required: 4 to 8 years.
    • Experience may be substituted for education.LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS: Certifications, licenses, professional designations, or other qualifications required for this position include:
      • Must possess a valid state driver's license.
      • Certified Building Official designation.Certifications, licenses, professional designations, or other qualifications preferred for this position include:
        • Certified Building Official.
        • Master Code Professional.
        • Civil Engineering Degree.ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical Requirements:The physical activities required for this position involve: Standing: under 1/3 of the time; walking: under 1/3 of the time; sitting: under 1/3 of the time; using hands: under 1/3 of the time; reaching with hands and arms: under 1/3 of the time; climbing or balancing: under 1/3 of the time; stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling: under 1/3 of the time; talking or hearing: up to 2/3 of the time; and, tasting or smelling: under 1/3 of the time.
          This position requires lifting:Up to 10 pounds: none of the time; up to 25 pounds: none of the time; up to 50 pounds: under 1/3 of the time; up to 100 pounds: none of the time; and, more than 100 pounds: none of the time.
          Vision Requirements:This position has the following special vision requirements:
          • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
          • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)
          • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors
          • Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up or down and to the left and right when vision is fixed on a given point)
          • Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)
          • Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS: The following physical conditions and hazards may be encountered while working in this position:
            • Indoor environment
            • Outdoor environment
            • Noise
            • Odors
            • Extreme temperatures
            • Vibration
            • Moisture and/or humidity
            • Dust
            • Fumes
            • Gases
            • Poor ventilation
            • Electrical hazards
            • Mechanical hazards
            • Chemical hazards
            • Bio hazardous waste
            • Moving mechanical parts
            • Working in high places


Keywords: County of Oconee, Asheville , Building Official, Other , Walhalla, North Carolina

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