NATURE OF WORK
The Chief Building Official is responsible for the overall administration of construction permitting, inspection, and compliance with the applicable International Codes and Town ordinances relating to building construction and maintenance as adopted by the Town of Frederick. Responsible for directing, planning, managing, supervising, and coordinating the work in the Building Division. Supervises contract inspection staff and building permit technician. The Chief Building Official reports to the Engineering Director.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties listed herein are illustrative of the essential duties of the job, and do not include all duties that may be required.
Ensures compliance with adopted building codes while focusing on exceptional customer service.
Coordinates the complete building permit process from application to completion.
Reviews building plans and specifications for compliance with building codes and ordinances; interprets building codes and ordinances for inspectors, contractors, architects, and homeowners. Prepares drafts of ordinances/resolutions pertaining to the Building Division.
Inspects and coordinates inspections on all work authorized by permit on commercial and residential properties to ensure conformity to approved plans and applicable ordinances, codes, laws, and procedures.
Confers or corresponds with engineers, architects, building owners, and contractors relative to building plans to resolve noncompliance issues.
Assists the public at the Building Division counter, on the phone and through electronic communication to provide pertinent information and facilitate the permitting, plan review, and inspection processes.
Demonstrates a high level of customer service, encourages others to focus on the customer, and fosters an environment where customer service is priority.
Communicate with customers to ensure that, where possible, they are satisfied and that their needs are being addressed, and solicit and evaluate customer feedback.
Act as an ambassador by understanding and fostering the organizations mission and vision.
Supports the department director in coordinating the functions of the department and works cross-departmentally with other town departments and external agencies, including Planning, Public Works, Town Attorney, Finance, codes compliance, the County Health Department, and the Fire District.
Works with the Town Attorney and other staff on code compliance and interpretations.
Responds to field emergencies and coordinates appropriate response.
Issues and authorizes "Stop Work" orders and "Unsafe for Occupation" notices.
Ensures compliance with plat requirements on building permit applications.
Reviews technical reports and documents specific to building construction.
Regularly reviews Building Division performance using such metrics as number of permits issued, inspections performed, and permit turnaround times to look for areas of improvement.
Recommends and implements changes in division policies and procedures. Ensures that current division policies and procedures are followed.
Administers the contract for inspection services.
Serves as final authority on code interpretation.
Represents the Building Division at Development Review Committee meetings, Town meetings, and public meetings as assigned. Conducts pre-application and pre-construction meetings.
Attends public hearings, Town Board meetings, Board/Commission meetings, and other meetings as required to share information on current policies and procedures.
Formulates and assists in the preparation of the divisions annual budget.
Conducts public presentations on building safety and construction regulations to civic and professional groups; assists in the preparation of complaints for legal action against violators of building code and related ordinances; maintains records and prepares a variety of reports; evaluates applicants for qualifications for various contractor licenses.
Participates in post-disaster damage assessment and pre-disaster training exercises.
Studies code and technical manuals, and actively participates in the Colorado Chapter of the ICC to keep abreast of technical developments and evolving trade practices. Recommends and implements changes to keep current with new methods; identifies additional training needs.
Serves as staff advisor to Building Code Board of Appeals.
Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Extensive knowledge of building construction, project management, land use planning concepts, and code compliance methods and practices, including a working knowledge of construction techniques, materials, means, and methods.
Requires a thorough understanding of building, zoning, municipal and administrative codes, and the public information process.
Must be skilled in problem solving and have the ability to make accurate and immediate decisions. Must be able to effectively communicate those decisions to all stakeholders.
Must have ability to develop and implement procedures, processes, and policies and evaluate their efficiency and effectiveness.
Must have excellent interpersonal skills that include the ability to be team-oriented, establish effective working relationships, and display exemplary customer service skills.
Must have thorough knowledge of International Code Council code versions and the adopted Town of Frederick ordinances and regulations.
Must be able to work independently and without direct supervision.
Must have excellent writing skills, and the ability to hear and speak clearly both in person and over the phone.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
A Bachelors degree in architecture, construction technology, construction/project management, engineering or closely related field, and/or experience in code administration are highly desirable.
Minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible experience in code administration or closely related field, with at least two (2) years of increasingly responsible supervisory experience.
Holds and maintains ICC certifications as a Certified Building Inspector, Building Plans Examiner, Commercial Plumbing, Commercial Mechanical and Residential Plumbing are required. ICC certification as a Certified Building Official is required within one (1) year of hire. Any equivalent combination of applied and technical training and experience, which provides the evidence of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, may be considered as substitution of educational requirements.
A Colorado State Journeyman Electricians License is required; a Colorado State Master Electricians License is highly desirable.
Must possess a valid United States drivers license and provide proof of a safe driving record, and maintain a safe driving record throughout employment with the Town.
PHYSICAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands listed herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. This list may not be all-inclusive.
Some work is performed indoors with prolonged sitting and fine manipulation skills required for computer use. Inspections are performed outdoors and require combinations of standing, walking, crouching, kneeling, crawling, balancing and climbing, with occasional lifting of up to 40 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, see and hear, and to use hands and fingers to touch, handle, grasp, push and pull. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in high, precarious places. There is some exposure to noise, fumes, odors, and dust as well as to poor ventilation, slippery work surfaces and the hazards related to water and electricity during inspections. Use of protective clothing such as hard hat, steel-toed boots, safety vests and rain gear may be required at times.
When performing inspections, the employee will be required to access and view the areas and/or items to be inspected, including basements, crawl spaces, roofs, and other hard-to-reach areas that may be precarious in nature.
The environment is sometimes stressful in trying to meet customer needs and/or in issuing correction and stop-work notices for non-compliance.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Employees may be exposed to inclement weather conditions, including moisture, humidity, and/or extreme temperatures, ranging from over 100 degrees to below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
The Town of Frederick is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, ancestry, religion, creed, national origin, gender, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. The Town complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, related Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veteran's readjustment Act of 1974, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and all civil rights laws of the State of Colorado. Accordingly, equal opportunity of employment shall be extended to all persons and the Town shall promote equal opportunity and treatment through fair and equitable hiring practices. The Town of Frederick Administration Building is located at 401 Locust Street, Frederick, CO 80530.