Building & Safety Administrator

Recruitment #13-0125-01

Opening Date:3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Closing Date:4/26/2013 11:59:00 PM
Type of Recruitment: Open Competitive
Salary:$6,526.00 - $8,349.47/month + benefits and 6% PERS pick up
Employment Type: Full Time Career
Department:Community Development
Bargaining Unit:Unrepresented Management

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The City

Salem is Oregon’s capital city, and is located in the heart of the mid-Willamette Valley. Salem covers over 49 square miles, and has a population of 155,710, with a current growth rate of approximately 1.5% per year. The Salem/Keizer metropolitan population has a population of 391,395.

Salem is the employment and retail center for surrounding communities in Marion and Polk Counties. Large employers include state and county government, Salem Hospital, Willamette University, the Salem-Keizer school district. Major industries include value-added agriculture, food processing, high-tech manufacturing, and light manufacturing.

Salem provides a great environment for families, with affordable housing, an excellent transportation system and health care services, and an award-winning K-12 school system. Over 13 public or private universities and colleges are located within a 70-mile radius, providing opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Salem has easy access to the Oregon coast, the Oregon Cascades, the Portland metropolitan area, and provides excellent opportunities for outdoor and urban cultural and recreational activities.

Salem residents have a strong culture of volunteerism, and have a demonstrated commitment to community improvement. In the last six years, the voters approved bond measures to improve streets and replace bridges, replace fire equipment and build new fire stations, build new schools and remodel others, and expand the community college campus.

For more information about the City of Salem, you can visit

The City Government

The Salem Charter establishes a council/manager form of government. The Charter establishes a ward system for its city council, with a mayor that is elected at-large. The mayor and councilors are unpaid volunteers. The city manager is the administrative head of the city, and responsible for managing city operations.

Salem has a dynamic and progressive city government, dedicated to exceptional service and teamwork. Salem has nine department Directors, reporting to the City Manager. Departments are the City Manager’s Office; City Attorney; Administrative Services; Community Development; Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities; Fire; Police; Public Works; and Urban Development. All department heads are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the City Manager.

For the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the total city budget is $429.6 million; the General Fund budget is $108.5 million. The City has 1140 employees and four collective bargaining units. The City also has an active urban renewal agency, and a housing authority.

The Community Development Department

The Community Development Department is dedicated to transparency and customer service.  The Building and Safety Division of the Department maintains a positive relationship with the building industry through frequent contact and sharing of information.   The Division provides great customer service through quick plan reviews for all types of projects, including a commitment to complete single family plan review within ten (10) days with a money back guarantee should the Division exceed that time line.  The Building and Safety Division of the Community Development Department is proud to be the first jurisdiction in Oregon to be accredited through the International Accreditation Service for its building services.  It is important to the Division to maintain this accreditation.


The City of Salem adopts and enforces the statewide building code relating to the construction, reconstruction, alteration and repair of buildings and other structures and the installation of mechanical, plumbing, and electrical devices and equipment.

This position provides administrative and supervisory work managing the operations of the Building and Safety Division. Responsible for enforcing building codes and ordinances, assisting with the budget, and directing the operations within the division. 


The listed job functions are illustrative of the classification level and not intended to list all duties typically assigned to this classification. Employees may do all or some of the listed duties, or other related duties.

Assumes the responsibilities as the Building Official for the City of Salem as stated in the State Building Specialty Codes. Interprets and makes decisions on alternate methods and materials, code language discrepancies, and standard construction practices.    

Performs duties of Secretary to the Community Development Board of Appeals as stated in Chapter 4 of the Salem revised Code.     

Organizes, coordinates and directs the operations of work within the division.     

Supervises and reviews the activities of personnel and develops work programs. Develops employee training programs and monitors employee development.     

Enforces appropriate municipal codes and ordinances relating to building construction, zoning licensing, signs, housing safety and permits. Reviews codes and ordinances and makes recommendation for changes.     

Establishes divisional policies and procedures, objectives, schedules and prioritizes work and tasks.     

Directs the preparation of the annual budget, maintains budget control, and prepares and administers professional service contracts and Requests for Proposals.    

Assists customers with questions or concerns and resolves customer conflicts.     

Participates in State Code development and processes and writes ordinances for City and amendments to codes.     

Performs administrative work and completes reports as needed.     

Full staff supervision including motivational incentives, coordinating workload and workflow of subordinates, recruitment and selection of subordinate, employee evaluations, employee corrective actions including termination, and responding to grievances.     

Represents the City of Salem at State Legislative hearings, code development hearings and council for State and local boards.     

Provides supports as needed for City Council and administration.     

Provides professional guidance for local and national professional organizations.     

Performs other duties as required by Community Development Department Director.


Desktop computer 



Miscellaneous office automation equipment, i.e. – fax, phone, copier, etc.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Architecture or a related field (graduate degree in management is desirable); and,

Seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience related to interpreting codes and standards and/or interpreting laws, rules, and regulations related to construction; And the following certifications:

License(s) and Certification(s):

State of Oregon Building Official Certificate, or International Code Council (ICC) Building Official Certification, and Oregon Inspector Certification. Oregon Inspector Certification must be obtained within six (6) months of date of hire.

Desirable License(s) and Certification(s)

Current International Code Council (ICC) Building Plans Examiner and Residential Building Inspector Certification, Oregon Structural A-Level Plans Examiner Certification and Oregon, One and Two Family Inspector Certification, or Oregon Fire and Life-Safety Plans Examiner Certification.

OR any combination of education, experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities that demonstrates expertise in working with Oregon’s statewide building code or other model code programs. Consideration may be given to candidates with additional educational equivalencies for required work experience. 


Knowledge of:

Engineering, construction and management practices and principles.

Oregon building codes and administration.

Government structures and procedures and municipal budgeting requirements.

Contemporary office practices and procedures and basic office software products.

General accounting and budgeting procedures.

Ability to:

Interpret complex building plans and specifications.

Demonstrate skills in conflict mediation and resolution.

Analyze and interpret municipal codes.

Supervise and manage staff.

Use computers and various software packages.

Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to a wide range of individuals.

Speak and present effectively in front of large groups.

Work independently and make decisions with minimal supervision.

Comprehend and apply concepts for enhancement and efficiency of department and general operations.

Maintain required work hours and attendance.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals, coworkers, contractors, architects, other agencies and the public.

Physically able to:

Sit, keyboard, write, hear and speak frequently.

Stand occasionally for extended periods.
Lift up to 20 pounds.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties or roles performed by personnel so classified. It is as well intended to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit an online application, three references and a resume  by the closing date of this announcement. The application materials will be reviewed for the job requirements. The best qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.  A thorough background check will be required of those to be given final consideration.


TO APPLY:  Please complete the on-line Application and submit it electronically, with a resume and three references by the close date at Applications must be received by the Human Resources Department by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date. You will receive an email confirmation of your submitted electronic application. The City cannot be responsible for material that is illegible or missing as a result of transmitting or which may be lost through the mail.

All newly selected finalists for City employment are subject to a criminal background check and may be subject to testing for drugs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Women, Minorities and Disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. ADA accommodations will be provided upon request.  TTD/TTY 503-588-6009

This announcement is not an implied contract and may be modified or revoked without notice.

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