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Building Inspector - Senior

Recruitment #2017-13549-01

Salary:$35.26 - $42.86/hour; $6,112.25 - $7,429.50/month; $73,347.04 - $89,154.00/year
Department:Community Development/Resource Agency
Job Type: Open - Tahoe Area
Date Opened:3/3/2017 8:30:00 AM
Filing Deadline:6/30/2017 5:00:00 PM
Employment Type: Permanent/Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Work Location: Tahoe Area (Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Truckee)
HR Analyst: Suzanne Holloway

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INTRODUCTION

Placer County is currently recruiting for one permanent full time Building Inspector - Senior in the Tahoe Area.  The Building Inspector - Senior functions as a key member of a team that ensures the County's programmatic initiatives are implemented and carried out within the expectations of the Board of Supervisors and the Department.  For more information about the Community Development Resource Agency, please click HERE.

Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, westward through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn. For more information about Placer County, please visit www.placer.ca.gov 

THIS RECRUITMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

POSITION INFORMATION

The new Building Inspector - Senior assigned to the North Lake Tahoe area is a lead worker position responsible for planning, prioritizing, leading and reviewing the work of staff. Duties also include training and providing functional and technical support for plan review and inspection staff. In addition, this position will engage in residential and commercial building plan reviews and inspections in the Tahoe area to ensure proper accountability and key functions are met.

In addition to the monthly salary, permanent employees assigned to the Tahoe area receive a subsistence pay of $775 per month. Other incentives for this position include compensation for Building Inspector Certificates obtained beyond what is required to meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the class specification.  Reimbursement for expenses such as work boots/safety shoes and rain gear is also available.

DEFINITION

To review building plans and conduct inspections of residential or commercial buildings under construction or being remodeled; to determine compliance of plans and of buildings under construction with applicable State and County codes and standards; and to exercise functional and technical supervision over technical and clerical staff. 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is the advanced journey level class in the Building Inspection series.  Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, by the amount of time spent performing lead or specialized responsibilities, and by the nature of the public contact made.  Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including technical and functional supervision of technical and clerical staff, review of highly technical construction plans and specifications and performance of difficult and complex field inspections.  Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Receives direction from assigned management or supervisory staff.

Exercises technical and functional supervision over technical and clerical staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform as a team member in carrying out program tasks of the Building Division.
  • Train and lead subordinate staff in the building inspection and plan review process.
  • Review, assess and approve building plans and calculations regarding structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing design and construction aspects for compliance with all applicable local and State codes.
  • Conduct field inspections of buildings during construction or remodeling for compliance with all applicable local and State codes and approved plans and specifications; set up inspection schedules and routes and travel to field sites; approve completed work or note corrections to be made; prepare correction letters and inspection reports.
  • Interpret and explain applicable building codes, Division policies and procedures to the public; assist the public at the public counter and/or by telephone in the processing of permits and applications; confer with engineers, architects, contractors, manufacturers and owners regarding complex and difficult technical issues.
  • When assigned, administer programs or functional areas such as mobile home park inspections, abatement procedures, business license inspections or manage inspection of major County construction projects.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

It is the applicant's responsibility to identify in their application materials how they meet the Minimum Qualifications listed below.

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible journey level experience performing duties similar to those of a Building Inspector II in Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.  Additional specialized training in building codes, construction technology or a related field is desirable.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as an Inspector issued by the International Code Council.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of building design, construction and inspection.
  • State and local building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and energy codes.
  • State mandated inspection programs.
  • County codes and standards applicable to building design and construction.
  • Operation, policies and procedures of a City or County Building Division.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job.  Intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve building inspection activities; sit at desk for long periods of time; and stand at the counter to answer questions of the public.
  • Intermittently, walk, stand, kneel, climb, crawl and bend in the field; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; intermittently write or use a keyboard to communicate and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • Train subordinate staff.
  • Perform plan reviews and field inspections of a complex and difficult nature; solve problems and recommend solutions; explain complex requirements to other; analyze and prepare technical reports for both technical and non-technical readers.
  • Interpret relevant codes and standards and apply County policies and procedures.
  • Conduct and document multiple inspections; maintain accurate and separate records for each inspection.
  • Oversee and coordinate program areas, manage projects and administer contracts.
  • Obtain information through interview; work fairly and courteously with the public; and work effectively with interruption.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
  • Be sensitive to various cultural and ethnic groups present in the community.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, facsimile machine, photocopy machine and microfilm reader printer.
  • Drive an automobile in all weather conditions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.

All applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be required to respond to an online Conviction History Questionnaire, which will be sent as a link on their notification that minimum qualifications have been met.  Failure to respond to this questionnaire within (3) three calendar days of the minimum qualification notification will result in disqualification from the examination.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/or be bonded.

MODIFIED AGENCY SHOP

All new permanent employees, with the exception of sworn law enforcement and those in management and confidential groups, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.

SUBSTITUTE LISTS

The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.

EMPLOYEES OF OTHER PUBLIC AGENCIES

Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at: http://www.jobaps.com/placer/sup/abfreenames.asp.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment and retaliation is prohibited and that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

BENEFITS

The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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