BUILDING SAFETY DIRECTOR
This position directs a fast-paced and ever-changing department that requires a proactive leadership style. The position performs advanced technical and administrative work overseeing the administration and enforcement of building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing codes in accordance with the Florida Building Code. Employees in this classification manage all aspects of the department, ensuring the proper regulation of the construction industry with respect to the enforcement of building and related codes.
Plans, coordinates, and supervises building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing plans examination and inspection activities with responsibility for enforcing the laws, ordinances, and codes relating to the construction and alteration of buildings; Approves the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy and notices of violation relating to construction; Monitors the efficiency and effectiveness of the department. Plans and oversees plans examination, inspection activities and reviews all major permit applications; Hears and makes investigations of complaints of inspection activities and takes appropriate action; Prepares evidence and testifies on code violation cases; Maintains liaison with Federal, State, and local officials in the interest of promoting uniform interpretation and enforcement of laws and regulation. Prepares amendments and additions to County Codes related to Building Codes and Inspections. Participates at the Emergency Operations Center during emergency situations and oversees implementation of preparedness and recovery plans.
Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the work load.
- Interprets codes, ordinances, and statutes.
- Prepares reports and correspondence on building code inspection compliance matters.
- Prepares and presents information to the community groups and the Board of County Commissioners.
- Implements County policies, procedures and programs.
- Directs and administers the department activities.
- Presents cases to the License Review Board.
- Participates in professional, technical, and business groups related to the duties and objectives of the department, including the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations, Building Association of Florida, and Marion County Building Industry Association.
- Assigns work assignments, performs evaluations, disciplinary actions and job interviews for departmental staff.
- Directs and administers the department’s customer relations and customer service activities.
- Prepares and presents department’s annual operational budget.
- Monitors department operations and processes to ensure compliance with policies, procedures and codes.
- Conducts special studies as directed and presents results to administration.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
This is a front-line position for providing excellent customer service to members of the general public and other County employees. Personal contact occurs with other employees of the unit, employees of other departments in the County, citizens, and customers of the department. Service is provided in person or by phone contact.
Direct supervision over a number of managerial positions and indirect supervision over a relatively large number of employees. Responsible for directly and regularly supervising work of all employees, as workload and staffing requires. Includes assigning, directing, evaluating, and reviewing work of subordinate employees. Responsibilities include providing on-the-job training; evaluating job performance; recommending selection of new staff members, promotions, status changes, and discipline; and planning, scheduling, and coordinating work operations.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS
Education and Experience
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field; supplemented by responsible technical work in a related field, with ten years progressively responsible supervisory and administrative experience in a construction related industry, or enterprise funded governmental agency of a similar size and customer volume, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Valid Florida Driver License. Possession of a valid Standard Certificate as Building Code Administrator from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation in the state of Florida.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements are representative of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.
- Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
- Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.
- Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups and/or boards.
- Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
- Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Problem Solving Ability
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
- Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
- Develops plans, policies, specifications, programs continually.
- Functions independently as an expert in matters of specialized code, rules, policy, analyzes, advanced budgetary, accounting systems, or complex scientific or technical systems.
Specialized Skills and Abilities
- Thorough knowledge of all federal, state, local, and regulatory requirements applicable to construction and land use.
- Must demonstrate skills in communicating effectively with a diverse customer base.
- Must demonstrate skills in developing constructive working relationships and reaching consensus.
- Must demonstrate skills in utilizing good judgement and tact.
- Ability to plan, implement, and coordinate technical and administrative programs.
- Ability to tactfully and courteously communicate with members of the general public. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees, departments, divisions, public officials, community groups, builders, and members of the general public.
- Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
- Ability to take a teamwork approach to the job by cooperating with others, offering to help others when needed, and considering larger organization or team goals rather than individual concerns. Includes the ability to build a constructive team spirit where team members are committed to the goals and objectives of the team.
Machines and Equipment
This employee will be required to operate a computer, calculator, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, and other general office equipment, as well as drive a vehicle, in the completion of the tasks of the position.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will occasionally be required to use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and lift up to twenty-five pounds; will regularly be required to stand, walk, and sit; and will frequently be required to talk and hear. Special vision requirements include close vision and the ability to adjust focus to bring an object into sharp focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will occasionally be required to be exposed to high precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outdoor weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock. The typical noise level for this environment is moderate.