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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3183 - Senior Building Inspector

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Non-Exempt
GRADE:    211

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in inspecting new and existing structures for compliance with County codes and ordinances; performs related work as required.

A Senior Code Enforcement Officer is primarily responsible for obtaining, where possible, voluntary compliance with code requirements and standards for construction in DuPage County.  An employee in this class has authority to order the removal or alteration of conditions or materials not in compliance with codes and ordinances.  Field inspection duties are conducted independently according to adopted standards and regulations.  Work is performed under general supervision and is subject to the review of the Chief Building Inspector; complex situations are referred to the appropriate divisions respectively.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

•    Inspects structures during all stages of construction for conformance with County ordinances and building and zoning codes
•    Provides assistance to property owners for correcting building deficiencies in conformance with the intent set forth in these codes
•    Inspects damaged structures
•    Prepares inspection documentation, including photographs required to support findings
•    Represents the County in court regarding violation cases submitted for prosecution
•    Maintains on-going surveillance of assigned area for building/ordinance compliance
•    Keeps abreast of current methods and techniques
•    Develops departmental cross training regarding zoning/drainage/building codes
•    Performs drainage, zoning and fill inspections
•    Schedules inspections
•    Operates county vehicles
•    Prepares daily reports
•    Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

•    Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
•    Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    Methods and practices used in construction and repair
•    Building codes and their application for purposes of evaluation of buildings and their conditions
•    Zoning ordinances
•    Current office practices, procedures and equipment
•    County policies and procedures
•    Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
•    Reading and interpreting plans and specifications
•    Use of good judgment in evaluating situations and drawing conclusions
•    Reading and interpreting plats of survey, legal descriptions, and topographical drawings
•    Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
•    Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
•    Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
•    Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
•    Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
•    Convey excellent oral and written communication
•    Work effectively under stress
•    Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma; four years of experience in one of the construction trades at the journeyman level or, building inspection, or a related field; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Light Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Use of arm and /or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than for sedentary work.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office and field environment. While performing the duties and responsibilities the employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, in high or precarious places, vibrations, loud noise, noxious odors, dusts, poor ventilation, unsanitary conditions, chemicals, oils, electricity, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises, travel, and other related conditions and situations.

Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid Illinois driver's license.