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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3185 - Chief Building Inspector

Job Description

GRADE: 214

Under direction; performs work of moderate difficulty in supervising and coordinating the inspections of the Code Enforcement Officers and ensuring the quality of inspections conducted; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class is responsible for supervising the Code Enforcement Officers for DuPage County. The work requires knowledge of good construction conditions controlled largely by ordinance provisions and standard practices as well as an understanding of programs for the improvement of existing deteriorated dwelling structures and physical aspects of the community. Direction is received from the Building Division Manager.

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.

• Assigns, delegates, supervises and inspects the work of subordinate staff and contracted plumbing inspectors engaged in the inspection of commercial and residential building, zoning, drainage and plumbing in unincorporated DuPage County
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions.
• Reviews plans and specifications of unusual or complicated proposed installations
• Approves, rejects or suggests modifications to plans
• Assists with Plan Review for Code Compliance
• Review discrepancies with plan review and go over with plans examiner
• Provides support and testifies in court regarding zoning and building violations of the County Code
• Acts as an expert witness in violation cases
• Reviews work performed by the Code Enforcement Officers, advises on complex matters
• Reviews officers' reports
• Occasionally accompanies officers on field inspections and makes inspections
• Inspects unusual or complicated installations
• Assists front counter staff regularly with code issues
• Acts as training officer for building inspections; prepares material for in service training sessions
• Interprets the provisions of the County Code to architects, engineers, contractors, owners, subordinate officers, and the general public
• Prepares reports
• Compiles and maintains files of all technical information pertaining to projects
• Examines new building methods and materials
• Recommends building code revisions
• 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:
• Geography of the County
• Methods and practices used in housing construction and repair
• Building methods and materials
• Supervisory principles and practices
• Building codes and their application for purposes of evaluation of building and their conditions
• New building methods and materials
• Leadership principles
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Planning, organizing and directing a Building Inspection Department
• Training building inspectors
• Reading and interpreting complicated plans and specifications
• Detecting and locating defects in installations
• Resolving disputes involving customers and contractors
• Enforcing regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially
• 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
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• 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

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma; five years of experience in construction work, including three years in building inspections and one year of supervisory experience; 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 40 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, 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.

This position requires a valid Illinois driver's license.