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Building Commissioner & Director of Inspectional Services Division

Website City of Everett

Posting ID: 2022-0016
Posting Date: 03/23/2022
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Department: Inspectional Services Department
Location: Everett, MA
Vacancies: 1
Salary: $90,000 – 117,299.52
Schedule: 37.5 hours per week
Shift: Day

About the City of Everett:

A desirable place to live, work, and visit, the City of Everett prides itself on its progress while remaining dedicated to future possibilities. Home to over 50,000 residents, Everett is known for its rich culture, diverse population, and welcoming atmosphere. A once industrial City now recognized as a melting pot for residents and newcomers alike.

Summary of Position:

The Director of Inspectional Services Division performs administrative, supervisory, and inspection work related to the interpretation and enforcement of the state building code, local zoning ordinances, City ordinances, and all other applicable rules and regulations. Performs similar or related work as required, directed, or as the situation dictates. Regular attendance at the workplace is required. The Director of Inspectional Services Division reports to the Mayor.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans, directs, coordinates, and administers the activities of the Inspections Department, which includes the activities of the electrical, plumbing, gas inspectors, and sealer of weights and measures. Prepares and manages the annual budget for the Inspection Services Department; oversees the maintenance of departmental records and departmental correspondence. Prepares and implements department policies and procedures, goals, and objectives; Supervises and supports department staff.
  • Reviews building construction plans or alterations to determine compliance with state codes, local zoning by-laws, and other applicable regulations; issues building permits; maintains associated logs and inspection records.
  • Issues certificates of inspection, certificates of occupancy, notices of violations, and stop-work orders. Receives applications and inspects new and existing buildings and structures to determine compliance with applicable building codes, local by-laws/ordinances, and approved plans and permits.
  • Ensures that all zoning requirements and other applicable by-laws are met, and permits are obtained from all appropriate City boards/commissions before issuing a building permit.
  • Ensures Department response to all emergencies regarding building safety, including but not limited to fires, explosions, building collapses, natural disasters, and buildings otherwise unsafe for occupancy; Ensures availability of qualified department personnel at all times, responding in person if another staff member is not available.
  • Investigates complaints of buildings, structures, and vacant lands to determine compliance with applicable codes and by-laws. Issues citations and appears in court when needed work with the City legal team on letters and notices.
  • Responds orally and in writing to inquiries from property owners, commercial firms, the general public, and employees; explains building code regulations and by-law provisions and procedures/policies. Consult with builders, engineers, property owners, attorneys, and the general public regarding construction requirements, materials, methods, and other related matters. Reviews all zoning complaints, writes letters, issues citations, conducts site visits, takes pictures, and logs information.
  • Inspects commercial buildings and alterations to commercial buildings under construction and, upon completion, monitors compliance with code requirements and approved plans; inspects all construction projects, commercial buildings, new homes, additions, garages, decks, sheds, etc. In addition, inspects safety conditions of existing buildings; inspects places of assembly and public buildings annually.
  • Attends meetings of the City Council and other City Council subcommittees, boards, and commissions as needed.
  • Issues and maintains written reports of all violations of applicable codes, local by-laws, and approved plans and permits; stop-work orders or other orders to remove illegal or unsafe conditions; require the necessary safeguards during construction; requires adequate egress facilities in new and existing buildings and structures; and ensures compliance with all code requirements for the safety, health and general welfare of the public.
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 5-7 years experience in the construction trade or a Bachelor’s degree related to building construction/design, or a combination of experience and education that would qualify under the State Building Code as an Inspector of Buildings/Building Commissioner
  • State certification as Building Commissioner/Inspector of Buildings or obtain within six months of start date.
  • Construction Supervisor License or obtain within six months of start date.
  • Previous supervisory experience is highly desirable
  • Valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Expert knowledge of Massachusetts State Building Code, zoning by-laws, and other applicable municipal statutes.
  • Knowledge of accepted requirements for building construction, including fire prevention, light, ventilation, and safe egress.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, and plans and work with current technology, including software programs. Ability to enforce regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially.
  • Excellent customer service skills; Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently verbally and in writing at all times; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with town and state officials, members of the building community, and the general public.

Working Conditions:

Some work is performed under typical office conditions; frequent inspection and site investigation work is performed in the field with exposure to variable weather conditions, loud noise, and the hazards associated with construction sites and other privately owned buildings. Makes frequent contacts with building community members, property owners, the general public, state government officials, attorneys, and City departments. May be required to work beyond regular work hours to attend evening weekends and respond to emergency calls.

Physical Requirements:

Regularly operates motor vehicles to travel to inspection sites, computers, telephone, and standard office equipment. The employee is regularly required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear; uses hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms as in picking up paper, files, and other everyday office objects. Employees may infrequently lift and/or move objects weighing up to 30 pounds, such as books, equipment, supplies, etc. Vision and hearing at or correctable to normal ranges. Ability to distinguish colors. The employee must be able to access all levels of a construction site and traverse uneven terrain.

How to Apply:

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For a disability-related reasonable accommodation or alternative application method, call Human Resources at 617-394-2280

The City of Everett is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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