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This is highly responsible and technical work involving the inspection of construction projects and existing buildings, properties, structures and their associated systems that are regulated by the Ohio Building Code and referenced standards and local regulations.  Items to be inspected include, but is not limited to, work associated with building, electric, plumbing, heating-ventilation-and-air-conditioning (HVAC), gas lines, fire alarms, fire suppression, signs and other items under the appropriate, required certifications.  The work under this position will be specific to the type of certification(s) held by the employee and as directed by the Building Official.  The type of certification required will be specified under the details of the job classification opening advertisement, which is determined based upon the vacancies of positions needed by the Department in order to maintain standing as a Certified Building Department recognized by the Ohio Board of Building Standards.  The work is performed under the general direction and supervision of the Building Official, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative, as deemed appropriate.   The nature of the work requires than an employee in this class establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships and communications with customers associated with the permit and inspection process as well as City personnel and the Ohio Board of Building Standards.  The principal duties of this class are performed in an outdoor work environment with potential personal hazards.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Performs detailed and technical inspections of construction projects as directed and in accordance with the requirements of the Ohio Building Code and all referenced standards;
  • Coordinates inspection activities with coworkers and other City departments and divisions;
  • Inspections under certifications involving utilities require approval of utility-associated equipment, appliances, connections, service releases and service restorations and the associated verification of testing and necessary communications to the appropriate Utility personnel of results and general consultation.
  • Inspects and researches existing buildings for emergencies, violations, hazardous conditions, structural failures and improper uses, and works with City personnel and customers to obtain compliance with regard to safety and applicable code compliance;
  • Serves as an information resource to the public and City personnel to provide consultation and clarification regarding applicable codes and the permit and inspection process;
  • Works closely with owners, contractors and their representatives to effectively communicate inspection results and obtain the required compliance on their properties and projects.  The inspector is required to conduct himself/herself in a professional, courteous, impartial, responsive and cooperative manner at all times;
  • Performs all activities associated with permit processing including, but not limited to receiving and distributing applications and documents, entering information in the permit processing system, calculating fees, processing payments, issuing approved permits and issuing approved certificates of occupancy;
  • Performs plan reviews of construction documents along with the associated routing and coordination with appropriate City personnel and in accordance with applicable codes and regulations, when a plan review certification is required for this position.  Also disseminates all plan review results and comments to customers;
  • Receive and respond to inquiries and complaints pertaining to applicable violations, permits and inspections, and initiating corrective actions in accordance with certification requirements;
  • Issues approved legal notices, adjudication orders, warnings, orders, summons and warrants as directed in order to achieve compliance with applicable codes;
  • Prepares evidence and testifies in court on violations and nuisances;
  • Works closely with Health and Fire personnel as well as other appropriate City departments on items relating to safety, permits, inspections and regulations;
  • Prepares a variety of reports and correspondence on Department matters;
  • Enforces regulations regarding Contractor Registrations and Licenses;
  • Maintains records of the Department as required and approved and respond to requests for public records as directed;
  • Maintains all certifications required to perform job-related duties;
  • May temporarily assume duties of the supervisor as directed and in accordance with required certifications;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops as requested and authorized;
  • Perform all activities associated with front office coverage for the Department as needed;
  • Performs all other related work as required

 Skills/Knowledges/Abilities:

  • Ability to prepare accurate and reliable communications and reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations;
  • Ability to comprehend and follow all oral and written policies, procedures, instruction and direction;
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of difficult technical tasks with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information;
  • Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;
  • Ability and willingness to remain reasonably flexible and available with regard to work hours and task schedules as needed to perform all required duties.
  • Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with all customers and City personnel to secure compliance with appropriate codes, procedures and regulations using both technical and non-technical language to obtain their understanding;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with customers and City personnel.
  • Ability to calculate fees in accordance with adopted fee schedules and perform mathematical calculations associated with job responsibilities;
  • Ability to effectively operate computers and mobile devices along with all software appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Additional comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of state and local building code regulations, laws, enforcement and processes as well as their referenced standards, such as mechanical, plumbing, electric, fire, etc., in accordance with required certifications;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all construction and design principles and practices associated with required certifications;
  • Skilled in quickly comprehending and interpreting building and construction plans and specifications at all levels of complexity;

Training/Education/Qualifications:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience as a construction contractor or supervisor or as a skilled tradesman for structural carpentry, masonry, steel, or concrete work subject to inspection of buildings and structures as regulated by the Ohio Building Code and its referenced standards; and
  • Graduation from High School or completion of GED (will be verified for finalists); and
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License (will be verified for finalists)

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS
  • Possession of a current Ohio Board of Building Standards Certification (OBBS) as a Building Inspector or demonstrate the ability to obtain full Building Inspector certification within one year from the date of hire.  Preference will be given to those candidates who also possess current additional OBBS certifications, such as Residential Building Official, Electrical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, etc.;
  • Possession of additional certifications applicable to the job duties is preferred.  

The City of Hamilton is an EEO & AAE. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. 

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