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Deputy Building Official

City of Grand Forks
Grand Forks, North Dakota
$83,198.00 - $103,998.00 Annually
Start date
Nov 14, 2022
Closing date
Dec 2, 2022

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Job Class:          Deputy Building Official

Department:    Inspections

Supervisor:       Building Inspections Director

FLSA Status:     Exempt

Approved by:   Tangee Bouvette                                    Date: 11/9/2022

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class.  Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


To participate in the management and coordination in overseeing and managing the operations of the Building Inspections Department and provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Building Inspections Director. In addition, it is responsible for the examination and review of all Building and MEP plans or delegating such plans to staff- this shall include and is not limited to assigning and assuring completion and quality control of all trades all the way to certificate of occupancy.

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES --Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:

1. Participate in the management and coordination of the Building Inspections staffing and operational activities for commercial, residential and industrial inspections.

2. Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities. recommend and implement resulting policies and procedures.

3. Identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; identify resource needs; review with appropriate management staff; implement improvements.

4. Direct, coordinate and review the work plan for all building inspection services and activities; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

5. Review construction plans, drawings and specifications to ascertain compliance with building codes.

6. Oversee field inspections of complicated or highly technical situations.

7. Ensure consistent and appropriate interpretation of the building codes and City ordinances.

8. Meet with architects, engineers, contractors and property owners regarding pre-construction requirements.

9. Coordinate the development and enhancement of automated permit tracking and inspection tracking systems.

10. Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for the Building Inspections Department; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.

11. Review, analyze, and evaluate management systems and procedures; develop program procedures and procedural manuals.

12. Select, train, motivate and evaluate inspection personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.

13. Performs other duties and activities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

Knowledge: Operational characteristics, services and activities of a municipal building code enforcement program; Modern and complex principles and practices of construction plan oversight, site development and zoning, and flood plain  management; Principles and practices of program development and administration; Methods and techniques of building inspection; Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation; Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers; Principles, practices and methods of engineering design, building construction, and the trade's construction; Advanced, complex principles and techniques of building and plans examination work; Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations governing general building construction.

Skills: Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Maintain mental capacity, which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities; Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities; Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties.

Abilities: Read and comprehend a variety of plans and specifications; Interpret and explain City building inspection policies and procedures;  Operate office equipment including computers and supporting accessories for auto CAD drawing review; Oversee, direct and coordinate the work of lower level staff; Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff; Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives and procedures;; Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports; Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; Understand and implement concepts of automated permit tracking and workflow systems; Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques; Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:   


Five years of increasingly responsible experience in building construction, system design or inspection experience, including one year of administrative and/ or supervisory responsibility.


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, public or business administration, management or a related field. ICC building certification preferred.


 Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid driver’s license


Office and field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to potentially dangerous environments, noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, inclement weather conditions; inspect around heavy construction equipment; Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for light lifting, crouching, climbing, walking or standing for prolonged periods of time.




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