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Building Inspector - Structural - Development ServicesCITY OF IOWA CITY – Job Description Job Class #12-12B FLSA Non-Exempt Civil Service Identification Position Title: Building Inspector – Structural Department: Neighborhood & Development Services Division: Development Services Supervisor: Senior Building Inspector Job Summary Under general direction, performs field inspections of all commercial, industrial, institutional and residential structures for compliance with related codes and regulations. Prescribes action for conformance to codes and standards. Assists in the planning and implementation of owner-occupied and rental housing rehabilitation programs. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities Schedules, conducts and performs field inspections related to commercial, industrial, institutional and residential structures for compliance with codes and regulations. Reviews construction plans for code compliance. Reviews applications for compliance; issues building, electrical, plumbing, sign and mechanical permits and collects fees. Issues and tracks licenses for plumbers, electricians, mechanical, fire alarm and fire sprinkler contractors and sign erectors. Identifies non-compliance issues associated with specifications and the inspected buildings and informs appropriate parties of lack of compliance with City standards; works with other inspectors and City staff regarding compliance issues and interpretation. Meets with building owners, tenants, contractors, developers, architects, general public and homeowners to answer questions concerning code requirements, including pre-design meetings. Meets with Housing Inspectors and Legal, Planning and Engineering departments to answer questions or resolve problems with different properties. Assists and administers all aspects of rehabilitation projects. Conducts property surverys and processes bid and loan documents. Provides assistance to clients and contractors including outreach and guidance on home repairs and lead paint hazards in home. Oversees emergency repair, exterior repair, accessibility and energy conservation programs and some comprehensive and rental rehabilitation projects. Job Class #12-12B Development Services Page 3 Updated 09/10/2019 Surveys dwellings, estimates feasibility and costs of rehabilitation, prepares bid specifications and cost estimates, reviews and evaluates bids and recommends project awards. Monitors construction work and repairs on projects to ensure compliance with all local, state and federal laws, as well as assurance to quality standards. Maintains detailed files for projects. Reviews and monitors all budgets and expenditures for each individual project and the Housing Rehabilitation program as a whole. Creates and prepares loan documents and duties pertaining to loan closings. Reviews and recommends approval of all rehabilitation payments and processes check requests. Performs visual risk assessments and lead dust clearance tests for all projects involving or assuming lead paint presence. Prepares rehabilitation reports including expenditures and client characteristics, and quarterly Housing and Urban Development contractor reports. Writes detailed construction specifications. Updates and edits construction and program manuals. Interacts with all City departments and divisions concerning development and administration of City ordinances and policies. Answers questions concerning code compliance. Enters information into computer and prepares reports, recommendations and correspondence. Establishes, submits and maintains records and reports on all inspections. Maintains files. Compiles statistical data for inclusion in annual reports Recruits contractors for rehabilitation program and maintains prospective bidders list. Writes grant applications for housing rehabilitation. Conducts environmental review for all housing rehabilitation projects. Conducts Davis-Bacon interviews for community development projects. Represents the City in appeals of code requirements. Researches plans, standards, specifications and codes, and development of proposed changes. Job Class #12-12B Development Services Page 3 Updated 09/10/2019 Investigates nuisance complaints. Conducts self in a manner which promotes and supports diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and community. Performs all other related duties as assigned. Physical and Environmental Conditions The physical demands and work environment conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job and are encountered while performing those essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; confined spaces, and risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme cold; extreme heat; explosives; risk of radiation; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud. Minimum Education, Experience and Certification Associate’s degree from an educational institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body or equivalent experience in a related field required. State International Code Council Residential Building Inspector (B1) and Commercial Building Inspector (B2) certification required within 12 months of hire. Valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record required. Must be 18 years of age per Iowa Code 92.8. Must pass criminal background check. Preferred Education, Experience and Certification Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an educational institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body or three years experience in construction/building trades preferred. Additional International Code Council certifications such as Residential, Commerical, or Plans Examiner certifications (M1-3, P1-3, E1-3, B-3), or the ability to obtain such certification within 12 months of hire is highly desired. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Knowledge of materials, methods and practices used in building construction. Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations and codes related to building construction. Skills in interpersonal and public relations. Skills in the use of a variety of machines, including personal computers, copiers, Job Class #12-12B Development Services Page 3 Updated 09/10/2019 scanners and facsimilie machines. Ability to detect defective materials and workmanship and work well in a team environment. Ability to perform mathematical functions in order to review contractor compliance with standards. Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications, blueprints, easement documents, design manuals and textbooks. Ability to record concise field notes and report progress. Ability to deal with upset customers and to explain code interpretation in a calm and understandable manner to the public. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position.