Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Building Construction Specialist 2 (40 Hour)

Recruitment #200210-2224FT-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Housing (DOH) has one (1) available opportunity for a Building Construction Specialist 2.  The State of Connecticut was awarded $159 million in funding from the DOH and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery, Rebuild by Design, and National Disaster Resilience programs (CDBG-DR and -NDR) following Superstorm Sandy to assist the residents of Connecticut with recovery and resilience to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change. These funds are supporting the repair and elevation of homes, coastal resilience planning, and resilient infrastructure activities, including elevating roads for dry access and evacuation, constructing pump stations and green infrastructure, and building local flood protection. Under the CDBG-NDR and Rebuild by Design programs DOH is implementing Resilient Bridgeport, the construction of two pilot projects to manage coastal and stormwater flooding, including adapting to sea level rise as well as two planning projects for energy resilience and floodplain design guidelines. These funds also support the development of the Resilient Connecticut plan being led by the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) for New Haven and Fairfield Counties.

Under the supervision of the CDBG-DR and CDBG-NDR Program Managers, the Building Construction Specialist 2 will support the implementation of the projects funded by these programs. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: responsible for the review of complex construction plans, drawings, specifications and change orders for completeness, accuracy and consistency with contract documents, codes and agency or statutory requirements; assists with the review of bids and the contractor selection process in order to ensure compliance with DOH and HUD regulations and policies; participates in structural, civil or infrastructure projects; consults with project managers, supervising project managers, consultants, engineers and other design reviewers during design stage of new projects or proposed alterations to existing facilities; performs specialized duties in coordinating general construction, electrical, structural, and plumbing inspectors in respective phases of building construction; researches acceptability of products, systems, design and new technology; provides advisory services to staff regarding code applications and resolution of field problems; audits and approves monthly requisitions for work completed; verifies architect change recommendations; advises supervisors regarding job conditions, deviations from contract documents, potential delays and claims or conditions with potential for litigation and/or arbitration and makes recommendations for resolution; conduct inspections of new or existing buildings, additions and renovations during construction or upon completion for compliance to codes; identifies cost control measures and coordinates with the design engineer and DOH contractors to review proposed cost control measures, represent project managers at job meetings; monitors and documents the construction work for compliance with the project schedules and DOH and HUD requirements;  facilitates resolution of non-compliance with the approved contract documents; and performs related duties as required.

This is a durational, full-time position, 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm.  The position is located at 505 Hudson Street, Hartford with occasional travel to project sites. 


Selection Plan

Interested candidates should choose the 'resume tab' to attach a resume with their submission. At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Heidi Gray at or 860-713-5028.


In a state agency this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the most complex tasks in field inspections and related activities for building construction and maintenance projects.


WORKING LEAD: As assigned by a supervisor distributes, prioritizes, oversees and reviews office unit work; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies, consultant staffs and other outside officials regarding unit office policies and standards; prepares reports and correspondence; performs related duties as required.

MOST COMPLEX TASKS: Oversees inspection of all phases of building construction and maintenance for conformance with building codes and regulations; reviews blueprints and shop drawings for adherence to basic plans and specifications; evaluates site conditions and other local conditions affecting construction costs and safety; inspects construction materials, methods and quality or workmanship; evaluates progress in relation to contract terms and conditions; determines necessity for specification and design changes and makes recommendations; consults with architects, contract engineers, construction personnel and others on problems encountered; reviews records and written reports of field inspections; reviews and evaluates schedules of values and payments to contractors; provides technical advice regarding construction problems related to projects; reviews, approves and processes construction documents; may prepare and administer examinations for building code officals licensure; may prepare and present mandated education training programs to local code enforcement officials; may review and prepare written recommendations as to acceptability of requests for modification of state building code; may review plans and specifications for issuance of building permits and certificates of occupancy; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of methods, materials and equipment used in building design and construction; considerable knowledge of zoning and building codes; knowledge of major trades areas relative to building construction and maintenance; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to read and interpret building plans and specifications; considerable ability to inspect and supervise construction work for conformance with plans and specifications; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.


Six (6) years of experience with construction projects involving all building trades (e.g. plumbing, heating, electrical) OR as a Municipal Building Official.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have included the review and inspection of large scale building projects for building code compliance.

NOTE: Large scale building projects will be interpreted as buildings exceeding 12,000 square feet in size and more than one story in height not including apartment buildings and single family residences.


  1. Licensure as a Municipal Building Official may be substituted for four (4) years of the General Experience.
  2. Licensure as an Assistant Municipal Building Official may be substituted for three (3) years of the General Experience.


  • Experience monitoring stormwater or flood control projects;
  • Experience in developing hazard mitigation plans or climate resilient building oversight;
  • Experience in infrastructure or home elevation projects;
  • Experience with Davis-Bacon reporting and compliance;
  • Experience implementing disaster recovery or resilience programs.


  1. DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES (Office of the State Building Inspector): Incumbents in this class may be required to be licensed as one of the following at the time of appointment: assistant building official, building official, construction inspector, electrical inspector, heating and cooling inspector, mechanical inspector, plumbing inspector.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury or physical harm from construction site environments and some discomfort from year round weather conditions.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.