STATE OF CONNECTICUT EXECUTIVE BRANCH JOBS

Construction Services Building Official (40 Hour)

Recruitment #231221-0930FE-001

Introduction




The State of Connecticut, Office of the State Building Inspector within the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is looking for an ambitious and motivated Construction Services Building Official (CSBO) to join the team working on a number of high profile, exciting state construction projects. These roles also have the potential for involvement in the development of the next state building code and providing important technical support to the public through response to enquiries and review of code modification request.

WE CAN OFFER
  • A Competitive starting salary
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform an article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • A culture that encourages work/life balance
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Work for a Forbes top company: State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
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THE ROLE
The Construction Services Building Officials perform a complex range of specialist technical tasks, which are critical in ensuring buildings are designed and built to be safe, accessible, and energy efficient. 
The details are: As the authority having jurisdiction interprets and applies current and previously adopted building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes, adopted referenced standards and applicable state and federal statutes; provides state agencies, local code enforcement officials, architects, engineers, other design professionals and construction industry representatives with technical assistance in proper application of the code; resolves problems in design, construction, alteration or renovation of buildings including testing of engineered systems; reviews, analyzes and prepares written recommendations as to acceptability of requests for modification of state building code; assists State Building Inspector in revision of state building code and referenced standards by conducting research and drafting amendments; conducts technical on-site inspections and evaluations on complex code issues; determines appropriateness of building materials and system components based on code interpretation; prepares technical reports; prepares and administers examinations for building code enforcement officials licensure; prepares and presents mandated educational training programs to local code enforcement officials, state agencies and professional organizations; may lead technical staff by assigning and reviewing daily work and providing on-going training; may testify at administrative hearings or courts of law; may review documentation for issuance of building permits and certificates of occupancy; performs related duties as required. 

 The CSBOs provide code review and inspection services to multiple agencies on 100+ projects each year. Filling these positions will facilitate state agencies meeting their statutory obligations to comply with the state building code - including structural safety, fire safety, accessibility, and energy efficiency - and avoid expensive corrections and liability later in the life of a building. 

The CSBO will also support municipal building officials, design professionals, builders and developers with advice on their interpretation and application of the state building code to projects across the state, resulting in an improvement in code compliance of buildings across the state, making Connecticut a safer place to live, work and play.

POSITION HIGHLIGHTS
  • Permanent full-time position working 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday schedule
  • First shift
  • This is a hybrid role, offering the flexibility to work remotely at times 
  • Office location is centrally located at 450 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, with easy access to all major highways.
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Selection Plan

For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.

To Apply:


  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.

  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.

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Important Information After You Apply:

  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
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  • Note: 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: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jasmyn.Raymond@ct.gov

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Administrative Services, Office of the State Building Inspector this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in assuring proper application of the state building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes, adopted referenced standards and applicable state and federal statutes.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • As the authority having jurisdiction, interprets and applies current and previously adopted building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes, adopted referenced standards and applicable state and federal statutes; 
  • Provides state agencies, local code enforcement officials, architects, engineers, other design professionals and construction industry representatives with technical assistance in proper application of the code; 
  • Resolves problems in design, construction, alteration or renovation of buildings including testing of engineered systems; 
  • Reviews, analyzes and prepares written recommendations as to acceptability of requests for modification of state building code; 
  • Assists State Building Inspector in revision of state building code and referenced standards by conducting research and drafting amendments; 
  • Conducts technical on-site inspections and evaluations on complex code issues; 
  • Determines appropriateness of building materials and system components based on code interpretation; 
  • Prepares technical reports; 
  • Prepares and administers examinations for building code enforcement officials licensure; 
  • Prepares and presents mandated educational training programs to local code enforcement officials, state agencies and professional organizations; 
  • May lead technical staff by assigning and reviewing daily work and providing on-going training; 
  • May testify at administrative hearings or courts of law; 
  • May review documentation for issuance of building permits and certificates of occupancy; 
  • Performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to interpret and apply building construction standards, building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical codes, adopted national referenced standards, standard tests for construction materials and fire rating and applicable state and federal statutes; 
    • and ability to review complex building plans and specifications for large scale building projects; 
  • Knowledge of
    • basic engineering and architectural principles, practices and methods of building design and construction; 
    • inspection practices; 
    • building materials and equipment; 
    • adverse weather and seismic effects on buildings; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to
    • prepare and present technical material during training programs and public speaking engagements; 
    • present concepts graphically; 
    • utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Six (6) years of experience in building code compliance plan review and inspection of building construction.

NOTE: This experience may have involved working within a specific area of the building trades such as electrical, mechanical, structural, etc.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in the inspection and review of plans and specifications for building code compliance on large-scale building projects. 

NOTE: Large-scale building projects are 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

College training in architecture, civil or mechanical engineering or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Licensed as a Building Official.
  • Experience working on threshold projects, as defined by Connecticut General Statute 29-276b, in the building code compliance plan review and inspection of trades inspecting work involving more than one building trade.
  • Experience providing education of design professionals, contractors, and code officials.
  • Experience using software for construction document review and inspection reporting.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Incumbents in this class will be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications including licensure as a building official or to become licensed within three (3) months of appointment.
  • Incumbents in this class will be required to complete ninety (90) hours of job related continuing education every three (3) years in accordance with Section 29-262(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical ability and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as be able to perform the duties.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury or physical harm from exposure to building construction sites and other building site environments, and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year-round weather conditions.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.


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