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Chief Building Official

Recruitment #190426-263900-001

Introduction

The City of Tampa is seeking a highly motivated leader with demonstrated skills in the municipal development and construction arena to lead a critical operation during a time of explosive growth and progressive change. This role will help to establish, execute, and maintain existing and new initiatives that support the Mayor’s vision for Tampa’s future. In overseeing both strategy and day-to-day operations, this role will work across internal and external stakeholders to deliver top-quality services in a transparent and highly accountable manner, while ensuring that the department enforces compliance and development standards.

This high-level role will lead and direct the City’s permitting, inspection, and building construction oversight functions in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.   

Nature Of Work

The employee in this class oversees a large team of staff comprised of professional, technical and administrative talent. The employee in this class performs work of considerable difficulty to guide the team in administering and enforcing building construction ordinances and regulations relating to the permitting and inspection of new buildings and structures, as well as work done to maintain, alter, or add to existing building and structures. This role requires a high degree of technical knowledge as well as independent judgment and a willingness to take initiative, think creatively, and collaborate to address issues and achieve objectives. Performance is assessed regularly through various methods, including a focus on data and metrics that measure key performance indicators.  This is an appointed position and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.

Examples of Duties

Manages a large professional, technical and administrative staff in a results-oriented, fast-paced environment.

Oversees building and site plan review, permitting and inspection processes for compliance with the Florida Building Code, and applicable City land development regulations   (storm water, transportation, zoning, signs and landscape codes.)

Oversees permit intake and processing for building and site plan review, and inspectional services for compliance with FEMA Flood requirements.

Develops procedures for the issuance of electrical, building, plumbing, mechanical, landscape, transportation, storm water, and zoning permits for all structures.

Develops procedures for the review process for building and site plans and the performance of field inspections to insure construction projects are in compliance with applicable codes.

Assists development community in resolution of code interpretation, issuance of permits or certificates of occupancy; reviews code appeals when staff decisions are opposed by designers, contractors or others.

Confers with reviewers, inspectors and others to evaluate status of work projects and to provide guidance and direction on difficult review and inspection and/or code interpretation problems; reviews code appeals when staff decisions are opposed by contractors or others.

Meets with attorneys, architects, contractors, engineers, and developers regarding compliance with codes, building construction requirements, materials and practices; performs reviews or makes inspections of building construction projects which may have difficult problems involved.

Produces activity reports for key performance indicators such as permits issued, plans reviewed, inspections made, and revenue generated; researches, formulates and drafts new and amended code provisions related to commercial construction.

Prepares reports and correspondence; assigns, develops, and evaluates employees; manages unit budget and work processes.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: all construction practices in the building industry, with particular emphasis on residential and commercial construction; Florida Building Code and other appropriate building, zoning, and related codes and ordinances.

Considerable knowledge of: progressive and transparent management practices and procedures; application of data and key performance indicators to guide office operations, regulatory processes and agencies associated with multi-phased and/or large-scale developments, such as high-rise construction, construction impacting environmental lands, and seaport and airport development.

Ability to: read and interpret building materials and construction standards, plans, blueprints, and specifications; enforce code requirements with firmness, impartiality, and effective public engagement; plan, assign, direct, and coordinate the work of professional, para-professional, and clerical employees in a manner that promotes full performance; write and speak clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings; establish and maintain effective working relationships with city officials and employees, contractors, architects, engineers and developers, and the general public; plan, organize, and refine operating procedures; set clear objectives and measures and monitor process, progress and results.

Suggested Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in civil, structural or construction engineering, architecture or related field and five (5) years of experience in duties related to commercial building construction, inspection and/or design, or in administration of regulatory controls relative to building construction including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of State of Florida certification as Standard Building Code Administrator, Building Plans Examiner and Building Inspector; possession of a valid Florida drivers' license required.

Examination

Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.

Comments

During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

Conclusion

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