BUILDING INSPECTOR II & BUILDING INSPECTOR III

Planning and Development Services Department

Recruitment #2208-2554-001

Introduction

One of the many responsibilities of the City’s Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) is to promote health, safety, economic vitality, and adaptability to the built environment in the City of Tucson, Arizona.

To that end, the Building Safety Division of PDSD has just completed a major restructure of its building inspection classifications.  This restructure supports the PDSD Career Ladders which provides positions at various levels of responsibility based on each employee’s desired focus area and current experience. Different tracks are available based on focus areas (zoning, building, fire, floodplain, etc.) and they encourage upward growth. We are committed to ongoing training opportunities at all career levels to encourage staff to pursue their passions and focus areas or even change their focus areas. Progression within the Career Ladders is accomplished by meeting specific criteria-based requirements of performance and proficiency, minimum requirements of each classification, and competition of excellence.

The Building Safety Division includes staff that process permit applications, perform plan review, conduct inspections in various categories, and authorize buildings to be occupied in the City of Tucson. Building Inspection employees perform critical functions related to residential and/or commercial property inspections to assure compliance with a variety of regulations for health, life safety, and fire protection.

The Planning and Development Services Department challenges employees to pursue different working environments such as in an office, engaging the public, out in the field, or working from home. Hybrid work routines are encouraged, and staff are supported to find their best family/work-life balance.

There are several vacancies within the PDSD Career Ladder - all of which are full-time and eligible for benefits.  The City of Tucson offers a wide range of generous benefits for eligible employees. Some of those benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Income Replacement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Pension
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Paid Training & Tuition Assistance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Paid Time Off (sick leave, holidays, and vacation)
  • Social Connectedness
  • Community Involvement

Do you have a desire to improve Tucson? Would you be a good candidate for a training program? If you have a passion for serving our community, enjoy connecting with people (customers, community leaders or members of the public), and have interest in development standards, we invite you to consider joining the City of Tucson’s Planning & Development Services Department.

General Description

This is a multi-position recruitment.  You may apply for either or both of the following positions:

Building Inspector II   Hourly Rate Range:  $19.50 to $30.64 DOE and in accordance with Administrative Directives

The Building Inspector II is expected to perform skilled work in all phases of residential* and light commercial** building inspections to ensure compliance with city, state, and other building codes including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, structural, fire, energy, and accessibility. The position of Building Inspector II requires the application of specialized knowledge of five residential building codes and of City building inspection procedures, plan reading, and by the expectation to typically resolve public relations conflicts independently or with little supervision or assistance. Incumbents serve as an advisor to the Building Inspection Supervisor on technical matters and assist with educating Building Inspector I staff as needed.

Building Inspector III    Hourly Rate Range:  $21.20 to $33.97  DOE and in accordance with Administrative Directives

The position of Building Inspector III is expected to perform skilled work in all phases of residential and light commercial building inspections to ensure compliance with city, state, and other building codes including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, structural, fire, energy, and accessibility. The position of Building Inspector III is distinguished from the Building Inspector II by assignments requiring the application of commercial building codes in at least one discipline and by a greater on-site responsibility, technical knowledge, and communication skills. ?An employee in this class may be assigned to related duties in the City’s Development Services Department to include but not limited to residential inspections*, light commercial inspections**, and heavy commercial inspections***. Incumbents serve as an advisor to the Building Inspection Supervisor on technical matters and assist with educating Building Inspector I and II staff as needed.

* Residential = Scope includes local, State, and Federal regulations associated with One- and Two-Family Dwellings
** Light Commercial = Scope includes local, State, and Federal regulations associated with less complex commercial buildings (all building types other than those associated with One- and Two-Family Dwellings)
*** Heavy Commercial = Scope includes local, State, and Federal regulations associated with more complex commercial buildings (all building types other than those associated with One- and Two-Family Dwellings)

Essential Functions

Building Inspector II:

  • The position reports to the Building Inspector Supervisor through meetings, conferences, and performance outcomes.
  • An employee in this class may work independently at an off-site location or be assigned to perform inspections through remote video technology as needed. Inspects industrial, commercial, and residential buildings during various stages of construction and remodeling to ensure compliance with applicable codes and regulations of the city, state, and federal agencies.
  • Suggests corrections for defects and inadequacies and requires corrections to comply with applicable city ordinances and codes.
  • Performs lot location checks to ensure compliance with zoning and development ordinances.
  • Performs assessments of new construction, remodels, alterations, and repairs for compliance with applicable City ordinances and construction codes.
  • Reviews construction plans and specifications related to the development of, repair, replacement, and alteration of buildings for compliance with applicable codes and regulations.
  • Coordinates inspection activities with other City departments and divisions; confers with architects, contractors, builders and the general public in the field and office.
  • Documents inspection activity, results, interactions, and outcomes, including violations, for City record.
  • Responds to inquiries from architects, engineers, designers, contractors, and the general public on building codes, inspections, inspection schedules, and compliance with the intent to diligently enforce the health and life safety building regulations while acting as an educator of the codes.
  • Maintains review, inspection, and permit records and databases and presents oral and written reports as required.
  • Performs inspections of construction sites and buildings being demolished or moved for compliance with work and safety regulations.
  • Research new building and construction methods, materials, and codes to stay current in the field.
  • Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.
  • Works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activity and conditions immediately.
  • Follows City-wide safety policy and practices. Adheres to responsibilities concerning safety prevention, reporting, and monitoring as outlined in the City’s Safety Handbook.
  • Performs additional duties as required.

Building Inspector III:

  • This position may be called upon to conduct training for new personnel, assist with the hiring process by interviewing and making recommendations and providing input to supervisory staff, reviewing workloads, assigning work and coaching employees with specialized instructions and practices for job accomplishments. · and inspects the work of inspectors to assure the work quality, and timely completion of assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Performs technical office review of building and construction plans and performs complex on-site building inspections for compliance with approved plans and City and other applicable building codes, including but not limited to, structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire safety, health, and other applicable codes.
  • Requires corrections for defects and inadequacies and requires corrections to comply with applicable City ordinances and codes.
  • Oversees and participates in the inspections of new construction, remodels, alterations, and repairs for compliance with applicable City ordinances and construction codes.
  • Oversees and participates in the inspections on buildings being demolished, moved, or damaged buildings to ensure compliance with City and other applicable building and life and safety codes.
  • Oversees and participates in the documentation of inspections, including violations, and all records including inspection reports and correspondence with affected parties on compliance efforts.
  • Responds to inquiries from architects, engineers, designers, contractors, and the general public on building codes, inspections, inspection schedules, and compliance.
  • Develops and maintains review, inspection, and permit records and presents oral and written reports as required.
  • Takes the lead in researching new building and construction methods, materials, and codes to stay current in the field Ensures staff compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
  • Maintains inventory of equipment and supplies; ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities; approves and/or initiates orders for new/replacements.   Develops and implements procedures, and instructs staff in safety, building inspection regulations, and updated methodology and equipment.
  • Takes the lead in various administrative tasks; establishes operating procedures and standards; provides budgetary input; reviews time sheets and maintains attendance records.
  • Oversees the general cleaning/maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, equipment, and tools in good operating conditions.
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies and procedures.
  • Works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activity and conditions.
  • Follows City-wide safety policy and practices and adheres to responsibilities concerning safety prevention, reporting, and monitoring as outlined in the City’s Safety Handbook.

Minimum Qualifications

Building Inspector II:

High School Diploma or G.E.D 

At least 2 years of inspection experience OR 4 years of construction experience

Valid and unrestricted Arizona Drivers License

ICC Combination Residential Inspector certification (must be obtained within probationary period)

ICC Fuel Gas Inspector certification (must be obtained within probationary period)

Building Inspector III:

High School Diploma or G.E.D 

At least 4 years of inspection experience

Valid and unrestricted Arizona Drivers License

ICC Combination Residential Inspector certification (must be obtained within probationary period)

ICC Fuel Gas Inspector  (must be obtained within probationary period) 

And at least ONE of the following:    

ICC Commercial Building Inspector (current)

ICC Commercial Electrical Inspector (current)   

ICC Commercial Plumbing Inspector (current)   

ICC Commercial Mechanical Inspector (current)

Preferred Qualifications

Building Inspector II:  Bilingual in Spanish and English

Building Inspector III:  Bilingual in Spanish and English

Selection Plan

ALL APPLICANTS must upload a copy of the required certifications as well as a resume.  The uploaded resume will need to support the information selected/provided in the submitted application.   Failure to upload these documents will be considered an incomplete application.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and their responses to their supplemental questions. The most qualified applicants will then be invited to participate in the following assessments:

· Virtual Oral Board Panel Interviews will be conducted on a date TBD

Upon successful completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.

 

An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

· 10% for your training and experience

· 10% for your resume review

· 80% for your panel interview

This recruitment will establish a civil service list and will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

 

Face to face Final Selection Interviews may be conducted.  

 

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must email your documents to Pilar.Jauregui@tucsonaz.gov    The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.


If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email Pilar.Jauregui@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Conclusion

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

This is currently under review.  Once finalized, all applicants will be updated via email.

The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson. 

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.



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