City of Tacoma WA Building Inspector in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

Do you enjoy a high level of customer interaction both in person and on the phone? Are you the kind of person that other people describe as friendly, collaborative, and professional? Do you enjoy working in an outdoor environment and have work experience with Municipal, State and other building codes? If so, the position of Building Inspector with the City of Tacoma could be the job you have been hoping for.

Development in Tacoma is thriving and the City is experiencing rapid growth. We need Inspectors for a broad range of building projects with experience in the enforcement of building codes and development regulations.

We are seeking candidates with exceptional customer service skills who have a proven success record in the performance of field inspections related to development, including: single family, multi-family, commercial buildings and other structures, to ensure compliance with Tacoma Municipal Code, State building code and other applicable codes and regulations.

Other Inspector duties include: investigating and resolving code compliance complaints related to buildings and structures; explaining and interpreting building code restrictions and requirements; examining pre-permit plans; assisting customers in the field with the use of the City's permit tracking system; documenting and adding field inspections, and preparing reports related to inspection activities.

The Principles that Guide Us: Tacoma, the_ City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement. The Principles that Guide Us, _Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity,speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

Essential Duties:

  • Inspect buildings and sites during construction, alteration, movement, demolition or repair, as well as existing structures, to assure compliance with building code requirements, City mechanical and plumbing codes and related regulations. Prepare and maintain all associated records and reports.
  • Examine pre-permit plans to determine compliance with applicable codes for residential structures; perform field reviews of plans and specifications.
  • Coordinate communication and activities with other City departments and personnel, various governmental and private agencies, contractors, engineers, building owners and public; interpret and explain regulations and codes to owners, tenants, contractors and others.
  • Investigate and resolve complaints from the public; provide code enforcement functions; explain and interpret requirements and restrictions.
  • Operate a variety of equipment and machinery such as computers, two-way radios, cameras, calculators and copiers; operate a motor vehicle as necessary to conduct work.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

THE COMMUNITY Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

City of Tacoma Recruitment Information: One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play. Qualifications

Graduation from high school or equivalent and* one* of the following:

  • One year of experience as a Building Inspector using the International Code Council (ICC) building codes
  • Certification by the ICC as a Building Inspector or Plan Reviewer
  • Three years of journey-level experience in the building construction trades or in building code or code enforcement for a municipality Preference will be given to those candidates who have multiple ICC certifications.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Position requires passing a physical assessment, pre-employment medical exam, and drug and alcohol screening.
  • Position requires climbing and crawling.
  • Work includes indoor and outdoor environment; subject to traveling from site to site and adverse weather conditions.
  • Incumbents may be exposed to potentially hazardous material and heights and subject to moving around in and through construction sites at various stages of completion. Knowledge & Skills

  • Accepted safety standards related to building construction.

  • Methods, equipment and materials used in building construction, alteration and repair.
  • Federal, State and local building, zoning, housing, plumbing codes and related ordinances and regulations.
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.
  • Health and safety regulations.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Oral and written communications skills.
  • Record-keeping techniques.
  • Detect substandard maintenance, repair construction materials or methods, unsanitary or fire-hazard conditions.
  • Read and interpret plans and drawings.
  • Read interpret and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Effectively utilize appropriate technology (i.e. computers, cameras, two-way radios).
  • Work independently with little direction. Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Our City: With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the third largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Interested individuals must apply online and meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the examination process.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference points, with redacted birthdate and social security numbers.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications and related experience. Those who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to take a written exam, which will be scored. In order to be placed on the job eligible list for potential interview selection, applicants must receive a passing score of 70% on the written examination.

Supplemental questions regarding an applicant's experience and training are also included in the application form. These questions will not be scored and will only be used as an additional screening tool for those applicants who are placed on the job eligible list for interview selection.

Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to passing a physical assessment test, background check and will include a pre-employment medical exam and drug screen. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 17. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Employees in the same Rank on the Eligible List will have the date and time of the submission of their job application used as the tie-breaker to determine which employee has seniority over any others; seniority will be determined by the sequence of application submittals, with the first submittal having seniority over subsequent submittals.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.

Salary: $32.48 - $39.48 Hourly

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Classified

Department: Planning & Development Services

Job Number: 2101-18B

Division: Planning & Development Services

Closing: 9/24/2018 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400