Arlington County's Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is seeking a senior level technical and administrative employee to work under the direction of the Building Official and Field Services Manager. The employee will be responsible for monitoring projects and reviewing reports from Special Inspection agencies during building construction regarding compliance with Arlington County Special Inspection program requirements. This position has a career ladder up to $103,958.40 with satisfactory performance of senior level requirements and certification in two or more plan review specialty areas.
Specific duties include:
Reviewing development and monitoring construction documents for compliance with the International Building Code, and the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code;
Interpreting and enforcing codes, regulations and ordinances;
Reviewing building plans for Multi-family Residential, Commercial and High-Rise structures;
Performing daily field inspections in order to monitor and verify that ongoing construction is in compliance with Building Codes;
Providing code consultation services to builders, developers, engineers, property owners, architects and other governmental agencies;
Attending state sponsored code update meetings;
Representing the Division and the County at meetings and public hearings; and
Physically transporting building plans to various work locations.
Assignments require analytical thinking and are performed in accordance with accepted code standards and applicable legal ordinances and regulations.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
Considerable knowledge of applicable codes, statutes, regulations, and computer applications, and ability to apply modern principles and practices of the engineering/technical field;
Skill in negotiating agreements with engineers, developers, contractors, and governmental professionals to bring about compliance with applicable permitting, engineering, and code requirements;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships among staff, community representatives, and representatives from other jurisdictions, and the ability to work effectively as a team participant;
Ability to acquire the knowledge of the legal mandates which define/limit the public service mission of the division and department; and
Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
Minimum: A two-year (Associate's) degree or technical school program equivalent to 60 college level semester hours in a field related to Architecture, Engineering (structural or civil); plus extensive experience in a discipline related to building structure/engineering.
Completion of the requirements for graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering related to area of specialization may substitute for the Associates Degree and some of the required experience.
Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year for year basis.
Desirable: Preference will be given to applicants with one or more of the following:
Bachelor's degree in Architecture, engineering (structural or civil) or a discipline related to building structure/engineering is preferred;
Experience with the International Code Council (ICC) codes in commercial (and/or high rise) building design, construction or plan review;
ICC or Virginia State certification & a building inspector and building plans examiner and/or
Licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Professional Engineer with specialty in structural engineering.
Arlington is one of 39 counties in the United States to be awarded a triple AAA bond rating. These ratings were confirmed in April 2016, with the rating agencies citing the County's conservative financial management, sizable and affluent tax base, controlled expenditure growth and moderate debt burden. The County Government consists of 13 departments and 5 elected constitutional offices led by elected officials providing a full array of urban services, with over 3500 employees. In addition, there is a close working relationship with Arlington's schools system which is funded through the County Board.