• Building Official

  • City of Burlington
    Job Description

    The Position:

    The Building Official serves as an integral member of the Community Development team by managing the operations of the Building Division. The Building Official performs a variety of routine and complex administrative and technical functions and is responsible for interpreting, administering, and enforcing the City’s building, construction, and flood development codes. The Building Official supervises and reviews the work of plan review and inspection staff, reviews building and construction plans and performs building and site inspections. The Building Official also assists in code enforcement activities to address building, zoning, and nuisance violations. The Building Official works closely with other members of the Community Development Department and is expected to work collaboratively with other City departments and government agencies. This is a highly visible position and the person filling this position is expected to demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism and customer service.

    The Application Process:
    To apply for the position you are required to submit the following: cover letter, resume, and completed City of Burlington application for employment. City of Burlington application for employment forms can be found on the City’s website at www.burlingtonwa.gov/jobs. Complete application packets must be submitted via mail to Burlington City Hall, ATTN: Human Resources Department, or emailed to kristenm@burlingtonwa.gov, no later than close of business, 5:00 p.m. PST on 04/23/2021.


    • Thorough knowledge of complex construction codes and related State and local regulations, structural principles, and construction practices including building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, energy, ventilation, accessibility, excavation and grading, and fire suppression. • Excellent oral communication skills for working with diverse personnel, public officials, and citizens. • Knowledge of City organization, operations, policies, and objectives. • Extensive knowledge of, and willingness to learn, FEMA/NFIP flood plain development rules and construction techniques. • Interpret, apply, and enforce applicable building codes, ordinances, and regulations. • Excellent written communication skills. • Ability to manage complex assignments independently and make decisions or recommend course of action based on knowledge and established procedures. • Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs. • Ability to represent the City and the Community Development department in public meetings. • Ability to interact with the public in an effective, professional manner and establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff, elected officials, professionals, and the public. • Ability to demonstrate a strong sense of personal ethics along with a high degree of professional judgement and discretion. • Ability to be flexible and adapt as needed. • Associates Degree in construction management, architecture, engineering or a related field is preferred. • Seven (7) years increasingly responsible work experience in building code enforcement as an inspector, plans examiner, or comparable private sector positions is required. • Certification as Building Inspector, Plans Examiner and/or Building Official through the International Code Council (ICC) is required. • Certification as a Building Official by ICC is preferred or ability to obtain within 24 months. • Certification as a Flood Plain Manager preferred. • Five (5) years of work experience in a supervisory or managerial capacity is preferred.

    Special Requirements

    • A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required or ability to obtain within three (3) months and a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier. • ICC Building Inspector, Plans Examiner, and/or Building Official certifications. • Flood Plain Manager Certification.

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