Chief Building Official, City of Mason


Organization : City of Mason
Job Category : Facilities
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : OH
City : Mason
Salary and Benefits : $85,500 - $101,000

Chief Building Official

City of Mason

Hiring Range:            $85,500 - $101,000                Classification:              Unclassified  

Reports To:               Assistant City Engineer       FLSA:                         Exempt           

Posted:                       01-11-2021                              Department:               Eng. and Building         

Working Hours:         40 hrs. Per week                   Status:                        Full-Time

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General Statement of Duties and Distinguishing Features of Class

This is a responsible supervisory position performing all operations pertaining to commercial and residential building permits and code enforcement activities in the City of Mason. This position is distinguished by its supervisory nature and a wider variety of assigned projects and a greater degree of technical difficulty in assigned tasks. The Chief Building Official must be self-motivated, highly competent, detail oriented and work well with the public. The work is performed under the general direction and supervision of the Assistant City Engineer, but extensive leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment. 

The Chief Building Official provides direction and supervision of the day to day activities of the Building Department including management of personnel, review and oversight of all applications, plan reviews and issuance of permits. Works closely with all City departments to provide professional, cost effective and timely services to facilitate and support economic development in the City of Mason.

This is a public service job based in trust, credibility, and competency.  It is a critical requirement of this position that the incumbent displays the desire and ability to perform and behave (on duty, as well as off duty) in a manner that does not damage or endanger the loss of trust with the public, co-workers, and other public safety forces.  Candidate must meet the following qualifications and requirements at time of appointment.

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Supervises and coordinate Building Department functions and activities, including enforcing the City of Mason and state building codes, Mason’s zoning code and other regulations as required by the Mason Codified Ordinances.
  • Assigns, supervise and review work of Building and Electrical Inspectors and Plans Examiner.
  • Develops and issue procedural instructions to inspectors.
  • Conducts plan review for commercial and residential buildings such as: electrical, mechanical, sprinkler, fire alarm, and structural plans and specifications for conformance to building codes, laws, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Coordinates plan reviews with the Fire Department, Engineering Department and other departments as needed.
  • Stays updated on changes to building and electrical codes and assists in making any revisions needed to Mason codes.
  • Serves as the Floodplain Administrator.
  • Prepare special reports on construction, maintenance.
  • Oversees development of plans and specifications for wide variety of municipal building projects, supervising and participating in project design decisions requiring a high level of technical and professional knowledge of architectural and code related principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Provide technical assistance to the public and to other municipal divisions and departments.
  • Maintains and oversee all records, permits, inspection documents, relevant hardcopy and computer records and files.
  • Answers and respond to public inquiries and complaints and refers matters to appropriate City or other public agencies.
  • Assists in preparation and administration of Building Department budget, activity reports, and year-end reports.
  • Develop and implement department policies and procedures in accordance with overall guidelines established by the City.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:The following is preferred:

  • Thorough knowledge of architectural principles, practices and guidelines.
  • Thorough knowledge of building construction and related maintenance, design, methods, materials, and techniques.
  • Possess strong professional judgment, business writing, public speaking, and presentation skills. Demonstrate the ability to learn, manipulate, and navigate through a variety of related software packages.
  • Thorough knowledge in computer skills for word processing, spreadsheet, database, and etc.
  • Bring a collaborative leadership style to the position, developing and maintaining effective working relationships with residents, developers, building and property owners, other employees, civic groups, the business community, and the public.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, direct, supervise, motivate, and evaluate the work of others.
  • Ability to make complex and difficult field and office computation quickly and accurately by utilizing business mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex building codes and plans.
  • Ability to communicate well with employees and supervisory personnel, property owners, contractors, subcontractors, and the general public.
  • Ability to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing technical data, findings and conclusions.
  • Ability to use logical thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and oral instructions.
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of difficult technical tasks with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information.
  • Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Minimum Education, Experience, and Requirements

  • Possess a valid driver’s license with driving privileges in the State of Ohio.
  • Preference given to registered Professional Engineer or Registered Architect in the State of Ohio.
  • Possess or obtain interim certification with the Ohio Board of Building Standards as Residential Building Official within 6 months and obtain permanent certification within 1 year of hire date.
  • Possess or obtain interim certification with the Ohio Board of Building Standards as Building Official within 6 months and obtain permanent certification within 2 years of hire date.
  • If registered as a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect, possess or obtain interim certification with the Ohio Board of Building Standards as Master Plans Examiner within 6 months and obtain permanent certification within 2 years of hire date.
  • If not registered as a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect, possess or obtain Building Plans Examiner and Mechanical Plans Examiner interim certifications with the Ohio Board of Building Standards within 6 months and obtain permanent certification within 2 years of hire date.

Physical Requirements:

  • Clarity of speech and hearing which permits the employee to communicate well with City employees, supervisory personnel, property owners, contractors, subcontractors and others regarding assigned projects.
  • Able to sit for extended periods of time working on keyboarding activities, entering data, reviewing plans and specs, etc..
  • Lift up to 35 pounds of materials independently.
  • Normal visual acuity to see objects up close or at a distance, with or without correction, or with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Auditory acuity to hear cell phones, telephones, and other communication devices with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to mentally handle associated tasks, problems, solutions, and all other mental tasks associated with positions of this nature.
  • Must have the physical dexterity to perform building inspections.
  • Ability to climb ladders.
  • Ability to enter buildings without finish goods.
  • Ability to bend under overhangs.
  • And other activities necessary for the position.

I understand this position is a position at will, and nothing in this job description and no oral statements made to me in connection with this job description can be construed as a contract of employment.


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