Building Inspections Services Director

Guilford County, NC | Full-time

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The Position

Guilford County is looking for its next Building Inspections Services Director who can perform professional and administrative work managing the activities of the Building Inspections Department. The position is responsible for the interpretation and administration of building codes and related ordinances and regulations. The Building Inspections Services Director serves as a field inspector and has the final determination of building permit issuance within the jurisdiction of Guilford County.

The Building Inspections Services Director will manage and direct the assignment of daily workloads, training and evaluation of inspectors, Building Inspections Department, administration of departmental policies and procedures, and the County as they are related to obtaining compliance with applicable federal, state, and local codes and ordinances. The position involves the inspection oversight of residential and commercial construction, renovations, additions, existing structures, and accessory structures to certify that work, materials, and methods comply.

The responsibilities and duties of this position include supervisory duties that can range from instructing, assigning, reviewing, and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; allocating personnel; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; appraising employee performance and recommending employee transfers, promotions, discipline, discharge, and salary increases. The position also includes monitoring the progress of all activities to ensure that resources are used efficiently and projects stay on track. The Director meets with citizens, contractors, and design professionals to coordinate plan review, inspection, and permitting activities and resolves conflicts between contractors and inspection staff when needed.

The position oversees plan reviews and the issuance of permits for all construction in the County and ensures the maintenance of accurate and complete division records. The next Building Inspections Services Director coordinates departmental activities with those of other divisions, departments, agencies, and boards as required and attends meetings of various community and civic organizations as appropriate. This position also receives and reviews engineering reports and drawings, architectural designs, codes, current/proposed legislation, inspection reports, correspondence and prepares certificates of occupancy, technical and administrative reports, and various other records, reports, memos, and correspondence.

Priorities

  • Expedite inspections
  • Develop a departmental strategic plan
  • Optimize the current inspection process to enable faster completion of inspections
  • Recruit and retain new and existing inspectors

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate possesses extensive knowledge of the methods and procedures involved in the installation and maintenance of building, plumbing, heating and cooling systems, electrical wiring, and structures. The ideal candidate has considerable knowledge of modern building construction practices, methods, and materials and of the stages of construction where possible violations and defects may be most easily observed and corrected.

The next Building Inspections Services Director understands and is well-versed in the federal, state, and local codes, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to building structural, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical inspections and to the employee’s level of certification in each area. The successful candidate will be able to detect and locate defective workmanship in building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems and structures. They will also be able to read and interpret plans and specifications easily and compare them with work in progress.

The ideal candidate is knowledgeable in budgetary concepts and techniques and can express code requirements clearly and concisely, orally and in writing. The successful candidate can plan, supervise, and coordinate the work of others and be able to do business tactfully and firmly and maintain effective working relationships with design professionals, contractors, property owners, and the public.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications include a minimum of a high school degree by technical training in a trades area and five (5) years of experience in the design, construction, or inspection of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, including supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of experience and training. A minimum of two (2) years as an apprentice in a related field of work. A minimum of two (2) years as a tradesman in the field. At least two (2) years as a supervisor in building trades is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications include possession of certification Level III in one of the trades as required by the NC Code officials’ qualifications.

Inside The Organization

The County operates as a Council-Manager form of government, with the nine-member Board of Commissioners appointing a professional County Manager to administer a variety of County functions. The County Manager's Office provides professional management and leadership for the County government by directing and supervising all County offices, departments, and agencies under the general control of the Board of Commissioners. The Manager is the Chief Administrator of the County government. Under the County Manager are three Assistant County Managers overseeing Successful People, Strong Community, and Quality Government service areas. Assistant County Managers are responsible for assisting the County Manager in directing operations; preparing and administering an annual budget and capital improvement program; advising the Board on fiscal and policy matters; and equitably administering the policies, laws, ordinances, and other directives and goals of the Commissioners.

The County has adopted a total budget (all funds) of $754.5 Million for FY 2021-2022. The new Communications and Public Relations Department budget is $595,000. Guilford County employs personnel in approximately 2,700 positions. The budget includes specific new investments in the Guilford County Schools and Guilford Technical Community College, public engagement and communication, data analytics, school medical services, and initiatives to address health disparities and support equitable access to services. Guilford County spends most of its generated revenue on Education, followed by Law Enforcement, Social Services, Public Health, and Emergency Services.

Core values for Guilford County are Transparency & Communication, Equity & Inclusion, Accountability, Service & Outcomes Excellence, and Our People Matter. The Board of Commissioners has identified the following high-priority focus areas for FY 2021-22 to support its mission to provide efficient, effective, and responsive government:

  • School Bonds: Implement the $300 Million bond program approved by voters in November 2020 and plan for future school bond referenda.
  • Reduce Community Disparities: Address disparities in health, infant mortality, education, income, and other areas.
  • Improve County Communications: Ensure transparent communication with the public about services and programs and build a consistent County brand to help with resident engagement and economic development.
  • Intentional Collaboration: Deepen the County’s working relationships with other cities, towns, the school system, and other community partners and collaborate on service and program improvements.
  • Staff Resources: Ensure staff has the resources they need to do their jobs and accomplish the Board’s priorities, with an emphasis on developing data metrics to better understand workloads and how those compare with peer counties.
  • School Nurses: Increase the availability of school nursing services in the Guilford County Schools.

The Community

Founded in 1771, Guilford County is the third-most populous County in North Carolina. Guilford County was named after Francis North, the first Earl of Guilford, and was formed from parts of Rowan and Orange Counties to centralize the government and Courts of Guilford. The Guilford Courthouse became the location of General Nathanial Greene and the famous battle of Lord Cornwallis which was a turning point in the war and is still reenacted today. Guilford County, part of the beautiful Piedmont Triad area of north-central North Carolina, includes the cities of Greensboro and High Point and several towns and smaller communities. The County historically served as one of the major manufacturing and transportation hubs of the Southeast, most notably for textiles and furniture, and to this day has the largest furnishings trade show in the world, the High Point Furniture Market.

With a rich history of anti-slavery activism, Guilford County is a stop on the historic Underground Railroad, a nationally known landmark within the civil rights movement. Abolitionist Levi Coffin noted Guilford College Woods (historically called New Garden Woods) as a refuge for the Underground Railroad, now a protected area. Additionally, historic segregation protests in 1960 happened at the then white-only lunch counter at the Woolworth store in downtown Greensboro. Helping to fuel similar efforts across the nation, the former Woolworth store location is now the site of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

The County is presently home to historical sites and institutions, as well as the host of notable recreational and cultural events such as the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, the North Carolina Folk Festival, the Wyndham Championship Golf Tournament, the Greensboro Grasshoppers and High Point Rockers baseball teams, and a variety of collegiate events. The public enjoys multiple regional parks within Guilford County, as well as opportunities for camping, fishing, golfing, and other outdoor recreation activities.

Guilford County residents benefit from strong educational programs. The County is home to many higher educational institutions, including North Carolina Agriculture & Technical University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, High Point University, Bennett College, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Elon University School of Law, and Guilford Technical Community College. Guilford County Schools is the third-largest school district in North Carolina and serves 70,000 PK-12 students at more than 120 schools with over 10,000 employees.

Guilford’s cities and towns are noted among the top U.S. cities for a low cost of living, almost 10% below the national average. These areas boast friendly, walkable neighborhoods, vibrant social scenes, plenty of cultural attractions, and a central location perfect for enjoying the abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. A three-hour drive east brings you to the beautiful North Carolina coast, while a three-hour drive west places you on Mount Mitchell in the magnificent North Carolina mountains, the highest point east of the Mississippi River.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 537,174
  • Median Household Income: $53,261
  • Median Home Value: $167,000
  • Median Age: 37.1

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Compensation and Benefits

The expected hiring range is $96,170 – $118,770, depending on qualifications, with excellent benefits. Residency is strongly preferred after appointment. A relocation package and other amenities will be a part of the total compensation in an employment agreement.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on August 29, 2022.

Questions

Please direct questions to Pamela Wideman at pwideman@raftelis.com and Alexa Worrell at aworrell@raftelis.com.

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