Van Buren Township

Chief Building Official

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Public Services Openings
Union Affiliation: AFSCME
Chief Building Official
Starting Hourly Wage: $32.46

Excellent Benefit Package
The Blues of Michigan Medical/Dental, Vision, Optional 457, MERS Defined Benefit, Life Insurance, Personal, Sick, Vacation Time, Education Tuition Assistant Plan & HCSP of $2500 annually (After 2080 hours of employment).

Application Deadlines: Until filled.
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Chief Building Official- DPS

Essential Job Functions, Duties and Responsibilities
The Chief Building Official will aid in the execution of planned development and quality construction in Van Buren Township by performing all primary building inspection and building plan review functions for the Township. This includes providing or directing building inspections and building plan review services for all work pursuant to the most currently adopted Michigan Building Code and Michigan Residential Code. The Chief Building Official will report directly to the Director of Planning and Economic Development within the Public Services Department.

• Conduct the review of building plans and blueprints prior to the approval and issuance of permits, assuring compliance with local codes and ordinances, making sure approved products, materials and techniques are used during construction. As necessary, this will involve coordination with other departments and local, county, state and federal agencies outside of the Van Buren Township Building Department.
• Advise applicant and others as to matters of code process and approve the issuance of building permits, certificates of occupancy, contractor licenses and registrations, and the maintenance of records of permit application reviews, including permits both issued and denied, inspections performed, complaints received and notes on the investigation of complaints.
• Conduct and direct inspections of Building work, assigning tasks or personally conducting physical inspections at various locations throughout the Township, assuring compliance to various building codes and Township ordinances.
• Maintain records of all work and inspections done, including detailed notes regarding inspection results which are entered in the department’s Building Department database.
• Meet with and answers inquiries from residents, contractors, and design professionals regarding complaints, code and ordinance interpretation, and clarification on department policies, and maintains ongoing contact to coordinate activities.
• Provide special inspections and prepare correspondences and special reports as required.
• Prepare and issue reports relative to codes, inspections and other proper matters.
• Advise and consult with residents and others as to matters of zoning as the ordinance relates to building matters.
• Be able to navigate the Township’s currently adopted zoning ordinance and assist with zoning administration as necessary.
• Provide assistance in monitoring, correspondence, and record keeping related to the Township’s programs related to blight control and building demolition.
• Input and retrieve information in the Township’s building permit and inspections database
• Other duties as may be reasonably assigned.

In a normal day twenty-five (25%) percent of the inspector's time is spent in the office and seventy-five (75%) percent of the day is in the field. Field work consists of driving from site to site and conducting various required inspections. At any inspection site, the inspector may be required to engage in one or more of the physical aspects of the job as described above.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications
Applicant must be licensed to enforce the State of Michigan Building Code, maintain registration as a code official with the State of Michigan Department of Labor, Bureau of Construction Codes in the category of Building Official, Building Inspector and Plans Examiner. The qualified applicant will have had a minimum of two (2) years’ experience as a registered code inspector or plan reviewer by the State of Michigan.

Applicant shall have the ability and knowledge to perform the following tasks and use the following equipment:
• Automobile and/or pickup truck.
• Shall be able to use common measuring devices such as tape measure and walking wheel.
• Shall be able to do basic mathematical computations such as add, subtract, multiply and divide.
• Calculate area and volume of basic shapes such as rectangles, squares, circles, trapezoids and similar shapes.
• Can read and legibly write the English language.
• Shall be able to verbally communicate in an easily understood manner in the English language.
• Ability to apply principles of logic to define and solve problems.
• Successful applicant shall have a valid Michigan driver’s license with no more than 2 points and no major convictions.

• Licensed Plumbing Inspector and Plan Reviewer  
    • The ideal candidate will have possessed a journey license for not less than 2 years or shall be licensed as a master plumber under the provisions of the state plumbing act, 2002 PA 733, MCL 338.3511 to 338.3569 and be registered as a certified plumbing inspector with the State of Michigan and registered as a certified plan reviewer with the State of Michigan.
  •  Licensed Mechanical Inspector and Plan Reviewer
    • The ideal candidate will have possessed a mechanical license for not less than 1 year in 3 or more categories 1, 2, 4, or 9 as defined in 1984 PA 192, MCL 338.971 to MCL 338.988 and known as the Forbes mechanical contractors act and be registered as a certified mechanical inspector with the State of Michigan and registered as a certified plan reviewer with the State of Michigan.

Physical Abilities and Work Environment
The following describes the physical aspects of the job which the inspector must be able to do:

• Climb and descend stairs
• Climb and descend ladders
• Reach fully above one's head and out stretch arms both to the side and front
• Squat, bend, stoop, crawl and kneel
• Walk in a steady and predictable manner so as to move upon a scaffold, wall top or beam
• Sit, stand and work over a desk or table
• Get into and out of standard vehicles
• Lift from the floor to waist height 50 pounds
• Seeing: the ability to perceive the nature of objects by eye. Eyesight shall be 20/20 or correctable 20/20.
• Shall be able to identify and distinguish colors

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.

Qualifications and experience will be among the final deciding factors. Consideration is on a comparative basis and only applicants offering the best qualifications for this specific job may expect a personal interview.












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Deadline for Applying : Open until filled