The City's Planning & Development Services Department has an exciting opportunity! This vacant position may be filled at the Building Inspector Specialist or Building Inspector level depending on candidate qualifications.
The City of Palo Alto is seeking a team-oriented professional to fill the position of a Building Inspector or Building Inspector Specialist in the Planning & Development Services Department. The City is a dynamic, fast-paced, and innovative environment focusing on exceptional customer service. This team operates in a cutting-edge environment in the types of clients and construction projects that it serves.
The Building Inspector/Specialist will work with builders, owners, designers, construction managers, and developers to ensure projects meet code requirements. The experience, exposure, and access to the industry's leading talent is a unique attribute of the Planning & Development Services Department.
Successful candidates will join a well-established group of inspectors with a strong work ethic and professional aptitude. The team actively collaborates and supports each other in serving the community. Community members look to our Building Inspector/Specialists to help facilitate successful, code-compliant projects.
The ideal candidate will have:
Communication skills needed to foster effective, cooperative working relationships with City staff, property owners, contractors, and the developing community. The ideal candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities include:
Knowledge of commercial and residential building construction, including structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy systems, green building, and other components.
Ability to communicate to our clients the corrections that need to be made.
Ability to perform inspections of installation of building equipment, observe testing and review reports, and communicate the results of our findings in a thoughtful, professional manner.
Ability to read and interpret plans, specifications and building codes for compliance with adopted City codes, ordinances, and state statutes.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Teams, and other commonly used programs.
Willingness and ability to learn new software and technological systems.
Ability to work in a team-based environment to achieve common goals.
Ability to coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.
Flexibility in responding to emergency callouts, or essential after-hours inspections.
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Makes periodic field inspections of work in progress, for example, foundations, plumbing, electrical, framing, mechanical equipment, etc.
Approves acceptable work or indicates revisions necessary for code or ordinance compliance.
Conducts final inspection of completed buildings or structures.
Makes specified inspections of commercial and industrial occupancies to ensure that occupancies and conditions are in conformance with applicable codes and ordinances for use and occupancy.
Explains code or ordinance requirements to City personnel, builders, architects, contractors, and the public.
Maintains records of inspections, violation notices, investigations, and other related data.
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Building Inspector Specialist
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through:
Building Inspector Specialist ($95,742.40 - $117,520.00 Annually):
Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. And,
Four years journeyperson experience in one of the trades (plumbing/mechanical, electrical, construction), three years of which must have been as a building inspector with a governmental agency.
Possession of, or ability to obtain within one (1) year of employment, certification by International Conference of Building Officials. Possession of more than one (1) ICC inspection certificate is desired.
Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
Building Inspector ($89,710.40 - $110,073.60 Annually):
High school graduate or GED preferred. And,
Three years experience as a journeyperson or inspector in the building trades or building construction.
Familiarity of building codes and related enforcement work required.
Possession of at least one (1) International Code Council (ICC) certificate preferred.
Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
Office and construction site environment; exposure to dust, noise, odors, uneven walking surfaces, and inclement weather. Activities include climbing, stooping, light lifting, crawling, and inspecting in confined areas, in proximity to construction equipment. Required to implement the use of personal protective equipment as needed: masks, safety glasses, reflective vests, gloves, hard hats and sturdy shoes.
The City of Palo Alto is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
The City of Palo Alto offers its employees a generous benefit package, featuring family medical coverage, retirement, life insurance, plus 12 paid holidays per year. Participation in a Governmental 457 Deferred Compensation Plan Fully paid employee and dependent Dental Plan Fully paid employee and dependent Vision Plan Fully paid Life and AD&D insurance equal to annual salary Flat Rate City paid medical contribution which may allow employees to select a fully paid health plan Fully paid Life Insurance equal to one-times annual salary Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance Long Term Disability plan 12 annual paid holidays Two to five weeks vacation annually depending on years of service per MOA 96 hours annual sick leave Direct Deposit Flexible Spending Account for Healthcare and Childcare expensesPublic Employees' Retirement System (PERS) 2% at 60 formula for Classic Employees One-year final compensation for 2% at 60 employees 2% at 62 formula for New CalPers Members Three-year final compensation for 2% at 62 employees only Retiree Medical benefits for employee and dependents after 10 years of servicePlease note: The City does not participate in CA State Disability Insurance (SDI) or Social Security. Since they City does not participate in SDI, City employees are not eligible to claim against the State's Pregnancy Disability Leave or Paid Family Leave programs.