Construction Services Director

  • 102101

SUMMARY: Under general direction, plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Construction Services Department and provides highly responsible technical and administrative work in overseeing the compliance of city electrical, plumbing, mechanical, gas and building codes, federal and state laws and statutes regulating public health, welfare and safety. Performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Interprets and establishes policies for the operation of the department.
  2. Makes final interpretation of building codes, statutes and regulations dealing with construction of structures.
  3. Manages technical and administrative staff in the enforcement of various City ordinances related to building codes and business tax certificate regulations. Supervises the activities of assigned staff. Writes and conducts evaluations.
  4. Schedules employees, assigns work and monitors progress. Guides and develops employees in the accomplishment of their duties.
  5. Prepares department budget; oversees and monitors expenditures.
  6. Recommends changes and prepares revisions to codes in order to maintain modern and up-to-date construction standards.
  7. Acts as advisor to the City Administration regarding questions of building and other allied codes, statutes and ordinances.
  8. Coordinates with the City Attorney’s Office on court cases involving enforcement of City building and business tax certificate.
  9. Interprets policies and advises developers, contractors, builders and the general public on City and departmental policies and procedures necessary for compliance.
  10. Develops and establishes regulations for the enforcement of business tax certificates.
  11. Acts as the City representative to the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals and provides staff support.
  • Knowledge of modern practices and methods employed in building, gas, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, energy, ADA accessibility and related codes.
  • Knowledge of modern principles, practices and techniques of inspection and plan review activities, civil engineering and architecture.
  • Knowledge of supervisory and management principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of city and state laws and regulations governing all phases and types of construction.
  • Skill in problem solving.
  • Skill in developing and implementing new policies, procedures and programs.
  • Skill in enforcing building codes and regulations in a tactful and impartial manner.
  • Skill in analyzing trends.
  • Skills in applying appropriate public relations techniques as situations warrant.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly when providing oral and written reports and recommendations on administrative, financial, and technical issues.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate work generally in an office setting. There is frequent need to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel, lift (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Architecture, Engineering or related field and ten (10) years of progressively responsible building code enforcement experience, including five (5) years managerial experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. State of Florida licensure as a Building Code Administrator or Certified Building Official with ability to obtain State licensure as Building Code Administrator within one year of employment. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.
FLSA Code: E
B/U: None
Last revision: December 2006
Overtime: No
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