Engineer Iv - Deputy Building Official

Fairfax, Virginia
$79,329.95 - $132,217.07 Annually
Jul 16, 2022
Aug 20, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Job Announcement

Fairfax County boasts a top-notch school system, safe neighborhoods, thousands of acres of parkland, and bustling town centers. County government sits at the heart of this dynamic community of almost 1.2 million residents and seeks employees eager to bring their energy, enthusiasm and skills to serve Fairfax residents and to shape the county's future. Land Development Services (LDS) is the steward of the county's land development and building construction codes and regulations, and its staff members embrace their essential role as "first preventers." Every day, through careful review, permitting and inspection of site and building construction, our staff protect the health, safety, welfare, and environment for those who live in, work in, and visit Fairfax County. Our department also serves as the gateway to much of the county's economic development, reviewing over 30,000 building and site plan submissions, issuing nearly 70,000 building permits, and conducting over 220,000 building and site inspections each year. If you would like to join a creative, collaborative, innovative team doing meaningful work, then LDS is the place for you.

Serves as a Fairfax County Deputy Building Official, manages the building code research and development program, develops, and implements the annual building code amendment work plan, performs technical review and coordination of engineering code modification requests, and serves as the board of building code appeals (BBCA) staff liaison. Performs engineering structural design for standard construction details and consulting services for various county agencies. Coordinates damage assessment team activities during responses to emergencies in the county and manages the department operations center or serves at incident locations as part of the unified command as required. Conducts engineering code research and development to ensure the building code and related county enforcement efforts provide for the public's health, safety, and welfare. Provide engineering technical training to staff, code officials, and industry. Functions as a technical engineering code expert for interpretive building permits issues.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”) Graduation from a four-year college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technologies with a bachelor's degree in the appropriate engineering or architectural field; PLUS Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in the appropriate engineering field.

  • Individual with Certified Building Official (CBO) by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) or International Code Counsel (ICC).
  • Experience in building code research and Code development.
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with LDS staff, other regulatory agency staff, county officials and state officials.
  • Experience in reading, interpreting, and appropriately applying building codes.

  • Driver's license
  • Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) in VA
  • Certified Building Official (CBO) - Required within 12 months


The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter..


Work is generally sedentary, ability to operate keyboard driven equipment. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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