Division Director, Lds/solid Waste Recycling, Eng. & Environmental Compliance - Building Official

Fairfax, Virginia
$93,119.73 - $155,198.78 Annually
Mar 13, 2021
Apr 23, 2021
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.

Within the Department of Land Development Services, the Building Division Director oversees the daily operations and activities of the Building Division in carrying out the administrative and technical provisions of the construction codes and related State and County regulations. Establishes measurable goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each branch. Ensures designs for residential, multi-family, and commercial projects comply with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (based on the International Code Council family of codes), the Code of the County of Fairfax and departmental policies and procedures. Develops and maintains work policies/procedures that promote efficient, effective and safe service delivery. Coordinates and directs personnel resources and information to achieve regulatory responsibilities and customer service goals. Provides technical interpretation of applicable codes and ordinances and makes recommendations on changes. Participates in local and statewide appeals boards. Serves as the Building Official for Fairfax County and the Towns of Vienna and Clifton. Directs the agency’s operations during disaster-related damage assessments.

Duties of this position are:

  • Plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the operations and activities of the Building Division; assure plan review and inspection programs comply with established construction-related laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Provide code interpretations and assist customers to achieve compliance with applicable codes.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel; interview and select employees; oversee the development and implementation of training and certification programs.
  • Establish and maintain Building Division plan review and inspection project timelines and priorities as assigned; estimate time, personnel and resource requirements for projects, operations and activities; report on division performance metrics.
  • Monitor and assess Building Division activities and programs for effectiveness, operational efficiency and budget performance; assist in the development and implementation of programs, policies and procedures to enhance effectiveness and operational efficiency of plan review/permit processing and inspection activities.
  • Respond to inquiries regarding division activities or actions. Mediate and resolve conflicts regarding county codes or division activities.
  • Direct and participate in the preparation and maintenance of statistical reports, records and files related to division operation.
  • Participate in the development and preparation of the annual preliminary department budget; analyze and review budgetary and financial data; control and authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations; participate with other department managers in establishing and implementing Department programs, policies, procedures, goals and objectives.
  • Actively participate in reviewing upcoming regulations, attend relevant trainings, research construction methods and material, keep current on technology trends and construction advancements, and manage communication plans to ensure compliance and best practices are implemented and maintained.
  • Serve as the Fairfax County Building Official; act in an official capacity according to the disaster management plan;
Note: This position is considered "essential personnel" and will be required to report to work regardless of the emergency situation (weather, transportation, other disaster).

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 an accredited four year college or university with major coursework in Engineering or a related field; PLUS
Eight years of progressively responsible experience in the appropriate engineering field or environmental science field, two of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Professional Engineer - PE or Registered Architect - RA
Driver's License
Certified Building Official (CBO)-Required within 12 months
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a credit check, and a driving records check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Seven years enforcing the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code or the International Code Council family of codes.
Managerial experience of 70 or more subordinates of both professional and non-professional staff.
Experience as Municipal Building Official.
Experience working in a team setting to resolve technical issues.
The ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities.
Experience working collaboratively with local, state and national regulatory agencies and industry groups in the development of code and policies relating to building construction.
Experience preparing and providing presentations to large group of stakeholders.
Supervisory/management experience leading diverse employees.
Professional experience in an applicable engineering or environmental field.
Emergency Management leadership

Work is usually sedentary; ability to operate motor vehicle, ability to climb stairs and traverse uneven terrain, ability to operate keyboard driven equipment. All duties 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 status as a veteran 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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