Chief Building Official

Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC3.3

Full-time$130,000 - $180,000 a year
This position is located in the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). The mission of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs is to protect the health, safety, economic interests, and quality of life of residents, businesses, and visitors in the District of Columbia by issuing licenses and permits, conducting inspections, enforcing building, housing, and safety codes, regulating land use and development, and providing consumer education and advocacy services.

This position functions as the Chief Building Official providing leadership to the Inspection and Compliance Administration (ICA) and Permit Operations Division (POD) through a matrix organization structure determining and implementing policies, systems, processes, administrative and program management decisions, and assisting the Director in long-range planning. The Chief Building Official delegates considerable authority for the performance of technical and administrative activities, but retains responsibility for achieving the day-to-day results.

The ICA is comprised of building, construction, safety and technical inspection specialties. The Administration is responsible for conducting citywide surveys, special investigations, and inspections to ensure compliance with all laws, codes and regulations administered by the Department; to write and issue notices of infraction; and to motivate compliance, while enforcing the Building Codes.

The POD is responsible for the issuance of all building and supplemental permits within the District of Columbia. All Construction codes and other regulations adopted by the District of Columbia must be adhered to when overseeing the issuance of building permits. The POD works in concert with the ICA to ensure all construction in the District of Columbia is following issued permits in scope.


The incumbent oversees the day-to-day performance of the ICA and POD, including, but not limited to: the overall performance of the Administration and Division as compared with established performance measures and management goals, providing direction, leadership, and oversight of the inspection process, development and training of computer technology, and procedures (as necessary).
The incumbent plans and administers the goals and objectives of the various programs within the POD and ICA. Formulates overall plans for personnel, assigns duties and responsibilities, evaluates the performance of subordinate employees, including subordinate managers and supervisors, utilizing criteria that measure both program and managerial or supervisory performance, approves and disapproves leave, recommends selection, promotion, incentive recognition and corrective or adverse action, establishes work standards, and identifies developmental and training needs. As well as plans, reviews, evaluates, and confers with subordinates on all administration activities and projects. The incumbent analyzes work methods and management techniques for efficiency and effectiveness.
The incumbent assures that work assignments within the ICA and POD are carried out in a timely and accurate manner and in accordance with established policies and procedures, there are sufficient management control(s) and reporting systems; production standards are developed and adhered to; and performance objectives are known within the ICA and POD.

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, business, public administration, or an approved area of an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training exhibiting the ability to perform satisfactorily in the position is required.
A minimum of five (5) years in field inspection experience of residential and commercial construction. Studies in building construction technology or a degree in a construction industry science is highly preferred.
Expert knowledge of related the International Code Council (ICC) for building and construction. Thorough knowledge of D.C. zoning regulations, rental accommodations laws and incorporation procedures in order to explain and interpret city laws, codes, and regulations to tenants, property owners, and the general public.
Familiarity with established appeals procedures adjudication review and adjudication process in the District of Columbia. Expert working knowledge of related provisions of the D.C. Construction Code, which includes the ICC building, plumbing, mechanical, fire and electrical codes, as well the specialty codes and of common trade practices in these related disciplines.
Provides direction and advisory functions during all emergencies relating to structures; is a First Responder for all three alarm fires, building collapses, and when any building safety related deaths occur. May work and manage the DCRA Duty Officer Program on a 24/7 basis.
Accompanies the Director to meetings with officials of other District agencies, Board and Commission members and members of the business community on the full range of construction code compliance matters. Speaks before businesses, community, and civic groups expressing the views of the DCRA regarding functions of the ICA and POD.
Mastery of construction inspection techniques, policies and practices. Knowledge of industry standards pertaining to building construction and materials. Ability to interpret and apply building plans, blue prints, wiring diagrams, engineering drawing and mathematical formulas.
Demonstrated skills and experience in: providing leadership in a managerial capacity; successfully managing staff and providing leadership in a team-based environment; securing the support and cooperation of peer administration managers; communicating ideas clearly and concisely; and developing and sustaining positive business relationships.
Possession of current ICC certifications as a Certified Building Official, Plans Examiner, Building Inspector and either certification as a Plumbing Inspector or a Mechanical Inspector. Must obtain the ICC certification as a Master Code Official within four (4) years of employment.
Work is usually in a controlled environment and involves some exposure to moderate risk of accidents and requires following basic safety precautions. Occasional site visits may be required.
Management Supervisory Service (MSS): At-will employment applies to the MSS. All positions and appointments in the MSS serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
The incumbents of this position will be subject to enhanced suitability screening pursuant to Chapter 4 of DC personnel regulations, Suitability.
EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.
Resident of the District of Columbia is strongly preferred.
Screening every 15 days until filled.