Full-time$89,175 - $109,659 a year
- Driver's License
- Communication skills
- Search engines
- Organizational skills
- Bachelor's degree
- High school diploma or GED
Full Job Description
The primary purpose is responsibility for all phases of fire prevention activity, including residential, commercial and industrial properties, reviews construction documents for code compliance, evaluates complaints and hazardous conditions, investigates the origin and cause of fires, pre-planning and Haz-Mat inspections and to direct the Building Division and its personnel to obtain compliance with the City’s housing, graffiti, zoning, other related ordinances and regulations. Provides leadership for the division in promoting a high level of customer service and quality of life for residents, being proactive in obtaining community compliance, works closely with governmental staff, residents, property owners, neighborhood groups and other organizations.
- Serves as the major source of code compliance in the fire protection and life safety areas for all building permit reviews.
- Responsible for inspecting all residential, commercial, and industrial structures within City limits.
- Act as a liaison between the Fire Prevention Bureau and other city departments, developers, contractors, citizens, etc.
- Recognizes and resolves hazardous conditions and enforce codes and regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially.
- Performs regular reviews of the fire and life safety codes and makes recommendations for amendment changes.
- Investigate any complaints received that reference Fire Prevention.
- Facilitates problem-solving and develops strategies for cost efficiencies, performs other department related activities, and program oversight as assigned by the Fire Chief.
- Responsible for management of the plan review process for fire protection systems, fire alarm systems, and water supply systems submitted for approval.
- Maintains records of inspections, investigation, and plans review.
- Manage the various programs for inspections of properties for hazard identification, risk reductions, and code enforcement.
- Assist with the development and implementation of training programs, inspection techniques, injury prevention programs, and fire investigation techniques.
- Responsible for the management of programs for the investigations of fires to determine cause and origin.
- Works closely with all relevant departments/bureaus to assist and inform in the incorporation of public safety best practices, as appropriate. Guidance is provided via the City Code, Standard Operating Procedures, City policies, and procedures, applicable state, and federal laws and regulations, as well as the contract
- Hires, directs, manages, trains, supervises, and disciplines the City’s inspections/code enforcement division.
- Creates, implements, and coordinates various projects with a variety of City Departments to improve procedures, policies, and quality of life.
- Supervises and evaluates the work of employees; recommends personnel actions related to selection, disciplinary procedures, performance, leaves, grievances, work schedules, and assignments; administers personnel policies and procedures.
- Makes recommendations concerning budget, personnel, and related resource requirements for the area supervised based upon experience, anticipated workload, and production capability of the division.
- Provides financial and program/operational data for higher-level management decisions; gathers analyzes, and compiles data to prepare narrative and statistical reports on department activities.
- Drafts recommendations for policy and procedural changes.
- Plans work activities and sequential operations on a daily, weekly, monthly, or longer-term basis.
- Represents the division at various and related business meetings.
- Exercises a substantial measure of responsibility and accountability for the technical soundness of the work which is supervised.
- Annually administers performance evaluations to staff which includes staff development plans, corrective action, and other issues as they arise.
- Exercises discretion in the handling of property code violations, and ability to work with property owners to determine the most appropriate method of addressing and resolving the violation, including the use of court processes when appropriate.
The incumbent must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to successfully perform the essential functions:
- Possess a high school diploma, college degree preferred.
- Possess a valid and current Driver’s License.
- Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in fire prevention preferred.
- Knowledge of International Fire Code, BOCA codes, ICC codes, NFPA codes. Ability to quickly learn and master the City of North Chicago codes and ordinances.
- Considerable knowledge of and ability to use computer systems and networks, Internet search engines, word processing software, email, and Windows operating systems.
- Ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. To interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.
- Advanced working knowledge of building trades principles and techniques. Experience in construction or performing municipal commercial, industrial, and residential inspections.
- Ability to understand neighborhood and community needs and respond through appropriate measures including a recommendation of programs, codes, and ordinances.
- Considerable knowledge and experience with code enforcement in the courts and/or administrative adjudication.
- Knowledge of construction principles and practices including estimating and contracting.
- Demonstrated ability to read and interpret construction drawings, plats of survey, site plans, mortgages, title insurance, and real estate contracts.
- Demonstrated knowledge of building codes, construction principles, and safe work methods on construction sites.
- Ability to read manuals, professional journals, Standard Operating Procedures – including General Orders, and a variety of arrest reports.
- General understanding of principles underlying the laws and regulations of the municipality.
- Requires knowledge of the geographical layout of the municipality.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills in dealing with individuals and groups at all levels.
- Self-motivated, disciplined, organized, and reliable.
- Innovative, creative, resourceful, and independent thinking.
Special Licenses & Requirements
- Illinois OSFM Fire Inspector II or equivalent
- Illinois OSFM Fire Investigator (Arson Investigator Preferred) or equivalent
- Successful completion of NIMS/ICS 300 and 400 International Code Council (ICC) Certification, for Residential Building Inspector within one (1) year of employment or equivalent.