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Building Services Supervisor

Thurston County
Full Time Thurston Economic Development Council, 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503, United States


Community Planning and Economic Development is a fast-paced work environment dedicated to accountability, consistency, and transparency. 
The department is seeking a highly motivated Building Services Supervisor to join our Development Services Division. Under the guidance of the Development Services Manager, the Building Services Supervisor is responsible for leading and coordinating Building Services staff including plans examiners and building inspectors.
What you will be doing
The Building Services Supervisor will use their skills to provide expert level capabilities and guidance on all aspects of plan review, building inspection, fire safety, floodplain management and emergency response. This is a supervisory level position.
The focus for this position will be, leading and guiding staff under your supervision, managing a caseload of more complex building permits, guiding the building permit review and processes under current building codes including but not limited to the International Building Code, Residential Code, Mechanical, Plumbing, Energy, Fire and other related codes and ordinances.
Being a great communicator, leader, and experience with complex building plan review are key for this position.  You will be working with the building and construction customers, residents and other organizations on your projects. A Building Services Supervisor in Thurston County:
  • Communicates and interacts with executives and administrators of other organizations at the request and on behalf of the Planning Manager or Director.
  • Will provide immediate supervision, guidance, and training for assigned staff and interns on review of building permits and inspections.
  • Responds to public inquiries with information on the building code and related public policy.
  • Advises appointed and elected officials on building and construction policy issues, permit review procedures and regulatory ordinances.
  • Oversees and establishes methodologies for the review of building permits and exceptions to the building code.
  • Coordinates and guides the review building permits to ensure consistent review.
  • Oversees and coordinates investigation, analysis, and preparation of documents for building and construction related public policy issues.
This is a great position for an experienced Plans Examiner, or someone who is ready to take on new challenges and would like to take the next step in their career.
Please see the job classificationfor a full description of all essential functions, including desired skills.
Why join the Development Services team
The Development Services Division is responsible for addressing the County's every day permitting needs for planning, building, code compliance and more. The team includes members with expertise in land use and development, wetlands, prairie habitat, public engagement, building construction, and more.
Why CPED is a great department
The team members of Community Planning and Economic Development make it a wonderful place to work and effect change. CPED is a department of highly motivated professionals working for the citizens of Thurston County, and planning for its future. CPED is working to preserve history, ensure buildings are safe and energy-efficient, plan for our future to ensure development is consistent with projected growth, and preserve the County's rural character, natural areas, and open spaces.
Why you'll love it here
You'll enjoy a high quality of life here. Thurston County is located at the south end of the Puget Sound, roughly halfway between Seattle and Portland, and less than a two-hour drive to the coast, temperate rainforest, mountains, urban city, or farmlands. With year-round art festivals, parades, theater shows, concerts, and community events, Thurston County and its cities have something to offer for everyone. Locals enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, fishing, walking on dedicated trails, and eating great locally raised and grown food.
As the state capital, Thurston County is home to a unique blend of industries, including state government, health care, retail, military, education, construction, farming, fishing, and logging. You will enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family, as well as generous leave programs.
The County boasts some of the best schools in the nation and the renowned “Hands On Children's Museum.” Our innovative schools are highly rated. Thurston County is also home to South Puget Sound Community College and two universities, The Evergreen State College and Saint Martin's University.
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  • Bachelor's degree in Planning, Public Administration, Architecture, Construction Management, Engineering or a closely related field. Additional applicable experience can substitute for education on a year for year basis.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in building, construction, building code compliance, construction inspection, engineering, emergency management or related field experience, preferably in a government agency, is required. 
  • Two years of supervisory experience.
  • Must possess at the time of hire, or within 18 months of hire, certification as an Emergency Response Coordinator and at least two of the following: Floodplain Manager, Building Official, Building Inspector, and Fire Marshal. Certification must be by an accredited organization. Must possess a working knowledge of all five disciplines to facilitate supervisory responsibilities related to each.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Current Washington State Driver's License or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation.
Desired Skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, co-workers, superiors, other county officials, and the general public.
  • Extensive knowledge of the International Building, Energy and Fire Codes.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of construction practices and procedures, as well as zoning and flood ordinances.
  • Strong technical background and proven team-based management skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to interpret policies and procedures and to analyze complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and direct the work of other employees with prioritizing work assignments, organizing tasks, setting and meeting deadlines, as well as planning and managing numerous projects simultaneously.