Building Inspector (General Inspector I)

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on May 6, 2022
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This recruitment will be used to fill Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) and/or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) positions. The TLT/SDA is anticipated to last up to June 30th, 2023. 
In order to hire and maintain a quality workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and works well within our True North values-based organization, the Permitting Division of the Department of Local Services (DLS) is accepting applications for the position of Building Inspector (General Inspector I). 
The person in this role will work under the supervision of Building Official to produce or help produce timely, accurate, quality inspections and approvals of building permits. Working both collaboratively and with some independence, they apply themselves to field inspections.
Our ideal candidate will be responsible for carefully reviewing application materials and conducting field inspections to ensure compliance with adopted building codes, fire codes, and other development regulations. An essential part of the job is to work positively and, in a solution-oriented manner with customers, their design/engineering professionals, other members of the public, and co-workers.  Additional tasks may include investigating complaints, responding to customer service inquiries, and assisting with life/safety inspections and damage investigations.

Job Duties

To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:
Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.

  • Promptly respond to inspection requests and manage time to meet demands.
  • As directed by supervisor and lead, conduct building inspection to determine code compliance with building, structural, fire safety, energy, accessibility, health, and other applicable.
  • Write correction notices clearly identify code issues.
  • Assist in researching code application issues, in consultation with lead.
  • Provide public with information on codes, regulations, and permit requirements.  
  • Receive and respond to complaints about buildings/construction from citizens, other agencies and jurisdictions, King County Council and Executive staff.
  • Interpret and apply codes and regulations for architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and property owners. 
  • Provide direct customer assistance for the public, design professionals, property owners on building code questions and their application and the permit process.  
  • Attend and assist with problem-solving conferences with owners, contractors, and design professionals to offer alternatives to methodologies and/or materials; work cooperatively with others in the department or in other agencies to help resolve permit and process-related issues.
  • Coordinate inspection approvals with other sections and agencies.  
  • Support a culture of superior customer service and honor commitments made to customers and others.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: 

  • Education and/or experience in related field such as architecture, construction management, building construction technician.  
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalency. 
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the application and interpretation of national, State, and local building and fire codes and standards.
  • Knowledge of the application of construction methods and materials, and construction sequencing as they relate to code requirements.
  • Ability to learn to recognize defects in construction materials and techniques and in recommending alternative methods.
  • Frontline customer service experience.
  • Skill in reading, interpreting and explaining blueprints, specifications, codes, ordinances and policies.
  • Skill in oral and written communication; handling multiple competing priorities and producing quality work within tight timelines.  
  • Skilled in working with diverse stakeholders and maintaining effective relationships
  • Associates degree in building inspection, or a related field, or a similar certification.
  • Experience in building construction and/or governmental construction inspection.
  • ICC certification in building inspection, plans examination, or similar ICC certification.
  • An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination.  
  • Must have a current Washington State driver's license.
  • Must be able to climb, crawl into tight and confined spaces, walk on steep and uneven terrain, kneel, bend and lift up to 30 lbs. 
  • Must be able to use stationary and portable office equipment and software.
  • Some licenses, certifications, and other requirements determined to be necessary to meet the business needs of the department may be required. 
  • Complete certification International Code Council Building Inspector Certification within first 6 months.

Supplemental Information

Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to interview the week of May 30, 2022.

Currently we are filling Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) and/or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) for current King County Career Service employees who have passed their probationary period. Current King County employees must have permission from their supervisor to be eligible for the Special Duty assignment.

Pay upon SDA placement: Current employees selected for SDA will be compensated based on the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement or Master Labor Agreement for their base assignment if applicable.
This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months. Including career service, special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants.
The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours and/or on weekends. This full-time position is overtime eligible.

FORMS AND MATERIALS: A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing how you meet the experience, qualifications, knowledge and skills for the position.
SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews. Interviews will be conducted via Teams.  Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Vivienne Swai
     Human Resources Analyst
Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
   • submit proof of vaccination or
   • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation.
Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.
Teleworking Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking, field work, onsite work and meetings as needed. The responsibilities of this position may include regular and ongoing in-office work involving in person customer service in accordance with the division's available customer service options.
Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 
Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
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King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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