General Inspector II

King County   Snoqualmie, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on October 1, 2021
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UPDATE: This recruitment will be used to fill multiple Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) and/or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) positions.  The TLT/SDA is anticipated to last up to December 30th, 2022. This recruitment will remain open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as received.

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 career-service position of General Inspector II. 

The Department of Local Services, Permitting Division is seeking a General Inspector II.  The person in this role will perform field inspections of single family, multi-family, commercial buildings and other structures to ensure compliance with State building code and other applicable codes and regulations.   This position works independently by conducting field inspections that require prompt decision and technical judgment.  The person also provides direct service to walk-in customers by conducting pre-application and construction consultation meetings, researching code requirements and permit histories. Performing building construction and site development reviews, final inspections and issuing certificates of occupancy approvals are also an essential element of this position.

Job Duties

  • Inspect building projects to ensure compliance with National, State, and local building codes and applicable regulations.  Perform final inspection and authorize certificates of occupancy.  Perform erosion control, drainage and critical areas inspections on single family residences and small development projects.  Recognize erosion concerns and take effective action to keep sediment on site and from entering draining system.  
  • Review building and related permit applications documents to ensure construction proposals meet code requirements for life and safety, structural integrity, energy performance, accessibility, mechanical and other applicable codes.  
  • Review complex structural plans and calculations to verify conformity with structural engineering principles; and perform structural engineering analysis of designs and related features of construction plans.  
  • Issue correction notices and stop work orders for non-conforming conditions.  Initiate code enforcement action including notification and documentation.  Perform damage investigations and mitigate fire and life safety hazards. 
  • 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.  
  • Offer alternatives and initiate problem-solving conferences with owners, contractors, and design professionals.  
  • Coordinate inspection approvals with other sections and agencies.  
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflect well upon King County, the County Executive, the department, and the incumbent.  
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service.  
  • Scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others.  
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Construction experience or education and experience in related field such as architecture, construction management, building construction technician.  
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalency  
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in the application and interpretation of national, State and local building and fire codes and standards 
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the application of construction methods and materials and construction sequencing as they relate to code requirements  
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience of the permitting process.  
  • Knowledge of site development and land use regulations including earthwork, soil types and characteristics, erosion and sedimentation control.  
  • Knowledge of structural materials, systems and engineering.  
  • Knowledge of fire prevention systems, hazardous material control and life safety systems.  
  • Skill in reading, interpreting and explaining blueprints, specifications, codes, ordinances and policies  
  • Skill in recognizing defects in construction materials and techniques and recommending alternative methods  
  • Skill in oral and written communication and providing excellent customer service.  
  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities and producing quality detailed work within tight timeframes.  
  • Skill in working effectively and cooperatively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience as a building inspector  
  • Experience as a plans examiner  
  • ICC certification as a building inspector and/or plans examiner  
  • Certified Erosion/Sedimentation Control Lead (CESCL) 
  • International Fire Code Certification 
  • Experience performing fire safety and system inspections 
  • 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 50 lbs. 

Supplemental Information

First Review of Applications:   July 18, 2021
Interviews:  August 6, 2021

Second Review of Applications: August 30, 2021
Interviews:  September 13, 2021
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants.  First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.
This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months.  Including special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities.
WORK SCHEDULE: 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.
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking; complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. 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.  
FORMS AND MATERIALS: An online employment application, 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 or Zoom.  Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.
 For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Theresa Reynolds
    Senior Human Resources Analyst
This position is represented by PROTEC17.
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Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement 
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

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No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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 AND 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 AND 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. AND 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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