Inspection Services Manager $71880.9 – 86976.75 per year


Under limited supervision, plans, directs and supervises the interpretation and administration of building codes and related ordinances and regulations Supervises inspections related to the setup of mobile homes. Serves as field inspector and final determination of building permit issuance within the jurisdiction of Guilford County. Performs related professional and administrative work as required. Reports to the Planning and Development Director.

An employee in this class manages and directs the assignment of daily workloads, the training and evaluating of inspectors and the Building Inspections Division, the administration of the policies and procedures of the department and the County as they are related for obtaining compliance with applicable federal, state, and local codes and ordinances. Involves the inspection oversight of residential and commercial construction, renovations, additions and existing structures, and accessory structures to certify that work, materials and methods are in compliance.

Examples of Duties

Essential Duties and Tasks

  • Directly supervises trades division chiefs with overall oversight and guidance provided to each trades inspections division; supervisory duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; allocating personnel; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; appraising employee performance and recommending employee transfers, promotions, discipline, discharge and salary increases.
  • Initiate corrective action (individual or group discussion with Inspectors and/or contacting of contractors).
  • Evaluates effectiveness of current inspection processes.
  • Plans, directs and supervises all activities and programs of the Building Inspections Codes Division, ensuring compliance with all applicable County policies and procedures, and other laws, regulations, codes and ordinances.
  • Ensures uniform enforcement including training and evaluating Inspectors.
  • Contact appropriate Department of Insurance representatives when necessary to obtain formal or informal code interpretations. Makes local interpretations of code after discussion with the

inspectors, plans engineer, or the Planning and Development Director.

  • Conduct regular meetings to discuss common understanding of code requirements.
  • Conduct discussions after the State Building Code Council approves code changes.

Also, conduct discussions after each sections representative (s) return from the Annual Trades
Association meeting.

  • Investigate complaints received from homeowners, contractors, code council, and licensing board. Also, investigates situations reported by the Inspectors concerning permit holders that do not regularly follow department procedures.
  • Contact supplier, manufacturers or engineers concerning the use of products in connection with the building codes.
  • Collect and review Inspectors Daily, Weekly, and/or Monthly Workload reports.
  • Ensure inspectors are properly equipped with hand tools and protective clothing and foot gear.
  • Submit workload (monthly), employee time record (monthly), motor pool trip requests (monthly), employer provided automobile (monthly).
  • Conduct annual performance appraisals and administer disciplinary action when necessary after

consulting with the Planning and Development Director.

  • Assists in preparing and administering the division’s annual budget.
  • Monitors the progress of all activities to ensure that resources are efficiently used and that projects stay on schedule.
  • Meets with citizens, contractors and design professionals to coordinate plan review, inspection and permitting activities.
  • Resolves conflicts between contractors and inspection staff.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, associates, professional designers, contractors, owners, and the general public.
  • Administers and enforces the Building Code.
  • Ensures the maintenance of accurate and complete division records.
  • Coordinates inspection activities and development services with those of other divisions, departments, agencies and boards as required; attends meetings of various community and civic organizations as appropriate.
  • Receives and reviews engineering reports and drawings, architectural designs, codes, current/proposed legislation, inspection reports, correspondence, etc.
  • Prepares certificates of occupancy, technical and administrative reports, and various other records, reports, memos, correspondence, etc.
  • Refers to policy and procedure manuals, computer manuals, codes / laws / regulations, various trade publications and reference texts, tax files, maps, etc.
  • Uses clerical and computer supplies, meters, engineer’s scale, architect’s scale, etc.
  • Interacts and communicates with the immediate supervisor, other County department employees, other County personnel, subordinates, home / property owners, contractors, architects, engineers, developers, various outside professionals and agencies, and the general public.
  • Performs work during emergency/disaster situations and may oversee the unit’s response which includes, but not limited to, coordinating and recovery priorities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the methods and procedures involved in the installation and maintenance of building, plumbing, heating and cooling systems, electrical wiring and structures.
  • Considerable knowledge of modern building construction practices, methods, and materials and of the stages of construction where possible violations and defects may be most easily observed and corrected.
  • Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local codes, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to building structural, electrical, and plumbing and mechanical inspections and to the employee’s level of certification in each area.
  • Ability to detect and locate defective workmanship in building, electrical and plumbing and mechanical systems and structures.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications and to compare them with work while in progress.
  • Ability to express code requirements clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan, supervise, and coordinate the work of others.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and firmly with design professionals, contractors, property owners, and the general public.

Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or other field of study related to the nature of the work and one year related experience, OR Graduation from high school supplemented by technical training in a trades area and five years of experience in the design, construction, or inspection of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, including supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of experience and training. Minimum of two years as an apprentice in related field of work. Minimum of two years as a tradesman in the field.

Preferred Qualifications:
Two years as a supervisor in building trades preferred.

– Possession of certification Level III in one of the trades as required by the NC Code officials qualifications.
– Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.
– An oath of office is required and administered by the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners.

Supplemental Information

Physical Demands and Work Conditions
Physical activities may include but are not limited to climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing and repetitive motions. The types of activities are associated with driving to as a construction site and performing a visual and physical inspection of the work in progress. In addition, basic record keeping and communication skills are necessary.

Driving is Essential
Driving is an essential requirement of this position whether driving a County owned or personal vehicle to conduct county business. Motor Vehicle Reports may be verified for valid driver’s license and that the driving record is compatible with the county’s driving criteria.
If a personal vehicle is operated for county business proper insurance is maintained as per Guilford County’s vehicle use policy.

Special Note: This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements. However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available as a completed job questionnaire with as a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position. Those documents should be reviewed before initiating as a selection process. They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.

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