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University Building Official

Blacksburg, VA

Posted: 12/22/20
Deadline: 1/18/21
Salary: Commensurate with experience Required Application Materials
Reference Number: 514783

About This Organization

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

Job Duties

Reporting functionally to the Building and Grounds Committee of the university’s Board of Visitors and administratively to the Vice President for Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities, the University Building Official (UBO) provides leadership to and is responsible for the legal administration and enforcement of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) for work on university property. The Office of the UBO, which includes the UBO and supporting staff members, reviews plans for new construction and renovation projects and performs construction inspections as required by the USBC. As appropriate, the UBO issues all permits as required by the USBC.

The Office of the UBO is expected to work proactively and cost effectively to support the university’s building program without compromising the duty of care to protect the health and safety of the public to the level established in the USBC. University projects are complex from a code perspective. The UBO must be very knowledgeable and experienced in code enforcement, and comfortable dealing with performance-based concepts and application of the code.

Requests for formal code modifications as provided for in the USBC may be frequently submitted to the UBO for approval, and the UBO must give each one full and fair consideration. Where the intent of the USBC can be achieved or exceeded through alternate design approaches, the UBO must be able and willing to apply skilled professional judgment for the good of the project.

The Office of the UBO is expected to work proactively and cost effectively to support the university’s building program without compromising the duty of care to protect the health and safety of the public to the level established in the USBC. University projects are complex from a code perspective. The UBO must be very knowledgeable and experienced in code enforcement, and comfortable dealing with performance-based concepts and application of the code.

Requests for formal code modifications as provided for in the USBC may be frequently submitted to the UBO for approval, and the UBO must give each one full and fair consideration. Where the intent of the USBC can be achieved or exceeded through alternate design approaches, the UBO must be able and willing to apply skilled professional judgment for the good of the project.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications

• Advanced degree in architecture or engineering or related field OR a combination of training, work experience, and a bachelor’s degree that equate to an advanced degree.
• Current registration as a professional architect or engineer, and ability to obtain a Virginia license within one year of employment.
• Current certification as a Certified Building Official from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.
• Highly competent in the technical aspects of the International Building Code (IBC) and the other codes and standards referenced by the IBC. Must also have the ability and willingness to work creatively with the intent of the code in solving difficult code problems.
• Demonstrated commitment to accessibility and inclusion. Knowledge of accessibility issues and planning mechanisms specific to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Universal Design.
• Substantial professional experience where duties clearly demonstrate the following:
o Thorough knowledge of the enforcement of the IBC as a whole, including referenced ICC, NFPA, and other codes and standards, covering all key elements of design and construction. Must be capable of competently discussing all key elements with designers, contractors and university staff.
o Understanding of general building construction including basic design elements, building systems and construction processes.
o Understanding of typical design processes from design concept through construction documents.
o Understanding of major construction work, having onsite experience with contractors and a basic understanding of the building construction. Some familiarity with the basic trades and building systems including: foundations, structure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection.
• Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership and supervision to a team of professionals.
• Experience researching and preparing technically complex executive level documents, position papers, reports, proposals, and presentations on a variety of strategic topics.
• Demonstrated commitment to data-driven decision-making and the use of key performance indicators in the execution (development, analysis, corrective action, communication, and pursuit and provision of feedback) of tactical, operational, and strategic responsibilities.
• Exceptional communication skills, interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and the ability to effectively interact and build trusted relationships with diverse internal and external constituencies.
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects; excellent organizational, leadership, and delegation skills; and ability to work collaboratively. Must have strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills to manage complex tasks and/or those that require balancing competing interests.
• Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, with ability to see patterns, be a fast thinker, and make decisions with strong attention to accuracy, detail, and local context.
• Demonstrated patience, reliability, composure, and stability under pressure, with experience handling confidential/sensitive matters and a strong personal ethics commitment.
• Must have a valid drivers’ license and be able to travel to various properties to view sites, perform site inspections, and discuss stakeholder needs.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience specifically with the enforcement of the USBC.
• Experience interpreting and applying ADA Accessibility Guidelines.
• Experience interpreting and applying National Electric Code criteria, standards, and data.
• Previous experience in the leadership of a building code office.


Salary

Commensurate with experience Required Application Materials

Other Info

• Work is both inside in the office or in a remote capacity and outside in the field. Must be able to climb ladders and scaffolds, maneuver in small spaces, and walk and perform work tasks on uneven surfaces. Must be able to safely move and handle up to 50 lbs. of tools or books.
• Must be able to travel to and from work sites on and off main campus within Virginia, and perform on-site inspections. Site inspections require bending, climbing, pushing/pulling, reaching, lifting, standing, walking and moving and handling up to 50 lbs.
• Must have a criminal background check.
• Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.
• Must have a driver’s license check.
• Statement of Economic Interest is required.
• Though work hours are typically Monday Friday, 8 a.m. 5 p.m., after hours and weekend work may be required to meet the needs of the department.
• As situation dictates must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
• This position meets the criteria for issuance of a mobile communication device (such as radio, cellphone, iPad, iPod, pager, etc.). Devices issued are the responsibility of the employee and are to be returned in satisfactory condition upon separation of employment. Devices are to be used according to supervisor instruction and according to relevant policies.

For additional inquires, please contact Operations HR at opshr-g@vt.edu.


Required Application Materials

Resume/CV, cover letter, and list of professional references