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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge

NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: May 5, 2021
RESUME AND LETTER OF INTEREST REQUESTED BY 06/03/2021 POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Inspectional Services Department
Job Title: Manager of Building Inspections
Job Code: M245-001
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week; May be called upon to work during emergencies and after hours as needed

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) is responsible for ensuring effective, efficient, fair, and safe enforcement of all laws and city ordinances that pertain to real property as regulated by the International Building Code, International Residential Code, and Massachusetts State Building Code (780 CMR). ISD's Building Unit responsibilities also encompass the Massachusetts State Plumbing, Gas, Electrical, and Mechanical Codes; the Massachusetts Access Board Regulations (521 CMR); and enforcement of the City of Cambridge Zoning Ordinance. ISD provides services to the City for the oversight of emergency demolition and boarding up of dangerous buildings, as well as emergency inspections required as a result of utility outages, fires, accidents, and similar events affecting the health and safety of residents and buildings.

The Manager of Building Inspections will be working under the supervision and at the direction of the Commissioner of Inspectional Services and Assistant Commissioner of Inspectional Services to enforce the provisions of the State Building Code and related applicable statues, regulations and ordinances under the department's jurisdiction. Under the direction of the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner, the Manager of Building Inspections supervises and manages departmental staff including local building inspectors, electrical and plumbing inspectors, and the access analyst. This involves evaluating existing workloads, allocating assignments in coordination with other departments, and helping to determine training and development needs. The Manager of Building Inspections will continuously evaluate staffing and distribution of responsibilities and recommend any realignment to support the ISD mission. The Manager of Inspectors also will make recommendations for operational improvements, ensure consistency in services, review and improve customer service, and implement quality control in inspections performed by the department. The Manager of Building Inspections will also act as a mentor for the inspection staff. Specific duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversees and conducts inspections of existing buildings and buildings under construction or modification for compliance with the Building Code and related codes; assists inspectors with complicated or escalated situations.
  • Investigates complaints and responds to questions from the public.
  • Conducts inspections of assembly spaces and multi-family residential structures as required for certificate of inspection.
  • Reviews plans for conformance with state building code, including mechanical, fire protection, plumbing and electrical plans.
  • Provides testimony in court proceedings, initiates enforcement action and performs regulatory compliance work as required.
  • Maintains records of correspondence, permits granted and inspections made, including preparation of reports.
  • Performs related work as required.

 

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management with five years full time professional experience. Additionally, at least 3 years effectively managing building inspectors or direct reports in an engineering, construction, architecture, or other related industry. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.
  • Able to demonstrate experience with and ability to understand and verify engineering calculations and building energy related calculations preferred.
  • Able to demonstrate experience with and ability to read and comprehend complex architectural building plans and specifications, including engineering plans.
  • Evidence of general knowledge of green building practices, building and related sciences.
  • Certified by the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) as a Local Building Inspector or have the ability to obtain such certification within 12 months of employment. 
  • Excellent written and oral skills, fluency with computer use, particularly the Microsoft office suite and the ability to adapt to changing software are mandatory prerequisites.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and communicate in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts Driver's License and personal motor vehicle. 
  • The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse.  Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is approximately evenly split between office and field environment. Exposure to all weather conditions.  Ability to negotiate in constrained areas, e.g., basements, attics, roof areas, etc.  Some occasional lifting, pulling, pushing, squatting, and reaching.  The work environment involves field inspections, office duties, such as counter, record room and other work as designated by the Commissioner.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

RATE: $100,852-$120,113 + excellent benefits

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit your resume and letter of interest via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312.  Resume and letter of interest requested by 06/03/2021 Position will remain open until filled.

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING A WORKFORCE CULTURE OF ANTIRACISM, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION.

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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