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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge

NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: January 24, 2023
RESUME AND COVER LETTER REQUESTED BY 2/21/2023 VIA EMAIL TO employment@cambridgema.gov POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Inspectional Services Department
Job Title: Commissioner
Job Code: O012-701
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.50-hour workweek Must be available for meetings and emergency response outside of normal business hours as needed.

ABOUT THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE:

The City of Cambridge is a diverse and vibrant community that 120,000 residents of different ethnic, racial, religious, U.S. nationals and other backgrounds call home. Thirty-four percent of our residents identify as people of color, and thirty-four percent of residents' home language is one other than English. We take pride in our City's diversity and strive to create a workplace that is reflective of the community we serve -- one in which all employees can thrive. The City is also deeply committed to creating an environment in which all our employees are treated equitably and feel included. In joining our team, you would work in a workplace environment that advances and values antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI), and that is committed to embedding ADEI best practices and tenets in all aspects of our work.

ABOUT THE ROLE: 

The Commissioner of the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) provides strategic leadership of the City's enforcement program related to the Massachusetts State Building Code, the City Zoning Ordinance, and portions of the State Sanitary Code.  

Over 80% of greenhouse gas emissions in Cambridge comes from buildings.  The Commissioner of ISD plays a key role developing and implementing policies for development that are aimed to promote energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for and adapt to the effects of climate change, and support best practices for overall environmental performance.  ISD is identified as a Key Partner in the City's Net Zero Action Plan Update and ensures implementation of the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:                   

  • Leads a team of thirty staff that includes administrative, technical, and trades positions.  Provides mentoring, coaching, training, and advancement opportunities for staff.
  • Manages budgeting and financial operations for ISD, which collects an average of $45 million in annual revenue.
  • Participates with City leadership and the local community in planning, policy development and problem solving across areas such as safety, sustainability, equity, workforce, infrastructure, regulatory control, regional challenges, and fiscal issues.
  • Collaborates with other City departments, particularly Community Development, Law, License, Fire, Public Works, Water, Historical, and Traffic Parking and Transportation.
  • Serves as the City's official "Inspector of Buildings," and "Buildings Commissioner."
  • Maintains up to date knowledge and understanding of all laws and regulations related to ISD's areas of responsibility, including the State of Massachusetts building code, sanitary code, energy code, plumbing, gas and electrical codes, Massachusetts Access Code, and the City of Cambridge Municipal Code.
  • Maintains up to date knowledge of the City of Cambridge Zoning ordinance and regulations. Reviews building permit applications to ensure conformance with the City's Zoning Ordinance.
  • Provides technical and administrative support to the Board of Zoning Appeal (BZA).  Ensures that buildings comply with planning board, zoning and BZA decisions.
  • Ensures thorough and efficient permit and license inspection process in the department at all phases as required for approvals, ensuring conformance to applicable laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.
  • Supervises the City's Weights and Measures function.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, or related field.  Equivalent education and training may be substituted.
  • 7 years of experience in developing or examining plans with knowledge of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance, Mass State Building code and other related codes.
  • Certification by the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) as a Certified Building Official (CBO) upon hire or within 12 months of employment. 
  • Extensive understanding and demonstrated experience with sustainable design, construction, and operations.
  • Demonstrated experience with software typical to the building and permitting industry.
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with stakeholders.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Strong problem solving and mediation abilities.
  • High ethical standards and personal integrity.
  • Commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Professional Architect or Professional Engineering license
  • LEED AP accreditation in Building Design and Construction
  • LEED AP O&M accreditation
  • Passive House accreditation

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer.  Ability to operate office equipment including copiers, printers, and scanners.  Executes multiple tasks involving keyboarding, telephones, writing, bending, reaching, and lifting boxes of files (up to 10 lbs).

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Frequent site visits to active construction sites, as well as standard office environment, which includes fluorescent lighting and air conditioning.  Moderate noise level, which can elevate with phone calls and walk in members of the public.  Busy office work environment characterized by multiple works demands from staff, a great deal of customer interaction, and heavy call volume.  This position may be eligible for hybrid work under the City's Telework Policy depending on operational needs.

SUMMARY OF BENEFITS:

  • Competitive health, dental and vision insurance
  • Vacation and Sick Leave eligible
  • Sick Incentive Pay eligible
  • 3 Personal Days
  • 14 Holidays
  • Commuter Benefits (T-Pass reimbursement, Bluebikes membership, EZRide Shuttle membership)
  • Management Allowance, $2,700 / year

RATE: $160,000 - $184,409 annually + excellent benefits

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and cover letter; external applicants submit your resume and cover letter 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 cover letter requested by 02/21/2023. Position will remain open until filled.

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY OR ANY OTHER PROTECTED CATEGORY. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES, WRITTEN MATERIALS IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS, AND REASONABLE MODIFICATIONS IN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE PROVIDED TO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FREE OF CHARGE, UPON REQUEST. The City is committed to advancing a workforce culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

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