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Senior Plans Examiner - City of Kirkland ( Job # 20-0071)

Minimum Salary: $43.78 per hour
Maximum Salary: $51.50 per hour
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Planning & Building
Closes: November 02, 2020 at 5:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Washington and in the vibrant downtown corridor of Kirkland, the City currently has a career opportunity for the position of a  Senior Plans Examiner.  Come check us out and join an outstanding team, department and organization!

The role of the Senior Plans Examiner is to review basic, intermediate and complex construction plans and other submittal documents for code compliance.  This position also provides in-office technical and supervisory support and when necessary to assist with building department inspections and investigations of public complaints to ensure compliance with adopted codes and ordinances.  The senior level work is performed under very limited supervision, as assigned based on overall objective and resources available. The work requires extensive knowledge in a broad variety of disciplines, processes and activities. 

Essential Functions
  • Performs review of basic, intermediate and complex structural and non-structural construction plans prior to issuance of a building permit, ensuring designs are in compliance with adopted codes.
  • Management and coordination of a structural consultant contract and related work may be required for higher level reviews.
  • Manages multiple projects and maintains schedules; coordinates with internal and external customers through the permitting and inspection process; provides technical and non-technical customer service to public and co-workers.
  • Responds to inquiries concerning interpretation of the adopted codes, construction concerns, code compliance, permit processes and City administrative procedures; meets and engages with the public in the office or at a job site.
  • Facilitates, assists, and supports the Building Inspectors to see that the approved plans are being properly implemented.
  • Maintains knowledge of the various changes in construction codes which are a result of technological changes in building materials, building code philosophies, and legislative mandate.
  • Maintains records to ensure proper documentation of authorization of building permit issuance.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert for documentation and configuration of systems related to permits, inspections, code enforcement, plan review and permit processes.
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of new programs, codes, policies and interpretations to meet overall Council, City, and Department goals.
  • Serves as a Disaster Worker in the event of a disaster.
  • Trains and instructs others in review techniques and City procedures.
  • May represent the City on local, regional, state and national committees regarding construction and building code related issues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment.
  • Attention to detail and good organizational skills.
  • Create and maintain effective internal and external working relationships.
  • Will be required to build and maintain a strong understanding of permitting processes and policies, including local, State, and Federal laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Plan review proficiency in complex exiting, special occupancy, types of construction, opening protection, building area and height, mixed occupancies, smoke control, elevator shafts and accessibility.
  • Advnaced computer proficiency including spreadsheet programs, word processing, permit tracking software, electronic plan review software, and use of internet and intranet.
  • Understanding of general principles of engineering related to gravity and lateral loads.
  • Understandind of varying geotechnical soils terminology and site conditions necessary to facilitate lateral and gravity discussions of soils reports with engineers.
Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, or related field; or be licensed in the State of Washington as an Architect or Professional Engineer; or be certified as a commercial (EL01) journey level electrician with Washington State Department of Labor and Industries with four years of journey level experience; or have three years of work experience related to architectural, engineering, building construction, or other related fields.
  • Five years of plan review or inspection experience, increasing in complexity over time.


Required Licenses or Certifications:

  • Must be ICC certified as a Building Plans Examiner or Washington State Department of Labor and Industries certified as a commercial (EL01) journey level electrician.
  • If certified as a Building Plans Examiner, must hold at least one other active ICC certification or obtain one within six months of appointment. If certified as a commercial (EL01) journey level electrician, must obtain ICC certification as a Building Plans Examiner within six months of employment.
  • Must have and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s license.
Working Conditions & Physical Activities

This position works mostly in an office environment.  This position may also require driving to or being at construction sites.  Potential hazards at the construction sites include falling objects, loose footing and construction equipment.  This position may require the climbing of ladders, or occasional walking on scaffolding.

Union Affiliation

This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME).  Membership options will be available to you upon employment with the City.


The City of Kirkland offers a comprehensive benefits package including: 100% paid medical/dental/vision for the employee plus dependents, free health clinic, employer contributions to a HRA/VEBA account, Flexible Spending Account (FSA),Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) (mandatory participation) Municiapl Employee Benefit Trust (MEBT - a voluntary 401(k) retirement plan), voluntary deferred compensation 457 plan, 2x annual salary life insurance, long term disability, paid holidays, sick leave, vacation, onsite workout facility, transportation incentive plus FREE  PARKING!

Please note that the City does not participate in the Social Security Administration program and employees do not earn social security credits.  The mandatory DRS retirement plan provides the required social security replacement plan.  Any social security benefits earned at other places of employment may be reduced if they are subject to the Windfall Elimination Provision or the Government Pension.

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City Hall
123 5th Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033