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Building Official - City of Woodinville ( Job # 17-0002)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $77,295.00 per year
Maximum Salary: $98,650.00 per year
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Development Services
Closes: July 26, 2017 at 5:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Woodinville is a city of approximately 11,500 residents and 1,200 businesses located in the Sammamish Valley, about 15 miles northeast of Seattle, Washington.  Strong neighborhoods, open spaces, Washington's top wineries, and retail shopping make Woodinville a premier tourist destination.  Recreation opportunities, close access to Seattle, Bellevue, and Eastside employment centers, and a commitment to a high quality of life rank Woodinville as one of Washington's top places to live and work.

The Building Official will provide leadership in review, building design and construction through directing, managing, coordinating and supervising building permit, plan review and inspection activities. Ensure compliance with International Building Codes, local and state codes/ordinances and state/federal laws. This is a working position that requires daily inspection, plans examining and customer services activities. 

Essential Job Functions
  1. Assume responsibility for implementing and managing all activities related to setting and ensuring compliance with building standards including plan check, inspection and permit issuance.
  2. Develop, implement, train, mentor and manage other building and permitting staff regarding effective procedures and methods for efficient implementation of building practices.
  3. Work independently and within a team in order to assure consistent code enforcement and administration; quality inspections; fair and thorough plan review, and timely customer service.
  4. Perform technical research regarding building construction; analyze and rule on alternate methods and materials of construction; provide code interpretations and establish written policies and procedures needed in the administration and enforcement of the Washington state building code and local ordinances.  
  5. Assist in the development and implementation of division goals, objectives, policies and priorities.
  6. Work effectively with the public, developers, contractors, architects, and others in order to convey construction and code regulations, construction methods, and permit processing procedures.
  7. Explain division policies to the public, developers, contractors, architects, and others in person, using computers and over the phone in a courteous and helpful manner.
  8. Establish and maintain liaisons with appropriate government bodies, private firms, organizations, and individuals to ensure compliance with appropriate laws and development standards.
  9. Effectively collaborate and work with department directors and other division heads on building services activities.
  10. Prepare and administer statistics, reports and communication using Word, Excel, Powerpoint or other Microsoft Office software.
  11. Perform related duties as required.
Job Demands

Work is performed both indoors and outside requiring operation of a motorized vehicle. Outside work will require exposure to varying weather and terrain conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent must regularly see and hear; frequently stand, walk, talk, smell, use hands and fingers to grasp or feel objects, tools, and controls; and occasionally reach with arm/hand and leg/foot to inspect sites and facilities, bend head and neck, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and lift objects often exceeding 75 pounds. Work environment has exposure to fumes, odors, gases, and airborne particles, and blood borne pathogens; exposure to moving equipment, and occasional exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, wet/humid conditions working in high, open places, underground spaces, restricted access building sites, intermittent vibration, and noise. Necessary aptitudes include understanding instructions, verbal, numeric, and spatial aptitudes, perception of detail, finger and manual dexterity, eye/hand/foot coordination requiring visual acuity at 20 inches or less, analytic and problem solving ability, initiative, precision, alertness, memory, concentration, reasoning ability and judgment. Patience and persuasiveness are necessary when interacting with other people. May occasionally require work beyond normal working hours, and occasionally represent the city at neighborhood meetings, or of the city council or other similar meetings.


CBO certification is required within one year of hire.  The City will assist with half the fee of this certification requirement.

NOTE:  The City of Woodinville does not participate in Social Security, which means employees do not contribute to or earn Social Security credit while employed with the City.  Further, the Social Security Administration applies a formula containing an offset to take into account employment with a nonparticipating employer.  However, as a City of Woodinville employee, you may be eligible to participate in the Municipal Employee Benefit Trust (MEBT) plan.  There is also mandatory participation in the State Retirement Plan (PERS).


Minimum Qualifications

Minimum 5 years’ experience in a supervisory role, ICC certification and 3 years of combined experience as a plans examiner and/or combination building inspector; or 5 years’ experience in a supervisory role, ICC certification and an associate’s degree in construction management; or any equivalent combination of experience and education.

Selection Process

Following the application deadline, the City expects to determine a list of eligible candidates and invite a select group of finalists for interviews. 

Background Disclosure Release, a Request for Driving Record, and a Driving Record Release form will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The City of Woodinville values diversity in its workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified applicants receive consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran's status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local laws.


Woodinville City Hall
17301 133rd Avenue NE
Woodinville, WA