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University Building Official

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: University Building Official
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0180100
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Position Summary:

Reporting functionally to the Building and Grounds Committee of the university’s Board of Visitors and administratively to the Associate Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer, 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.

Required Qualifications:

- Advanced degree in architecture or engineering or related field or training and work experience that equates 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.
- 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 on-site 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.
- Excellent communication skills with a highly diverse audience including design professionals, contractors, and others.
- Experience researching and analyzing highly technical issues, preparing written reports, and making presentations to upper management.
- Significant experience working with personal computers and software related to typical business applications. The UBO program will rely heavily on computer based applications for correspondences, technical references, design reviews, data base management, scheduling, internet research, and others.
- Demonstrated ability to make timely decisions and uphold them to comply with organizational guidelines.
- Commitment to the highest ethical standards and to a culture of integrity, responsibility, and accountability.
- 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.
- Knowledge of ADAAG accessibility requirements, and the interpretation and application of NEC criteria, standards, and data.
- Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership and supervision to a team of professionals.
- Previous experience in the leadership of a building code office.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Other (Describe Below), Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check, Statement of Economic Interest is required
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

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, cell-phone, I-pad, I-pod, 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.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Applicants must complete the online faculty application at Posting #AP0180100 and submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references as attachments to that application. For full consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply by the review date of April 18th, 2018.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: FS - University Building Official
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., M-F
Job Posting Date: 04/04/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/18/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, 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 any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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