Mokena, IL, population 20,305, is a growing family-oriented suburban community with outstanding schools, parks, and excellent municipal services, located approximately 35 miles southwest of Chicago, in northeast Will County. The Village of Mokena is seeking highly professional, innovative, and self-motivated candidates to serve as its next Chief Building Inspector.
The Village is seeking candidates with strong leadership and communication skills to direct and manage the daily tasks and administrative functions of the Building and Code Enforcement Departments. The next Chief Building Inspector will be expected to supervise and lead the Village’s Code Enforcement Officer, inspection team, and related support staff, including outside consultants, as assigned. This highly responsible position requires well-developed communication and presentation skills (both orally and written), as well as the proven ability to exhibit a collaborative, professional approach with residents and the business community.
Candidates must be committed to an inclusive management style and building successful partnerships within their communities and throughout the organization. This position reports directly to the Community & Economic Development Director, and all Village employees are expected to embrace the motto, “Where Our Customers Always Come First”.
Candidates must possess a high school diploma or equivalent - bachelor’s degree preferred. Qualified candidates shall have at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the building trades, construction, code enforcement, civil engineering, public works, architecture, or related field. Prior experience as a certified electrical inspector and/or licensed electrician is a plus. All candidates shall be in the possession of, or have the ability to obtain, International Code Council (ICC) Certifications within six (6) months of employment.
All applicants must possess a valid Illinois Driver’s License. The annual salary range is $82,401-$93,724 (DOQ). Interested applicants should 1.) Review the full job description located on the Village webpage (www.mokena.org); 2.) Submit a cover letter; 3.) Submit a resume; and 4.) Submit a list of three (3) professional references electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Position open until filled. The Village of Mokena is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SUMMARY: Responsible administrative work in directing the planning, organizing, coordinating and general administration of all facets concerning building regulations and inspection functions, code enforcement and the advisement and supervision of Village Board policy.
Work involves duties of unusual complexity and includes the exercising of the coordination of the Public Works, Community Development and Police Departments, along with consulting engineers and plan reviewers. Additionally, work involves frequent contact with all Village Departments, residents, civic groups, and other governmental agencies; as well as considerable interaction with developers, contractors, and other private parties expressing an interest in locating and building in the Village of Mokena. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Community Development and is reviewed through conferences, inspections, and reports for results obtained.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Manages and supervises the operations of the Building Department including establishing and implementing management policies and practices. Directs the implementation of Village Board policy.
Provides leadership and direction in the development of short- and long-range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports, and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
Provides technical building code advice to supervisors; makes presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups, and the general public.
Communicates official programs, policies and procedures to staff and the general public.
Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; assists in the preparation of annual department budget; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, and time.
Determines work procedures and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
Directs and assigns the work of all subordinates; issues written and oral instructions; examines work for exactness, neatness and conformance to policies and procedures
Evaluates the performance of all subordinates as part of the salary review process
Adjusts grievances and disputes of all subordinates; maintains harmony among workers.
Assists and advises subordinates in performing duties. May perform all departmental work.
Imposes initial steps of progressive discipline and recommends discipline of a higher order.
Determines staffing and authorizes employee time off including vacation scheduling, sick leave, and personal time.
Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision making purposes.
Enforces a variety of codes and regulations as adopted by the Village Board including, but not limited to, building codes, zoning regulations, subdivision regulations, and nuisance codes. Issues correction notices and citations.
Explains, interprets, and provides guidance regarding all applicable codes to architects, engineers, contractors, developers, and other interested parties.
Reviews current trends and developments in the field of construction, and prepares revisions to codes, ordinances, and local regulations. Supervises the examination of building plans of all types to determine compliance with code requirements and related regulations.
Research problems and complaints regarding commercial and residential buildings, building construction and code compliance. Responds to complex and sensitive building issues.
Resolves complex and sensitive customer service issues, either personally, by telephone, or in writing. Maintains records and documents of customer service issues and resolutions.
Administers the permitting function, including application, fee assessment and collection, permit issuance, inspection, and occupancy.
Coordinates plan reviews, inspections, and enforcement actions.
Interprets Village policies to subordinates and enforces safety regulations.
Attends Village Board and various other meetings as required.
Performs related work as required.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Directly supervises building inspectors, plan reviewers, technicians, support staff, and other part-time or temporary staff, as assigned. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or GED equivalent. Four (4) years’ experience in general construction, construction design, or construction inspection. Thorough knowledge of ICC building codes and considerable knowledge of plumbing, electrical and other construction related regulations. Experience in management and supervising employees.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or Village Board of Trustees.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to work with computers, software, and other office equipment utilizing alphanumeric keyboards. Ability to draft letters, reports, and executive summaries.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and taste or smell.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.
The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.