Director, Office of Buildings

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City of Atlanta Published: July 12, 2017 (15 days ago)
Job Type


Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Position: Open Until Filled

In the fall of 2015 the City of Atlanta launched an exhaustive analysis of its building permit operations and a study of similar operations in cities across the United States. This resulted in a unique, business-minded plan for making Atlanta's service the best anywhere. In May, 2016 the City of Atlanta Department of City Planning started the remaking of its building permit operations. In the 12 months that followed we have put cornerstone aspects of this plan in place. The Department of City Planning is now seeking a leader for permitting that can fully execute the plan.

If you are interested in a creative, entrepreneurial environment leading government practice to new levels of performance then this is the job for you. We need a leader with proven skill leading change focused on both quality control and customer service. The Department of City Planning's permitting service touches every resident and business in Atlanta. We have the plan and the resources to make this a service the community is proud of.

If you lead a complex work environment in the development business (public or private) and find this opportunity compelling we would like to talk with you about it.

General Description and Classification Standards

The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) provides the leadership role in creating opportunities for our City to continue to grow and sustain our diverse communities that define and give Atlanta its unique character. The Department's objective is to guide the development of the City through of planning, design review, plan approval, code compliance, and housing assistance. The Department works closely with the Neighborhood Planning Units, independent community organizations, and developers in an attempt to provide the policy guidance and assistance to support the growth of our community.

The Director, Office of Buildings directs the staff and activities focusing on enforcing the Codes adopted by the City of Atlanta to ensure minimum standards for the construction, repair, demolition, occupancy and maintenance of buildings, structures and properties. The Director leads best in class customer centered permitting, plan review, inspection, and zoning enforcement services required by the City's Codes for repairs, alterations and additions to existing structures and new residential and commercial construction. The Director is also responsible for protecting the tree canopy on private property throughout the City.

Supervision Received

Direction received is general and focuses more on long-term and short-term operating objectives, managerial effectiveness, and operating results. This level would be considered "middle" management.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.

Directs customer-centered teams organized to execute permit processing. Leads the selection, training, deployment and development of permitting teams to achieve high levels of service, operational effectiveness, and compliance with relevant laws and codes.

Directs the design and execution of building operations including process design, execution, and improvement. Directs the use of technology, including on-line tools, to enable process management, electronic and collaborative plan review, and tracking and reporting.

Directs planning, inspection, and permitting processes; analyzes, redefines, and implements improvements to the building division; works with staff to review developers' plans to ensure compliance with zoning, code and environmental regulations and economic development policies; formulates observations based on the evaluation of the developers' plans and their compliance with applicable ordinances and regulations.

Controls and approves department and division expenditures; ensures compliance of the federal and state land use and zoning laws; works with the developers, citizens and other affected parties in creating a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of the City.

Decision Making

May commit department to action. Establishes organization strategy and policy within required legislative or executive limitations. Recommends policy or strategy changes; modifies organization to achieve objectives.

Analyzes complex building and other challenges and applies sound judgment. Applies organizational policies. May interpret organizational policies and recommend exceptions.

Leadership Provided

Directs functional managers and cross-functional teams. Oversees work performed and performance management. Provides guidance on objectives, end results, policy and code application, and trouble shooting.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.

Knowledge of urban planning, building, zoning, environmental laws, codes, and regulations. Extensive knowledge of building construction and inspections, building materials and methods. Understanding of the principles of economic development.

Ability to create and lead teams to achieve results. Ability to assess and improve process and manage change.

Budget development and management. Knowledge relevant computer software.

Strong verbal, written and presentation skills. Ability to work collaboratively to arrive at constructive solutions.

Ability to manage stakeholder such volunteer citizen commission members, City employees, Mayor's Office, architects, developers, citizens, other organizations with interest in historic preservation.

Minimum Qualifications - Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in urban planning, building construction, civil engineering, public administration, business or related field in an appropriate discipline.

5-10 years of progressive experience in the building construction industry or in the municipal review of construction documents and plans. 5 or more years supervising teams.

Preferred Education & Experience

Master's degree in Public or Business Administration or related field. Prior experience in leading a building operation and significant organizational change, implementing electronic plan submission and other innovative technology.

Licensures and Certifications

Chief Building Official Certification required. Other desired certifications include Residential Building Inspector, Certified Residential Plumbing Inspector, Certified Residential Electrical Inspector, or Certified Residential Mechanical Inspector.

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.

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