Senior Building Inspector

City of Portland, Oregon
May 17, 2023
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

The City of Portland is hiring Senior Building Inspectors!

Senior Building Inspectors have primary responsibility for interpreting the State Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical codes, for ensuring that these code requirements are met, and for reviewing building plans for compliance. In addition Senior Building Inspectors provide excellent customer service, ensure equitable service delivery to both external and internal customers, and uphold the Bureau's customer service standards; assist with distributing work and provide training, coaching, and advice to field inspectors in the solution of the more complex or unusual technical problems; advise applicants on code requirements, permit procedures, and building and mechanical construction methods; and are expected to read and evaluate building plans and daily special inspection field reports on the job sites.

About the vacancies: Senior Building Inspector in the FIR program works in a customer service focused model; providing the single point of contact for registered FIR contractors, process managing their Alterations/Additions/New Detached Accessory Building projects through the permitting process from Consultations, pre-construction meeting, plan review and inspections until Final Inspection. Work is conducted throughout the city of Portland and not in a designated area. The FIR program and the work of this position can be conducted primarily remote but will require designated office time for meetings, trainings, ect. This position offers a flexible work schedule option that will be available upon completion of required training and probationary period.

Who you are:

  • Advanced Inspector: You have advanced experience as a building inspector and familiarity with the building permit process in BDS and Internal Agency Development Review partners.
  • Excellent Communicator: A strong communicator to technical and non-technical individuals and who is proficient verbally and in writing.
  • Organized: Able to work on a multitude of tasks and understand/react to various situations in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Flexible: You have the ability to remain flexible, agile, and calm in a high paced environment that relies on quick and stable decision making.
  • Problem Solver: You can identify problems early & utilize active listening & effective communication to find resolutions.
  • Project Manager: You have knowledge of project management principles and are able to support, lead, and review various operational projects that support the Program Supervisor & Group Director's initiatives. These projects may vary greatly in scope.
  • Results Driven: This position is high pace, dynamic, and requires a candidate who can hit the ground running with a focus on finish tasks in a timely, accurate and professional manner.
  • Equity Focused: So much of what we do within the City involves pausing and looking at each project through an equity lens. Your experience with ensuring projects/reports/etc are equitable and accessible is very helpful in this role.

This position is represented by District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) collective bargaining agreement. To view this labor agreement, please click here.

Although not required, you may have one or more of the following:

  • Fluency in a second language.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience performing inspections with jurisdiction.

About the Bureau of Development Services:

Our Equity Commitment:
The Bureau of Development Services is committed to eliminating racism and all discriminatory practices in our services and in our workplace because we understand the positive value of equitable systems.

Equity: Conditions that allow everyone to flourish so that race, gender, ability and/or other held identities do not determine access or outcomes.

To learn more at The Bureau of Development Services equity commitment - please review our equity commitment:

City of Portland Core Values: Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here .

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, healthcare flexible and/or dependent care spending accounts, fertility couseling and resources, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.
The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), including contributions to the PERS IAP plan paid by employer. For more information on the City of Portland's benefits, please click here.

Work Location
Many positions within the City are designated as hybrid, most hybrid employees will be expected to perform at least half of their work in-person. City Council approved a human resources administrative rule in January 2023, HRAR - 4.045, requiring employees, including those who are fully remote and hybrid, to perform work within Oregon or Washington. For more information, click here

The City is offering optional information meetings for this recruitment. Please see the Additional Information section below for details.

To Qualify

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their supplemental question responses and resume how their education, training, work experience and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Experience with practices and materials used in construction and in structural and mechanical systems including provisions of Titles 24, 27, 28, 29, and 33 of the City of Portland Code.
  2. Experience with reading and interpreting building and/or structural and mechanical plans and codes and communicating technical information (such as building code requirements) to nontechnical individuals
  3. Experience preparing reports, performing records research pertaining to permit submittals, writing letters, and inputting and retrieving information using a computer and job-related software.
  4. Experience providing training, coaching, and advice to field inspectors, including the ability to support learning materials
  5. Experience providing excellent customer service to diverse customers including answering questions and de-escalating tense conversations

Applicants must also possess, by the time of hire:

  • A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record and
  • An Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) and
  • An Oregon A-Level Structural Inspector Certification (SIA) or equivalent and
  • An Oregon Residential Structural Inspector Certification (CAS) or equivalent.

Assigned Position Requirements
In addition to the minimum and special requirements listed above, applicants must - by the date of hire - meet the certification requirements listed below:

  • An Oregon Residential Structural Plans Examiner Certification (CAX)
  • An Oregon Residential Electrical Inspector Certification (CAE)
  • An Oregon Residential Plumbing Inspector Certification (CAP)

If you have questions about the above required Oregon certifications, visit the State of Oregon Building Code Division's Inspector Certifications Pathways website, call (503) 378-4133 or email .

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and supplemental questions are weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested . Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.
** PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**
Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Job Posting closes: 6/05/2023
  • Applications Reviewed: 5/25/2023 - 6/9/2023
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 6/12/2023
  • 1st Round of Interviews: Late June to Early July 2023
  • Job Offer: July 2023

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.
Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis : Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.
ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.
Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.
Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a "language pay differential." This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.
Did you know? The City of Portland has How to Apply Videos and offers How to Apply Classes. If you have questions after watching the videos you are invited to contact the recruiter listed on the announcement or starting in April 2023 you are invited to attend the Question and Answers session. If you prefer to attend a virtual class, they are also available once a month.
Contact Information:
Bureau of Human Resources
Tami Larison, Senior Recruiter

An Equal Opportunity Employer

To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer an Optional Information Sessions that will provide you with details about the position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job. You are welcome to join us for the optional session below:

Wednesday, May 24, 2023: 5:00-6:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.Closing Date/Time: 6/5/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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