Job Opening Announcement

Building Codes Administrator

Date: December 30, 2020
Due Date: January 28, 2021
Salary: $6,613 - $8,440 per month DOQ

Job Announcement

The City of Coos Bay is soliciting applications for the position of Building Codes Administrator.  To apply for the position, interested parties should submit a city application, resume, and letter of interest to the City Manager’s Office.  City applications are available from the City Manager’s Office, City Hall, 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420, by telephone 541-269-8912, or listed under Government, Job Openings on the City’s website 

The deadline for receiving completed applications is 5:00 p.m., January 28, 2021.  Applications postmarked on or by January 28, 2021 will be accepted.  Please include a valid e-mail address where you can be contacted.  All notifications regarding your status in the selection process will be made via electronic mail. 

The City of Coos Bay is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap or any other non-merit factor.  If reasonable accommodation is required to complete the application process, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 541-269-8912 during the hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Plans, organizes and directs the functions of the Codes Division of the Community Development Department. Develops and implements policies, procedures and practices to provide building plan reviews and inspections of industrial, commercial, and residential construction to determine compliance with Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, State Structural Specialty Code, State Mechanical Specialty Code, Uniform Fire Code, and local ordinances and regulations. Meets with engineers, architects, contractors and the general public to resolve code-related issues. Assures the efficient and economical use of departmental funds, personnel, and time. Acts as the city’s Building Official.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general direction of the Public Works and Community Development Director who outlines broad policies and objectives, and reviews work on the basis of results obtained. Coordinates fire, life, and safety issues with the Fire Marshal.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Directs and coordinates the activities of employees in the Codes Division of the Public Works and Community Development Department, which may include giving specific instructions or outlining general objectives or procedures. Reviews work for completeness and accuracy.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK: An employee in this classification may perform any of the following duties. However, these examples do not include all the specific tasks which an employee may be expected to perform.

  1. Provides direction to subordinate personnel performing various code inspection and plan review functions.
  2. Prepares the budget for the Codes Division.
  3. Inspects and evaluates structures (within certification level) while being constructed, remodeled or repaired (in areas of structural, mechanical); approves or disapproves work; writes correction notices; enforces appropriate State specialty codes, ORS, OAR, and City ordinances; works with builders to ensure construction, remodeling, or repair is in compliance with approved plans and State building and mechanical codes; conducts final inspection; and issues stop work orders when necessary.
  4. Inspects dangerous, substandard, and damaged structures; requires permits for repairs necessary to comply with code requirements.
  5. Inspects and approves mobile home installations per the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling and Park Specialty Code/Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code.
  6. Documents inspections and establishes and maintains recordkeeping. Drafts code amendments, forms, and other informational materials.
  7. Examines plans, drawings, and specifications for proposed construction or remodeling projects. Works with builders/architects to correct plans as needed.  Determines value of structures.
  8. Provides information regarding permits, building codes, and compliance procedures to contractors, builders, and the public.
  9. Performs business license inspections.
  10. Responds to complaints regarding unauthorized construction, working without permits, etc.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY: Considerable knowledge of state and municipal codes or regulations relating to fire and life safety in building materials, methods, and various stages of construction; mechanical and gas equipment; flammable and combustible liquids; and fire alarm and protection systems. Ability to read and interpret the State Code and pertinent City ordinances and regulations. Ability to read and interpret a variety of plans, designs and specifications in rough or finished form, and apply accurate standards and criteria established in appropriate codes and ordinances. Ability to maintain records and prepare reports. Ability to coordinate the work of subordinate personnel.

Skill and ability to conduct inspections, document findings, determine corrective actions, and implement compliance according to appropriate specialty codes; skill and ability to perform mathematical computations related to construction; ability to read blueprints, plans and specifications; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to make decisions independently in accordance with established rules and regulations and use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and responsibilities; ability to meet and deal effectively with employees, builders/architects, and the public.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: An employee in this position must have the ability to read and interpret complex regulations; have the ability to multi-task, complete work in a timely and accurate manner; have the ability to work independently; and must have excellent communication skills. Must have the physical strength, agility and stamina sufficient to perform the work of this position. Must be able to develop and maintain positive cooperative team-oriented relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, and others you come in contact with.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Minimum qualifications include graduation from high school or possession of the equivalent GED certificate, vocational training in building codes, minimum of five (5) years plan review and inspection experience or combination of education and experience that demonstrates provision of the knowledge, skills and abilities.

REQUIRED SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of or the ability to secure a valid Oregon driver’s license.  Possession of Oregon certifications in the following: Oregon Inspector Certification, Building Official Certification, A-Level Structural Inspector, A-Level Mechanical Inspector, Fire & Life Safety Plans Examiner, A-Level Plans Examiner, 1 + 2 Family Dwelling Plans Examiner, 1 + 2 Family Dwelling Structural Inspector, 1 + 2 Family Mechanical Inspector, and Manufactured Home Installer Inspector.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED: Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, and permitting software; motor vehicle; 10-key calculator; portable radio; phone; ladder or scaffolding; tape measure; copier.  Use permit tracking systems.  Use computer hardware, printers, and computer programs to conduct inspections, complete plan reviews, communicate and present information, track progress, schedule projects, and perform the essential functions of the position.

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. Work is performed in office settings and some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, and construction sites. Hand- eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance 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 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, or risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate to loud in the field.

SELECTION GUIDELINES: The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Employees work in a strong team-oriented environment and receive a generous employee benefit package which includes eleven paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, long term disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, and retirement through the Public Employees Retirement System. The City pays 90% of the medical and dental insurance premium for the employee and their family. 

Hiring Process

Applicants must complete and submit the required City application packet by 5:00 p.m. January 28, 2021 as specified in this job announcement.  All applicants will be notified of the final status of their application. 

Application Acceptance Period: ...............................January 4th – January 28th

Review of Applications: ............................................January 29th

Interviews with Selected Candidates: .......................February 4th – February 5th

Follow-up Interviews (as needed): ............................February 9th

Probable Date for Offer of Employment: ...................February 12th                                                                                       

Projected Start Date: .................................................March 1st