BC Local Government Job Posting Service


Supervisor Building Inspection Branch

Requisition ID: 13759

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Main Purpose and Function
The Supervisor oversees the technical and administrative activities of the Building Inspection Branch. This position holds technical decision-making authority under the Vancouver Building By-law and involves the supervision of Inspections staff, including hiring, evaluation, support, coaching, and professional development. This position will report directly to the Manager of the Building Inspections Branch.

The incumbent plans, organizes and reviews the inspection functions of the Branch and ensures that building and related by-laws are enforced in a uniform manner, consistent with the regulations and policies of the department. The incumbent, in consultation with the Manager and the Code Engineers, reviews by-laws, proposes amendments and develops training programs for staff to update their knowledge of the relevant by-laws. Within defined policy, the incumbent exercises considerable independence of judgement and action. The incumbent is required to deal with confidential and/or sensitive information with a high degree of discretion and impartiality. Work results are reviewed periodically for attainment of objectives and goals and through examination of written reports and recommendations.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
  • Plans, organizes and reviews the daily work activities of up to 30 employees in the Building Inspections Branch
  • Provides guidance to staff regarding enforcement of code requirements, policies and procedures relating to all building installations under permit for the City of Vancouver
  • Provides advice and assistance to staff on complex inspections and problems
  • Reviews work results to ensure uniform, efficient and proper enforcement of by-laws, acts, standards and regulations; Responsible for an effective Performance Planning and Coaching program for the Branch
  • Authorizes staff vacation and earned days off
  • Develops inspection programs to implement new regulatory requirements as a result of changes to City and Provincial By-Laws and policies
  • Reviews reports submitted by staff; Assists in the development of records and standards to monitor and assess Branch operations
  • Prepares detailed reports related to the operation and performance of the Branch
  • Maintains liaison with representatives of other inspections groups and through regular meetings assists with the coordination of by-law enforcement
  • Meets with owners, contractors, tradesmen and architects to discuss and resolve various problems, and to provide advice and interpretation of relevant by-laws, standards, and procedures related to the Branch’s work
  • Represents the City on various internal and external regulatory and advisory committees
  • Occasionally gives evidence in court when violators of City and related by-laws are prosecuted
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned

Education and Experience:
  • Graduation from a two-year diploma program in Building Technology from a recognized technical institute or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in Building Inspection related work in a municipal setting is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Extensive knowledge of the Vancouver Building By-law requirements, policies and procedures
  • Thorough technical knowledge and experience related to building installations
  • Considerable related supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Experience preparing well-written reports
  • Experience negotiating, leading, and building good working relationships with City staff and external customers
  • Carpentry trades qualification and/or BOABC certification is an asset
  • Thorough knowledge of relevant building installation practices
  • Thorough knowledge of approved building and related materials and appliances
  • Thorough knowledge of departmental regulations and policies for by-law enforcement
  • Working knowledge of Zoning and Development, Sign, Standards of Maintenance, and Licensing By-laws
  • Ability to plan, organize and manage the activities of the Branch, to handle confidential and/or sensitive information with a high degree of discretion and impartiality, to provide leadership, including developing support for City-wide policy and procedures
  • Ability to establish excellent working relationships with contractors, engineers and owners, and to give expert advice on building related problems and related matters
  • Ability to enforce by-laws and regulations with firmness, impartiality and sound judgement
  • Ability to implement and maintain safety standards throughout the City within the resources of the Branch
  • Ability to prepare detailed reports on the operation and activities of the branch
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with staff, representatives of other inspections disciplines and other civic departments
  • Ability to read and understand plans and to recognize the technical requirements in regard to various installations, and to suggest desirable changes when necessary
  • Ability to work well within a team environment and to represent the City on various internal and external regulatory and advisory committees
  • Ability to participate in the development of records utilized to monitor the activities of the branch and to manage the information produced
  • Ability to thrive under pressure and handle multiple tasks and changing priorities within tight time frames

A Police Record Check clearance is required for this position; a clearance requires the absence of any criminal charges or convictions related to this position.

A current and valid BC Driver’s License is a requirement of this position. The license must not include any restrictions that would affect the ability to legally and safely carry out job responsibilities. Transportation arrangements must meet operational requirements of the Department.

Business Unit/Department: Development Services, Building & Licencing (1250)
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Position Start Date: August, 2019
Number of Positions: 2
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour

Application Close: June 23, 2019

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Building Technology/Inspection
Posted: June 14, 2019, 10:32 am
Expires: June 23, 2019, 11:59 pm