North Carolina Job Opportunity

Chief Building Official – The City of Raleigh, North Carolina

The City of Raleigh, North Carolina is seeking an experienced Chief Building Official to join our team.


The Chief Building Official performs work that is highly complex and often requires intense and exacting mental attention and ability to reason through and solve complex problems that may affect the ability of the Planning and Development enterprise to achieve its critical goals and objectives. The incumbent has extensive contact with public officials, employees, and the general public. The Chief Building Official directs a division of the Inspection Department under Planning and Development enterprise.

Executive direction is provided by higher-level executive staff. Responsibilities include the direct and indirect supervision of professional, technical, and clerical personnel.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Plans, organizes, directs, trains, and evaluates personnel involved in the activities of the Construction Division of the Inspections Department under the Planning and Development enterprise; assigns, supervises, and participates in the professional and technical detail and administrative arrangements of the Construction Division; approves contracts for consultant services; through subordinate staff, establishes general program assignments and responsibilities for division employees and provides technical and administrative policy guidance and counsel to management.
  • Establishes and monitors Division mission statement, vision, goals, objectives, and priorities; assists in developing Department’s mission statement, vision, goals and objectives; develops and implements technical interpretations, guidelines, policies, procedures, and actions to support the same. 
  • Coordinates and directs City resources and staff in negotiating with developers and design professionals to resolve the most difficult and complex development-related issues, disputes, inquiries, and problems; establishes, maintains, and improves department relationships with customer groups, boards and commissions, other departments, city officials, and government agencies; resolves complex engineering disputes and engineering decisions regarding plan review and calculations.
  • Participates in continuous quality improvement of the development process in conjunction with the Planning Division, Public Works Department, Public Utilities Department and Fire Department. 
  • Prepares and administers the Construction Division budget and reserve fund in a cyclical construction workload environment; maintains services and makes continued improvements while sustaining organization during workload downturns and within ongoing budget/revenue limitations; directs and participates in special studies and analysis of results; researches and prepares letters, memoranda, reports, annual report, budget documents, and other written materials.
  • Performs other or related duties as assigned.


8 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of building inspection and construction and preferably including experience as a Chief Building Official in a municipality within a mid-large metropolitan area, providing exposure to construction of high-rise, mixed-use and complex structures as a code official. A licensed design professional, registered architect or professional engineer, with engineering and design/construction experience preferred. 4 years of management/supervisory experience required. Applicants may substitute additional relevant education for the required experience. 



Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in either a construction-related field such as engineering or construction management, or a management-related field such as public or business administration. Applicants may substitute additional relevant experience for the required education.

Knowledge of:

·         Construction requirements, practices, and intent of regulations for the development and construction of complex engineered buildings and structures ranging from homes to high-rise office and residential structures, atrium hotels, hazardous occupancies, manufacturing plants, historic structures, and large public assembly structures.

·         Structural engineering of building structures.

·         Methods, practices, materials, principles, techniques, and processes used in building construction, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical installations.

·         Stages of construction when defects and violations of building regulations, electrical, plumbing and mechanical codes are most readily observed and corrected.

·         Site development, zoning compliance structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, smoke control, fire suppression, and security systems.

·         Principles and practices of modern public administration including planning, organizing, staffing, supervising, training, and performance evaluations.

·         Public relations techniques and practices.

·         Applicable Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances including, but not limited to, Labor Code, Business and Professional regulations for engineers, architects, and state contractor regulations.

·         Principles and practices of building inspection, including current literature and recent developments in the field.

·         Negotiation

·         Conflict resolution

Ability to:

·         Organize, direct, and coordinate the activities of the Construction Division.

·         Mediate and resolve complex technical issues in a timely manner.

·         Accurately assess organizational issues and opportunities.

·         Plan, coordinate, and direct the work of subordinate personnel.

·         Ensure safe buildings and a positive development environment for the City.

·         Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, department heads, property owners, contractors, personnel from other jurisdictions, public officials, and the general public.

·         Communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.

·         Prepare and present clear and concise reports.

·         Present complicated building and policy issues to the City Council and the public.

·         Understand diverse needs of building requests.

·         Exercise sound professional judgment in recognizing and handling politically sensitive issues of public interest.

·         Develop and administer long-range plans consistent with established goals, objectives, and available resources.

Licenses and Certifications:

Certification as a Chief Building Official (CBO) by the International Code Council desirable but not required. A standard Building Level III certification by the State of North Carolina required within a year of appointment. A probationary Building Level III certification is granted by the State of North Carolina upon presentation of the applicant’s relevant experience and credentials. A valid NC Class “C” Driver’s License or ability to obtain.


Applications must be submitted via NEOGOV on the City of Raleigh’s website: by 11:59 PM on March 10, 2015. Resumes will not be accepted via email. For more information, please contact us at  919-996-3315 or The City of Raleigh is an Equal Opportunity Employer.