Codes Administrator – City of Williamsport

Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2022

Job Title: Codes Administrator
Department: Codes
Reports To: Mayor of Williamsport, with co-supervision by the Chief of the Williamsport Bureau of Fire
Supervisory Responsibility: Office Manager, Codes Officers, Public Improvement Coordinator, and Zoning Officer
FLSA Status: Salaried/Exempt
Position Type: Full-time/Non-Union
Pay Rate: $58,000-$63,000, depending on experience

Position Summary

The Bureau of Codes is responsible for inspections of rental properties, new businesses, new homes, building, and construction inspections, electrical inspections (completed by a third-party contractor), all zoning ordinances, and property maintenance in the City of Williamsport. The Bureau of Codes also issues building, electrical, plumbing, event, and demolition permits.

The Codes Administrator is primarily responsible for providing building code administration in accordance with adopted building codes and City ordinances for the purpose of providing safe building construction and utilization of buildings throughout the City of Williamsport. Performs administrative, supervisory, and technical work related to building code compliance.

NOTE: Per City Ordinance, City administrators are required to live within City limits.

Essential Duties

  • Enforce all of the International Codes and statewide building code, with primary focus on the International Property Maintenance Code, and Codified Ordinances of City of Williamsport.
  • Perform all aspects relating to issuing/denying building permits and enforcing the building codes and all City ordinances.
  • Review building plans, blueprints, and specifications to ensure that all code requirements conform to the building code.
  • Assist with complicated inspections.
  • Conduct inspections at construction sites to ensure compliance of all aspects of building codes to include ADA requirements.
  • Issue Certificate of Occupancy permits after an inspection has successfully been approved.
  • Investigate complaints pertaining to violations of any building code or City ordinance and issue citations to non-compliance contractors and/or property owners.
  • Answer any and all questions pertaining to building construction from property owners, contractors, developers, etc.
  • Assist with questions pertaining to Planning and Zoning in the absence of the Zoning Official.
  • Plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and supervise all code enforcement personnel to include reviewing daily reports, inspection reports, and the preparation of the monthly reports on codes and zoning activities to include plan specification review for new construction and major renovations.
  • Conduct training and other activities related to the management of field inspection personnel.
  • Investigate complaints relative to alleged zoning, building, housing, and health codes violations.
  • Issue noise permits and abate nuisance complaints.
  • Assess City properties to ensure appropriate snow and ice removal from sidewalks.
  • Perform all duties as Deputy Health Officer in accordance with the City’s Heath Code. Investigate insect and rat infestation complaints.
  • Prepare departmental budget.
  • Maintain records of acts and decisions.
  • Prepare periodic reports detailing complaints, outstanding violations, and activities of the
  • code enforcement department.
  • Attend various meetings and represents the municipality, as required.
  • Recommend and participate in the development of new City ordinances, resolutions, and building codes.
  • Keep abreast of the changes in all building codes, changes in policy, computer operations, equipment needs, etc. and be able to effectively communicate these ideas to others.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Mayor or the Fire Chief.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough working knowledge of the various City Codes and Zoning Ordinances.
  • Must prepare and present verbal and written reports clearly and concisely.
  • Must communicate, read, write, and understand the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise others.
  • Possess honesty, thoroughness, initiative, good judgement, and the ability to exercise tact under difficult or unpleasant conditions.
  • Must be able to effectively perform under moderate stress and in emergency situations.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, City officials, other government agencies, contractors, engineers, architects, property owners and renters, and the public.
  • Must be proficient with computer software and systems and have a working familiarity with related office equipment.
  • Strong mathematical background to handle required calculations, percentages, decimals, etc.
  • Must have a current valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and personal vehicle for work-related use.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma.
  • Post-secondary degree, courses, or training completed in the field of building codes, engineering, architecture, and/or construction. (Desired)
  • Minimum five years of experience working in code enforcement, construction, and/or other aspects of community development which prepared the individual for the responsibilities of this position.
  • Current certifications/licenses which are required to be maintained throughout employment:
    • International Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector
    • Certified Building Inspector
    • Commercial Building Inspector
    • Commercial Plumbing Inspector
    • Commercial Mechanical Inspector
    • Building Plans Examiner
    • Accessibility Inspector

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and at least two references (one personal, one professional) to the Human Resources Department, City of Williamsport, 100 West 3rd Street, Williamsport, PA 17701 or hrdirector@cityofwilliamsport.org.

The City of Williamsport offers an employee-focused work environment with competitive benefits package to include health insurance with low premiums and low deductibles, vision insurance and life insurance that is fully paid by the City, dental insurance, a pension plan and option for additional retirement savings through a 457 account, Aflac options, and generous vacation and sick leave.

For more information, please visit the City’s website at www.cityofwilliamsport.org.

The City of Williamsport is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.