Permits & Inspections Division Chief - City of Gaithersburg


SALARY: $3,560.46 - $5,874.77 Biweekly $92,572.00 - $152,744.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 02/11/22

CLOSING DATE: Continuous



DESCRIPTION: The Department of Planning & Code Administration is seeking a high performing, experienced, collaborative, and detail oriented professional to lead, manage, and oversee the operations, functions, activities, and staff of the Permits & Inspections Division, which is responsible for building safety on public and private sites via plans examination, permit issuance, and inspections of building safety and fire code aspects of building construction. The Division also ensures the quality of public and private improvements such as streets, storm drains, parks, and homeowner associations (HOAs) through bond administration, permit issuance, and inspections. Environmental standards are accomplished through the issuance of permits and inspections of stormwater management and sediment control.

As the Permits & Inspections Division Chief, you will be responsible for managing all aspects of City-wide inspection and enforcement operations aimed at ensuring citizen and public safety and enhancing the livability of the City. You will actively participate in managing and facilitating the permitting and inspections process; provide leadership, guidance, direction, and advanced technical expertise to code enforcement staff; ensure appropriate actions are taken on all enforcement violations; oversee and monitor inspection progress and findings; identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; and provide effective and efficient management of the Division's goals and objectives consistent with the City's strategic directions.


To be successful in this position, you must be an approachable, effective communicator, and able to assess situations, apply appropriate analysis, interpret applicable laws and regulations, and resolve each situation appropriately. You must be an excellent day-to-day manager with strong leadership qualities who can keep operations running smoothly while also taking time to consider the future. We're looking for an innovative and creative problem solver who brings technical expertise, fresh perspectives and significant plan review and inspection experience in the public sector (municipal government preferred) or in a private sector highly regulated environment. Good judgment and common sense are essential. You must be versed in strategic planning principles and practices, multi-project management and scheduling, and program development and administration. You must have a focus on teambuilding and excel at bringing out the best in people by setting clear expectations and goals, motivating and empowering division staff through acknowledgment of professional accomplishments, and providing staff with the necessary direction and leadership to succeed.

Starting salary is negotiable depending on qualifications, and would generally not be above the midpoint of the salary range. We provide comprehensive insurance benefits (medical, dental, vision, long-term care, life), paid time off, generous retirement contributions, health and wellness programs, tools to assist with paying down student loan debt and managing student loans, training and professional growth opportunities, and excellent work/life balance.


JOB FUNCTIONS: What you will do with us: Direct day-to-day operations of the Permits & Inspections Division including staff management. Oversee the review and evaluation of detailed architectural and engineering drawings for conformance and compliance with applicable building code requirements and legal standards; attend site plan meetings on large projects. Make technical and procedural decisions with respect to the City's permitting processes and procedures, occupational licensing, construction inspections, and the implementation of customer service programs in accordance with City, County, State, and Federal requirements, policies, and procedures. Plan, coordinate, and supervise the overall permit, inspection, and enforcement process of site development, building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing inspection activities with responsibility for enforcing the laws, ordinances, and codes relating to construction in the City. Plan, coordinate, and supervise the overall permit, bonding, inspection, and quality control process of new private and public infrastructure, such as new road construction, storm water management, sediment control, and forest conservation. Enforce zoning ordinances, erosion, sedimentation, and flood plain regulations and take appropriate action to force compliance as required. Oversee building permit issuance and review all major permit applications. Hear and investigate complaints of inspection activities; take appropriate action. Prepare division budget; administer revenue projections and monitor expenditures. Recommend improvements, modifications, and changes to existing City codes. Attend HOA and citizen meetings related to new development and construction projects affecting various neighborhoods in the City. Key job responsibilities are highlighted above; please click here to view the complete classification description for the Permits & Inspections Division Chief position. QUALIFICATIONS: What you will need to be considered:

  • A proven track record as an innovative leader with the ability to educate, motivate, and develop staff to obtain measurable results and to effectively collaborate with multiple departments and outside agencies and stakeholders.

  • Strong project management skills with a demonstrated ability to concurrently manage and review multiple projects in varying stages in the process and to juggle competing priorities.

  • Demonstrated high level of project accountability with attention to detail and technical accuracy resulting in high quality deliverables completed in a timely manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to interpret, apply, explain ensure compliance with, and enforce codes, ordinances, and regulations with firmness, tact, good judgment, and impartiality.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the International Building Codes, ADA regulations, and NFPA codes and standards.

  • Excellent organizational, presentation, analytical, interpersonal, time management, and written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong computer skills and the ability to embrace new technologies and innovation.

Education, Training, Experience & Certifications:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Architecture, or closely related field.

  • Ten or more years of professional experience in regulatory compliance enforcement in building, permitting, occupational licensing, and related standards, the majority of which has been acquired in a managerial and supervisory capacity.

  • Relevant experience in a municipal government setting highly desirable.

  • Maryland Certified Inspector, BOCA Master Code Official, and Council of Building Official certifications.

  • Valid driver's license and safe driving record.

  • Or any acceptable equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Interested applicants must submit the following to be considered:

  • A complete online application; resume and other supporting materials will not be accepted in lieu of a completed online application

  • Resume (attached to the online application)

  • Letter of interest (attached to the online application); your letter of interest should include why you are interested in this position and highlight the special skills and abilities that make you uniquely qualified to serve in this position.

Review of applications will begin by March 14, 2022, so prompt application is strongly encouraged. The position will remain open until filled; recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of qualified applications are received or all hiring decisions have been made.

This is a full-time salaried "exempt" position requiring a minimum of 40 hours per week (not eligible for overtime compensation under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the City's personnel regulations). Direct deposit of paychecks is a condition of employment for all City of Gaithersburg employees.

The successful candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. The City has established an alcohol-free, drug-free, and smoke-free workplace which applies to any person employed by, conducting business with, or applying for a position with the City. Each employee, as a condition of their employment, may be required to participate in pre-employment and reasonable suspicion testing. Employees classified as safety sensitive are also subject to immediate post accident and random testing.

As part of the City's efforts to prevent further spread and/or outbreak of COVID-19, upon hire successful candidates are required to certify their vaccination status and will be required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing. Employees who certify they are not fully vaccinated and those who decline to certify their vaccination status must undergo weekly mandatory COVID-19 testing. Employees who certify they are fully vaccinated must undergo mandatory random COVID-19 testing when they are selected for testing.

For more information about the position, please contact Director of Planning & Code Administration John Schlichting at John.Schlichting@gaithersburgmd.gov or 240.805.1062. Questions regarding the online application process may be directed to the Department of Human Resources at hr@gaithersburgmd.gov or 301.258.6327.

This recruitment will establish an eligibility list which will be used to fill current vacancies and may be used to fill other openings in this classification which occur in the next 12 months. APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/government/jobopportunities 31 South Summit Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877

301-258-6327 hr@gaithersburgmd.gov

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