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Plans Review Specialist, Fire


Listing Summary

Duties & Responsibilities:

Conducts review of all plans that are to be permitted; approves or denies all permit applications as appropriate; picks up and returns completed plans for permit.

Performs field inspections to ensure compliance with codes and ordinances regulating sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems; performs above and below ground tests on sprinkler systems including fire pump acceptance tests; performs test on fire alarms.

Coordinates and meets with other departments, agencies, contractors, and citizens on inspection sites to make sure that required procedures and codes are complied with; witnesses and approves all code required tests.

Performs final inspections on all construction and renovations for businesses and residences.

Receives a variety of reports, drawings, applications, charts, correspondence, zoning maps, and related documents; reviews, approves, verifies, files, and/or submits same to appropriate individuals; prepares and/or updates a variety of reports, contractors agreements, lists, violation notices, certificates of occupancy, completion of business license forms, and related documents; files, posts, and/or submits to appropriate individual, department, or agency; maintains related files; maintains security of all records and documents.

Attends code related meetings with contractors, new business owners, building official, architects, state fire marshal, fire chief, and others.

Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, MS Power Point, Publisher, Firehouse word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.

Operates or uses various equipment, tools and supplies in order to complete work assignments; operates and maintains drafting tools, Pilot Gauge, Architect's Scale, Engineer's Scale, and other equipment or tools as needed.

Maintains professional knowledge, awareness and application of regulations and procedures of specific codes; recommends code/ordinance amendments; maintains thorough knowledge of policies, procedures, and activities of Albany Police Department.

Communicates with supervisor, property owners, contractors, architects, fire chief, building officials, fire inspectors, attorneys, and city/county commissioners to review departmental operations, discuss problems, coordinate activities provide technical expertise, and receive/advice direction.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree in Contracting, Engineering, Architecture, or related field preferred; additionally, five (5) or more years of increasingly responsible managerial experience and/or training in architectural or engineering inspections, or contracting work required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver's license. P.O.S.T. certification preferred.

 Core Competencies & ADA Compliance:

Data Utilization: Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.

Human Interaction: Requires the ability to apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others in a supervisory capacity.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory, and/or design data and information.

Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations involving basic algebraic principles and formulas, and basic geometric principles and calculations.

Functional Reasoning: Requires ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership. Requires the ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.

Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.


Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).
Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, taste, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
Environmental Factors: Performance of essential tasks my require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, or electric currents.

The City of Albany, Georgia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Albany, Georgia will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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