Director of Building Safety/Building Official

$82,140 - $148,199 yearly
  • City of Amarillo
  • Apr 27, 2021
Full time Construction Government

Job Description



Director of Building Safety/Building Official








Building Safety


Managing Director of Planning & Development Services





This position is responsible for the administration, management and efficient operation of the Building Safety Department. The function of the department is enforcement of City Ordinances and State Laws regulating contractor and tradesman licensing and registration; construction, use maintenance, and demolition of buildings and other structures; as well as the development of, use and maintenance of land within the city limits and with limited authority within the city’s ETJ.

In addition to city staff the department also manages a varied number of private contractors who remove weeds, junk and debris in the nuisance abatement program; City wrecker contractors for removal and disposal of junked vehicles; and an asbestos consultant for surveying commercial building scheduled for demolition.


  • Oversees the administration and management of all department functions and activities through personal direction and/or delegation to subordinates.
  • Directs through delegation plan review, issuance of permits and licenses, inspection of structures and properties, maintenance of records, notices to architects, engineers, designers, builders, and property owners.
  • Accountable for department activities to the Managing Director, City Manager, City Council, and citizens.
  • Manages personnel resources, budgets, private contractor agreements and other resources necessary to provide services and to accomplish the functions of the department.
  • Negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Provides both verbal and written guidance of applicable codes, policies and procedures to architects, engineers, contractors, developers, property owners, staff and other interested parties.
  • Directly and indirectly monitors and controls departmental procedures and policies to insure efficiency of operation and fairness to public.
  • Directly and indirectly provides reports, information and assistance to other agencies outside of City relative to Department function.
  • Researches and recommends ordinance and policy changes to the Managing Director and City Manager.
  • Serves as staff liaison of Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Construction Advisory and Appeals Board.
  • Assists Fire Department and Emergency Management in property damage evaluation and ascertains safety of damaged buildings.
  • Establishes addresses and addressing policies for the City and outlying areas in Potter and Randall Counties.
  • Provides input to other Departments for various decision making processes when requested.
  • Serves as a representative of the City in regional, state, and national code affiliated organizations.
  • Ability to apply rational systems to solve problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where no standardization exists or only limited standardization exists.
  • Demonstrated skill in determining applicable code and compliance.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.




Requires either ICC Certification as a Certified Building Official (or ability to obtain within 12 months of employment) plus two other ICC Certificates, or a bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, construction management, public administration, or a related field. This position requires a minimum of five years of experience in a comparable position with varied and progressive responsibility including management experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. A valid Texas driver’s license is also required.



  • Must have extensive knowledge of land use and development regulations.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of construction codes, standards, and municipal regulations.      
  • Must have extensive knowledge or experience with architectural and/or building construction
  • Ability to operate computers for data entry and word processing.
  • Math skills sufficient to calculate simple geometric areas, volumes, and ratios.
  • Basic drafting skills.
  • Must possess strong reading, writing and verbal communication skills sufficient to quickly comprehend and effectively communicate technical requirements to others.
  • Ability to operate computers for data entry and word processing.
  • Ability to operate highly technical computer applications, such as Tyler Energov, GIS or CAD.
  • Ability to operate small office equipment, including copy machines or multi-line telephone systems.



Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is required to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. The employee must also walk, stand, sit, hear, crouch, feel, finger, reach, grasp, handle, push, pull, speak, see, and talk. Also requires the ability to make rational decisions and perform repetitive motions.



The employee works in a safe and secure indoor work environment that may periodically have unpredicted requirements or demands. Periodically visits by person or city vehicle, construction sites, and other locations as needed to resolve or investigate situations. This position must attend meetings and conferences outside normal hors a needed.