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Washington State State Building Code Council Managing Director (WMS 3) in Olympia, Washington


State Building Code Council Managing Director (WMS 3)

This posting is open until filled. Application review will begin two weeks from initial posting date. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Who we are:_ _ The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is a central service organization, providing support and services for state agencies, cities and municipalities, higher education, vendors, and the citizens of the state of Washington. At DES, we passionately pursue our vision of:

  • Satisfied customers,
  • Satisfied team members, and
  • Financial health.

We listen to customers and team members to understand what they need and expect. We promote creativity, learning, and improvement to meet those needs and adapt to the ever-changing business environment. We measure our results and seek feedback to improve our performance. We value respect, integrity, excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and seek new team members that share those values.

Within DES, the State Building Code Council (SBCC) advises the Legislature on building code issues and develops building codes used in Washington state that help to ensure buildings and facilities constructed are safe and healthy for building occupants, accessible to persons with disabilities and the elderly, and energy efficient.

What you will be doing: SBCC is seeking a *State Building Code Council Managing Director. *In this role, you will be responsible for managing the development, amendment, and adoption of the state building codes, which in turn guide the safe and responsible construction of homes, commercial buildings, government buildings and other facilities. You will provide support to local and state enforcement agencies for compliance with federal laws related to accessibility (ADA), and energy policy as they apply to buildings and structures. You will provide clear, concise recommendations on actions related to permanent rule making regarding building codes and will make decisions with statewide impact on residents and government. Ultimately, within this critical role, you will be tasked with balancing the goals and objectives of the building community and legislative mandates with the life and safety of the public.

*Who we are looking for: *

As the ideal candidate, you have in-depth knowledge of building codes, code development, and code enforcement. You possess familiarity with administrative rulemaking processes and requirements, as well as the state’s building code review, modification and adoption process. Because the SBCC Managing Director manages a process that ends with rulemaking affecting buildings and those responsible for buildings statewide, the process will rely heavily on your knowledge and guidance regarding rulemaking, the open public meetings act, and stakeholder involvement and support. Additionally, you are comfortable making decisions of a tactical or strategic nature and making recommendations on mandatory requirements for buildings. Moreover, you will possess the ability to work in a political environment collaboratively with a broad spectrum of stakeholders.

_Why you should join us: _ You will have significant influence and impact on the development and implementation of statewide building regulations, with statewide impact on residents and government. The decisions you make will protect the safety and health of the citizens of Washington state and impact people, equipment, infrastructure and the environment.

In addition to a comprehensive *benefits package*, we also offer:

  • A work location close to downtown Olympia; close to the waterfront, Farmer's Market, Capitol Lake, Capitol Campus, and many restaurants
  • Capitol Campus garage parking for the low cost of $35 per month
  • Wellness activities, including internal exercise classes and a work location close to the Chehalis bike trail, on premise bike lockers and shower rooms
  • On-site cafeteria/coffee shop
  • Bus service (including the free DASH shuttle), Vanpool and other carpooling opportunities
  • Mobile and flexible work opportunities
  • An Infants in the Workplace program
  • Supported growth and development, including many opportunities to promote within the agency Duties

As the SBCC Managing Director, you will be responsible for:

  • Managing the development, amendment, and adoption of the state building codes, as deemed appropriate and approved by the SBCC.
  • Balancing the goals and objectives of the building community and legislative mandates with the life and safety of the public.
  • Managing the 20 member SBCC and approximately 100 volunteers governed by three dedicated statutes (RCW 19.27, 19.27A and 70.92) and eleven dedicated WAC Chapters (Title 51)
  • Supervising a team of three Code Specialists and an Administrative support person; Providing guidance to staff on the adoption and interpretation of state building codes.
  • Directing the SBCC members, technical advisory group members, and staff in the rulemaking process necessary to keep the state building codes current.
  • Analyzing and commenting on a significant number of legislative bills affecting the SBCC for each legislative session.
  • Providing technical support to the SBCC and statewide stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Developing program goals, objectives, and budget requests for SBCC.
  • Serving as SBCC’s point of contact for federal, state and local government agencies, state and local governing bodies and associations, and the construction industry
  • In consultation with the DES Communications office, representing SBCC to the media and the public.
  • Providing written and oral presentations to the SBCC and its constituent groups.
  • Representing the SBCC on legislative matters, in consultation with the DES government relations manager. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, architecture, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, or building construction management; AND
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in the following:
  • Demonstrated success in managing resources, services, and personnel in a complex agency or organization.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of building codes, code development, and/or code enforcement.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of administrative rulemaking processes and requirements.

*Please Note: ** ICC Certified Building Official credentials may be substituted for the required education.

The most qualified candidates will also possess professional knowledge of the following:

  • Analysis and planning: Demonstrated ability to develop a vision and plan for success and ability to grasp, conceptualize, and interpret complex business processes in order to create or design a strategic plan to improve agency readiness for emergencies.
  • Leadership and facilitation: Able to work collaboratively and effectively with internal and external customers; provide effective guidance and direction; and organize and motivate groups of people having diverse backgrounds and experience.
  • *Interpersonal skills: * Demonstrated effective interpersonal communication and writing skills. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Judgment and problem solving: Demonstrated ability to make timely, logical, and defensible decisions based on the best information at hand. Able to identify and consider alternatives before making a decision; able to seek advice from others; and able to consider the impact of decisions on agency and other stakeholders.
  • Accountability:_ _ Able to complete work accurately and timely.
  • Performance leadership: Able to assure establishment and communication of strategies and goals always putting emphasis on state/agency goals over division or work group interests. Assures goal measurement and progress reporting is timely. Clearly sets meaningful expectations and ensures all employees are given regular feedback on performance.
  • Adaptable to change: Adapts easily to changing conditions and work responsibilities, anticipates and communicates possible changes.
  • Results orientation: Achieves extraordinary results by focusing on desired outcomes and how best to achieve them. Meets productivity standards, deadlines and work schedules.
  • Creative and innovative thinking: Sees opportunities for creative problem solving while staying within the parameters of good practice. Can discuss multiple aspects and impacts of issues and project them into the future. Inspires co-workers to be creative and innovative. Links mission/vision/values to competencies.
  • *Safety: * Understands, follows and enforces agency safety policies and other standards established to maintain a safe work environment.

Preferred Additional Education, Experience, and Competencies:

  • A Master’s Degree in urban planning, architecture, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, building construction management, or other relevant field.
  • ICC Certified Building Official credentials.
  • Five (5) years of experience in the application of building codes.
  • Certification as a fire official
  • Equivalent training and continuing education units covering the codes comprising the building codes. Supplemental Information

Please provide the following documents in order to be considered, failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:

  • A *letter of interest, *describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
  • A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview)

By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

Prior to any new appointment into the Department of Enterprise Services, a *background check *including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Veteran's Preference Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST *attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please *blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.

We thank you and are grateful for your service!

The Department of Enterprise Services celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Jennifer McWaid at (360) 407-8210 or

Salary: $100,000.00 - $128,856.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Enterprise Services

Job Number: 2020-C&P-017

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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