The Environmental Health Services Division is seeking to fill a full-time career service Chief Plumbing Inspector that will lead and manage the Plumbing and Gas Piping Program as well as perform a range of professional duties relating to residential and commercial plumbing and gas piping matters. The Plumbing and Gas Piping Program is an integral part of the Environmental Health Services Division helping promote public health. Our professional staff work to ensure that residents live in a clean and health-promoting environment. Working in collaboration with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, and King County Department of Local Services, our goal is to protect community health through inspections and enforcing regulations for plumbing and gas piping systems in the City of Seattle and Unincorporated King County. In 2018, the P&G program's dedicated team of professionals issued approximately 12,000 permits and conducted over 30,000 inspections. The P&G program upholds King County's equity and social justice directive through our commitment to exceptional public service.
ABOUT THE POSITION: The primary responsibilities of the Chief Plumbing Inspector include leading and managing the Plumbing and Gas Piping Program and supervising assigned staff to ensure residential and commercial plumbing and gas piping installations achieve compliance with codes and ordinances protecting public health. This leadership position will report to the Assistant Division Director for the Community Environmental Health Section of Environmental Health and will work closely with the Assistant Chief Plumbing Inspector to provide leadership to the Plumbing and Gas Piping Program. The program currently consists of approximately 15 FTE. The incumbent is expected to possess strong leadership qualities, management experience, and knowledge and experience to lead staff in duties such as performing plumbing and gas piping inspections, reviewing plumbing system design plans, and ensuring compliance with codes, laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. The program is presently transitioning many of its processes and functions toward greater use of automated digital systems and technologies. The Chief Plumbing Inspector should have familiarity with automated systems and workplace software. The Chief Plumbing Inspector also implements program activities and priorities outlined by the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan. People with language proficiency in the most populace King County non-English language groups (such as Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Somali, Amharic, and Russian) are highly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan. This position advances Environmental Health Services Division's values for fair and culturally competent service delivery, innovative, efficient application of resources, building a culture of performance and expanding opportunities to seek input, listen and respond to industry and residents.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants.
WORK SCHEDULE: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not overtime eligible. The regular workweek is 40 hours, Monday through Friday. Occasional evenings, weekends, on-call work, and some travel are required.
APPLICATION PROCESS: The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
Demonstrated experience successfully serving broadly diverse populations.
Understanding of equity and social justice principles and how they can be applied internally and in the field.
Demonstrated experience using web portals, geographic information systems, or other data management software solutions for managing large quantities of information.
Comfort with learning new digital technologies and engaging with colleagues on efforts to upgrade county and division systems and practices.
Demonstrated experience and skill in utilizing concepts of behavioral change to engage external partners and communities with successful outcomes.
Bilingual in one of the following most populace King County non-English language groups (such as Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Somali, Russian, Amharic).
Professional licensing and certification such as Cross Connection Control certification, Backflow Assembly Tester certification, Medical Gas Install or Inspection certification, or IAPMO Mechanical or Fuel Gas certification.
Education and Experience Requirements
Eight years of recent experience as a Journeyman plumber from Washington State or another state with equivalent licensing requirements, including designing and performing residential or commercial plumbing installations.
And/or any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the position.
Washington State driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to the end of the 6-month probationary period.
Washington State commercial (PL01) journeyman plumber certification or a letter from Washington State Labor and Industries, verifying the approval to perform the Washington State commercial (PL01) plumber certification exam. The incumbent will perform and pass the exam prior to the end of the 6-month probationary period. Please ensure that the Washington State Labor and Industries letter is attached with your application.
IAPMO Plumbing Inspector certificate or obtain an IAPMO Plumbing Inspector certification prior to the end of the 6-month probationary period.
Additional licenses, certifications and other requirements determined to be necessary to meet the business needs of the employing unit may be required.
Internal Number: 2019NH10445
About Public Health Seattle and King County
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DIVISION:
Through the work of over 150 dedicated employees, the Environmental Health Services Division identifies and sustains environmental conditions that promote health equity and healthy people and communities in Seattle and King County. Our vision is healthy, safe, and vibrant communities that are free of health disparities based on race, gender or economic status. The Division's core values include equity and social justice, integrity, community service, collaboration, a supportive work culture, and learning from each other and the communities we serve.
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE:
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our comm...unities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx.