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Building Policy Engineer - City of Vancouver

Job Posting Title
Building Policy Engineer

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Licences and Inspections, Community Services

Competition #

Application Close
February 02, 2014

Employment Type
Regular Full Time


Position Start Date
February 24, 2014

Salary Information
Annual Salary of $89,157 to $111,437

Main Purpose & Function
Reporting to the Director, Licences & Inspections and Chief Building Official, this role resolves and at times, leads departmental issues related to building regulatory, permitting and inspection matters. The incumbent will represent the Building Policy Branch on building regulatory matters while developing building policy and regulations, including the review of alternative solution applications.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Review of Alternative Solution Applications:

  • Receives and continually monitors applications and keeps track for evidence-based purposes to identify industry trends and the need for recommending broader engineering research to improve the effectiveness of the City’s regulatory approaches to building design and construction.
  • Analyzes applications using sound engineering principals and judgement to support decision making on applications prepared by professional engineers and architects.
  • Researches a broad range of simple to complex engineering issues related to building design and construction while consulting with other governmental agencies and industry experts in order to formulate and support decision making.
  • Documents technical rationale and justification to support decision making on applications.
  • Defends decision making on applications to the Director and external stakeholders.
  • Liaises with other departmental stakeholders in the review of applications.
  • Balancing reasonable solutions with industry stakeholders' needs while ensuring regulatory corporate goals and objectives.
  • Reviews application processes and recommends approaches to ensure consistent, timely and strategic responses.
  • Prepares and presents appeal submissions to the Alternative Solution Review Panel using sound engineering judgement and rationale to support Chief Building Official decisions.

Policy and Regulation Development

  • Researches emerging industry trends while monitoring construction activity to support the development of effective regulatory approaches to building design and construction.
  • Leads the development of building policy which results in Council recommendations for new and amended regulations.
  • Carries out engineering research to support the development of regulations impacting the design and construction of buildings.
  • Leads public consultation with a wide range of industry and internal stakeholders when developing regulations. Interprets results of public consultation while keeping the Director abreast of developments.
  • Recommends Building By-law policy and regulations that are in alignment with corporate goals and at the same time balance stakeholder needs.
  • Presents building policy and regulations to industry stakeholders, interdepartmental staff and at times Council.
  • Anticipates and recommends to the Director areas for further building engineering research.
  • Keeps abreast of emerging industry trends as well as engineering practices related to building design and construction.

Building By-law Interpretations

  • Receives, analyzes and monitors complex Building By-law interpretation requests and tracks for evidence purposes from industry and staff while consulting provincial and federal agencies responsible for the development of building regulations in addition to industry experts, where appropriate.
  • Interprets objectives and intent of building regulatory matters for the City’s Building By-law as well as other national and provincial building codes and standards.
  • Formulates and documents sound technical justification and validation to support interpretations.
  • Notifies applicants of By-law interpretations in a timely manner.
  • Prepares and disseminates formal Building By-law interpretations for industry stakeholders as well as staff responsible for permitting and inspection duties.
  • Recommends proposed changes to the Building By-law based on interpretation requests, where applicable.
  • Prepares responses to appeals referred to the City’s Building By-law Board of Appeal on behalf of the Director and at times presents responses to the Board.

Training and Development

  • Leads and develops training material for industry stakeholders and permitting and inspection staff to support the
    implementation of building policy and regulations.
  • Monitors the results of training programs and recommends appropriate approaches to ensure goals are met.
  • Promotes building regulatory approaches while engaging with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Facilitates building regulatory training and development with internal and external stakeholders.

Industry Stakeholder Relations

  • Supports and represents the Director at the City’s Certified Professional Advisory Committee to ensure that departmental objectives are understood and addressed.
  • Participates and represents the Director on a wide range of building regulatory technical committees at the local and provincial level. Supports internal stakeholder committees on building regulatory matters.

Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
A degree in engineering with a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in the application and implementation of the City’s Building By-law or other equivalent model Canadian Building Codes and Standards. Registration as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geo-Scientists of British Columbia.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of current Building By-law requirements and referenced standards, including the national and provincial code development process. Knowledge of current methodologies and practices of fire protection engineering, including fire modelling. Knowledge of building construction, structural engineering and building envelope design principles and practices. Ability to interpret and translate highly technical regulatory requirements as well as engineering research to a broad range of internal and external stakeholders. Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment. Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks and changing priorities within tight timeframes and with limited supervision and direction. Ability to reconcile differing perspectives, develop consensus, and secure support from a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to
prepare clear, well written reports, and records that support technical decision making as well as policy and regulation development work. Ability to lead or facilitate meetings, groups and teams, including controversial subjects. Ability to represent the Director in committees, boards, public forums and in Council. Ability to influence, negotiate and build relationships. Analytical skills in independently reaching sound decisions and resolving complex problems based on

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