Buildings, Assistant Director of Plan Review and Permitting in Atlanta, GA at City of Atlanta

Date Posted: 9/1/2020

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Atlanta, GA
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    At least 10 year(s)
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Job Description

Here at the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community. Our Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and Building Inspectors keep our Citizens safe. Our Public Works Staff keep our City clean and help to maintain, build, and improve our City’s infrastructure. Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth. Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life. Our Engineers help to keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating, and our buildings maintained.   Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta!   If you’re seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.



Posting: Open Until Filled


Salary:  Commensurate with experience

General Description and Classification Standards

Incumbent directs the Office of Buildings plan review and permit services. Duties include but are not limited to: overall administration and daily operation of the Plan Review and Permitting Processes, which includes Express Service, Residential, Commercial and Light Commercial Work Streams. Develop and implement procedures to ensure plan reviews are completed as committed to the established metrics and that there is consistency in plan review and permitting practices.

Incumbent must possess strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships at various levels and the ability to foster a strong customer focused environment. Must have the ability to exercise initiative and a considerable amount of independent judgment and have experience with highly visible/controversial projects.

Supervision Received

Direction received is very general and focuses operating objectives tied to performance measures.  This is a technical-advisory level of management and would be considered “middle” management.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  May perform other duties as assigned.  Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

Work with Director to coordinate and supervise permitting activities and plan review processes, while ensuring customer service focused environment.

Manage the Office of Buildings permitting process which includes the direct oversight of four (4) Work Streams - Express, Residential, Commercial and Light Commercial.

Analyze, redefine, and implement improvements to the plan review process that are customer focused; accurate and efficient.

Monitor daily work stream performance and ensures a consistent high level of customer service.

Perform periodic reviews of plan reviewers’ work to verify that plan reviews are complete and accurate.

Recommend code modifications and/or additions as necessary to keep codes current.

Coordinates weekly meetings with Work Stream staff to ensure objectives are achieved.

Randomly and periodically calculate permit and plan review fees manually and compare to software calculations.

Prepare reports on Work Stream operations and activities, recommending improvements and modifications.

Coordinate with staff to review developers' plans to ensure building plans and specifications comply with city codes and regulations regarding structural adequacy, life safety, and fire emergency exit configuration.

Conduct consultations with customers in order to facilitate permit issuance.

Render decisions based on the evaluation of the developers' plans and their compliance with applicable ordinances and regulations.

Plan, direct, coordinate and review the work plan for Work Stream Project Managers, assigns work activities, projects and programs.

Randomly and periodically calculate permit and plan review fees manually and compare to software calculations.

Maintains accurate records, files of plans, plan review status and work performed.

Participates in the employee interview/selection process; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff.

Provide or coordinate training; works with employees to correct deficiencies;implements discipline as needed.

Participate in budget preparation and administration, monitors and controls expenditures.

Compiles all financial data necessary to provide an accurate annual operating and capital budget for the division.

Decision Making

Exercise independent judgment. Establish Permitting /Work Stream process improvement strategies and policies within required legislative or executive limitations and may commit department to action. Ensure performance measures are met through regular monitoring and processes are adjusted accordingly.

Leadership Provided

Provide guidance to Work Stream Project Managers and staff; ensure certifications are maintained and coordinate training and other professional development opportunities for staff. Identify areas of excellence and weakness in an employee’s skills and work to improve and utilize skills through coaching, training, or certification. Work collaboratively with OOB groups to achieve the overall mission of the office.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully.  It is not an exhaustive list.

Knowledge of the principals of local government planning, economic and community development, strategic planning procedures, and real estate sales and purchase procedures.

Knowledge of planning and development practices and principles, zoning and code regulations; of engineering, mechanical, HVAC, and plumbing.

Knowledge of established building and construction codes and regulations.

Knowledge of building construction procedures and methods as required in the performance of duties.

Ability to read review & comprehend architectural, civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and/or life safety construction plans.

Ability to comprehend and apply regulations and procedures of the department.

Ability to work under a minimum degree of stress related to duties that require constant attention to detail and tight deadlines.

Ability to manage, direct and supervise professional and clerical staff.

Ability to compile, organize, prepare, and maintain an assortment of records, reports and information.

Ability to communicate with upper management, City Council and other staff members.

Ability to use independent judgment.

Ability to perform the mathematical calculations required by the job.

Ability to utilize and understand computer applications and techniques required by the job.

Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize daily assignments and work activities.

Skills in: Formulating, analyzing and effectively communicating Work Stream processes and development plans to the public, private developers, city management and city officials.


Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in Architectural, Civil or Structural Engineering, Building Construction, or related field is required. 10 years of experience in building, planning review and permit processing services. At least 5 years of management or supervisory experience.

Preferred Education & Experience

Master's degree in Architectural, Civil or Structural Engineering, Building Construction, Public or Business Administration, or related field. At least 10 years of management or supervisory experience.

Licensures and Certifications

Required: Valid Georgia driver’s license

Position would be expected to have licensure or professional certifications appropriate to the position, as listed below.

Registered Architect, Civil or Structural Engineer.

Required International Code Council Certifications: Residential Plans Examiner, Building Plans Examiner, Mechanical Plans Examiner, Plumbing Plans Examiner, Electrical Plans Examiner and Building Official Certifications. Optional International Code Council Certifications: Residential Building Inspector, or Certified Residential and/or Commercial Plumbing Inspector, or Certified Residential and/or Commercial Electrical Inspector, or Certified Residential and/or Commercial Mechanical Inspector, or Certified Residential and/or Commercial Combination Inspector.

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.