The Township of Upper St. Clair is accepting applications for the position of Chief Inspector.


Performs a variety of responsible administrative and technical functions in the administration and enforcement of the Township Building and Fire Codes, the Subdivision and Land Development Code and the Zoning Code.  The Chief Inspector works under the general supervision of the Assistant Township Manager/Director of Community Development.  Work involves initiative and independent judgment and is reviewed periodically upon completion.

Work is performed during regularly scheduled hours and may involve additional hours as needed.

The position is exempt under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.


  • Review site and building plans for compliance with Township Codes.
  • Conduct investigations of properties or developments for compliance with Township Codes. Prepare investigation and inspection reports and provides required documentation.
  • Issue zoning, building construction, and other approvals and permits as authorized by the Township Code.
  • Disseminate Township Code information and requirements to developers, contractors, architects, engineers, or the public.
  • Issue warnings, notices of violation, enforcement notices, or stop-work orders for Code violations.
  • Prepare cases for enforcement action and testify at hearings.
  • Calculate fees and penalties.
  • Assists in conducting research and preparing draft studies in relation to long-range plans, community development programs, and land development regulations.
  • Draft staff reports to the Building and Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board and the Zoning Hearing Board, including presentation on matters before each Board.
  • Assist the Zoning Administrator as necessary with matters pertaining to the Zoning Hearing Board.
  • Assist the Director of Community Development in the administration of building codes and land use regulations.
  • Performs tasks as required by the Assistant Township Manager/Director of Planning and Community Development.


  • Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, purposes, scope, and techniques of community planning and zoning.
  • Considerable knowledge of building design and construction.
  • Considerable knowledge of the design and construction of sewers, streets, and utilities.
  • Ability to perform multi-dimensional tasks with accuracy critical to the success of the program.
  • Ability to read and analyze land surveys, maps, and construction plans.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze comprehensive and technical reports and data.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate orally and in writing in the English language.
  • Ability to plan, organize and complete assigned tasks in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to organize and maintain records and files.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with Township employees, elected officials, other agencies, and the public.
  • Ability to operate the tools and equipment listed below.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality where necessary.

Education and Experience

A combination of education and experience will be considered. Graduation from a four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Technology, Architecture, or a closely related field and five years of experience in the field of construction/inspection or a closely related field is preferred.  An associates degree in Engineering, Construction Technology, Architecture, or closely related field and six to ten (6-10) years of related experience may be considered.

Special Requirements

  • Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.
  • Applicant must have at least five (5) of the following UCC certifications at the time of hire. All remaining required certifications must be obtained within one (1) year of the date of hire.
  • PA UCC Residential Building Inspector
  • PA UCC Residential Mechanical Inspector
  • PA UCC Residential Energy Inspector
  • PA UCC Commercial Building Inspector
  • PA UCC Commercial Mechanical Inspector
  • PA UCC Commercial Energy Inspector
  • PA UCC Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner


Personal computer, including word processing and spreadsheet software; motor vehicle; calculator; phone; copy and fax machine.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Both office and outdoor work is required in performing the duties of the position. Outdoor work consists primarily of inspections of various land developments and construction sites, as well as land use violations.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear; sit; use hands to finger, feel or operate objects, equipment, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally will be required to work in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office and moderate in the field.


Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

USC Job Grade 7


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