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Building Code Variance Analyst

Date Posted:  Dec 14, 2019
Requisition ID:  16533

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


About the Indiana Department of Homeland Security

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (“IDHS”) works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to protect the people, property, and prosperity of the State of Indiana. We pursue this mission in order to achieve the highest level of safety and security for Indiana’s citizens, businesses, and infrastructure. It is also IDHS’s goal to efficiently and effectively mitigate and respond to threats and disasters, both natural and manmade. The IDHS team works tirelessly to achieve its vision by focusing on the following three values:

People. IDHS works to enhance the safety and security of Indiana residents by ensuring that first responders, such as firefighters and EMTs, are properly trained and certified to effectively and efficiently provide assistance during emergencies; supporting security measures during major events in Indiana; and continuously monitoring and standing ready to respond to potential hazards and threats.

Property. IDHS works to ensure that public buildings, such as businesses and schools, are compliant with fire and building codes; that our cities and towns are provided with continuous support and resources through our Emergency Operations Center in times of crisis; and that our critical infrastructure is protected from both physical and cyber-attacks.    

Prosperity. IDHS works to ensure that economic activity will continue during and after a natural disaster or manmade crisis by administering disaster mitigation, response, and recovery grant funding from both the state and federal government; by planning and training so that IDHS is able to help minimize the impact of a disaster; and, when necessary, quickly assess damage and seek disaster relief assistance from the federal government. 



The salary range for this position is $33,748.00 to $57,486.00. Salary will be commensurate based on your education and/or experience. 


About the Job

The individual serves as a Code Services Section Code Specialist in the Fire and Building Safety Division within the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. He/she serves as part of the team for purposes of variance review, code and general administrative rules interpretation, and rule drafting.

A Day in the Life

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Serve on team to review, research, and make disposition recommendation regarding code variance requests submitted to the agency and Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission.
  • Reviews the current model International Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire, Residential, Swimming Pool, Mechanical and Fuel Gas codes and NFPA 58 (LP-Gas Code), for standard amendments and provides the first review of code changes proposed by each the code review committees;
  • Assists in the drafting amendments to the proposed new codes and is directly responsible for  the proper drafting format, accurate grammar and spelling, and complete substantive content of the amendments;
  • Assist in the preparation of training materials for Code Services staff and assist in-house code enforcement personnel with basic understanding of the Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas codes and NFPA 58.
  • Responds to code questions, in writing, concerning Commission rules and variance requests, from agency personnel, legislators, the design and construction community, and the general public;
  • Monitors code development hearings to remain current on proposed code changes to model codes and the bases for model code provisions
  • May represent the Commission in public hearings for proposed rules when requested

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What We're Looking For
  • At least 3 years of in-depth code development, code enforcement or code interpretation experience in the International model codes and NFPA 58; preferred
  • Specialized knowledge of Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire, Residential, Swimming Pool, Mechanical and Fuel Gas codes and NFPA 58 in Indiana;
What You'll Need For Success
  • Specialized knowledge in the drafting of codes and Indiana amendments, including detailed proof-reading to ensure accurate content, grammar and spelling
  • Specialized knowledge of the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission legal authority, organization and function;
  • Strong ability to communicate properly orally and in writing with many kinds of customers
  • Ability to read, understand and evaluate construction plans and specifications;
  • Ability to solve complex code interpretation problems;
  • Establish effective work relationships;
  • Coordinate work with that of other code specialists in Code Services Section.
  • Transport laptop computer, projector and related cables, etc. for on and off-site training and presentations;
  • Monitor or attend several approved in and out of state training and code development meetings annually, some requiring 1 or more overnights away from home
  • Ability to initiate and complete assigned tasks and projects within required time frames including, when necessary, working additional hours on weekdays and occasional week-end days
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave


Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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