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Building/Fire Specialist

Date Posted:  Nov 23, 2022
Requisition ID:  406743

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.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.



About the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS): 
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) leads Indiana's emergency planning and operations, first responder training and fire and building safety. The Indiana State Fire Marshal leads the Division of Fire and Building Safety (within IDHS), which oversees the enforcement of building codes and includes a fire investigations unit. The agency certifies and trains thousands of first responders and also hosts state-level exercises each year. IDHS also supports the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which leads response and coordination efforts for large-magnitude incidents.

Salary Statement:

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $47,320, but may be commensurate with education and work experience.

About the Job:

As the Building and Fire Specialist, you will be responsible for serving as the code specialist for the Indiana Building and Fire Code and related standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  In this position, you will serve 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 the team to review, research, and make disposition recommendations regarding code variance requests submitted to the agency and Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission. 
  • Review 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 provide the first review of code changes proposed by each the code review committees. 
  • Assist in the drafting amendments to the proposed new codes and 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 a basic understanding of the Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes and NFPA 58. 
  • Respond to code questions, in writing, concerning Commission rules and variance requests, from agency personnel, legislators, the design and construction community, and the general public. 
  • Monitor 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 with or without notice.    

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirement to be considered for employment: 

  • At least three (3) years of in-depth code development, code enforcement or code interpretation experience in the international model codes and NFPA 58. 
  • Specialized knowledge of Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire, Residential, Swimming Pool, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes and NFPA 58 in Indiana. 
  • 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 orally and in writing with a variety of customers. 
  • Ability to read, understand, and evaluate construction plans and specifications. 
  • Ability to solve complex code interpretation problems. 
  • Ability to establish effective work relationships. 
  • Ability to initiate and complete assigned tasks and projects within required time frames.  
  • Ability to coordinate work with that of other code specialists in the Code Services Section. 
  • Monitor or attend several in and out of state training and code development meetings annually, some requiring one (1) or more overnights away from home. 

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: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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