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Posted on: October 19, 2023

Job Re-Posting – Building Inspector (Civil Service)

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Job Re-Posting – Building Inspector (Civil Service)

The Village has a dedicated Village Building Inspector for its workforce. The selected candidate will either be appointed from an eligible list or be eligible for a transfer reinstatement. Questions regarding the civil service nature of the position may be submitted to or by calling 914-941-4801 and speaking with the Village Clerk.

While a single individual acting as Village Building Inspector is new to the Village of Briarcliff Manor, we have functioned with personnel in the position for the last 50 years. There will be some level of overlap with the retired Building Inspector for institutional knowledge transfer purposes.

Applications will be received until the position is filled.

About Briarcliff Manor

The Village of Briarcliff Manor, New York is nestled along the historic and scenic Hudson River. With 5 3/4 square miles of land, the Village offers a rustic residential environment within easy commuting distance to Manhattan and all that New York City has to offer including a metro-north train station at Scarborough Train Station.

The Village's population was 7,569 according to the 2020 U.S. Census with approximately 2,700 units of housing and/or commercial use. Briarcliff Manor is situated within the Town of Ossining and the Town of Mount Pleasant, with over 91% of the residents in the Town of Ossining. Two public schools districts, Briarcliff Manor and Ossining, serve the Village. Both districts have been recognized for their excellence.

About the Department

The Village Building Inspector will act as the Building unit head and report to the Village Engineer in the newly reformed Engineering and Building Department. The Village Engineer was hired in December 2022 and has had several months full-time overlap with the retired Building Inspector.

There is one full-time office assistant dedicated to Building & Engineering, and an additional Office Assistant that has their time split between Engineering and the Department of Public Works (works out of DPW). Lastly, there is a full-time Code Enforcement Officer in this Department; this individual reports directly to the Building Inspector. The Inspector and Engineer share managing authority over the Building & Engineering Office Assistant. The department typically has 2 interns that assist with conversion to electronic filing and a summer intern that is majoring in Engineering. Currently the Village Clerk assists the department with administrative items for the Planning and Zoning Boards, however, this may change in the future.

The Village Engineer, with the assistance of Village Planning Consultant Buckhurst Fish & Jacquemart (BFJ), shepherds the land use process. The Village utilizes other outside consultants as well regarding land use matters.

The Village uses Municity 5 for its parcel/building permit tracking and general code.

Budgeted revenues for the Department were $664,038 and budgeted expenses were $628,960 (approximately 16% of which were in the Water Fund) for FY 2022-2023.

About the Position in Briarcliff

This is a high-level, highly visible, position and is a competitive class (test required) under the provisions of Civil Service. This position reports directly to the Village Engineer. The primary mission of the Building Inspector is to provide a variety of building services designed to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community. In addition to the civil service standard set of duties, here is what you should know about the focus of the role in Briarcliff. 

The Building Inspector works closely with the Code Enforcement Officer and Village Engineer to perform safety-sensitive inspections of properties and buildings around the Village. This is accomplished through building & construction plan review to ensure compliance with State and Village Building & Zoning codes, issuing building, demolition, plumbing, fire sprinkler, and other permits, performing field construction inspections to ensure compliance with applicable codes, and code enforcement.  It is expected that there will be some level of overlap/cross-training of duties for the three positions as it relates to field inspections. The Building Inspector will be the sole person responsible for building permit plan review (“inside of four walls”) – for items requiring review “outside of four walls”, there will be coordinated review with the Village Engineer. The Village also has a volunteer fire inspector, however, primary fire code duties are currently administered by the Building Department.

The Building Inspector will interpret and enforce the Village Zoning Code, and refer violations of the same to Court or the Planning process – this responsibility may be shared with the Village Engineer.  This candidate would also be expected to attend Zoning Board meetings (six per year, evenings) and Architectural Review Advisory Committee (as needed, 2-4 times per year generally). The number of meetings per year can vary by workload, up or down.

Finally, it is expected that the new inspector will not only continue to keep the department running in top form but look for ways to modernize the department by making files easier to access and submitting permits for review. This includes but is not limited to online building permit portal, online access to building permit files, further expansion, use of muncity5 and other initiatives.  

Top candidates will be forward-thinking, with exceptional leadership, communication and presentation skills, and a passion for providing high customer service. Additionally, the most suitable candidates will have a successful track record of completing projects on time and responding to resident requests, completing inspections, and issuing building permits in a timely fashion.

Minimum Requirements, Benefits and How to Apply

Minimum Acceptable Requirements are listed by Westchester County Civil Service (P.g. 3)

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Annual salary range offered, DOQE, is $140,000 - $160,000. Benefits include: Health Insurance (NYSHIP Empire Plan), Dental, Optical, standard NYS Pension, employee election Deferred Compensation Plan, Flexible Spending & Dependent Care Pre-Tax Accounts, and four weeks’ vacation + personal time. Typical work hours are 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday, with 13 paid holidays. The Village will have use of a village vehicle during working hours to conduct inspections.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of introduction and resume, via email preferred, attention:

Josh Ringel, Village Manager

1111 Pleasantville Road

Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Email to  (questions may also be submitted via this email)

The Village of Briarcliff Manor is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is fully committed to maintaining a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, gender, religion, age, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and other non-merit factors. All persons applying for employment and employed by the Village shall be afforded equal employment opportunity in initial employment and consideration for advancement.

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