About the Job
The Accessibility Inspector for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities will inspect, evaluate, and report on accessibility compliances of public, private, and government-owned buildings. The Accessibility Inspector will work within the Accessibility Compliance Unit team and under direct supervision of a Deputy Commissioner. They will be required to observe and document accessibility architectural barriers and interpret various provisions of the Chicago Building Code, Illinois Accessibility Code, and federal ADA Standards.
- Inspects the interior and exterior of multifamily residential and commercial buildings to ensure compliance with accessibility codes requirements.
- Reviews building plans and specifications to ensure compliance with accessibility code requirements.
- Recommends changes to bring facilities into compliance with accessibility code requirements.
- Works with relevant city departments to develop accessibility assessment surveys for different building occupancies.
- Accompanies inspectors from the Department of Housing in the field to ensure dwelling units funded under the City of Chicago’s affordable housing program continue to meet accessibility requirements.
- Conducts accessibility surveys and assessments necessary to update and maintain the City’s ADA Title II Transition Plan.
- Conducts accessibility compliance surveys (i.e., photographing defects, taking measurements, using a level) of privately and publicly funded housing and commercial facilities.
- Interprets and explains applicable sections of federal, state and local accessibility code requirements to contractors, developers and members of the public.
- Stays abreast of applicable sections of federal, state, and local accessibility code requirements.
- Responds to complaints and inquiries regarding inspections and permits.
- Testifies at administrative hearings and in court regarding code violations and corresponding citations issued.
Note: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.
Address: Accessibility Compliance Unit
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St.
Hours: 8 hours /day, Monday-Friday
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Construction Management, or Construction-related Engineering, PLUS at least three (3) years of work experience in conducting accessibility compliance inspections and surveys; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Associate’s degree from an accredited college in Architecture, Construction Management, or Construction-related Engineering, PLUS at least five (5) years of work experience in conducting accessibility compliance inspections and surveys.
Master’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in Architecture, Construction Management, or Construction-related Engineering, PLUS at least two (2) years of work experience in conducting accessibility compliance inspections and surveys.
seven (7) years of work experience in conducting accessibility compliance inspections and surveys.
Licensure, Certification, or Other Qualifications
- A valid State of Illinois driver’s license or state ID is required.
- NOTE: You must provide your transcripts or diploma at the time of processing.
- Disclaimer – “Accredited” means any nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or law school where the applicant is enrolled in or has completed an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Juris Doctorate degree program.
This position requires applicants to complete an interview which will include a skills assessment as part of the interview. The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, based on the interview and assessment will be selected.
Preference will be given to candidates possessing the following:
- Basic Knowledge of the Chicago Building Code, Federal ADA Standards, and Illinois Accessibility Code.
- Proficiency in using Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- Previous experience preparing written ADA compliance reports.
- Previous experience in reading architectural plans.
- Previous experience in using basic survey, measuring tools and equipment (smart level, measuring tape)
- Previous experience working on a team and with architects, engineers, builders, and/or inspectors.
All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.
If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.
All references to political sponsorship or recommendation must be omitted from any and all application materials submitted for city employment.
Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59pm Central Daylight Time (CDT) Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59p.m. CDT on 02/26/2024. No exceptions will be made.
The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.
City of Chicago Department of Human Resources
Brandon Johnson, Mayor
Sandra Blakemore, Commissioner
Closing Date: 2/26/2024
About the Company
The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) strives to ensure full participation and equal opportunities in all aspects of life for people with disabilities. We advocate for and directly support programs that improve quality of life and open pathways for innovation and partnership. With a goal of inspiring positive change in Chicago, we work to ensure the rights of the disability community are equitably represented across City services, initiatives, and policies.