City of Hutchinson - Director of Building &Neighborhood Services

The City of Hutchinson, Kansas is currently seeking qualified applicants for its Director of Building & Neighborhood Services position. This leadership position is responsible for directing and managing the city's Building Inspection and Code Compliance department.


Located just 45 minutes northwest of Wichita, the City of Hutchinson is the county seat of Reno County, has a population of 42,000, and covers 61 square miles. Called the "Salt City" due to its rich salt mining history, the community is proud to be the home of the Smithsonian-affiliated Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center and the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. It also is the home of the Kansas State Fair and National Junior College Athletic Association Basketball Tournament and hosts a number of other NJCAA tournaments.


While preserving the spirit of small-town living, Hutchinson offers many of the amenities and comforts that are often only found in larger metropolitan communities. These include the Hutchinson Sport Arena, the Dillon Nature Center, Salt City Splash Aquatic Center, Hutchinson Zoo, the historic Fox Theatre, Carey Park Golf Course, and the historic Prairie Dunes Country Club Golf Course, which is frequently ranked among the best golf courses in the US. The surrounding highway system is superb and provides commutes to other amenities such as Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, which is 51 miles away and provides nationwide commercial air service.


In addition to its strong agricultural base, the community has a diverse service and manufacturing economy with large employers that include Siemens Gamesa, Cargill, Sonoco, Dillon Companies, and Tyson. Through the Hutchinson Regional Hospital, the Hutchinson Clinic and many other high-quality providers, Hutchinson also serves as a regional hub for healthcare services.


Through its Council-Manager form of government, City of Hutchinson provides a full range of municipal services to its citizens. It also has a proud of its tradition of long-serving City Managers, a Moody's bond rating of AA3, and stable reserve and utility funds. The City currently employs 403 full-time employees and has an annual operating budget of $42.2 million.



Under the general direction of the City Manager, the Building Official is primarily responsible for managing the city's building code compliance and inspection program which includes:


  • Managing the residential and commercial building permit process, which involves technical review of construction related documents (building and site plans, etc.) for compliance with City building codes;
  • Interpreting and explaining related laws, ordinances, and code provisions to architects, engineers, designers, contractors/ tradespersons, and the general public;
  • Managing and supervising the work of City building code inspectors engaged in building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, life safety inspections throughout all phases of construction;
  • Managing and supervising the work of inspectors enforcing property maintenance and nuisance related ordinances (tall weeds, inoperable vehicles, etc.);
  • Investigating complaints regarding illegal construction, safety, or hazardous conditions and manages the condemnation and demolition of unsafe structures.
  • Serving as the primary staff liaison to the Building Trades Board and representing the City on policy and program issues or when responding to public inquiries, complaints, suggestions, and information requests.



  • EDUCATION: Qualified candidates should possess an Associate Degree in construction management or other closely related field required. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in architecture, construction science or other closely related field is preferred.
  • EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible experience as a building inspector, including at least two years' experience in a supervisory or lead capacity.
  • CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSE: Must possess at time of hire a minimum of 3 ICC Residential and/or Commercial certifications in adopted building code areas: mechanical, plumbing, electrical, structural, or life safety. Must also possess a Certified Building Official certification from the International Code Council within 6 months of hire. A valid Kansas Driver's License and acceptable driving record is required.



The salary range for the Fleet Superintendent is $66,114 - $99,182, depending on qualifications. The City of Hutchinson strongly supports professional development and work-life balance, and offers an excellent total compensation package. Benefits include: health, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care, KPERS retirement & 457 retirement savings plan, life insurance & optional voluntary life insurance, insured disability, death benefit, vacation leave, sick leave, floating holidays, city designated holidays, and an employee assistance program.


The City of Hutchinson employs over 400 employees that serve our community every day. City employees make Hutchinson a great place to live, work, and play. We take pride in our work and it shows. Come be a part of a workforce that makes a difference! We're always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team.

City of Hutchinson is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.


If you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity and/or want to submit your application, please visit:


Jill Hite

HR Specialist

City of Hutchinson

125 E. Avenue B

Hutchinson, KS  67501

Phone:  620.694.2642

Confidential Fax: 304-208-8920