Who is Chinook?

Chinook works with key building stakeholders to make their facilities secure, compliant, and efficient. We assess, quantify, and prioritize their needs, and systematically implement change to optimize operations. Our work results in better building performance, ease of maintenance, and reduced energy use and utility costs to realize cost savings in both new and existing facilities. We ensure systems and equipment are designed, constructed, and operating in accordance with the owner’s project requirements, and maintain compliance with codes, standards, regulations, and industry best practices. We lower operational risk exposure and implement proactive cybersecurity measures to protect Operational Technology and reduce a client’s threat landscape.

Are you?

Looking for challenging and rewarding work alongside some of the best in the business? Energized by finding new solutions and technologies that benefit your clients, improve efficiency, and make buildings and the environment better? Eager to work in a setting where you can make a difference, be involved with some of the most mission-critical facilities, and see your contributions make a difference? Do you thrive in an environment where initiative is rewarded with opportunity? Do you seek work variety paired with job location stability? Looking for a hybrid-style work environment? If your answer to these questions was a “Yes” then Chinook may be the right fit for you.

The Work:

We are currently seeking an experienced Architectural Plan Reviewer and Code Inspector for our government-focused team. This role is primarily focused on performing code enforcement reviews and inspections. The ideal candidate will be adept at interpreting and enforcing construction codes, standards, and regulations specific to government construction projects.

In this role, you will support Chinook’s clients by providing plan review and code inspection services for both new and existing construction efforts across multiple concurrent projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct comprehensive code enforcement reviews, inspections, and plan reviews for architectural and accessibility compliance. Review construction feasibility and code compliance, provide comments, and ensure sustainability and reliability. Address complaints, violations, disputes, and maintain accurate records of code violations and actions taken.
  • Document all deficiencies and prepare detailed reports of observations and enforcement actions with associated code references.
  • Maintain a record of observed deficiencies and actions taken and provide weekly briefings on status.
  • Interpret, explain, and enforce provisions of the construction codes, standards, and regulations to clients, contractors, architects, and engineers.
  • Collaborate with internal and external team members to ensure project success.
  • Conduct pre-construction site walks to identify architectural and accessibility issues during scope development and document findings.
  • Perform as-built / redline document reviews to verify changes and ensure accuracy.
  • Assist in code development, and implementation, and provide technical advice to ensure building projects comply with the necessary codes.
  • Identify potential extra work issues and keep the client and management advised of issues. Prepare estimates of extra work as applicable and prepare related sketches and documentation as required.
  • Witness and document code compliance tests for various systems. Identify and record any non-compliance issues during testing.
  • Actively participate in process and procedure development, company meetings, and training seminars.
  • Oversee assigned staff and ensure the application of company policies.
  • Stay updated with building codes, construction techniques, and government regulations.
  • Coordinate with other inspectors, code enforcement officials, contractors, and participate in necessary meetings.
  • Travel to facilities for meetings, site walks, inspections, and commissioning activities.
  • Provide design support, investigate accessibility complaints, and support accessibility task forces under the direction of the government’s Building Code Official (BCO).
  • Utilize governmental project submittal/review systems for documentation.
  • Attend company meetings, training seminars, and other company and client functions.
  • Work with senior leadership to grow our architectural practice.
  • Support government construction projects through diligent and proactive service delivery.
  • Chinook has built a reputation for excellence in our industry. The Architectural Plan Reviewer and Code Inspector will uphold this tradition by being diligent, proactive, solution(s)-oriented, and a facilitator of success for all team members.

Opportunities and Impact:

This position offers an exciting opportunity to make a significant impact in the growing fields of sustainability, resiliency, and cybersecurity. You will play a critical role in ensuring that our projects meet the highest standards of safety and compliance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Registered Architect (RA) or Professional Engineer (PE) license, NCARB registration preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture or architectural engineering from an NAAB or ABET-accredited university or college.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience with the International Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) / Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) accessibility standards.
  • Extensive experience conducting architectural plans reviews, including accessibility-related reviews.
  • Strong knowledge of various codes and standards, including ICC I-codes, NFPA codes, ABA Accessibility Standards, ASHRAE Standards, ASME Standards, and ANSI Standards. Five (5) years of experience with the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) and the Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS) is preferred.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills with the ability to interpret and explain complex information. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, with engineers, contractors, facility and owner staff via all channels of communication.
  • Proficient in the use of technology, including construction project management software and mobile devices. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of software is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Secret-level security clearance. An active Secret level security clearance is preferred.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations, work in a team environment, multi-task, and meet tight deadlines.
  • Valid driver's license and ability to travel to various construction sites.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Expertise in building envelope design and construction requirements.
  • Experience with Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF) construction and the associated ICD/ICS 705 technical specifications.
  • Experience with Construction Quality Management.

Additional Requirements:

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team while providing multi‐discipline coordination.
  • Must possess an in-depth knowledge of federal building codes / standards / guidelines, construction practices, and safety standards (e.g., ANSI, ICC, UFC / UFGS, UL).
  • Must be a creative, innovative, and solutions-oriented thinker with the ability to understand and achieve goals and anticipate client needs.
  • Must have a track record of client satisfaction in mission-critical facilities and a passion for analyzing, troubleshooting, optimizing, and upgrading integrated systems in aging facilities and campus environments.

Physical Requirements:

The job requires physical stamina for extensive walking, standing, and climbing during site inspections. Must also be able to work in all types of weather conditions.

    We Offer:

    • Competitive salary and benefits package.
    • Professional development and growth opportunities.
    • An inclusive and supportive working environment.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

    Chinook Systems Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. Chinook is committed to providing veteran employment opportunities to our service men and women. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates are critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

    Other Employment Statements:

    • Applicants for employment must be US citizens and be able to pass security screens, up to Secret level, due to the nature of who we work for.
    • Applicants must be able to work up to a full day on various active construction project sites. Applicants must be able to stand, walk, climb ladders, ascend/descend stairs, and get to wherever the problem is so you can see it for yourself.
    • Chinook Systems is a drug-free workplace.
    • Please note that all duties and requirements are subject to change in accordance with the needs of the organization.

    If you have the expertise and drive to contribute to our team and support Chinook’s mission of excellence, we want to hear from you.