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Chief Building Official Filled

Lunenburg or Chester, NS

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and Municipality of Chester are located on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia. With a combined population of approximately 35,000 residents, they feature a diversified economy based on manufacturing, government, fisheries, tourism, agriculture, and creative industries.

On their behalf, we seek a qualified professional to serve in the newly created role of Chief Building Official. Reporting to the Director of Planning and Development Services, this role serves as senior lead on shared building inspection services across the two municipalities and two Towns that they provide services to. The Chief Building Official also performs inspection, acts as Fire Inspector as required, and ensures adequate service delivery.

What’s required for this role?

In addition to being a qualified Level 2 Building Official, you bring significant supervisory experience, a professional trade or post-secondary diploma or degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ideally, you have experience and education in construction or building trades, are certified as a Level 1 Fire Inspector and are eligible for membership in the Nova Scotia Building Officials Association.

You have exceptional communication, coaching, interpersonal and customer service skills, as you will interact daily with staff, regulatory agencies, developers, and residents. In addition, because of the nature of the work, you are detail-oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills.

What distinguishes this role?

The employer prioritizes wellness, work-life balance, and job flexibility so employees can enjoy the area’s natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle.

In addition to a competitive compensation package, this role features:

  • A defined benefits pension plan
  • The option of a 4-day work week
  • The flexibility to work from either the Cookville or Chester office
  • An employee wellness subsidy
  • Medical, dental and long-term disability coverage

If this opportunity interests you, please forward your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are qualified for this role. Submissions can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1888 in the subject line.

We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation or gender identity.