Chief Building Official

  • City of San Bruno
  • 567 El Camino Real, San Bruno, California
  • Jun 28, 2021
Full Time Code Enforcement and Inspections Community and Economic Development Management, Mid to Senior Level, Supervisory
  • Salary: $120,420.00 USD
  • Salary Top: $147,768.00
  • Phone: 6506167055
  • Apply By: Aug 31, 2021


The City of San Bruno is seeking a dynamic, service-oriented and forward-thinking Chief Building Official to lead change within the Community and Economic Development Department, Building Division. As the City continues to grow within the burgeoning San Francisco Bay Area, now is an exciting time to join our team. The Chief Building Official oversees building inspection, plan checking, building code compliance, and zoning matters and manages complex administrative, supervisory and technical work in administering and enforcing building and related codes. 

Job Description

This position reports directly to the Community and Economic Development Director and will directly supervise the Building Division which includes inspection and permitting processes.

With a focus on exceeding community expectations and leading change through technology and enhancing communication, the Chief Building Official will uphold management best practices, develop and mentor the team, cultivate an environment that balances the need for quality inspection with customer service to the development and business community, adhere to labor and safety guidelines, ensure compliance with policy and procedures and establish clear expectations in a manner that upholds the values of the City.

For a full, detailed class specification, click HERE. Some examples of the essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Manages and supervises assigned operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.
  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans, gathers, interprets and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations, coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
  • Performs and administers a variety of codes, including the California Building Code Series, International Building Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, Electrical Code, Fire Code, Uniform Housing Code, Uniform Abatement of Dangerous Buildings Code, and local codes such as nuisance, clearing, grading, and zoning, etc.; issues correction notices and citations.
  • Maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances; assists staff in performing duties.
  • Explains, interprets, and provides guidance regarding all applicable codes to architects, engineers, contractors, developers, and the general public. Reviews current trends in the field of construction, and prepares revisions to codes, ordinances and local regulations; supervises the examination of building plans of all types to determine compliance with code requirements and related regulations.
  • Prepares and administers the annual operating budget of the Building Division; assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
  • Researches problems and complaints regarding commercial and residential buildings, building construction and code compliance; responds to complex and sensitive building issues.

Job Requirements

In addition to graduation from an accredited college or university with an AA/AS degree or technical instruction in building technology, building inspection, construction management, mechanical, electrical, plumbing or building construction; a valid California driver's license as well as possession of a least one International Code Council (ICC)) or other nationally recognized certification i.e. Building Official, Building Inspector, Combination Inspector or Plans Examiner Certification and four years of experience in general construction or a related field; the ideal candidate will possess supervisory experience as well as the following:

  •  Demonstrated experience driving organizational and cultural changes needed to achieve strategic objectives utilizing technology to meet the needs of customers to promote transparency and ease of the process; catalyzing new approaches to improve results by transforming organizational culture, systems, or products/services; helping others overcome resistance to change.
  • Strong, hands-on technical skills in building inspection and administration; thorough knowledge of building codes, plan checking, zoning and City policy and procedures.
  • A proven record of managing individual performance by helping others set performance goals and then, tracking results and evaluating performance effectiveness.
  • The ability to establish and sustain trusting relationships by accurately perceiving and interpreting own and others' emotions and behavior; using insights to effectively manage own responses so that one's behavior matches one's values and delivers intended results.
  • Originating action to improve existing conditions and processes; identifying improvement opportunities, generating ideas, and implementing solutions.
  • Placing a high priority on the (internal or external) customer’s perspective when making decisions and taking action; implementing service practices that meet the customers’ and own organization’s needs.
  • Making sound business decisions by securing and comparing information from multiple sources to identify business issues; committing to an action after weighing alternative solutions against important decision criteria.
  • Fostering a culture of trust in the work environment by encouraging people to act with integrity and treat each other and their ideas with respect; creating and protecting a high-trust environment by setting an example, advocating for others in the face of challenge, removing barriers to trust, and rewarding others for demonstrating behaviors that cultivate trust.
  • Demonstrated skill in translating strategic priorities into operational reality; aligning communication, accountabilities, resource capabilities, internal processes, and ongoing measurement systems to ensure strategic priorities yield measurable and sustainable results.
  • Helping others deal effectively with antagonistic situations to minimize damage to the relationships and promote shared goals; using appropriate interpersonal methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people and facilitate agreement.

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Job Address

567 El Camino Real, San Bruno, California 94066 United States View Map