Chief Building Official (No Licensure)

  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Jun 28, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Building and Safety Building Maintenance Construction and Skilled Trades

Job Description

About Our Job

The City and County of Denver's Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is seeking an innovative and dynamic Chief Building Official (CBO). In this role you will report to the Executive Director of CPD and join a team of high functioning leaders focused on the future of Denver and the continued evolution of cities. In this role you will manage a large team of diverse professionals and play a key part in using and advising on the Denver Building codes to solve problems that will help facilitate Denver's development while ensuring the safety of both new and old construction. We are committed to cultivating a city of equity, diversity and inclusion and this commitment is woven into our daily work as we support the growth of Denver. Our residents are our customers and we aim to have employees who are as diverse as they are, we believe we are stronger and better public servants when we have different perspectives and unique ways of thinking. The right candidate will be a collaborator and advocate at all levels; from your team and their employees, to your leadership and peers and of course to the public that CPD serves.

In this role you need a high level of political understanding and acumen as you will laisse with members of the public, development and construction industries, and other City agencies - including the Mayor's Office, and Federal and State representatives. You will continue to push modernization and streamlining of City processes and technologies to help drive data-based innovation. The City and County of Denver has very progressive sustainability goals, where Community Planning and Development works closely with the Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency; as the CBO you will lead code amendment processes to ensure Denver is achieving our aspirational goals and continue to be one of the leading edge cities with regards to climate action and resiliency.

Denver's Community Planning and Development Department is responsible for visionary city planning and ensuring that all buildings are safe. Community Planning and Development plays a role in growing our world-class city, while keeping its beloved features intact. From the skyscrapers of the central business district; to the walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods of Central Park; to the charming Victorian effects of the Baker district, the staff at Community Planning and Development works to make Denver a great place to live, work and play. The Department's three primary functions are planning, permitting and inspections. Learn more about how we're "BUILDING COMMUNITY" at and

As the Chief Building Official, you will:
  • Manage a large team of licensed professionals that oversee plan review for all commercial and residential projects seeking permits
  • Monitor the planning and implementation of building/construction plan review, permitting and trades inspection policies, procedures and the enforcement of code regulations, which may include site plans
  • Support and participate in the development and execution of strategies for commercial and residential plan review to meet overall goals and objectives
  • Ensure that building permitting, and inspection staff provide quality customer service to all Development Services customers
  • Enforce Denver's building code amendments and other related codes and standards through management of the plan review and inspections groups, as well as issuance of any building code policies.
  • Coordinate policy and direct the section's activities with all levels of city government, including the Mayor's Office and City Council
  • Foster relationships with outside groups like ICC, HBA and BOMA
  • Lead discussions on staffing and other needs for the areas overseen and participate in the agency budgeting process
  • Work directly with the Denver Fire Department, Site Engineering, Inspection Services and the City Attorney's Office staff to resolve issues relating to unsafe structures and/or hazardous conditions and occupancies
  • Represent the department before legislative bodies and meeting with Federal, State and local agencies and neighborhood and community groups to present technical, administrative and policy issues, and recommending code changes and/or updates.

About You

We are looking for a strong leader and problem solver to join our innovative and customer service focused leadership team. You must be an excellent communicator and willing to embrace new technology. This position requires strong leadership skills to coach and mentor multiple work groups with different specialties. As this position interacts with people throughout the Denver community, we are always looking for someone who is bilingual. Please make sure to indicate any languages you are proficient in on the application.

Our ideal candidate will have some if not all of the following experience:
  • Previous experience leading large multi-faceted teams
  • Demonstrated customer service and problem-solving skills
  • High level communication skills are essential to the success of this position including internal staff, interagency collaboration and customer interactions
  • Demonstrated ability to present in front of small and large audiences
  • A passion for sustainable design/development is a must, and a desire to make a difference in moving Denver's vision of the 20x50 (40) plan and Net-Zero goals forward

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management or a related field
  • Experience: Three (3) years of management level work experience which must have included managing subordinate supervisors. One (1) year of management experience must include budget and fiscal oversight responsibility, evaluation of business processes, and policy and decision making experience with planning and organizing multiple programs, projects, operations or functions.
  • Equivalency: Two (2) years of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.

About Everything Else

Job Profile
CA1769 Executive
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Position Type

Position Salary Range
$111,294.00 - $189,200.00

Starting Pay
Based on education and experience

Community Planning & Development

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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