Building Official (20495019)

  • 701 Laurel St, Menlo Park, California
  • Apr 12, 2024
Full Time Building and Safety Building Maintenance Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $138,171.00-$186,237.00 Annually USD

Job Description


The Community Development department is responsible for ensuring a sustainable and vibrant community that supports a high quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors. It includes the Building, Planning and Housing divisions, and core services include building permits, plan check, inspections, affordable housing administration and housing initiatives, as well as long-range planning and development review. The Building Division is responsible for managing the building permit, plan check and inspection processes for compliance with all applicable State laws, local municipal codes and related policies involving building construction, which requires a high level of customer service with the public and coordination within and across departments and agencies.


The Building Official oversees the development of programs, projects, operations, and services of the Building Division, and is a part of the Community Development management team. This position will manage a 13-member team, including a Permit Manager, Building Permit Technicians, Plan Check Engineer, and Building Inspectors, and will receive general direction from the Assistant Community Development Director or the Community Development Director. Successful performance in this role requires professional and technical skills in the core functional areas of permitting, plan checking and building inspections, as well as knowledge of public policy and municipal services, and excellence in communication and leadership. The individual must be able to assess the current needs of the department and look for innovative ways to help the department advance to improve service delivery and meet the changing needs of the community. This will require guiding modifications to the City’s land management permitting system (Accela) to improve processes, enhance customer service and monitor data.

With the adoption of the General Plan Update in 2016 and, most recently, the Housing Element zoning-related changes, the City is expected to see physical change as plans come to fruition. A key priority for this position will be overseeing the building permit process for a diverse range of projects from tenant improvements to new single-family residential construction to hotels to large-scale, comprehensive planned mixed-use campuses. Currently, the City has approximately 775 residential units and 260,000 square feet of life science uses under construction, with over 2,000 residential units, two hotels and more than 1.8 million square feet of commercial square footage approved, but not yet under construction, along with a number of large development projects currently under review. To learn more, visit
. Another focus of the position will be on collaborating with the Sustainability Team to evaluate and develop green and sustainable codes and regulations to further the City’s climate action goal, which is one of the City Council’s top priorities.

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Ideal Candidate


The Building Official must be a collaborative leader, coordinating across teams and agencies to provide a high level of customer support during the land development process. The new hire must be able to work with stakeholders and key partners and ensure that the department supports the health and welfare of all residents. Internally, the individual must mentor and develop staff within the department and demonstrate a strong grasp of operations-management to lead the team and assess and improve systems if needed.


This position will require at least five (5) or more years of progressive full-time experience in building plans examination, building inspection and/or construction management, including two (2) years management and/or supervisory experience. Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in engineering, architecture, construction management, or a closely related field is required. ICC Certification as a Building Plans Examiner, Combination Residential or Commercial Building Inspector required at the time of hire, and certification as a Certified Building Official required within one (1) year from date of hire.


The salary range for this position is $138,171 - $186,237 DOQ. The City offers a competitive benefits program for unrepresented management positions, which includes the following:
  • Retirement - California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) plan, which offers reciprocity between agencies. “Classic” tier II employees new to the City of Menlo Park receive a 2% @ 60 formula. “PEPRA” employees (those new to CalPERS since 2013 and who do not belong to a reciprocal agency of CalPERS) will receive the tier III formula of 2% @ 62.
  • Health Insurance - The City pays 100% of health premium costs for medical, dental (through Delta Dental), and vision (basic plan premiums through Vision Service Plan)
  • Holidays - Eleven (11) paid holidays per year.
  • General Leave - 338 hours of leave accrual each year and ability to cash out up to 120 hours annually.
  • Management Leave - 80 hours of leave granted every October, prorated based on hire date.
  • Deferred Compensation - City provides 457(b) plans and matches employee contribution up to 4% of salary or the IRS maximum, whichever is less, for “Classic” tier II and all “PEPRA” members.
  • Management Bonus - The City Manager may award employees a bonus of up to $20,000 each fiscal year, subject to annual budget appropriations.
  • Auto Allowance - $6,838 per year (adjusted annually by CPI).
  • Health reimbursement account - $2,500 per year City contribution.
  • Life Insurance - The City pays 100% of premiums for coverage of 150% of annual earnings up to a maximum benefit of $350,000.
  • Long Term Disability and AD&D Insurance - 100% City-paid premiums.
  • Education Reimbursement - Reimbursement up to $3,600 per year for tuition expenses. and/or assistance with student loan payments incurred in pursuit of post-secondary education during or prior to employee’s service to the City.
  • Additional benefits include a City-paid Caltrain Go Pass / Bay Pass for unlimited transportation rides around the Bay Area, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Retiree Health Benefits, Flexible Spending Accounts and an on-site gym.

Special Instructions

If you are interested in pursuing this desirable career opportunity, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal on our website at
to upload your letter of interest, resume, and contact information, including email addresses for five work-related references (who will not be contacted until after an interview takes place).

The deadline to apply has been extended to close on May 20, 2024. Avery Associates is expecting to conduct preliminary interviews with qualified applicants in late May or early June 2024. It is anticipated that recommended candidates will interview with the City of Menlo Park mid June 2024 with an appointment expected in early July 2024.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Bill Avery at (408)399-4424 or by email:
or Kristi Ward at (408)507-9378 or by email:

Closing Date/Time: 5/20/2024 at 11:59pm

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Job Address

701 Laurel St, Menlo Park, California 94025 United States View Map