Assistant Chief Building Official Job at Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California

Assistant Chief Building Official

City of Santa Rosa , California

Job Information 


Planning and Economic Development

Senior Level


$103,131.00 - $132,077.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


05/14/2021 11:59 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City is seeking an experienced leader to assist the Chief Building Official with the development, implementation and daily management of personnel and operations and activities related to Building Division administration, Permit Services, Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), and Code Enforcement. Join our team and be part of a dynamic, collaborative, diverse, and knowledgeable organization that is committed to supporting a thriving community.


As the Assistant Chief Building Official, you will supervise and administer all functions and duties related to the intake of projects, plan submittals, over the counter plan check and permit issuance, enforcement of building and safety codes, laws, regulations, and standards. You will also manage the development and implementation of Code Enforcement programs and act as the Chief Building Official in their absence.

Leadership: Oversee and improve the existing Code Enforcement Program to align with the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Efficiently prioritize time and resources to address code enforcement cases.

Creativity: Thoughtfully review current programs to assess, develop and implement technology and process improvements needed to meet the growing needs of our community.

Collaboration: Work with a genuinely supportive team of experienced and knowledgeable staff.

In addition to offering a great work team and excellent salary, the City of Santa Rosa provides a generous benefits package, including retirement through CalPERS, a competitive leave package, a choice of three health plans, flexible spending program, employer contributions to Retiree Health Savings plan, and top of the line, employer paid vision and dental coverage.


The ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to manage day-to-day activities of the program while maintaining a focus on long term goals
  • Dedication to the community and customer service focus
  • Experience with change management and public-sector program development
  • A positive outlook and the ability to provide responsible leadership
  • A clear record of working creatively and collaboratively with groups and individuals to solve complex problems
  • Understand and value workplace diversity and inclusion
  • Experience preparing and presenting complex information to governing boards and commissions, elected officials, business and civic groups, and/or similar organizations.
  • Adapt quickly to a dynamic work environment
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, architecture or a related field
  • Professional experience in the application of building codes and regulations, building plan review and/or design within a public agency, in a customer service-oriented environment and increasingly responsible experience in code enforcement, administrative hearing procedures, issuance of administrative citations and recording of notice of noncompliance.
  • Current International Code Council (ICC) Certification as a Certified Building Official
  • Current ICC Plans Examiner certification in addition to certifications in any three of the following areas: certified access specialist (CASp), safety assessment worker, building inspector, electrical inspector, plumbing inspector or mechanical inspector 
All applications and answers to supplemental questions will be carefully reviewed. Based on this review, candidates who most closely match the needs of the City will be invited to virtual panel interviews.   Please note resumes are not included in the initial review. We require a complete job application and responses to supplemental questions so we may give full and fair consideration to all candidates. 


Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Note: Assistant Chief Building Official is currently a working title within the classification of Housing and Community Services Manager. Council approval of an independent classification is pending.


The following are examples of essential duties of the Assistant Chief Building Official assignment:  
  • Plan, organize and direct the daily operations and activities of Permit Services, Code Enforcement, and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program  

  • Serve as the Acting Chief Building Official, as assigned 

  • Coordinate with the Chief Building Official to develop, document and maintain Building Division processes and procedures 

  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff  

  • Supervise the permit application process and routine basic over-the-counter permits, collect fees, and to provide information to the public on construction, zoning and the General Plan   

  • Provides complex, technical and development guidance to City staff and/or external organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals related to development and development-related projects 

  • Develop, implement and monitor operations and activities as required by changes in laws, regulations, and rules  

  • Maintain records and prepare a variety of reports, correspondence, and other written materials  

  • Confer with and make presentations to representatives of other City departments, governmental agencies, policy boards, and a variety of business and community organizations  

  • Assist in developing and overseeing the implementation of customer service policies and procedures 

  • Perform technical plan checks of City plans, architectural designs, subdivision plots and improvement drawings, and related proposals, to ensure compliance with City-imposed development conditions and the Santa Rosa City Code 

  • Coordinate and respond to inquiries regarding City requirements relative to the construction and alteration of facilities and related departmental processes and procedures 

  • Investigate building violations of related codes and ordinances, make decisions and recommendations on complex code enforcement cases, and serve as City liaison on high-profile code enforcement cases 

  • Represent the Building Division for Damage Assessment during Emergency Operations 

Required Qualifications

The Assistant Chief Building Official should possess the following qualifications:

Knowledge of: State, federal, and local laws and ordinances relating to the area of assignment; City policies and procedures as they relate to customer service in the Permit Center and public counter of the Planning & Economic Development Department; administration of City Codes and Ordinances pertaining to plan review; principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance management; knowledge and application of construction and applicable codes, zoning principles and building codes, plan checking, preparing and reviewing of architectural plans and details; principles and methods of conflict resolution; and effective supervisory principles and techniques.  

Ability to: Develop, implement, and administer a variety of Building Division programs; read, interpret, and explain complex laws, rules, and regulations; assist with budget preparation and administration; communicate effectively orally in one-to-one and public speaking situations; address and mediate conflicts between people or within groups; produce written documents using proper grammar, punctuation and spelling; conduct meetings using communication skills effectively to inspire excellence in customer service and build respect for individuals; plan, organize, and assign the work of assigned personnel; mentor and develop technical staff; interpret standard plans, construction specifications and other related guidelines; comprehend and draw inferences from written material; analyze conflicting information and develop solutions to problems; establish goals and objectives and meet firm deadlines; exercise independent and innovative judgment and make timely and difficult decisions; plan-check development projects; utilize a collaborative, consensus-building, flexible and inclusive team approach. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other City staff, representatives of governmental, business, financial, community, and other organizations, and with clients served; enter data into a terminal or computer using a keyboard device; sit for extended periods of time with the ability to move at will. 

Experience and Education: Any combination of experience and education providing the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities for this recruitment would be: Experience - Sufficient technical, professional or paraprofessional field and/or office experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above; including supervisory or lead supervisory experience. Typically, this would be a minimum of four (4) years progressively responsible professional experience in the application of building codes and regulations, building plan review and/or design within a public agency, preferably in a customer service-oriented environment and increasingly responsible experience in code enforcement, administrative hearing procedures, issuance of administrative citations and recording of notice of noncompliance. Education - Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, architecture or a related field. A bachelor's degree or equivalent is preferred, but professional training related to the program area will also be considered. 



Possession of current International Code Council (ICC) Certification as a Certified Building Official or have the ability to obtain ICC Certification as a Certified Building Official within two years of hire, pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code.  

Qualified candidates are expected to possess current ICC Plans Examiner certifications in addition to certifications in any three of the following areas: certified access specialist (CASp), safety assessment worker, building inspector, electrical inspector, plumbing inspector or mechanical inspector.  

In order to perform work at various locations, the incumbent must be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle safely and possess a valid, Class C, California Drivers License, or be able to demonstrate the ability to travel on scheduled or unscheduled visits to various City facilities or work locations which may or may not be reachable by public transportation.


Additional Information


The Assistant Chief Building Official works primarily in an indoor office setting; however, they also travel outside of the office in order to make presentations, attend meetings, inspect properties, or make business visitations. Office work requires incumbents to communicate with others orally, in person or over the telephone, to explain programs or projects; and to sit at a desk or computer for extended periods of time, with the ability to move at will. To produce written documents, incumbents make repetitive arm/hand movements using a keyboard and mouse. Incumbents review or check the work product of assigned staff, including inspection reports. Field work may involve inspecting residential units for compliance with City code and health and safety standards, and visiting construction sites, with exposure to rough, uneven or rocky surfaces in a variety of weather conditions. 


100 Santa Rosa Ave, Room 1

Santa Rosa, CA 95401