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Senior Building Inspector
City of Redwood City, San Francisco/Peninsula


For more info contact:
(650) 780-7000
Close Date: Feb 26, 2013
Salary: $7,205.00 - $8,760.00 Monthly





he City of Redwood City invites you to apply for the position of SENIOR BUILDING INSPECTOR.  The current open position is in the Community Development Department, and reports directly to the Building Official. The Senior Building Inspector is responsible for management, technical, and administrative work in planning, organizing, and coordinating the activities of Building and Inspection staff. The Senior Building Inspector has primary responsibility for managing the Inspection and Code Enforcement funtions of the Building and Inspection Division, and provides technical staff assistance and expertise. The Senior Building Inspector monitors and review records, reports and correspondence of subordinate personnel; coordinates and supervises the inspection of residential, commercial, and industrial construction to secure the compliance of all pertinent building and safety codes, ordinance, rules and regulations; plans, develops, and administers training and instructional programs for building and inspection staff; assigns and distributes inspection activites to subordinate inspectors; reviews and resolves difficult and complex inspection and enforcement problems, issues, and conflicts and performs complex inspection duties in all trade specialties; and assists in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, procedures, and priorities.



The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills, will be a fair but firm supervisor who values quality, timeliness, consistency and excellent customer service delivery; will have extensive experience in the development, implementation and monitoring of objectives, procedures and priorities related to building and inspection services. Three years experience managing other employees preferred. The candidate should enjoy a fast-paced work environment, and have skills with multi-tasking. The ideal candidate should be dynamic, personable, and have a good sense of humor.




Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Education & Experience


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by ICC certification or an Associate’s Degree in Building Inspection Technology or other training. Three years of experience equivalent to a Building Inspector II with demonstrated proficiency as a combination building inspector and plans examiner. A valid California Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record is required.


Knowledge of:

·          Principles and techniques of work flow organization and scheduling

·          Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation

·          Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction

·          Building related codes and ordinances enforceable by the City

·          Principles and techniques of building inspection work

·          Principles, practices, and procedures in the craft trades, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical and heating and air conditioning

·          And records management principles and practices


Skill to:

·          Operate a motor vehicle safely

·          Effectively organize schedules, files, projects, inspections, and technical data

·          Proficiently operate personal computer and building permit computer systems


Ability to:

·          Oversee and review the work of others

·          Evaluate and improve systems in the Building Department

·          Apply technical knowledge and follow proper inspection techniquest to examine workmandship and materials, and detect deviations from plans, regulations and standard construction practices

·          Perform journey level inspection skills in a variety of specialty trade areas and perform competent and efficient work as a a combination Building Inspector

·          Enforce a variety of City related codes

·          Determine that construction systems conform to City code requirements

·          Analyze, interpret, and accurately check building plans, specifications and building codes

·          Advise on standard construction methods and requirements

·          Make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately

·          Enforce necessary regulations with firmness and tact

·          Apply city codes and policies regarding zoning, environmental matters, and other regulations to field situations

·          Communictae clearly and concisely both orally and in writing

·          Establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work




Applications may be obtained in one of the following ways:


1.        Visit our web

2.        Call our 24-hour Job Hotlineat (650) 780-7292. TDD is available during normal business hours for hearing impaired at: (650) 780-7265

3.        Visit the City of Redwood City Department of Human Resources (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm) at 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, California 94063


Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise the Department of Human Resources upon submittal of application.




All applications will be reviewed foraccuracy, completion, relevant education, experience, training and other job related qualifications. Those who best meet the stated qualifications and requirements for the position will be invited to participate in the testing process, which will consist of an oral board interview. The specifics of the oral board interview will be mailed to those qualifying candidates. The results of the oral board will determine the applicant’s standing on the eligibility list.


The Building Official will make the final appointment from the top three candidates on the eligibility list. The Immigration Act of 1986 requires proof of identity and eligibility for employment at date of hire. Prior to appointment, candidates will be required to pass a background and fingerprint check, at no cost to the candidate. Candidates will be required to pass a physical examination after a conditional offer has been made, at no cost to the candidate.


The City of Redwood City is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer!



The successful candidate will enjoy the following benefits:


·         Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) 2% @ 60 for current PERS or reciprocal agency members; 2% @ 62 for new members

·         Opportunity to select from a variety of health plans that are administered by PERS under a cafeteria plan including health insurance, health care and dependent care reimbursement

·         Dental & vision insurance

·         Employee Assistance Program

·         Vacation at l0 days per year to 25 days after 20 years

·         Sick leave of 12 days per year

·         Fourteen paid holidays per year

·         Three days bereavement leave


NOTE: Earnings from this job are not covered under Social Security. When you retire you may receive a pension based on earnings from this job. If you do, your pension may affect the amount of Social Security benefits you may receive. For more information go to



We are an exceptional organization and a leader in the Bay Area.   The values that guide us are:


·         EXCELLENCE: Passion to do our best in each moment.

·         INTEGRITY: Do the right thing, not the easy thing.

·         SERVICE: We care and it makes a difference.

·         CREATIVITY: Freedom to imagine and courage to act.


The City of Redwood City is a great place to work!


Note: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.


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