East Palo Alto

Chief Building Official

San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 200 applicants
$111,715.00-$135,790.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


2415 University Avenue East Palo Alto, 94303


Within discretionary authority performs a variety of routine and complex administrative, supervisory and technical, work in administering and enforcing building, housing, zoning and related codes.

This classification is FLSA exempt and works under the general supervision of the Community Development Director. Exercise supervision over building inspectors, plan reviewers, technicians, support staff, and other staff, as assigned. Provides direction, training and direct supervision to subordinate technical and administrative support staff.



Ideal Candidate

Will have the knowledge of building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and general construction codes. Knowledgeable in construction techniques, principles and practices of plan examinations; national uniform building codes; and zoning and land use applications. Basic principles and methods of managing, supervising, evaluating, and training staff.


► Will have the ability to establish effective working relationships with contractors, developers, architects, engineers, owners, other city employees, Building Services Division staff, and the general public. The ability to read, understand and interpret complicated plans and blueprints. Learn, retain, interpret and communicate technical information, terminology, policies, practices and procedures. Preparation of City Council Staff Reports and presentations.


► Participated in, and/or supervised subordinate employees inspections. The purpose of such inspections to enforce a variety of codes, such as, Uniform Building; Mechanical; Plumbing; Fire; Housing; Abatement of Dangerous Building(s); and National Electrical Code.


► Experience advising contractors, architects, developers on code interpretation, requirements and potential deficiencies in plans.



 Benefits and Compensation:

Retirement: CalPERS - 2.5% @ 55 or 2% @ 62 benefit formula depending on membership status




Classic Members - 2.5% @ 55 formula

* Employee pays 8% employee contribution * Three year average final compensation


New Members—2% @ 62 formula

* Employee pays 6.25% employee contribution

* Three year average final compensation


Medical: (City pays 100% Employee Coverage and 65% Dependent Coverage)

Dental: (City pays full cost for employee only)

Life Insurance: (City pays for coverage of $100,000)

Long Term Disability: (City paid)

State Disability Insurance: (Employee paid)

Management Leave: up to 60 hours / year

Holidays: 12 paid holidays / year

Vacation: 80-200 hours per year, based on years of continuous public service

Sick Leave: 8 hours / month

Optional Benefits: Flex (125) Plan with Supplemental Benefits


Special Instructions

How to apply:


To be considered for this employment opportunity, please complete the City Application or apply by going to www.Calopps.gov where you may submit your application and Supplemental Questionnaire online.

Applications not applying online are asked to mail, or hand-deliver, their application to:

Irene P. Camarena, Human Resources Manager


The City of East Palo Alto’s goal is to attract, develop and retain a diverse, well-qualified and professional workforce.

Candidates should apply before the first review date of February 19, 2018. Candidates should be aware that references will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.


For additional information visit our website at: www.cityofepa.org


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