East Palo Alto


San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$115,625.00-$140,542.00 Annually

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


2415 University Avenue East Palo Alto, 94303


The City of East Palo Alto provides responsive, respectful and efficient public service to enhance the quality of life and safety for its multi-cultural community. East Palo Alto has significant potential for growth due to its central location, recently updated General Plan, and the securing of additional water supplies. Construction just started on a 25,000 square performing arts center. The City is currently processing entitlements for approximately 2 million square feet of office projects, a 500 student elementary school, and approximately 800 rental housing units of which 250 are affordable. The City seeks dynamic and committed candidates who want to play a leadership role in shaping the growth in East Palo Alto.




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.


Requirements And Education:

Any combination equivalent to the completion of two years of college, encompassing coursework related to building construction practices or related fields and five years of increasingly responsible experience as a municipal Building inspector in a governmental agency, at least two-years of experience shall include supervisory responsibility. 


Four years of responsible management experience as a chief building official, unit supervisor or division manager in building inspection services and code enforcement, which included managing inspection services involving complex residential, commercial and industrial facilities, and code enforcement.

Licenses and/or Certifications:

  ● Valid California Class C Driver’s License and a good driving record, at the time

      of appointment.


  ●  Possession of California Building Officials’ (CALBO) Certification


●  Possession of International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO)  Plans Examiner and Combination Inspector Certifications. 



Licensed as a Civil Engineer or Architect, in the State of California.  Major course work in civil or structural engineering, or architecture highly desirable.


Ability to speak Spanish fluently.




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 $75,000)

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

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

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


Irma Martinez, Human Resources Assistant


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 closing date of April 25, 2019. 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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