East Palo Alto

Chief Building Official (20107533)

San Francisco/Peninsula
5/14/2021 at 5pm or until 50 applicants
$121,478.00-$147,657.00 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 is hiring!

If you have the attributes such as experience in commercial and residential plan review and inspections and you are service focused and result oriented and enjoy working in a collaborative environment then this is the environment for you. We are searching for a Chief Building Official who models high integrity and honesty and who is accessible to clients and department staff.

If you are that person, then you must apply today!

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Ideal Candidate

It is an exciting time in the City of East Palo Alto! We are the “City on the Move” with an economic development goal to foster a healthy and thriving business environment, while preserving the heritage of a 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.

The City seeks a Chief Building Official who can help pioneer and manage future development while maintaining compatibility with community expectations.

The ideal candidate for this job opportunity will need to demonstrate the following attributes:

Experience – With sophisticated commercial and residential plan review and inspection, including mid-rise and lab construction, code violations, nuisance complaints, and the code enforcement citation process.

Service Focused – Has a history of delivering positive contributions in making change, modernizing processes, implementing new technology and providing exceptional service.

Results Oriented – Is focused on achieving results and “getting things done.” Must be able to attend City Council evening meetings and prepare associated reports and presentations.

Relationship Based – Works collaboratively and effectively with the development and residential community and with the city management team. Is able to build trust and respect based on shared core values consistent with the city operation and the community.

Ethical, Engaged and Active Leadership – Models high integrity and honesty, is visible and accessible to clients and department staff and actively involved staff in decision-making, communication and organizational development opportunities.

Creative – An innovative thinker who demonstrates a willingness to try new and different approaches to the function. Reflects an ability to work towards the “spirit” and safety of the Code, rather than simply the language of the Code.

Adaptable Problem Solver – Provides useful advice, is solution oriented and is helpful in getting issues addressed and solutions implemented. Is able to handle multiple, shifting priorities in a composed, effective and focused manner.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of the following:

Two years of college, or encompassing coursework related to building construction practices and five years of increasingly responsible experience as a Building inspector in an agency, at least two-years shall include supervisory responsibility; or 

Four years of 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.


Required Licenses and/or Certifications:

Valid California Class C Driver’s License with a good driving record, at time of appointment

CA Building Officials (CALBO) Certification

International Code Council (ICC) Plans

Examiner and Combination Inspector

Certifications (or ICBO equivalent)

Desired Qualifications

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




Compensation and Benefits


Chief Building Official $121,478 - $147,657   (Depends on qualifications and experience)

CalPERS  Classic Members — 2.5% @ 55 formula (Employee pays 8% employee contribution. Three year average final compensation.)

CalPERS 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: Two-weeks per year

Sick Leave: 8 hours/month

Optional Benefits: Flex (125) Plan with Supplemental Benefits


Special Instructions

To be considered for this employment opportunity with the City of East Palo Alto, please complete the City Application, Supplemental Questionnaire online, and Omnia Profile Assessment. 

Please read the instructions provided on the job brochure and supplemental questionnaire. 


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