San Mateo

Plan Check Supervisor

San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 50 applicants
$9,498.00-$11,332.00 Monthly


330 W. 20th Ave San Mateo, 94403


The City of San Mateo is accepting applications for




The Department

The Community Development Department is staffed by 50 employees. The Department, comprised of Planning, Neighborhood Improvement and Housing, Code Enforcement, and Building, provides a broad range of functions relating the development of the community. The Planning Division provides long-range planning and review of applications for new developments. The Neighborhood Improvement and Housing Division provides development and maintenance of affordable housing and oversees community grants. The Code Enforcement Division provides enforcement of City Codes as they relate to the maintenance and safety of properties. The Building Division provides construction permit review, issuance, and inspection for residential and commercial structures.


The Position


The Plan Check Supervisor under the general direction of the Building Official, plans, organizes, directs and supervises the plan check operations within the Building Division. This position performs complex and advanced professional plan check activities for commercial, residential, and other structures to ensure compliance with building codes, laws, ordinances and regulations; assists in conducting field inspections; provides technical guidance and supervision to other professional and technical staff and serves in the absences of the Building Official. The Plan Check Supervisor also works closely with plan review staff from other city departments to ensure a seamless, coordinated plan review process.


The Duties

Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for plan check operations; implement policies and procedures; monitor code changes and update city practices as required.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in plan check operations.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide and coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.
  • Coordinate plan check activities with other City departments and with outside agencies.
  • Conduct plan checks on commercial, industrial and residential buildings and structures; review plans calculations and reports for compliance of the adopted codes and ordinances.
  • Represent the Division at various boards, commissions, professional and community meetings.
  • Prepare administrative reports on building activities and performance on customer service standards.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public.
  • Confer with homeowners, design professionals, builders and the public concerning building codes and permit requirements; investigate complaints and recommend corrective actions as necessary to resolve issues.
  • Foster an environment embracing diversity, integrity, trust, and respect; be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication.
  • Conduct field inspections as required.





The Qualifications

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


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with some course work in advance math, pre-engineering, building design, construction technology. Bachelor degree with major coursework in civil, mechanical, or structural engineering, architecture or a related field is desirable.


Three years of increasingly responsible experience in building design review and/or plan checking in a municipal environment, including one year providing technical and functional supervision over assigned personnel.

License or Certificate:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.
Possession of a Plans Examiner Certificate issued by the International Code Council, or other state, national or International association.
Possession of a Registration as a professional engineer or architect in the State of California is highly desirable.



  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles, methods and practices of architecture or engineering and their applications on building plan review.
  • California Building Standards Codes, and applicable state laws and local ordinances.
  • Basic Planning and zoning codes and ordinances.
  • Recent developments, current literature and sources of information regarding technology, materials and methods of construction.
  • Principles and practices of budget monitoring and safety management.
  • Pertinent local, state and federal laws, ordinances and rules governing engineering and architecture
  • Assist in the development & monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Organize, implement and direct plan check operations/activities.
  • Perform detailed analysis and examination of building design plans, calculations and related documents.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent plan check and department policies and procedures.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff. Resolve conflict and issues with tact.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.



THIS ANNOUNCEMENT is meant only as a general description guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute an expressed or implied contract.


Supplemental Questionnaire

Please provide answers to the following questions. Responses to the supplemental questions will be used in the selection process. Neatness, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling, and ability to follow instructions will be considered in evaluating your responses:

  1. Describe a time when despite careful plan checking, things got out of hand and what you did to handle the situation?
  2. Describe your leadership style and provide an example in which you demonstrated your leadership ability.
  3. Please describe your experience working a customer service counter and name two essential criteria in establishing effective customer service standards.

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