Union City

Chief Building Official (19833532)

East Bay
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$12,561.00-$15,083.00 Monthly

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


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587



The City is currently seeking a highly energetic, motivated individual for our Chief Building Official. Under direction of the Economic and Community Development Director, the Chief Building Official position is a management position that administers plan check duties, provides building inspections, and functions as Neighborhood Preservation Manager and trains and supervises assigned staff performing those functions; provides expert professional and technical assistance to departmental staff in assigned areas of responsibility; performs related work as required.



The Economic and Community Development department is responsible for helping the city grow by balancing jobs and housing by developing long-term strategic plans to attract high-paying jobs for residents as well as maintain housing affordability and keeping Union City a great place to live and work.



The City of Union City, a general law city, is the gateway to the Silicon Valley and a past recipient of the All-America City award. Union City is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are proud of our culturally diverse population of 72,155. We have safe and award winning schools and are close to shopping and transportation. Our community is near parklands such as Coyote Hills and the Alameda Regional Trails. In our residential community you will enjoy over 33 parks, mild climate year round, and a City-owned and operated Sports Center.

Ideal Candidate


Any combination of education and experience that has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge and abilities described. A typical means of acquiring the essential knowledge and abilities is a combination of education and experience equivalent to:

- Education equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, architecture, construction management or a closely related field.


- 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.

Knowledge of:

· Principles, practices, techniques of plan checking and building inspection.

· Neighborhood Preservation practices and techniques.

· Supervisory principles and methods, including goal setting, budget preparation and administration, training, and work scheduling and evaluation techniques.

· Applicable City, County, State and Federal laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations.

Ability to:

· Manage, plan, organize, assign, direct, review and evaluate the work of assigned staff; select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel.

· Implement and interpret policies, procedures, goals, objectives and work standards; analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives and make creative recommendations; interpret and explain complex laws and regulations.

· Exercise initiative and sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines.

· Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; represent the City effectively in meetings with others.

· Represent the City effectively in meetings with others and prepare clear, concise and competent reports, correspondence and other written materials.

· Maintain a customer service orientation with the public, developers and city staff.

Familiarity with neighborhood preservation is highly desirable.

Certifications as a Building Official, Plans Examiner, and Combination Inspector by the International Code Conference and familiarity with neighborhood preservation programs are highly desirable.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to perform various physical activities on a continuous basis including standing, sitting, walking, bending, kneeling, crouching, stooping, squatting, climbing and twisting of the upper body. Must be able to work in extreme cold or heat.


· Must possess a valid California Driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record.

· Must successfully complete a background check which includes verification of education and experience.


Plans, organizes, assigns, directs, reviews and evaluates staff and activities to implement three major programs:

· Zoning and Neighborhood Preservation – to ensure that buildings and uses comply with City, state and federal ordinances and laws.

· Plan Checking – to meet current development needs, particularly in complex residential, commercial and industrial construction.

· Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Inspection – to ensure compliance with all building, fire and safety standards and regulation.

· Assists in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and the biennial budget for the department in assigned areas of responsibility.

· Recommends selection of assigned personnel and provides for their training and professional development; interprets City policies and procedures to employees; is responsible for morale and productivity of assigned staff.

· Personally performs plans checking; directs and reviews the work of contract staff who provide plan checking assistance; administers such professional service contracts.

· Prepare and present Building and Neighborhood Preservation reports to the City Council, Planning Commission and other public agencies with analysis, findings and recommendations.

· Coordinate the Building and Neighborhood Preservation division activities with other City departments and other public and private agencies.

· Manage and coordinate residential fire sprinkler permitting, inspection and plan check in cooperation with the Fire Department.

· Prepares and issues complex legal notices to maintain public safety and assist other City departments when necessary with enforcement on dangerous buildings and public nuisances.

· Confers with and provides professional assistance to members of City departments on matters related to functional areas of responsibility.

· Conducts various studies, considers alternatives and makes recommendations; prepares a variety of periodic and special reports.

· Represents the City in meetings with representatives of governmental agencies, architects, engineers, contractors, property and business owners and the public; handles difficult inquiries or community complaints.

· In the event of an emergency organizes and participates in the structural evaluation, documentation of damage, repair, inspection and approval of public and private structures citywide.

· Must have high ethical standards and be a role model for the Building and Neighborhood Preservation divisions, and the Economic and Community Development Department.

· Responsible for periodically amending and updating the building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical codes that are adopted by the City.

·  Strong communication skills verbally and in writing.

· Monitors developments related to building inspection and code enforcement matters; evaluates their impact upon City operations and recommends policy and procedural improvements.

· May serve as the Economic and Community Development Director on a relief basis on occasion.



Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in either 2% @60 (Classic Employees) or 2% @62 (New Employees) formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility, as per AB 340. There are no Social Security deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).

Life Insurance: Premium is paid by the City. Life insurance and AD&D is equal to $100,000 each. Long-term and short-term disability insurance premium paid by the employee. Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.

Medical/Dental: The City provides the employee up to $2,000 per month after the employee’s initial contribution of $542.84 to purchase medical, dental and vision benefits.

Deferred Compensation Plan: the City contributes $100/mo. into a 401(a) tax-deferred plan on behalf of the employee upon minimum employee contribution of 2%. A 457 Deferred Comp Plan is also available on a voluntary basis.

Leave: The City will provide the employee with 110 hours of administrative leave annually (prorated based on hire date). Employees accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month without limit on accumulation; vacation accrual of 40 hours after 3 years of service.

Holidays: 10 holiday and 3 floating holidays per year.

Work Schedule: 9/80 work schedule


Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as the position may close without notice, as soon as a sufficient number of qualified applications are received.

Application and supplemental questionnaire must be completed on-line via the CalOpps website:


Resumes can be attached to the CalOpps application.

Applications which do not include responses to the supplemental questionnaire will not be considered.  


Application materials will be reviewed and screened using in part criteria outlined in this brochure. Only those individuals whose applications clearly demonstrate they most closely meet the needs of this position will be invited to continue in the process, which may include an oral board panel interview and other assessment components.

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate further in the selection process. Candidates deemed to be most qualified during the interview process will have their names placed on an employment eligibility list, which will be used for placement consideration. The eligibility list will remain in effect for one year from the date established, and may be used if additional vacancies occur.

Before an appointment can be made to the position, the person selected must pass a background check to be considered for employment and must provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States, in accordance with Federal Law.

City of Union City provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, upon request. Please contact the Human Resources Department if you will need reasonable accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.

The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

This job announcement reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.

Special Instructions

* Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  Once a sufficient number of qualified applications are received the recruitment may close without notice. *

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