Union City

Chief Building Official/Senior Plans Examiner (20219004)

Economic Development
East Bay
6/6/2022 at 11:59pm
$12,881.00-$15,441.00 Monthly

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


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587



Under the direction of the Economic and Community Development Director, the Chief Building Official/Senior Plans Examiner performs plan check duties, provides technical support at the building counter, supervises assigned staff in the Building Division, provides expert professional and technical assistance to departmental staff in assigned areas of responsibility; and performs related work as required.


This position plans, organizes, assigns, directs, reviews and evaluates staff and activities related to building permit issuance and code enforcement.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (illustrative only)

  • Performs all in-house plan checking and reviews the work of contract staff who provide plan checking assistance; administers such professional service contracts.
  • Responsible for Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy, and Green Codes Inspection and ensuring compliance with all building, fire and safety standards and regulations.
  • Responsible for Code Enforcement activities and ensuring that buildings and uses comply with City, State and Federal ordinances and laws.
  • 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.
  • Prepares and presents Building and Code Enforcement Department reports to the City Council, Planning Commission and other public agencies with analysis, findings and recommendations.
  • Coordinates the Building Division activities with other City departments and other public and private agencies.
  • Manages and coordinates 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 assists 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.
  • Responsible for periodically amending and updating the building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, energy, and green codes that are adopted by the City.
  • Monitors developments related to building inspection and code enforcement matters; evaluates their impact upon City operations and recommends policy and procedural improvements.
  • In his or her absence, may serve as the Economic and Community Development Director on a relief basis.


Ideal Candidate


Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, architecture, construction management or a closely related field.


Four (4) years of responsible management experience as a chief building official, unit supervisor or division manager in building inspection services which included managing inspection services involving complex residential, commercial and industrial facilities. Familiarity with code enforcement is desirable.

Licenses and Certificates:

Certification as a Plans Examiner by the International Code Council is required. Certifications as a Chief Building Officer or Combination Inspector by the International Code Council and familiarity with code enforcement programs are highly desirable.

Knowledge Of:

  • Principles, practices, techniques of plan checking and building inspection.
  • Code Enforcement 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:

  • Perform all in-house plan checking and review of the work of contract staff, providing plan checking assistance.
  • 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.
  • Perform duties with the utmost professionalism and high ethical standards.
  • 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 utilizing strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Maintain a customer service orientation with the public, developers and City staff.


The City of Union City is an equal opportunity employer. The City of Union City will comply with its obligations under the law to provide equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Positions in this class typically require: sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Travel: Positions in this class may require local and statewide travel as necessary.


Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in either 2%@60 (Classic Employees) or the new 2%@62 (New Employees) formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility.  The City does not participate in Social Security therefore there are no Social Security tax deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).

Medical/Dental/Vision: The City provides the employee up to $2,000 per month toward  medical, dental and vision premium.

Deferred Compensation Plans: The City contributes $100/mo. into a 401(a) tax-deferred plan on behalf of the employee. A 457b Deferred Compensation Plan and a ROTH IRA are also available on a voluntary basis.

Leaves: Employees shall accrue 3.08 hours of vacation leave per pay period limited to two times their maximum annual accrual rate. The City will provide the employee with 70 hours of administrative leave annually (prorated based on hire date). Employees shall accrue 3.69 hours of sick leave per pay period without limit on accumulation.

Holidays: 11 days and 3 floating holidays per year.

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 shared by the City and employee. Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.

Special Instructions


Application, and resume should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website by 11:59 PM on June 6, 2022. 

Resumes may not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

The examination process may consist of one of more of the following components: a supplemental questionnaire, a written exam, and oral interview.

Candidates who are invited to continue in the examination process will be notified by e-mail. Successful candidates’ names will be placed on an employment eligibility list. The eligibility list will remain in effect for a minimum of one year from the date the list is established. Additional vacancies that occur for this classification may be hired from the list.

The 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.

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