Chief Building Official
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Chief Building Official
Job Classifications
City of Foster City
Estero Municipal Improvement District
Job Specification
To supervise and perform office and combination field inspection work in the enforcement of regulations governing structural, housing, electrical and plumbing construction and to review plans and issue building permits.
General direction is provided by the Director of Public Works and Community Development. Provides direct technical and functional supervision for Building Inspector and Building Inspection Clerk.
Assign and supervise the work of subordinates engaged in the enforcement of building construction regulations and codes; perform the most difficult field inspections; review inspections and decisions made by subordinate or contract inspectors when unusual conditions exist; review permit applications and check plans for conformance with appropriate codes and regulations; collect fees, issue permits and perform related work; resolve conflicts with developers; prepare enforcement correspondence as necessary; maintain a record of and prepare reports on building activity; provide technical assistance to contractors; respond to complaints and requests for information from the public; interpret codes and ordinances; coordinate inspection activities with other departments and agencies; review new materials and methods of construction for compliance with codes; prepare agenda items and make presentations of the City Council; and perform related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:  Knowledge of all major types of building construction, materials and equipment and of stages in construction when possible defects in structural, electrical and mechanical, as well as violations of codes and standards, may most easily be detected and corrected; applicable building, zoning and related codes and ordinances; basic engineering principles; modern developments, current literature and sources of information in the field of municipal building inspection; principles, practices and equipment of modern office management; and principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; and ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; understand and interpret building plans and specifications; enforce ordinances and regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially; and supervise, train and evaluate technical and clerical subordinates.
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:
Education:  Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplement by specialized courses in building construction principles, practices and techniques.
Experience:  Five years of building inspection experience involving structural, housing, electrical and plumbing inspection work. Supervisory experience is desirable.
Licenses:  Possession of a valid Class III California Driver's License.
Certificates:  Possession of an Inspector's certificate as a combination inspector from the International Conference of Building Officials is desirable.
SALARY:  $9,773 - $11,880 per month

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200