Under administrative direction of the Director of Community Development, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the Neighborhood Services Division within the Community Development Department to ensure life safety, property protection, and community standards in all land parcels, buildings, and structures in the City of Brentwood through the enforcement of related laws, statutes, codes, and ordinances enacted by the state and federal governments as well as the City of Brentwood; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative and management support to the Director of Community Development.
The Chief Building Official is considered a Division Manager with responsibility for the management of a Division that includes several line areas/sections or functional work groups of significant depth and complexity requiring leadership and management skills. Responsibilities include overall administration and implementation of a Division including development of Division objectives and design and implementation of supporting units, programs, processes, policies, and/or procedures to successfully achieve those objectives. A Division Manager is also responsible for the development, administration, and control of the associated budget(s).
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Assumes management responsibility for assigned services and activities of the Neighborhood Services Division including plan review services, permit issuance services, inspection services, code development services, code interpretation services, neighborhood preservation services, affordable housing program administration, code enforcement services, flood plain management, and disaster assessment; directs the enforcement of law, statutes, codes, and ordinances related to building construction, health and safety, and the City’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP).
- Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
- Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.
- Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work plan for professional and technical employees to ensure that codes are properly enforced with uniformity, equity, and safety; assigns work activities, projects, and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.
- Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned employees personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
- Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the Division’s annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments.
- Provides technical and professional advice; provides interpretation and decisions on applicable codes, rules, regulations, and technical problems of enforcement; answers procedural questions.
- Implements legal proceedings in abatement actions; conducts administrative hearings and works in concert with the City Attorney on legal issues.
- Proposes and presents fee updates, code updates, and amendments to City codes and ordinances.
- Serves as the liaison for the Community Development Department with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; coordinates with the Engineering Division and Finance Department to maintain CIP Fee viability and collectability; maintains working relationships with other enforcement agencies including the California Building Standards Commission, the California Energy Commission, and related agencies; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
- Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; prepares and coordinates reports and presentations on current building issues for City Council, community groups, and regulatory agencies.
- Provides responsible staff assistance to the Director of Community Development; conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; assists with a variety of development, capital improvement, affordable housing, code enforcement, and related projects; develops and implements office automation strategies; recommends modifications to Neighborhood Services Division programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
- Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of building inspection and code enforcement including legislation, court rulings, and professional practices and techniques; incorporates new developments as appropriate.
- Develops and maintains records, statistics, and reports including those on construction activity.
- Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints including those from citizens, builders, contractors, and engineers.
- Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a Neighborhood Services Division.
Principles and practices of program development and administration.
Modern principles, practices, and methods used in various building inspection areas including structural, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical.
Construction methods and procedures.
Fire prevention procedures and practices in new construction.
Affordable housing programs.
Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including laws, ordinances, and codes related to building construction and zoning.
Operational characteristics and use of standard equipment used in building inspection and the building trades.
Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive Neighborhood Services Division.
Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives, and procedures.
Prepare and administer large program budgets.
Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
Read and interpret complex plans and specifications.
Analyze complex building inspection and code enforcement issues, evaluate alternatives, and reach sound conclusions.
Make adjustments to operating procedures as necessary to improve organizational effectiveness.
Exercise sound independent judgment.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
Safely and effectively operate tools and equipment used in building inspection.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Provide an exceptional level of customer service, within and outside the organization.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, construction management, architecture, or related field.
Five years of increasingly responsible combination building inspection experience including two years of advanced journey-level experience that includes lead supervision responsibility.
License or Certificate:
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Possession of an appropriate California driver’s license.
Possession of a Combination Building Inspector certificate issued by the International Code Conference (I.C.C.).
Possession of a Building Official certificate issued by the International Code Conference (I.C.C.) is desirable.
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with frequent inspection activity at construction sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and to also conduct inspections in the field; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information..
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.