City of Oakland-Deputy Director/Chief Building Official

  • City of Oakland
  • Oakland, California
  • Jan 12, 2022
Full Time Building and Safety Executive
  • Apply By: Apr 12, 2022


The City of Oakland is actively seeking candidates for a Deputy Director/Chief Building Official to support the health and welfare of all Oaklanders 

Job Description

City of Oakland 

The City of Oakland sits on the east side of the San Francisco Bay and has unparalleled vistas of the Bay and the Pacific Ocean with traditional and historic neighborhoods, a progressive downtown, and an array of cultural and recreational amenities. Oakland is the eighth largest city in the State of California, with an estimated population of 428,827. With its wealth of resources and opportunities, it is a mature city that has been able to preserve its abundant natural beauty and resources as it has experienced cycles of development.  

The City of Oakland has a Mayor-Council form of government. The Mayor is elected at-large for a four-year term and can be reelected only once. The Mayor is not a member of the City Council,  but does have the right to vote on any Council item to break a tie.  The City Council is comprised of eight members; one elected “at large,” while the other seven represent specific districts. All Councilmembers are elected to serve four-year terms and have no term limit. The City Administrator is appointed by the Mayor and subject to confirmation by the City Council.  

The City of Oakland is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity, inclusion, and equity. Oakland has a long history of activism around issues of justice and equity. Both oppression and this resistance to oppression have shaped the city’s historical roots and the lives of its residents to this day. As public servants to one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we strive to develop employees who understand the harm and impacts of systemic inequity to create lasting, meaningful outcomes for everyone. Oakland strives to establish an environment that embraces the richness of culture, community, and individualism of employees. 

The Department  

The Planning & Building Department oversees the regulations for the City's growth and development. The Department supports the health and welfare of all Oaklanders by reviewing project plans, enforcing local ordinances, developing neighborhood plans, and responding to public concerns related to code enforcement. 

The Department is organized into three major bureaus: Building, Planning, and Operations & Administration. The Building Bureau provides services for building-related activities, including code enforcement, inspections, permits, and plan review. It has 96 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) with additional contractors as needed depending on workload. The FY 2021-22 operating budget for the Planning and Building Department is $38.5 million and the Building Bureau’s budget is $20.9 million. 

The Building Bureau provides services for building-related activities in the following categories: 

  • Engineering & Architectural Plan Approval: assisting permit applicants to understand applicable state health and safety codes, regional environmental regulations, and city development and land subdivision ordinances.  
  • Inspections: ensuring conformance of permitted construction to code and regulating the construction of all buildings and earthwork. 
  • Livable Neighborhood/Code Enforcement Services: enforces the California Housing Law and the Oakland Municipal Code regulating the maintenance of buildings and properties. 

The Opportunity 

The Deputy Director/Chief Building Official is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating, through subordinate supervisors, a variety of building services programs. They include building, housing and zoning code compliance and enforcement, inspection services, engineering services, permit processing, plan review, and seismic safety. 

The position requires hands-on management of staff and participation in daily activities. The new Deputy Director/Chief Building Official will be tasked with the creation of fair and equitable standard operating procedures and performance indicators to lead the organization. The Deputy Director/Chief Building Official sets a culture of problem solving by leading staff to listen, engage, and work collaboratively within the department, the community, and the City. 

Specific duties may also include: 

  • Planning and implementing improved permit and enforcement systems to provide timely and efficient customer service. 
  • Directing the preparation of complex studies and reports relating to current and long-range building services issues and formulating specific proposals to address them. 
  • Directing the preparation and administration of the bureau’s budget. 
  • Directing the selection, supervision, and evaluation of assigned staff; and planning and implementing staff training and development to enhance program effectiveness. 
  • Preparing or reviewing reports for the City Administrator, City Council, or commissions. 
  • Working closely with Council and public and private groups to explain or coordinate program activities or plans for proposed projects and respond to their concerns. 
  • Monitoring developments related to building services program areas, evaluating their impact on City operations, and recommending or implementing policy and procedure improvements. 

Job Requirements

Ideal Candidate 

Effective communicator—able to listen, engage, and communicate in a highly visible environment across a range of audiences and constituent interests. 

Seasoned manager—ready to guide Building Bureau employees to the highest standards and ensure seasoned staff maintain performance levels. 

Problem solving mindset—able to evaluate current standards and bring imagination and latitude to resolve issues practically and to meet community needs. 

Project manager—skilled at developing new programs based on policy direction from Council and administrative direction from the CAO and Department Head with clear Key Performance Indicators.   

Education and Experienced 

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, architecture, or a closely related field. A master's degree in a related field is highly desirable. 

Five years of progressively responsible management experience in engineering, architecture, code compliance and enforcement, or inspection work, including program administration, policy development, and project management; two of which must include supervisory experience. 

Possession of a certificate from the International Code Council (ICC), certificate of Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California or Registration as a Professional Architect in the State of California are highly desirable.   

Additional Information

Salary and Compensation 

Dependent on qualifications, the annual salary is $166,151 to $204,013 with the following benefits provided: 

  • CalPERS Medical, Dental, Vision insurance 
  • Medical Waiver Plan – Cash-In-Lieu  
  • Flexible Spending Accounts  
  • Commuter Benefits  
  • Group and Supplemental Life Insurance  
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  
  • Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH)  
  • Pension Benefits  
  • Deferred Compensation 

Beginning January 3, 2022, a new City policy allows employees to work remotely up to three days a week, if operationally possible. 

To Be Considered 

Additional information is available at Management Partners. 

Please contact Nancy Hetrick with Management Partners at 408-437-5400 or with any questions. 

The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer. 
The City complies with all Federal, State and local laws mandating Equal Employment Opportunities. All qualified applicants will be considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. 


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