Deputy Director - Community Development/Building Official

  • City of Chico, CA
  • Chico, California
  • Jul 14, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Building and Safety Building Maintenance Community and Economic Development Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: Depends on Qualifications USD

Job Description

Position Information

This recruitment is to fill one position within the Community Development Department. The Deputy Director/Building Official is a relatively new position and will be vital to the department's current operational success and long-term goals.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • Experience in providing policy and departmental direction for Building and Code-related functions.
  • The ability to oversee a comprehensive Building Inspection and Code program, and applicable related staff.
  • Experience in, and the ability to supervise, plan checking and inspections of building construction projects, pursuant to City, State, and Federal construction requirements.
NOTICE: The City of Chico is committed to inclusion and a diverse workforce and has made candidate applications anonymous to reduce implicit bias in the hiring process. Candidate names, addresses, and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are auto-redacted on applications sent to the department.

The pay range for this position will fall between $125,000 and $140,000 and is negotiable depending on candidate qualifications.

Union: This position is not represented by a bargaining group and will have a stand-alone contract.

This recruitment is open until filled.

Job Description

Under limited direction of the Community Development Director, to manage and oversee the activities and operations of the Building and Code Enforcement functions of the City; to coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; to supervise assigned divisions and staff; to provide highly responsible organizational assistance and support to the Director in such fields as personnel, budgeting, purchasing, planning, public works and community development; makes recommendations regarding departmental policies and procedures; trains and supervises assigned staff; to perform related work as required.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations where appropriate so qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Assists the Community Development Director in managing and directing the department, including developing and implementing goals, priorities, policies, and procedures
  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of assigned division personnel in gathering information, analyzing data, preparing plans and reports, and other related functions
  • Utilizes Community Development software to help manage workflows, permitting, and inspections processes
  • Provides policy direction on Building and Code Enforcement functions
  • Review reports and studies prepared by staff
  • Administer and make authoritative interpretations of applicable regulations and policies
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate staff
  • Oversees a comprehensive program of building inspection for the City
  • Works together with contractors, architects and engineers on unusual problems regarding building codes
  • Establishes and sets procedures or policies for plan permitting and field inspections and makes inspections when necessary to clarify policy
  • Plan and supervise skilled building inspectors; supervise and participate in plan checking, as well as the inspection of building construction projects and in the examination of completed projects for compliance with City zoning, State and Federal construction requirements, and the use of proper materials and adherence to safety standards
  • Resolve complaints in regard to building construction work and code violations; investigate and assign complaints to subordinate inspectors for investigation
  • Assess administrative support systems and automate systems where appropriate and necessary
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures
  • Assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships
  • Identify opportunities for improvement and direct implementation of changes;
  • Manage and participate in the development and administration of the Department's budget
  • Forecast staffing, equipment, material and supply needs
  • Serve as an advisor to the City Council, City Manager and appointed boards, commissions, administrative committees and citizen committees on community development matters and explain new and revised programs to the City Council, professional and citizen groups
  • Meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility
  • Review and evaluate work methods and procedures
  • Conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations and operational studies; recommend modifications to Community Development programs, policies and procedures as appropriates
  • Respond to citizen complaints and requests for information
  • Prepare and present staff reports and recommendations
  • Assume leadership in the absence of the Community Development Director
  • Perform related assignments, as necessary
Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments and construction sites. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk; hear; sit; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is routinely required to stand or walk.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or hot temperature conditions, and airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderately noisy in the field.


Knowledge of:
  • California building codes and laws, regulations and ordinances governing building and construction modern methods of building construction and principles of structural design
  • The principles and functions of building inspection administration
  • Supervisory practices, personnel management and the principles of training and public relations
  • Public administration principles and methods
  • Computer applications related to work
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and practices
  • Advanced principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration
  • Customer service techniques and principles
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of professional, para-professional, technical and administrative support staff
  • Project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns and needs
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Work effectively and develop positive relationships with a diverse population and various cultures
  • Generate new and creative ideas through visionary and strategic thinking
  • Develop and maintain strong and effective working relationships with organizational leadership team
  • Resolve sensitive personnel and other confidential matters appropriately.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Education :
Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course in a related field supplemented by specialized training in building construction inspection and plan checking. Certification by Council of American Building Officials or International Conference of Building Officials certification as a Building Official is preferred.

Minimum of five years municipal administrative experience with significant exposure to building and code enforcement administration, and managing one of the functional areas described above.

Licenses and Certifications:
  • Possession of a valid California Driver License.

Additional Information

The City of Chico is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.


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Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies: Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification. If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description. For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM. Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted. Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources. Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request. Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses: The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing: Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting, a background, and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion. Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position. E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process. If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

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