Building Official/ Assistant Community Development Director

City of Watsonville

SALARY:  $8,844.81 - $11,852.88 / Month

FILING DEADLINE: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (No postmarks accepted)



To provide support and assistance to the Community Development Director in planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the functions of the City’s Community Development Department, in the administration and maintenance of the City’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and other development regulations; in overseeing the issuance of all permits and approvals for private construction and land development; and in serving as Secretary to the Planning Commission in the Director’s absence. This job class is responsible for ensuring compliance with laws, codes and ordinances dealing with standards for commercial, industrial and residential structures.



This job class functions at a Senior Management level of classification and serves as a member of the Community Development Department Management Team. The Building Official/Assistant Director has delegated authority by the Municipal Code to enforce codes and laws governing the construction of safe dwellings, commercial establishments and maintenance of buildings and related facilities.  This job class requires technical knowledge and skill in review of permits, plans and specifications for compliance with adopted codes. This job class performs highly technical and complex duties related to development construction as well as budgetary, supervisory and management responsibilities. This position also acts as the City’s American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator for City Buildings and Facilities.



  • Receives direction from the Community Development Director
  • Exercises direct supervision of Building Inspectors, Code Enforcement Officers, Permit Technicians, and department personnel as assigned.


EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • assists in planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the Community Development Department’s functions, including planning, building inspection and development engineering plan check and inspection
  • assists in overseeing the processing of applications for private construction, subdivisions, and land development, including plan check, design review, field inspection and permit enforcement
  • maintains close and effective working relationships with the management staff of other City departments
  • performs evaluations for employees directly supervised
  • assists in overseeing the selection of staff; providing for their training and development; and review and approval of performance appraisals and recommendations for disciplinary action, wage and salary actions, promotions, and related employment actions
  • assists in developing the Community Development Department budget
  • assists with the development of proper design and quality control standards; prepares and recommends revisions to codes and ordinances, develops and recommends revisions and additions to the Municipal Code to improve inspection enforcement activities
  • directs the establishment and maintenance of Building Department records, project files, and revenue information
  • coordinates with and provides advice to contractors, developers, owners, architects, and engineers on applications and interpretation of codes and ordinances


  • resolves code interpretation differences between assigned staff; field inspectors, Code Enforcement Officers, and contractors/ builders and the design community
  • represents the City’s building inspection, fire inspection and code enforcement programs with City Council, other government agencies and the general public
  • directs and assists with plan checking for commercial/ industrial projects and residential construction, including complex plan check code interpretation
  • oversees and participates in the enforcement of laws, codes, and ordinances dealing with standards for commercial, industrial, and residential structures, including additions and alterations
  • develops and coordinates field inspection procedures
  • recommends fee schedule revisions
  • responds to and analyzes housing safety complaints
  • provides consultation to the City Manager and  City Council on building and fire inspection and code enforcement policies and problems
  • serves as a member of a variety of boards and committees
  • provides input on business license applications and planning issues
  • serves as the City’s Building Official pursuant to the City Municipal Code
  • provides technical advice and consultation to the Community Development Director, City Manager, City Council, and Planning Commission on community development issues
  • analyzes complex community development issues and problems, evaluates alternatives, and develops and implements effective courses of action
  • prepares and makes presentations to the City Council and Planning Commission
  • assists in formulating, evaluating and implementing departmental operating policies and procedures
  • receives, investigates, and resolves difficult and complex complaints and requests
  • prepares and/or approves a variety of technical studies, reports and correspondence
  • represents the Community Development Department and maintains close and effective working relationships with officials of relevant County, regional, State and Federal agencies as assigned
  • represents the Community Development Department in meetings with community organizations, the general public, private and trade organizations, and businesses
  • ensures that all safety regulations are communicated to department staff and followed
  • assists in reviewing and recommending appropriate adjustments to fees for services provided by the Community Development Department
  • makes presentations and serves on a variety of committees to work with regulatory agencies, the public, elected officials and other governmental agencies
  • ensures the effective utilization of equipment, material and other resources of the department
  • assists in the development and direction of an ongoing training and staff development program for departmental personnel



  • serves as Acting Community Development Director in the absence of the Director
  • Acts as Building Official
  • performs related duties and other management functions as required or assigned by the Community Development Director



Knowledge of:

  • principles and practices of management in a diverse organization, including organizational development,  management of work, effective delegation and supervisory practices, staff team-building, and personnel administration
  • land subdivision, zoning and other land use regulations, building regulation, and code enforcement
  • Federal, State, and local laws, codes, regulations and ordinances affecting the development of the community
  • applicable City policies, procedures and memoranda of understanding relating to community development, budgeting, finance and personnel management
  • principles of municipal finance; methods and techniques of budget development and administration
  • disabled access regulations pertaining to the State Building Code and American with Disabilities Act for all City buildings and facilities



Ability to:

  • plan, organize, coordinate and supervise the Building Inspection functions of the City
  • provide for supervision, training and staff development, and appraisal of staff performance
  • formulate, evaluate and make recommendations on policies and procedures affecting the provision of community development services
  • prepare effective technical reports and correspondence
  • make effective presentations to elected and appointed officials, City executives, the general public, community and neighborhood groups, business owners, and other governmental bodies
  • establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with all kinds of people contacted in the performance of required duties
  • prepare and manage the departmental budget, including accounting for fee revenues
  • review and evaluate technical community development information, reports and recommendations
  • represent the Community Development Department before a variety of groups and organizations
  • prepare departmental budget requests and control expenditures 
  • interpret and enforce provisions of applicable codes, ordinances, and regulations within the City’s jurisdiction
  • provide consultation and recommendations on ordinance revisions and changes
  • apply technical knowledge of building trades work and applicable regulations
  • read and interpret plans, diagrams, and specifications related to building and construction
  • direct the review and checking of plans and specifications for proper design and conformance with codes and ordinances
  • make arithmetical calculations quickly and accurately
  • explain building codes, ordinances, permit requirements, and the permitting process to city staff, developers, contractors, designers and the general public
  • provide code interpretation to architects and engineers on proposed design options
  • oversee the maintenance and upkeep of department records and prepare departmental reports
  • effectively and tactfully communicate in both oral and written forms
  • establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties
  • travel to different sites
  • work outdoors four to six hours per day exposed to inclement weather, dust and construction site hazards such as mechanical and electrical
  • work indoors in an office environment
  • climb ladders to inspect roofs; crawl under houses; twist, kneel and crouch; reach above and below shoulder level; grasp with right and left hands; walk on uneven surfaces; lift 50 lbs
  • effectively and tactfully communicate orally and in writing
  • sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time on a continuous basis
  • intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk and to get in and out of an automobile; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation
  • use a telephone and  voicemail system
  • correctly use a personal computer and basic applications of word processing and electronic mail in a networked Windows environment
  • drive an automobile



Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Minimum five years of broad and extensive experience in building inspection, code enforcement, and plan checking, including at least two years in management or supervisory capacity.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in structural engineering, architecture or related field is desirable.


  • A valid Class C California Driver’s License and a safe driving record
  • Possession within 12* months of appointment and continued maintenance of certification as a Building Official by a state or national organization.
  • Possession within 12* months of appointment and continued maintenance of certification as a Certified Access Specialist Program (CASP) Inspector by the Department of the State Architect
  • *Subject to final City Council approval




Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Department located at 275 Main Street, Suite 400, Watsonville, CA 95076, by the filing deadline.No postmarks accepted.An application may be obtained by calling 831.768.3020, to apply online go to the Employment page on the City’s website at candidates will receive written notification after applications have been screened for requirement compliance. Interview dates will be announced at a later time. Names of successful candidates who do not receive a job offer will be placed on an employment list.



The position benefits include vacation, sick leave, and holidays. The City offers Public Employees Retirement System benefits. Employees shall pay the full employee share of CalPERS contribution.

The candidate selected will be appointed for a 12-month probationary period. Names of successful candidates who do not receive a job offer will be placed on an employment list which normally remains effective for one year. The Human Resources Department may abolish an Employment List at any time the needs of the City so require. The position is represented by the Mid-Management bargaining unit.


Prior to appointment to the position of Building Official/Assistant Community Development Director, a medical examination, background and Department of Justice LiveScan fingerprinting will be required.


The City of Watsonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages workplace diversity. The City of Watsonville is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by including people with disabilities in all of its programs and activities.