County of Alameda

Assistant Building Official (#8344)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Public Works Mgmt (U44)
$51.68-$62.94 Hourly / $4,134.40-$5,035.20 BiWeekly /
$8,957.87-$10,909.60 Monthly / $107,494.40-$130,915.20 Yearly

Under general direction, to assist the County Building Official in planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the operations of the Building Inspection Division of the Alameda County Public Works Agency; to assist in planning and directing the enforcement of legal provisions governing building activities in Alameda County; to supervise the activities of subordinate inspectional personnel and office employees; and to do related work as required.


This is a one-position class. The incumbent assists the Building Official in directing the performance of management and administrative functions of the Building Inspection Division; in developing and interpreting policies and procedures relating to building and construction activities, and in enforcing the building codes. Also assumes the duties of the Building Official in his absence.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Assists in planning, organizing, and directing a comprehensive program of building inspection and enforcement of the provisions of State laws, local codes and ordinances in the unincorporated areas of Alameda County, and in incorporated areas contracting for such services; administers and applies policies relating to the building inspection and enforcement program.

2. Assists in supervising the enforcement of land use codes and ordinances regulating zoning, billboards, quarries and junk yards; assists in determining the need for legal action on the part of the District Attorney; appears as a witness or technical advisor at District Attorney hearings in situations concerning the interpretation, enforcement, and use of codes and ordinances.

3. Performs difficult structural analysis and personally reviews plans for the most complex structures for compliance with the County Building Code; investigates building violations requiring citations or legal complaints, prepares reports for the District Attorney, and acts as complaining witness in court.

4. Makes judgements as to whether structural designs or plans conform to applicable codes.

5. Assists in the supervision of inspectional and office personnel, signs time sheets, and conducts in-house training classes.

6. Confers with architects, engineers, contractors, homeowners and others relative to complicated constructions or building projects; assists in coordinating inspection activities with County and City departments and other agencies; confers and corresponds with other professional personnel in connection with building code interpretation and application.

7. Acts as the Building Official during the absence of the incumbent

Either I


Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering or architecture,



The equivalent of five years of responsible structural engineering experience that included or was supplemented by one year of supervisory or administrative experience in building enforcement.



Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering or architecture, or closely related field,



The equivalent of four years of supervisory or administrative experience in building code enforcement.


Some acceptable combination of education and appropriate experience.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.


Possession of a valid certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers, or a Certificate as an architect issued by the California State Board of Architectural Examiners is desirable.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles of supervision and personnel management.
• Laws and regulations affecting the building inspection program and the philosophy and functions of such a program in a public agency.
• Modern methods of building construction, and principles of structural engineering.
• Methods, materials, tools and safety practices of the building, plumbing, and electrical trades.
• Legal processes and considerations involved in prosecuting violations of the building codes and ordinances.

Ability to:

• Assist in planning, organizing, and directing comprehensive building inspection program in a public agency.
• Read, interpret and perform complex analyses of plans for major structures.
• Formulate and apply uniform policies and standards for the building inspection program.
• Evaluate legal violations and take appropriate action.
• Speak effectively in public.
• Establish public confidence in the building inspection program and maintain cooperative relations with other officials and agencies.

Retyped 5/77
Revised: 7/78
Retyped: 6/85
Old document: 0776h
New document: Jobspecs/8344


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.