County of Alameda

Supervising Construction Inspector (#8355)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Public Works Mgmt (U44)
$32.78-$63.58 Hourly / $2,622.40-$5,086.40 BiWeekly /
$5,681.87-$11,020.53 Monthly / $68,182.40-$132,246.40 Yearly

Under general supervision, either to act as a first-line supervisor of a subordinate staff of Construction Inspectors and/or contract construction inspectors/material testers and clerks; or, as the single Construction Inspector, to inspect and monitor the largest or most complex types of building projects; and to perform related duties as required.


Supervising Construction Inspector differs from the next lower level class of Construction Inspector in that the former's workload normally requires that its incumbents work in a supervisory capacity above journey level and/or super-journey level construction inspectors.

Supervising Construction Inspectors work on different projects that vary in size, complexity and construction type. Incumbents are hired for a specific project, and unless otherwise specified, are not scheduled to work beyond the project completion date. Supervising Construction Inspectors may also be hired to inspect two or more concurrent projects or projects running in sequence. The Director of Public Works determines which county capital building projects will utilize a Supervising Construction Inspector. The incumbent is responsible for the work of subordinate Construction Inspectors, contract inspectors/ material testers and assigned clerical staff. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for compliance of the work of contractors and subcontractors to plans, specifications and applicable codes.

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. Is responsible for overall compliance with the project plans and specifications of the work of the general contractor and all subcontractors.

2. Makes recommendations to Deputy Director, Public Works, Director of Public Works and private architects on resolution of contractor deficiencies and makes recommendations to the Deputy Director, Public Works, on hiring of Construction Inspectors.

3. Reviews a variety of reports and requests such as daily reports, weekly summary reports and monthly progress payment requests.

4. Acts as first-line supervisor to subordinate Construction Inspectors, contract inspectors/ material testers and assigned clerical staff.

5. Reviews and evaluates the work performance of subordinate staff members.

6. Performs the more complex inspections as appropriate.

7. Coordinates inspection activities with a wide variety of professional trades personnel such as contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, material testers, etc.

8. May appear in court to function as an expert witness on inspection and inspection-related issues.

9. May perform all or part of the duties normal to Construction Inspector.

NOTE: The minimum qualifications for this class will vary depending on the size of the construction project and the level of inspection expertise required.

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The equivalent of one year as a Supervising Public Works Inspector or Supervising Building Inspector in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of five years of construction inspection experience at the journey level and one year of surveying and/or material testing. One year must have been served in a supervisory capacity.


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

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:

• Construction practices, including general construction, electrical, structural, mechanical and plumbing.
• Uniform Building Code.
• Surveying and engineering practices.
• Basic design criteria.
• OSHA regulations.
• Equipment capability.


• Interpreting and enforcing general and federal contract conditions.
• Interpreting plans and specifications.
• Maintaining accurate records.
• Communicating effectively with contractor's personnel, design architects and engineers, the general public and other private and public agents.
• Interpreting, coordinating and enforcing a variety of codes, ordinances and special requirements.
• Detecting substandard materials and workmanship.
• Detecting violations and taking appropriate action.
• Acting as an expert witness in courts.
• Training and supervising new personnel.
• Evaluating the work of assigned personnel.

Revised: 9/84
Revised: 12/85
Old document: 0780h
New document: 8355
CSC Date: 12/18/85


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.