Placer County

Deputy Director of Building Services (#19945)

$64.07-$80.02 Hourly / $11,105.47-$13,870.13 Monthly / $133,265.60-$166,441.60 Yearly



To assist the Community Development Resource Agency Director in managing and directing the overall operations of the Building Services Division; to oversee and coordinate internal management of the division; to manage a major program of the Agency; to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Community Development Resource Agency Director, which may include plan review, code compliance and enforcement, and building inspection; and to ensure that all division activities and services meet applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations.


The Deputy Director level recognizes positions that serve as a full line assistant to the Agency management and/or assume responsibility for a major division. In addition, performs general administrative and management tasks for the Director as assigned and serves as the Chief Building Official for Placer County.


Receives administrative direction from the Community Development Resource Agency Director.

Exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assist the Community Development Resource Director in managing and directing the Building Services Division.
  • Assist in developing the division’s goals and objectives; assist in the development and administration of  policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct building services activities and operations, including plan checking, building design and construction, building  inspection, code compliance and enforcement, and cannabis regulation; confer with the Agency Director regarding policies and major operating procedures; review, evaluate, and recommend change; work with and assist subordinates with problems and recommend course of action.
  • Serve as Chief Building Official for the County; coordinate division activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the County Executive and Board of Supervisors; chair subcommittees and multi-agency task forces; act as Executive Secretary of the Building Board of Appeals; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Oversee and participate in various administrative hearing bodies as a representative of Placer County; attend hearings and appear as a witness in court proceedings; manage and oversee hearing officer contracts.
  • Direct interagency and intra-agency coordination in support of enforcement functions; interpret, evaluate and enforce complex codes and develop creative solutions to code issues and problems.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the division’s work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Building Division budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement mid-year adjustments.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures as needed; maintain high performance standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the division.
  • Represent the division to outside groups and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence as necessary.
  • Interpret and enforce complex building laws, codes, and ordinances; perform complex plan reviews and building inspections; prepare building code violation cases for code enforcement action and litigation.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.



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

Experience: Seven years of increasingly responsible experience in building inspection, including four years of administrative and management responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in construction technology, civil engineering, architecture or a related field.  Possession of "Certified Building Official" (CBO) certification as a Building Official issued by the International Code Council, or possession of a California general contracting license may be accepted as evidence of required training.  Other occupational experiences with training related to the position of Chief Building Official may be accepted. Additional training in management is highly desirable.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a Certificate of Registration as an Inspector issued by the International Code Council.  Registration as a licensed architect or professional civil engineer may also be accepted as evidence of technical qualifications.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of building design, construction and inspection, plan review, and code enforcement/compliance.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and technical report writing.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Criminal and civil laws, legal processes, and court procedures.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
  • Modern office procedures and computer equipment; knowledge of building services related applications and programs. 

Ability to:

  • Plan, direct and control the administration and operations of the Building Division.
  • Analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; observe and problem solve building inspection activities; remember personnel rules; and explain and interpret policy.
  • Prepare and administer a budget.
  • Develop and implement division policies and procedures.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret, explain and apply laws, division policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Organize, direct and implement multiple complex building design, construction, plan review, and code enforcement activities and programs.
  • Negotiate contracts and agreements.
  • Perform field inspections on complex projects.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, including the ability to make concise and persuasive public presentations.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned personnel.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; walk, stand, kneel, climb, crawl and bend in the field; and regularly lift moderate weight.

CLASS: 19945; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 1/29/2019;