6274 Chief Housing Inspector

Recruitment #PBT-6274-089377


This announcement has been reissued due to a change in the selection procedure.

This is a Position-Based Testing conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

Position Description
Under general direction, the Chief Housing Inspector manages and administers the assigned division(s); plans, assigns, directs, and reviews the work of a group of subordinate inspectors engaged in the full range of housing code enforcement activities; assures compliance with established laws, ordinances, and regulations; and performs related duties as required.

Essential Functions of the Position Include:
- Assigns, directs, and reviews the work of the subordinate inspectors and office personnel in the inspection and enforcement of codes and regulations relating to housing; conducts spot inspections to determine efficiency of inspectors, work; assigns special inspections to subordinates and personally makes inspections on difficult and unusual cases

- Reviews and interprets housing, building, and other related code requirements to subordinates, the general public, building owners, realtors and attorneys

- Analyzes and submits periodic and special reports on work performance, accomplishments, and various aspects of housing conditions; reviews, analyzes, and prepares recommendations for additions or amendments to the housing code; prepares data for the “Workable Program” relating to the City’s code enforcement program for the Federal Government

- Reviews the issuance of citations for administrative hearings and for District and City Attorneys’ office hearing regarding non-compliance cases; reviews and recommends warrants for entry to inspect buildings and for arrest of persons who violate certain codes; conducts administrative hearings in order to obtain compliance with related housing codes

- Coordinates in the effort of the housing code enforcement program with other divisions of the Bureau of Building Inspection and the Health and Fire Departments, and with agencies in the officially designated Federally Assisted Code Enforcement Areas, in the Central Relocation Program and in Redevelopment Areas

- Assists in preparing annual budget estimates for conducting housing inspection activities; assists in the development and advancement of subordinates through training and effective use of employee development programs; conducts periodic staff meetings for purpose of disseminating new information and clarifying existing requirements, policies, methods, and procedures; assists in the preparation of new ordinances as related to the Housing Code

- Represents the Department of Building Inspection at various meetings of the Board of Supervisors; conducts abatement appeals hearings; utilizes EDP procedures to facilitate housing code enforcement procedures

Minimum Qualifications

1. Requires completion of two (2) years of college coursework (sixty (60) semester or ninety (90) quarter units) from an accredited college or university; AND

2. Four (4) years of verifiable housing inspection work experience for a public agency, including at least two (2) years in a lead or supervisory capacity equivalent to class 6272 Senior Housing Inspector with the City and County of San Francisco, which includes supervision of professional code enforcement staff AND

3. Possession and maintenance of a valid California Class C driver license.

Substitution: Additional housing inspection work experience in a lead or supervisory capacity equivalent to class 6272 Senior Housing Inspector may substitute for the required education on a year for year basis. Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units equal one year.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of the qualifying education and experience, at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456. Failure to submit the required verification, when requested, may result in disqualification or ineligibility for employment.

Note: Falsifying one’s education or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Patrick Cheng, by telephone at 628-652-5011, or by email at Patrick.Cheng@sfdpw.org (email preferred).

Selection Procedures

Oral Exam (Weight: 100%): Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the oral examination to measure their relative knowledge, skills and abilities including, but not limited to: knowledge of field inspection techniques and procedures and related office routines, forms, documents and reports; knowledge of state laws and city ordinances and Department of Building Inspection rules and regulations pertaining to housing inspection; ability to plan, assign, and supervise the activities of subordinate personnel; ability to deal effectively with the general public, interdepartmental heads, property owners, tenants, and other persons; skill in the interpretation and application of local ordinances and state laws to practical housing enforcement situations.

A minimum score must be achieved on the Oral Exam to be placed on the eligible list.

Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

Certification Rule: The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores.

Eligible List: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#eligiblelists

The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission. The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning CCSF Employment Policies and Procedures

A hard copy of Important Employment Information for the CCSF can be obtained at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Employment, Character and Background Investigation

Terms of Announcement: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Reasonable Accommodations:

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable Americans with Disability Act Accommodation using the link above.

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:

Information regarding requests for Seniority Credit can be found using the link above.

Veteran's Preference:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found using the link above.


Combined Promotive & Entrance

Issued: September 11th, 2018

Recruitment ID Number: 089377
Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources






All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here. 

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