5214 Building Plans Engineer

Recruitment #PEX-5214-099053


Position Description 
Under general administrative direction, the Building Plans Engineer serves as permitting expert and department lead on the 49 South Van Ness One-Stop Permit Center Project and assists with the preparation and implementation of the Department’s move to 49 South Van Ness. The incumbent will coordinate with the City Administrator’s Permit Center Team and will work with the various permitting departments locating to the 49 Van Ness One-Stop Permit Center. Additionally, the incumbent will manage current permitting operations which includes plan review and permit issuance functions of the Department; cross-train staff in preparation for the Department’s move to 49 South Van Ness and manage the implementation of the One-Stop Permit Center functions at the new 49 South Van Ness location.

 Essential Functions of the Position Include:

  • Coordinates permit Center move logistics;
  • Represents DBI in various 49 South Van Ness planning meetings;
  • Manages the implementation of One-Stop Permit Center functions after department move to 49 South Van Ness;
  • Develop guidelines for counter operations for the new Permit Center;
  • Manages permitting operations review and data gathering;
  • Directs plan checkers and engineers in the review of plans, calculations and specifications prepared by engineers, architects and contractors to assure fire, architectural and structural safety, handicapped access, and mechanical design (HVAC, smoke control) in conformance with applicable city, state and federal codes;
  • Reviews and reports on applications for complex alterations and new construction permits for buildings and structures;
  • Confers with engineers, architects and applicants in connection with application review, preliminary planning or solution of technical problems relating to applicable building code requirements;
  • Interprets building code requirements relating to fire, architectural and structural safety, and disabled access to buildings;
  • Reviews applications for materials substitution and new construction methods and makes recommendations thereon;
  • Conducts field inspections advises inspection personnel on acceptable engineering/construction practices, structural details, uses of materials and related building construction problems;
  • Supervises and monitors the workload and productivity of plan checking staff;
  • Manages the current and future counter operations including tasks of in-taking permits, routing permits to other departmental agencies for review, permits issuance, and overseeing counter plan review for DBI; and
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Six (6) years of verifiable professional experience as an engineer or architect, including at least two (2) years of which are equivalent to a Civil Engineer or Class 5268 Architect with the City and County of San Francisco and including a minimum of two (2) years building construction experience in the areas of construction, design, inspection or fire, architectural and structural plan review; AND

2. Possession of a valid California License as a Civil Engineer and/or Architect (submit copy with application);

3. Possession of a valid California Driver License (to be presented at the time of appointment).

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. Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

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

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, 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 recruitment analyst, Michele Nieve, by telephone at 415-865-8566, or by email at Michele.nieve@sfgov.org.

Selection Plan

Supplemental Questionnaire (Informational):
Applicants will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application.  The Questionnaire will be used to assess the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. The information in the supplemental questionnaire will not be scored and is collected for informational purposes.

The Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Note:  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.  

Verification:  Applicants may be required to submit verification of 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


Conviction History

As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 a selected candidate, 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.



Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit


Combined Promotive and Entrance
Issued: August 15, 2019 

Recruitment ID Number: 099053
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.

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