6333 Senior Building Inspector

Mayor's Office on Disability

Recruitment #TEX-6333-076197


APPOINTMENT TYPE: Temporary Exempt (TEX), this position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.


The Mayor's Office on Disability (MOD) established in 1998 serves as the City’s overall ADA Coordinator. Current staffing is eight full time employees, all with extensive experience and knowledge of civil rights laws and architectural access standards including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, the Uniform Federal Access Standards (UFAS), and the California Building Code.

Architectural Access

  • ADA Transition Plan: Project development and management
  • Quality Control: Plan review, project approval, and inspection services
  • Policy, design guides, and code development
  • Training and guidance for architects and recreation planners

Programmatic Access

  • ADA Grievance Procedure
  • Effective communication
  • Training and guidance for Departmental ADA Coordinators
  • Public information, outreach, and education
  • Program policy development and legislative initiatives

Disaster Planning for People with Disabilities

  • Community based planning and engagement
  • Emergency plan development with DEM
  • Disability expertise integrated into the Incident Command System
  • Evacuation Chair installation and training program

Mayor’s Disability Council

  • Provides policy guidance to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors
  • Creates a public forum for the disability community
  • Venue to vet major City projects and initiatives


Under direction, the 6333 Senior Building Inspector monitors and reviews records, reports and correspondence of subordinate personnel; performs inspections of buildings and structures as necessary; interprets and explains codes, regulations, ordinances, and laws pertaining to building construction and maintenance; prepares investigation reports; resolves conflicts between the public and subordinates; represents the department at various meetings, hearings, commissions and boards; coordinates and maintains records of training on safety and health issues for subordinate staff; may act as a team leader for emergency purposes during times of disasters; and performs related duties as required.


1.  Supervises building inspectors and/or subordinate staff by assigning, monitoring, and evaluating their work; and providing training to inspectors on the interpretation and application of building codes, related ordinances and laws in order to ensure that departmental policies and procedures are adhered to, and that applicable codes, ordinances and laws are properly enforced.  

2.  At the Bureau of Construction Management, the Senior Building Inspector manages a construction project to ensure quality control and code compliance.

3.  Reviews and revises records, reports, correspondence and plan review, such as records of inspections, daily reports, letters to members of the public, notices of violation, plan review comments and correction notices prepared by building inspectors when necessary to ensure that the work is being performed correctly and in conformance with departmental policies, procedures, work standards, goals and objectives.

4.  Interprets and explains the codes, regulations, ordinances and laws which govern building construction in the City and County of San Francisco, such as the Building Code, Housing Code, Mechanical Code, State Building Standards, Title 24 accessibility requirements and energy conservation standards, appeal procedures, abatement processes, and permit processing to staff and others, including architects, engineers, contractors, and the general public.

5.  Ensures that information concerning the department procedures is disseminated accurately; and resolve conflicts between staff/inspectors and general public (contractors/property owners) during plan review and field inspection activities.  

6.  Represents the department at meetings, hearings and in court by preparing evidence and/or appearing before such bodies as the Board of Supervisors, Building Inspection Commission, judicial committees, Access Appeals Commission, Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board, Board of Permit Appeals, the Abatement Appeals Board, and other boards and commissions in order to testify or present information regarding code violation cases and other related matters.

7.  May act as a team leader for emergency response on behalf of the department.

8.  Makes site visits and reviews plans with or without subordinate staff to check buildings and other inspections performed by staff.

9.  Observes, assists and reviews procedures utilized by staff during inspections.

10.  Checks architectural plan sets for compliance with applicable accessibility standards/building codes and issues plan review comments to permit applicant.

11.  Conducts site inspections of construction projects to determine compliance with approved set and issues correction notices as to contractor.

12.  Performs inspections when subordinate staffs are absent or as necessary in order to ensure that inspections are performed correctly and completed in a timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications

1.  Two (2) years of verifiable experience as a building inspector with a public agency performing duties at a level equivalent to class 6331 Building Inspector with the City and County of San Francisco.

2.  Possession of a valid Class C California driver license.  

3.  Possession of the Commercial and Residential Building Inspector certifications or the Building Plans Examiner certification, issued by the International Code Council (ICC), is required.  Inspectors must maintain the certification as a condition of continued employment.


Two (2) years of verifiable experience reviewing project plans with a public agency for compliance with Title 24 accessibility requirements.

  Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. 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.  

 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.

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: 6333 Senior Building Inspector (TEX-6333-076197)
  • 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. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst at (415) 554-6000.

Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the Agency by phone at (415) 554-6000 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 554-6015 (TTY).


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 applying 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 applying 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 City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

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.


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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