0953 Deputy Director III - Inspection Services

Inspection Services Division

Recruitment #PEX-0953-109243


       In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.                                                                        

        This announcement has been clerically amended on May 6, 2021 to update the selection procedures and remove the education substitution.



   APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Permanent Exempt. In accordance with San Francisco Charter Section 10.104, exempt employees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. 

     The Department of Building Inspection (DBI) is the regulatory building safety agency responsible for overseeing the effective and efficient enforcement of building, electrical, plumbing, disability access and housing codes for the City and County of San Francisco’s more than 200,000 commercial and residential buildings.

Position Description

Under general direction, the Deputy Director for Inspection Services is responsible for the daily management, development, coordination and implementation of procedures and policies to comply with all Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, Housing, and Disability Access Codes, technical code evaluation and at times, physical inspection of properties and construction. Deputy Director of Inspection Services is a high level administrative and policy influencing position that provides recommendations to other members of the Executive leadership on department goals, objectives, policy changes, staff recommendations and reorganization. This position also reports and consults directly with the Mayor’s Office, the Building Inspection Commission and other boards and departments on issues related to the building code compliance process.

The Deputy Director for Inspection Services oversees the Inspection Services and Code Compliance Program, which includes Building Inspection, Plumbing Inspection, Electrical Inspection, Housing Inspection, and Code Compliance & Complaints.  The Inspection Services Division consist of Inspectors, Sr. Inspectors, Chief Inspectors and Permit Technician I's, II's and III's.    

Essential Functions:

· Directs the development and implementation of goals, performance measures, objectives, procedures, policies and strategic plans for the Inspection Programs;

· Oversees the operations and daily management of five major department divisions by setting goals and objectives and monitoring the performance of subordinate staff;

· Represents the department before the Commission, Board of Supervisors, Mayor’s Office, other agencies, departments and other public forums;

· Directs the development and implementation of the operational budget; monitors expenditures to ensure adherence to the approved budget;

· Ensures staff compliance with state mandated AB 717. 

· Provides guidance and support to Chief Inspectors in the interpretation of all related building codes and makes professional recommendations on various interpretations; and

· Other duties as assigned.

The Ideal Candidate

     DBI seeks a proven leader with demonstrated success in managing professionals in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.  This person is a confident decision-maker and effective communicator who takes a collaborative approach to problem-solving and working with staff to increase efficiencies, improve the customer experience and streamline processes.  The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator who supports staff development, is accessible and is experienced in managing change.  The candidate should be a strategic thinker who is visionary and forward-thinking while being grounded in the principles and practices of building design and construction, as well as applicable federal, state and city codes. 

Minimum Qualifications


High school diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination).


  • Six (6) years of verifiable senior building inspector experience, senior housing inspector experience, senior plumbing inspector experience or senior electrical inspector experience, which includes supervision of inspectors, with a public agency in a jurisdiction with a population over 100,000
  • Five (5) years or more of combined verifiable experience as a Senior and Chief Building, Housing, Plumbing, Electrical Inspector, with a public agency in a jurisdiction with a population over 100,000.  
  • All experience must be at a similar level to class 6333 Senior Building Inspector, 6272 Senior Housing Inspector, 6246 Senior Plumbing Inspector, 6249 Senior Electrical Inspector or a mixture of Senior and Chief 6334 Building, 6274 Housing, 6244 Plumbing, 6250 Electrical Inspector with the City and County of San Francisco, which includes supervision of inspectors.

    Desirable Qualifications

  • Two (2) or more years of experience which includes inspection, permitting or plan review services for a municipal agency. 
  • Two (2) or more years building construction experience in the areas of construction, design, inspection or fire, architectural, and structural plan review.
  • Project management experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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

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 exam analyst, Michele Nieve, by telephone at (628) 652-3582, or by email at michele.nieve@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the oral/performance interview. Finalists will participate in the Trades Supervisory Written Exam. The exam results are for advisory purposes only.

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.


Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.

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://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process 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.

Issued:  May 7, 2021

Carol Isen

Human Resources Director 

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: PEX-0953-109243

DBI/MN/ 628-652-3582


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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