0953 Deputy Director III

DBI Deputy Director - Inspection Services

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 02/26/2021 to clarify the Minimum Qualifications and the Selection Procedures.



       APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent-Exempt (PEX) Appointment. This position is excluded by the Charter from the   competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

Who We Are:

The Department of Building Inspection (DBI) is the regulatory building safety agency responsible for overseeing the effective and efficient enforcement of building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical, 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, Boards and other departments on any issues involving the building code compliance process.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation here.

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 

Copies of Application Documents
Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

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.

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 online 
here or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Issued: 1/27/21

Carol Isen
Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID #: 109243


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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