Recruitment #1805-2594-001


The City of Tucson’s Planning and Development Services Department seeks a professional building official to join our customer centric culture providing strategic, timely, quality review of development projects to an engaged community.

Promoting safety, economic vitality, and adaptability to a growing development sector is what drives our department in this exciting time of Tucson’s history. The city is experiencing unprecedented growth downtown as infill projects refine our community.  We are seeking an experienced, motivated, highly qualified and creative professional whose strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work with the public will help advance our department vision.

The Assistant Building Official, working in a collaborative environment, is expected to exhibit leadership, the ability to apply past experience, technical knowledge and professional judgment overseeing the plan review division while performing plan reviews and engaging the public on a daily basis.  A thorough working knowledge of the International Building Codes as they apply to residential and commercial construction and familiarity with the City of Tucson codes and ordinances are essential in this position.  Familiarity with high-rise buildings, accessibility, and sustainable construction is beneficial.  

The successful candidate will be relied upon to interact with the public, contractors, architects, engineers, and consultants by coordinating between associated parties, maintaining contact with stakeholder groups, attending public meetings, and communicating with elected bodies, city staff and the public effectively and appropriately both in writing and orally.

General Description

Manages and coordinates the daily activities of a section of the Department of Development Services, including supervising personnel and administering the section's budget. 

Directs personnel and projects, and provides technical expertise in the administration of building codes.

Essential Functions

Exercises regular independent judgment while performing the following:  

Regularly directs or supervises the work of at least two fulltime employees at the supervisor level in the section. 

Coordinates assigned supervisory personnel and their projects ensuring timely and quality activities for the benefit of the section, division, department, City and the community.  

Oversees the planning, implementation, direction and management of all functions and resources of the section to achieve the strategic objectives of the department and the City in an efficient and effective manner.  

Assists with the implementation and evaluation of department policies, programs, projects and procedures.  

Assists with implementing the department vision through section activities and leads the section to maximum employee productivity and morale through hiring, disciplining, evaluating employee performance, investigating and resolving grievances and other coordinating human resources actions.  

Develops and administers the section budget with staff assistance.  

Analyzes organization and community needs, analyzes trends, reviews statistics and opportunities, communicates to the department leadership of impending developments.  

Develops strategic partnerships and contacts with community representatives, external agencies, and other organizations to develop a sense of relevant issues facing our community and to respond as a representative of the City.  

Implements the values of the organization through example and accountabilities.  

Ensures that section operations conform with local, state, and federal governmental regulations and other applicable rules and requirements.  

Facilitates solutions to problems facing the department.

Maintains technical or professional knowledge through such means as attending seminars, reviewing professional publications, taking classes and participating in developmental activities.  

Supervises personnel by coordinating work schedules, assigning and prioritizing projects, coordinating plan reviews and developing training programs.  

Manages projects by developing project permitting strategies, meeting with associate parties and coordinating with other departments and divisions.

Provides technical expertise regarding administration of building and various other City codes.  

Interacts with the public by attending public meetings, providing public outreach, providing general information and answering inquiries.

Interprets policies and procedures, renders opinions regarding building and various other City codes and signs and authorizes documents.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years in the administration of building or other City codes

Special Job Requirements

Education/experience equivalency will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will also hold any of the following preferred qualifications:

  • Registration as a Professional Architect or Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona or in another state having a reciprocity agreement with Arizona at the time of application
  • Master Code Professional Certification
  • Strong interpersonal development skills
  • Experience in plan review of high-rise buildings
  • At least 3 years supervisory experience


Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in the next phase of the recruitment process:   

  • Written Assignment
  • Oral Board Interviews and Presentation 

*Dates for these assessments will be determined at a later date as a result of the change in closing date to June 24, 2018*

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 5% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 75% of your oral board interviews and presentation
  • 20% of your score for the Written Assignment   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must present your documentation at the time of interviews.  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Pilar Jauregui at 520 837-4177 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Please note:  A copy of your college diploma or transcript must be uploaded as part of the application process.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.