City of East Palo Alto
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Work Schedule
Job Open until Filled
Job Description


Are you ready to make a difference in the City of East Palo Alto?

We are seeking an enthusiastic, innovative, forward-thinking, and inspirational team leader as the next


Salary: $11,558 - $14,049 Monthly

$138,703 - $168,594 Annually

Plus an attractive benefits package Onsite/ Monday- Friday 8hr per day


If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, work well under pressure, and bring innovation and, a positive effective attitude to your work, you may be the next Chief Building Official for the City of East Palo Alto. The Chief Building Official plans, organizes, oversees, coordinates, and reviews the work of professional, technical, and administrative staff performing difficult and complex support related to all programs and activities of the Building Division. In addition, this position administers Building Code activities; manages the effective use of the City's permit processing, plans examination, building inspection, and code compliance resources to improve organizational productivity and customer service. The incumbent will provide highly complex and responsible support to the Community and Economic Development Director and in areas of expertise; and perform related duties, as assigned.

IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate will:

• Provide leadership that inspires and encourages employees to grow and excel. 

• Possess the ability to develop, implement and reach goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the division while considering the budget. 

• Provide clear concise communication and direction on all forms of interaction with fellow employees and stakeholders. 

• Show compassion and integrity to fellow employees and the community. 

• Be ethical, self-motivated, adaptable, organized and comfortable working in a dynamic and team-oriented environment. 

• Exercise sound professional judgment in recognizing and handling politically sensitive issues of public interest. 

• Establish, monitor, and assist in the development of Division mission, vision, goals, objectives, and priorities. 

• Provide a clear understanding of the City Council priorities. 

• Be a problem solver who can resolve issues as they arise. 

• Bilingual proficiency is highly desired.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Education: Equivalent to a bachelor's degree in building trades, construction management, community development, engineering, architecture, or a related field.

Experience: Five (5) years of increasingly responsible management and/or administrative experience as a building official or in plan checking and/or the enforcement of building codes with a public agency, including two (2) years of supervisory experience.

License and Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License and a good driving record, at the time of appointment.
  • Possession of a current certification as a combination Building Inspector or Plan Examiner from the International Code Council (ICC) and/or International Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Officials (IAPMO).
  • Possession of a current certification as a Building Official from the International Code Council.


The City of East Palo Alto offers an attractive comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Health Benefits: For medical coverage, the City contracts with Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente. The city pays 100% employee only Kaiser Coverage and 65% Dependent Coverage up to the Kaiser Coverage Plan.Plus, an HSA contribution of $2,000 per year prorated to the date of hire.

Dental insurance: is through Delta Dental. The city pays full cost for employees only.

Vision: Supplemental Insurance with VSP (employee paid)

Long-Term Disability: City paid.

Life Insurance: The City pays for coverage of Basic Term Life: $100,000 Division-Managers

Retirement: CalPERS Classic Members - 2.5% @ 55 formula Employee pays 8% employee contribution CalPERS New Members—2% @ 62 formula Employee pays 6.75% employee contribution. * Three (3) year average final compensation

Sick Leave: 3.7 hours biweekly

Vacation: Accrual ranges from 80 – 200 hours per year based on years of continuous service with the City

Holidays: 13 Paid Holidays per year

Management Leave: up to sixty (60) hours of Management Leave annually for those employees who are exempt from the overtime provisions of the FLSA.

Bi-lingual Pay: Additional $50 / pay period. English/Spanish for qualifying individuals and positions after passing bilingual test.

Tuition reimbursement: $500 - $1,000 per year

Deferred Compensation Plan: The City offers an optional 457 Plan through Mission Square.

Employee Assistance Program: The City of East Palo Alto offers an employee assistance program for employees and dependents that provides counseling and other services for dealing with life’s challenges at no cost to the employee.

Flexible Spending Plan: Voluntary pretax employee contributions up to $2,650 for health care expenses and up to $5,000 for dependent care expenses per year.


It is important to complete all required application materials. Applications will be reviewed in detail to identify the most qualified candidates to interview. The most qualified will be invited to a panel interview. Those that score the highest out of the panel interview will be advanced to department interviews. It is desired that the successful candidate begin employment as soon as possible.


To be considered for this exciting opportunity, candidates should apply through CalOpps.org. https://www.calopps.org/city-of-east-palo-alto.

Please submit a cover letter and a focused resume detailing recent (within the past 10 years) experience and demonstrated career accomplishments relevant to this position along with the completed application. All materials must be included to be considered as a candidate.

This position is Open Until Filled.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the recruitment process or inquiries about the position shall be directed to Danielle Oliveira from Muchmore Than Consulting at danielle@muchmorethanconsulting.org. The City of East Palo Alto is not responsible for the failure of internet forms or email in submitting your application.





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