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Deputy Director III Inspection Services- Department of Building Inspection (0953 PEX)

Recruitment: RTF0148564-01094305

Published: July 16, 2024


Yvonne Lin -

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Department: Building Inspection
Job class: 0953-Deputy Director III
Starting salary range: $187,070.00 - $238,810.00 (Range A)
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


Specific information regarding this recruitment process is listed below:

  • Application Opening: June 26, 2024 (extended for more applicants).
  • Application Deadline: Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but no earlier than July 19, 2024.
  • Annual Salary for this position: $187,070 and $238,810 (Range A)

Appointment Type: This is Permanent Exempt position. In accordance with San Francisco Charter Section 10.104, exempt employees shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

What We Do:

The Department of Building Inspection (DBI) oversees the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of City building, housing, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and disability access codes for San Francisco’s more than 200,000 buildings.  This position is located in the Inspection Services Division (IS), which inspects buildings and construction for compliance with code requirements, permit scope, and responds to building complaints.

Role 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, managers, and Permit Technician I's, II's and III's.


  • 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 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 communicate effectively, support staff development, be accessible and 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.

How to qualify


Education: High school diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination), AND

Experience: Five (5) years of verifiable senior building inspector experience, senior housing inspector experience, senior plumbing inspector experience or senior electrical inspector experience, all of which includes supervision of inspectors, with a public agency. Experience must be at a similar or higher level to CCSF class 6333 Senior Building Inspector, 6272 Senior Housing Inspector, 6246 Senior Plumbing Inspector, or 6249 Senior Electrical Inspector.

Education Substitution: May fully substitute educational requirement with two (2) additional years of experience in the feeder classifications in Building Inspection, Housing Inspection, Plumbing Inspection, or Electrical Inspection.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Two (2) or more years of experience that includes inspection, permitting or plan review services for a municipal agency in a Major Metropolitan Area.
  • 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).

Verification of Education and Experience:

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. More information can be found at:

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.

Note: 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.

What else should I know?

What else should I know?

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.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

  • Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment 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 (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

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.

Human Resources Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the Analyst, Jason Hammack at

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.