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Deputy Director, Building

City of San Jose
San Jose, CA
United States
Experience Level: 
$124,012 to $193,173 annual

The Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement (PBCE) at the City of San José is recruiting for a Deputy Director in the Building Division


Reporting to the Director’s Office, the Deputy Director of Building provides leadership of all Building functions. S/he is responsible for the management of 170 employees and an annual budget of about $36 million.

The position also contributes to the overall management of the Department through overseeing various interdivisional project teams. The Deputy Director of Building manages, organizes, plans and coordinates the work of the Building Division including Plan Review, Field Inspection, and permit processing and the public counter staff serving the Development Services customers; provides highly responsible, professional technical expertise, guidance and support to assure compliance with standards to safeguard public safety and property related to construction, design, quality of material, use, occupancy, location and maintenance of structures and performs other job related work as required.

The position also manages special projects/matters, as assigned from time to time. The Deputy Director of Building will be responsible for representing the Building Division at meetings with the public, elected officials, other departments/agencies and various stakeholders.


The Deputy Director will be a key member of the Department’s Senior Leadership Team.  As such, the primary Goals/Opportunities for the Deputy Director of Building will be:

  • Increase the use of technology, where appropriate, to streamline processes, improve the customer’s experience, reduce the cost to deliver services and address field inspector needs.
  • Engage customer groups to gain insight into opportunities for service enhancement and resolve problem areas, and to eliminate gaps and overlaps in services provided by the City Development Services partners.
  • Review, recommend and implement policies and procedures for the Department’s overall effectiveness, efficiency and modernization.
  • Work seamlessly with the Fire Marshall to deliver coordinated customer service, integrated code implementation, and consistent inspections services.


  • Education: A bachelor’s degree in from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Architectural, Construction Management, Public or Business Administration and/or a relevant discipline is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Experience: Six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience in senior level administrative and/or analytic work in a public or private agency is required.
  • Professional License: Registration as a professional engineer with the State of California, license as an architect with the State of California or a valid Certified Building Official (CBO) from the International Code Council (ICC) is required.  If professional engineer or architect license is from another state, a California license must be obtained within one year of date of hire.
  • License: A valid California Operators license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles is required.
  • Substantial technical depth and prior management experience in a comparable setting is desired.
  • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in plan review, field inspections, permit center or related activities is desired.
  • Five (5) years of exemplary supervisory experience is desired.
  • Experience managing a work unit equivalent to a major division within a City operating department is desired.


Deputy Director: $124,012 to $193,173 annually

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. Deputy Directors also receive an approximate five percentage (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation in addition to the compensation listed above.


To Learn More and Apply 

To view the full announcement for this exciting opportunity with the City of San José, please visit the City of San Jose’s employment page at and select Executive Opportunities or click on the link below to go directly to the job announcement


The application deadline is Monday, January 25, 2021.


Published on:
January 8, 2021 - 9:18am
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