Deputy Director Planning and Building

  • County of San Luis Obispo
  • San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
Full Time Budgeting Finance Management Strategy

Job Description

Deputy Director Planning and Building


$110,281.60 - $134,035.20 Annually


San Luis Obispo, CA

Job Type

Reg Salary


Planning & Building

Job Number



7/5/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

About the Position

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning and Building is conducting an open recruitment for the position of Deputy Director.  The individual selected for this position will be a key member of Planning and Building's leadership team and play an instrumental role in the overall strategic direction of the Department's Building Division.

The individual selected for this role will report directly to the Planning and Building Director and have responsibility for all aspects of the Building Division and serve as the County's Chief Building Officer.  They will carry a high level of responsibility and visibility as the County's Chief Building Official administering final authority in code interpretation matters, and acting as a County representative at County and Accessibility Appeals Boards, various organizations, boards, and commissions.

As Deputy Director, the selected candidate will be responsible for managing and coordinating the overall activities and operations of the Building Division, as well as directly supervising the (1) Administrative Services Manager and (2) Division Managers who oversee the Finance and Technology, Code Enforcement, and Building functions. 


In addition to serving as the County's Chief Building Official, the Deputy Director will manage the overall operations of the Building permit, inspections, and plans review sections.  This section includes 25 employees.

Code Enforcement

The Department of Planning and Building currently has 8 Code Enforcement Officers assigned county-wide to respond to inquiries and determine if violations of the County Codes have occurred.  This section also includes the Cannabis Investigations Unit which handles permitted and non-permitted cannabis cultivation.

Finance, Technology and Energy

Leading a team of 16 staff, the selected individual will have general oversight of Finance and Accounting, Information Technology, and Energy programs. Development of the annual budget, budget forecasting and resource needs, as well as management analysis and reporting, staffing levels and other administrative functions are managed by the Deputy Director. 

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following characteristics:

• Possess a high level of decision making authority

• Possess a broad view of department operations

• Strong written and verbal communication skills and a willingness to participate in regular dialogue with executive management, staff, and various audiences

• A strong leader, motivator, and team builder with proven skills in supervising and evaluating the work of others

• Substantial knowledge in interpreting and enforcing building and construction codes and regulations, as well as methods, materials and practices employed in building and site development design, construction and inspection

• Create a culture of employee development and customer service focus, breaking down systematic silos, and improving efficiencies and the customer experience

The Minimum Qualification Requirements Are:

A. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree.  A bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, natural resources management, environmental, physical or life science, engineering, architecture, construction management or a closely related field is preferred, AND


B. In addition, six years of increasingly responsible experience in the development and implementation of planning or building programs, projects and services, two of which need to be in a supervisory position, AND

C.  A valid driver license is required at the time of application.  A valid CALIFORNIA driver license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment, AND

D.  Possession of a valid Certificate as a Certified Building Inspector, Plans Examiner or Building Official, or State registration as an architect or civil or structural engineer, or a contractor's license is required at the time of application and must be maintained throughout employment.

How to Apply

Applications, including answers to supplemental questions, must be submitted online by the final filing date.  To apply for this position, click "apply" at the top of this page. Most County recruitments require you to respond to supplemental questions as part of the application process. We recommend that you review these questions prior to beginning your application.

An initial application review will be conducted. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and are best qualified will be invited to participate in selection activities which may include online assessments, performance exams, written exams, and interviews.

Final candidates will be required to have an in-depth background review performed before proceeding in the process. Please note that references will not be contacted until the end of the process.

If you have questions or would like to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Human Resources at Confidential inquiries are welcomed. For further information regarding the County of San Luis Obispo, visit our website at

Supplemental Information

About the Department:

The Department of Planning and Building's function is to conduct building inspection, plan review, permit processing and code enforcement activities, hold public hearings, implement and maintain the General Plan, evaluate development proposals for consistency with adopted plans, conduct environmental analysis of plans and projects, prepare both short- and long-term policy recommendations and assist the Board of Supervisors, as well as the County's Planning Commission in making informed decisions on land use policies.  In addition, the Department coordinates with local, county, State and Federal agencies, and assists non-profit organizations and private parties in building affordable housing in San Luis Obispo County to the maximum extent feasible.


About San Luis Obispo:

Located on the coast halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, approximately 260,000 people call San Luis Obispo County home.  San Luis Obispo County's natural beauty includes beaches, lakes, mountains, wetlands, elfin forests, and state and county parks.  San Luis Obispo County is home to California Polytechnic State University, Cuesta Community College, Hearst Castle, and two of the 21 historical California missions.  San Luis Obispo County is home to a perfect Mediterranean marine climate that keeps San Luis Obispo sunny and warm year-round.

There is always something exciting going on in San Luis Obispo County, including plays, concerts, fairs, festivals, sporting events, holiday celebrations, special museum exhibitions and other events.  There are endless outdoor activities for the adventurer, including kayaking, cycling, hiking and rock climbing to name a few.  The strong local economy is dominated by tourism, agriculture and viticulture, fishing and a growing sector of information and technology businesses.  The world-renowned California wine country of the Paso Robles wine region of North County and San Luis Obispo wine region of South County provide a California wine country tour experience that rivals Napa and Sonoma counties.

Reasonable Accommodation

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Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree