Plan Review Supervisor

  • City of Murrieta, CA
  • Murrieta, California
  • Apr 19, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management
  • Salary: $77,646.19 - $94,379.42 Annually

Job Description

Description and Essential Functions



Under general direction, plans, organizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and participates in the work of staff performing plan check functions; ensures the work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; assists and provides direction to the technicians at public counter; performs the more advanced technical and highly complex tasks relative to the assigned area of responsibility; and performs related work as required.

Receives general direction the Building Official. Exercises direct supervision over and provides training and guidance to technical staff.

This is the full supervisory-level classification in the Plans Examiner series that exercises independent judgment on specialized plan check functions with accountability and ongoing decision-making responsibilities associated with the work. Incumbents are responsible for planning, organizing, reviewing and evaluating the work of assigned staff and for providing support to management in a variety of areas. Performance of the work requires the use of independence, initiative and discretion within established guidelines.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations where appropriate so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Plans, organizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and participates in the work of the plan checking work unit; evaluates employee performance, counsels employees, and effectively recommends initial disciplinary action; assists in selection and promotion.
  • Monitors activities of the assigned unit; identifies opportunities for improving service delivery and procedures; provides recommendations concerning process changes; reviews with appropriate management staff; implements improvements.
  • Oversees and performs difficult structural analysis and reviews plan check submittal documents for permit applications for complex construction, alteration, or repair of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings for compliance with the City, State, and Federal codes and regulations.
  • Coordinates assigned services and operations with those of other divisions and outside agencies.
  • Implements goals, objectives, policies and priorities for assigned services and programs; identifies resource needs; researches, recommends and implements policies and procedures.
  • Reviews and evaluates construction documents including plans, drawings, blueprints, specifications, engineering calculations, and energy calculations for compliance; makes judgments as to whether structural designs or plans conform to applicable codes.
  • Confers with architects, engineers, contractors, homeowners and others relative to construction or building projects; coordinates plan examining activities with City departments and other agencies; confers and corresponds with other professional personnel in connection with building code interpretation and application.
  • Responds to public inquiries over the telephone or at the counter concerning questions regarding permit processing, building, or other construction-related questions; performs plan reviews at the customer service counter for the general public; assists applicants in achieving compliance with various codes and regulations; resolves disputes; assists the technicians by providing assistance and direction at the public counter.
  • Determines fee structuring for assigned activities and projects; prepares detailed cost estimates with appropriate justifications; maintains a variety of records and prepares routine plan check reports.
  • Attends a variety of meetings to review and discuss plans, documents, and code requirements; performs field reviews as necessary.
  • Participates in the preparation and administration of the plan check program budget; submit budget recommendations; monitor expenditures.
  • Prepares analytical and statistical reports on operations and activities.
  • Ensures staff complies with City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) supplemented by college-level coursework or technical training in construction technology, building inspection, or a related field.
  • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in plan checking of complex commercial or industrial structures and/or the enforcement of building codes for a public agency, including two (2) years of which should be in a supervisory or lead capacity.

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a valid California Driver's License.
  • Certification as a California Building Plans Examiner from the International Conference of Building Officials or the International Code Council.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions

  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment review and evaluation, discipline, and training of staff in work procedures.
  • Principles and practices of leadership.
  • Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly.
  • Principles, practices and methods of structural and building plan review.
  • Practices for documenting plan checking procedures and correcting discrepancies.
  • Fundamental principles, techniques, policies, and procedures of civil engineering.
  • Legal processes and considerations involved in prosecuting violations of the building codes and ordinances.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes and procedures relevant to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, educational and regulatory organizations, and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.

  • Select and supervise staff, provide training and development opportunities, ensure work is performed effectively, and evaluate performance in an objective and positive manner.
  • Assist in developing and implementing goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures and work standards.
  • Read and interpret building plans, specifications, and codes.
  • Examine and correct building plans, calculations and specifications in a rapid, uniform and accurate manner.
  • Analyze, evaluate and solve or recommend effective solutions to building and code problems.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Evaluate legal violations and take appropriate action.
  • Make structural calculations necessary to determine the adherence of structural plans to code requirements.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Prepare clear, effective, and accurate reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Effectively represent the division and the City in meetings with other departments, public and private organizations, and individuals.
  • Establish and maintain accurate logs, records, and written records of work performed.
  • Make accurate mathematic computations.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • May serve as acting Building Official in the absence of the Building Official.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

When assigned to an office environment, must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone; ability to stand and walk between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.

When assigned to field inspection, must possess mobility to work in changing site conditions; possess the strength, stamina, and mobility to perform light to medium physical work; to sit, stand, and walk on level, uneven, or slippery surfaces; to reach, twist, turn, kneel, and bend, to climb and descend ladders; and to operate a motor vehicle and visit various City sites; vision to inspect site conditions and work in progress. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards, with exposure to hazardous materials in some site locations. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects averaging a weight of 40 pounds, or heavier weights, in all cases with the use of proper equipment and/or assistance from other staff.

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees also work in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Supplemental Information

A City application form must be submitted online. Applicants can apply online at .

Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of appraisal interview, performance test and writing exercise to evaluate the applicant's skill, training, and experience for the position. Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list. The City may also merge lists. The selected candidate(s) must successfully complete pre-employment clearances which may include a physical, drug screen, and Live Scan background screening.

The City of Murrieta, located in southwest Riverside County, was incorporated under the general laws of the State of California on July 1, 1991, and currently supports a population of approximately 114,000 residents. While offering affordable housing and high quality schools, the City represents a blend of dynamic growth amid the traditional values of a historic rural community dating back to the 1890's. Every resident and employee of the City has the opportunity to be an integral part in shaping the Murrieta of today, and, more important, the Murrieta of tomorrow.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous