The University of California, Merced is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $95,000 - $120,000.
Job Closing Date
Remote/Hybrid eligibility: This position works on campus.
Initial Applicant Review will take place on or around April 10, 2023. Posting will close upon offer acceptance.
About UC Merced
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable, and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project nearly doubled the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
To set the course of UC Merced's evolution, in 2021 UC Merced will enact its first-ever 10-year strategic plan. This plan will guide how the values of equity and justice influence our pathway toward earning Carnegie R1 research status, growing enrollment, upholding our identity as a minority-serving institution, and operationalizing how commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion are enacted within each campus unit. UC Merced is expected to engage in sophisticated thinking, planning, and implementation of actions that effectively diversify the professoriate and staff, improve campus climate for all campus constituency groups, and strengthen our equity, diversity, and inclusion infrastructure and capacity.
About the Job
The Chief/Certified Building Official (CBO) is the Authority Having Jurisdiction in accordance with the California Building Code. CBO is expected to provide positive leadership and strong management, administrative, and technical expertise. The CBO establishes procedures to perform the responsibilities and duties of a 'Building Official' defined in the CBC. The Certified Building Official enforces compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations by appropriate reviews and inspection as required therein. The CBO is responsible for ensuring that all construction projects comply with Title 24 and 19, including the administration of the functional building department, interpretation of code requirements, and direction of the code process.
The CBO is responsible for compliance with the California Building Code, federal law, state law, UCOP regulation/policies, campus regulations/policies, and issuance of permits, providing construction inspections, interfacing with contractors and stakeholders, and ensuring that work is being done in accordance with agreed/approved plans, assures compliance with the Americans with Disability Guidelines (ADAAG), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), conformance with UC Policies including seismic, sustainability and gender inclusivity, enforcement of regulatory requirements of Title 19 and Title 24.
CBO enforces code compliance for all campus or campus-related projects. CBO also ensures that fire and life safety requirements are reviewed by a Designated Campus Fire Marshal (DCFM) and that Disabled Access requirements are reviewed by the Division of the State Architect-Access Compliance (DSA-AC) when required. CBO enforces OSHPD's 'licensed clinic' regulations referred to in the Building Code as 'OSHPD 3'.
CBO issues building permits and work closely with the DCFM on the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, Beneficial Occupancy, and Temporary Occupancy in accordance with the contract documents and permit requirements, and after verification of code compliance and review by other officials, as appropriate. (See 4.1.4 below)
Conducts inspections to comply with Title 19 and Title 24 and interprets code requirements appropriately. Responsible for all UCM campus construction projects, ensuring building code compliance for capital projects, University-owned properties, and lease space occupied by UCM. Further, the CBO is responsible for ensuring compliance with the UC Facilities Manual. Serves on committees. Participates in strategic and long-range planning for the development of future projects.
The CBO is a university employee appointed as the university professional responsible for administering the Facility's architecture, engineering, and construction building program, including enforcing the CBC and related University policies. The DCBO is responsible for the administration and management of campus facility design, construction, renovation, and other Facility design and construction-related obligations to support the effective enforcement of the building program obligations. Additional obligations include, but are not limited to, compliance with applicable accessibility laws and policy, UC Seismic Safety Policy, Sustainable Practices Policy, adhering to the Long-Range Development Plan (FM2:3), the Physical Design Framework (FM2:7.4), and local Facility adopted policies and guidelines (e.g., Gender Inclusive Facilities). The CBO is the University's AHJ for the Facility.
1. Acts as the Campus Certified Building Official and the Authority Having Jurisdiction (ADJ) for matters of code regulations on university projects. The University complies with the Title 24 California Building Standards Code, Parts 1-12 and all amendments (CBC). Administers a code compliant program for all facilities owned, leased, designed, constructed, altered, or renovated with intent, or future intent, to support the mission of the University, that are under the jurisdiction and responsibility of the University.
Within the limitations of the Building Official's Authority, ensures that all work is designed in conformance with applicable codes for all capital improvement Program, Renovations, Special Events, and Alteration Plans, directs, and manages several programs within multiple disciplines regarding code compliance, building safety and fire safety, and awareness, compliance reporting, and other related programs.
Provides comprehensive oversight and conducts full inspection and plan review services on a wide variety of construction projects ranging from tenant improvements, maintenance and repair projects, through complex new construction and infrastructure replacement projects, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, access compliance and infrastructure projects to ensure that all work is constructed in conformance with California building codes, federal law, state law, UC Policies and campus policies. Consults with design teams, architects, stakeholders, contactors, facilities, and management on construction projects and programs. Actively engages and provides input.
Witnesses, certifies, and documents field tests. Oversees Special Inspection coordination in accordance with CCR Title 24 as well as enforces other relevant California building regulations, campus policies and standards. Issues permits, correction notices, and certificates of occupancy, beneficial/temporary occupancy.
Oversees staff within the CBO's unit in all aspects to include financial management, personnel management, contract and MOU management and other departmental functions as they arise. Administers and monitors budgets and expenses, ensuring compliance with budgetary allocations, permitting program. Serves on campus, systemwide and community committees as appropriate, representing UC Merced.
Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Public Safety, this position is the Chief/Certified Building Official (CBO). The CBO serves as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). As such, the CBO is responsible for working closely with the DCFM to ensure Building Safety of the campus and advises senior leadership on issues related to federal, State, and University regulations, policies, and laws. The CBO develops, implements, and administers a full range of services and programs related to Campus and Building Safety. This includes, but is not limited to, the 2020 Project/Campus; plan review services. Issuance of permits, inspection services, campus, state, and federal code compliance programs, fire and building safety programs, and the building LEED certification program.
The CBO is also responsible for departmental financial management, and personnel management; The CBO manages systems and procedures to protect departmental and university assets in accordance with Federal, State, UCOP, and Campus regulations.
The consequence of error is significant, and failure to ensure compliance with various building codes could result in public endangerment and major institutional liability.
2. Formalizes in writing, departmental procedures and practices to illustrate compliance and for strategic department growth and operational planning. Assists with the development of applicable policies and procedures on campus to ensure compliance and/or best practices. Manages, trains, guides, evaluates a staff and other building safety employees and student employees, including contract staff and consultants. Includes selection, training, evaluation, and as required, corrective action for multiple staff levels. Develops and implements an inspection program that ensures continued code compliance, identifies violations, and corrective process to be compliant.
3. Represents Building Safety at the Emergency Operation Center. May work with emergency responders on emergency response and campus familiarity (pre-plans, building awareness, fire alarm functions). Partners with other public safety staff on emergency preparedness planning, development and implementation along with training of campus constituents. Must be able to respond to campus for emergencies. Must be able to respond to UC Systemwide/State of CA calls for assistance as needed.
4. Evaluates, recommends, and implements program policies and procedures to assure awareness of and regulatory compliance of building safety and construction processes, building requirements.
5. Participates in workgroups, campus driven efforts/programs, consults, and other activities, task responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in related area/field of study (required); or
Advanced degree in related area/field of study (preferred); and
A minimum of 7 years of recent full-time experience performing a combination of fire prevention inspections, advanced technical plan review experience, permitting process, and construction inspection for a
California local or state entity responsible for fire or building code regulations (required).
Valid California Driver's license (required).
Possession of an ICC Certified Building Official Certificate is preferred. If certification is in progress or not current at time of employment, obtaining the certification within 1 year of appointment and maintaining the certification in good standing is a condition of employment (required).
ICC Certification for Building Plans Examiner (preferred).
ICC Certification for Mechanical/Plumbing Inspector (preferred).
ICC Certification for Electrical Inspector (preferred).
California Division of State Architect - CASp Certification (preferred).
Critical Knowledge and Competencies:
Comprehensive thorough knowledge, technical expertise and understanding of California codes and regulations, and Campus Design Standards. Expertise and experience in inspections and plan review process. Strong understanding of fire protections systems, complex building designs, fire alarm and mass notification systems, egress systems, building construction, accessibility and sustainability.
Experience managing, training, supervising and leading department staff to be able to meet the needs of future campus expansion.
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including advanced political acumen and skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies in a highly political environment.
Excellent skills to create, develop, implement projects/programs, anticipate needs and plan for projected needs, ability to develop/formalize department procedures/policies.
Skills to appropriately and efficiently evaluate an incident to improve future code compliance and campus safety; recommend, develop and implement changes to improve safety.
Ability to partner and liaise with on and off campus emergency responders. Ability to work with the campus emergency responders on emergency planning.
Advanced innovative and creative problem-solving skills, including problem recognition/avoidance/ resolution skills and skills to determine workable solutions that may require application of technical advice or counsel.
Ability to identify stakeholders, when encountering an Issue and ability to work through the issue while fully considering and accounting for the competing interests.
Strong organizational and records keeping skills.
Demonstrated ability to understand, create, and implement workflow process to improve services for customers.
Strong knowledge of campus/medical center construction environment including infrastructure and applicable rules, regulations, laws, policies and practices.
Background check and fingerprinting will be required.
How to Apply: An online application is required for each position to apply.The University of California, Merced is aware that some web-based application processes may be cumbersome for differently abled applicants. Where appropriate, alternative accommodations will be provided. For applicants with disabilities who need additional assistance using TAM, or reasonable accommodations during the interview or search process, please contact email@example.com.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. UC Merced intentionally promotes and maintains a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace by demonstrating it neither condones nor tolerates employment practices that discriminate against or harass any person or specific group of persons on the basis listed above. We seek candidates who will support our vision to cultivate a vibrant, equity-minded, inclusive excellence university community. When applying to UC Merced, we strongly encourage you to reflect on our Principles of Community and our 2021 strategic plan.
Vaccination Program Policy:
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.
Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy: The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.
E-Verify: All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.