Building Commissioner (12/31/18)

By | 2018-11-24T20:45:16+00:00 November 24th, 2018|Jobs|

Job Title: Building Commissioner

Job Location: Rancho Santa Fe

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Job Description:

Duties and Authority of the Building Commissioner

The Building Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) is the manager responsible for (1) directing the work of the Building Department’s staff in reviewing construction and planning projects submitted by Members of the Rancho Santa Fe Association to determine whether such projects meet the high standards of architectural design requirements of the Rancho Santa Fe Protective Covenant (the “Protective Covenant”), Regulatory Code and Design Guidelines and qualify for approval; and (2) directing the work of the Building Department’s staff for projects that require the recommendation and/or approval of the Covenant Design Review Committee (the “CDRC”) and Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Rancho Santa Fe Association and/or Members. The Commissioner is the staff person to the CDRC.

The Commissioner supervises staff who are trained to perform professional work in the field of architectural design review and landscape plan evaluation to assist Members, design professionals, developers, realtors, contractors, and potential buyers of property located in the Covenant area on building design review, landscaping, code enforcement and development related matters.

Specific activities may include land planning, subdivision, commercial and residential construction, boundary adjustments, Protective Covenant modifications, assistance to the CDRC on planning items, liaison with the County of San Diego and major project management duties.

Specific Authority and Duties

Manages monthly CDRC meetings for review of multiple applications.

•Supervise and evaluate staff in the architectural, grading, and landscaping review ofdevelopment projects for consistency with the Protective Covenant, Regulatory Code andDesign Guidelines.

•Hire, supervise and evaluate consultants to assist the CDRC and staff.

•Supervise and conduct plan checks and issue building permits.

•Supervise field inspection of construction permits for consistency with the ProtectiveCovenant, Regulatory Code and Design Guidelines.

•Supervise the review of applications for completeness.


• Oversee all aspects of land-use applications including boundary adjustments, subdivisions, Protective Covenant modifications and other land-use matters. Responsible for feasibility studies, land use, entitlements, and zoning.

• Perform site visits to evaluate a proposal’s consistency with the Protective Covenant, Regulatory Code, and Design Guidelines.

Review, Advise, and Recommend

Review and make recommendations to the CDRC, the Board, and Association Manager for land-use and planning matters.

• Communicate Association land-use regulations and ensure proper compliance is followed.

• Recommend and evaluate the approval or denial of land-use applications, Protective Covenant modifications, subdivisions, and boundary adjustments dealing with issues of significant complexity in accordance with the Protective Covenant, Bylaws, and Regulatory Code.

• Confer with and advise Members, architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers and the general public regarding the requirements of the Protective Covenant, Regulatory Code, and Design Guidelines.

• Review development proposals for consistency with the Protective Covenant, Bylaws, and Regulatory Code.

• Analyze complex projects as needed to achieve the Association’s goals.

• Advise the CDRC on all matters brought before them.

Knowledge, Communication and Preparation

Prepare staff reports and make presentations to the Board and CDRC as necessary.

• Maintain knowledge of industry trends and code changes and ensure compliance in all land-use planning areas.

• Prepare letters to applicants confirming CDRC and Board decisions.

• Strong architectural/design background.

Building Commissioner Requirements

Outstanding organizational and planning skills

• Strong understanding of the historic architectural significance of Rancho Santa Fe and the community character

Customer service orientation

• Ethical conduct

• Outstanding people skills

• Sound decision making skills

• Strategic thinking

• Analytical problem solver

• Maintains confidentiality

• Verbal and written communication proficiency

• Experience in Common Interest Developments including the required legal governing documents

• Multi-disciplinary environmental planning, urban planning, zoning, entitlement process, land development, and architectural design

• Project management and analysis

• Demonstrated strength in documentation and mitigation

• Manage teams of consultants, architectural, and legal and governmental entities


• Ability to make professional presentations

Analytical Ability

Must be able to analyze many variables and choose the most effective course of action. Complex, controversial and problematic issues/questions must be directed to the Association Manager or CDRC as necessary for consultation. The position must be able to handle unique and diverse work problems on a daily basis. Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict and make effective decisions under pressure. Must relate and interact with people at all levels. Plans and expedites the flow of work while ensuring the smooth operation of the office under the pressure of frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.

Education & Experience

The position must have knowledge of principles and practice of urban planning, architectural design, civil engineering and landscaping. A Bachelor Degree, or the equivalent of a Bachelor Degree, is required from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or a closely related field; and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in municipal planning/community development, including one year of project management experience and work on more complex planning issues. Prior planning experience in a California municipality is desirable. An architectural background is highly desirable, but not required.

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Apply by date: 12/31/2018