At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.
Facilities Services supports the physical campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The department maintains and provides services to over 11,000,000 of space and 40,000 campus occupants through the efforts of over 400 trade, custodial and support staff. The department is committed to providing a safe workplace for its employees. Facilities Services works to maintain a campus-built environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research. We strive to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the campus community. Facilities Services is comprised of the following units: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, Custodial Services, Environmental Services, Grounds Operations Shops, Quality Assurance & Customer Service, Sustainability and Engineering Services and People's Park.
Uses skills and knowledge as an expert, experienced plan review professional with full understanding of comprehensive construction industry practices and campus policies and procedures, coupled with expert technical knowledge within a specific plan review area such as Electrical, Plumbing/Mechanical or Civil/Infrastructure. Oversees the work of the campus permit process including administration of permit issuance, inspection scheduling and tracking and close out process. Maintains documentation for the building permit process. Coordinates the permit and plan review processes with other units on campus such as Capital Projects, UC Fire Marshal and EH&S. Maintains and updates the campus Design Standards in collaboration with other campus units. Performs the most complex plan review of proposed construction work by contractors, as well as other campus personnel for new construction, alterations, and repair. Reviews design development and construction documents, specifications, and bid documents for construction features within specialty area prior to issuance of construction permits; and participates in all limited inspections. Demonstrates expert judgment in plan review methods and techniques for obtaining desired results. As the campus expert on specific plan review and permit process issues, advises campus project management, the Director of Inspection Services/Campus Building Official and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services on specific complex plan review and permitting issues. Position is considered a subject matter expert on campus and often recognized as an expert externally in the industry. Positions at this level can only be filled by persons possessing highest level of technical expertise in their respective field, and must quickly become familiar and obtain a detailed working knowledge of campus specific systems.
30% Administers Permit Center, including intake of plans and related customer service functions, issuance of permits once plan review is complete, and issuance of Certificates of Occupancy once projects are complete and have submitted required close-out documents. Oversees mandated document retention and archiving.
30% Provides comprehensive plan review(s) on a wide variety of campus construction projects ranging from very small Tenant Improvements through complex new construction and infrastructure replacement projects and provides expert level plan review within technical areas of expertise such as Electrical, Plumbing/Mechanical and Infrastructure. Reviews plans for proposed projects and previously submitted plans for compliance to code and campus standards. Issues permits after the completion of a successful plan review. May oversee, manage/direct other Inspectors and/or staff.
10% Provides written documentation of all plan reviews and inspections performed, including daily reports, weekly updates and other reports as required to keep various project participants informed as necessary. Prepares analysis on deficiencies and conflicts during plan review for supervisors and managers.
10% Review and inspect all building exterior access projects for compliance with all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, state and local requirements, and act in coordination with the campus' Access Compliance Officer to confirm alignment with the expectations of that office as applicable. Must be CASP certified. Maintains required certifications and membership in plan review and inspection trade association(s) for the purpose of ensuring continuity of interpretations of applicable codes. Must maintain certification as International Code Council California Building Plans Examiner.
10% Reviews and inspects construction projects and confirms compliance with all applicable codes, plans and specifications, campus standards, and acts in the capacity of deputy to the Director of Inspection Services and the Campus Building Official. Conducts both onsite inspections and plan review to ensure compliance.
5% Coordinates and supports plan reviews and inspections with State/Campus Fire Marshall.
5% Coordinates with Inspector of Record (IOR) on small and complex general construction projects, coordinating the activities of other campus inspectors within areas of technical expertise, and 'special inspectors' as required by California code of Regulations Title 24. Works with inspectors and subject matter experts to resolve conflicts between disciplines, competing standards, codes or specifications.
Expert knowledge of California Building Codes, and the Campus Construction Design Standards.
Expert knowledge/skills in providing comprehensive plan review services including the most complex improvement projects as well as code applications for replacement, repairs and upgrades of campus facilities, with particular emphasis on area of technical expertise.
Expert ability to review, evaluate, and advise project management on level of project completeness as it applies to application for progress payments submitted by contractors.
Expert verbal and interpersonal communications skills including skill to work effectively with a variety of constituents.
Expert organizational and analytical skills, including skill in problem recognition, avoidance and resolution.
Expert skills in effectively meeting budget and time constraints.
Skills to use computers and other electronic media to complete project documentation of all inspections, project progress, contractor manpower and equipment accounting and digital photography of the work in progress.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Possession of a valid class C California Driver's License.
Possession of a certificate as International Code Council California Building Plans Examiner.
Possession of ICC certification as a Building Inspector, Fire Inspector, Electrical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, Mechanical Inspector or are highly desirable.
Possession of CASP (Certified Access Specialist) is highly desirable.
Salary & Benefits
$93,600 - $139,000 annually. Salary commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to June 9, 2021.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.