THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, BUILDING, AND CODE ENFORCEMENT
The Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement (PBCE) recommends and implements policies which guide the physical and economic development of the City of San José toward the achievement of community goals. The Department promotes the City’s viability and quality through enforcement of land use, construction, health, safety, and environmental regulations. The Department acts as chief ‘city builder’, responsible for stewardship and implementation of the City’s long-term growth plan. The Department’s annual operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 is approximately $70 million. The Department has a staff of approximately 320 employees and includes four divisions:
The Planning Division is responsible for both long range planning, which involves guiding the City's future through preparation of community-based planning and policies, as well as current planning through the review of development proposals. There are two Deputy Directors who oversee the Planning Division.
The Building Division conducts plan review and field inspection of construction projects to ensure conformance with health and safety requirements. The Division operates the City’s Permit Center. A Deputy Director manages this Division with oversight from the City’s Chief Building Official.
The Code Enforcement Division uses education and enforcement tools to facilitate compliance with Municipal Codes designed to maintain a healthy, safe, and clean environment, carry out land use policy, and preserve the quality of life standards that residents and businesses enjoy. A Deputy Director manages this Division.
The Administrative Division manages the Department’s budgetary and technology systems enabling the Divisions to provide their respective services. An Administrative Officer manages this Division.
For purposes of the planning and entitlement process, key elements of the Planning and Building Divisions operate on the interdepartmental “Development Services Team” with Public Works Development Review and the Fire Marshall, and are co-located together in City Hall. Leadership of the inter-departmental Development Services Team lies with the PBCE Department Director.
As a member of the City’s Senior Staff Leadership Team, the Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement reports directly to the City Manager. The top areas of responsibility the next several years will be:
Lead implementation of the City’s Envision 2040 General Plan by working cooperatively with other department heads, the City Manager’s Office, elected officials, the development community, and community members.
Ensure that City land use policies are upheld, while balancing community objectives and market conditions.
Lead implementation of the Diridon Station Area Plan and parking and mobility goals of Climate Smart San Jose.
Facilitate housing development, including completing actions on the City’s Housing Crisis Work Plan, leading the development of the sixth cycle of the General Plan’s Housing Element, and completing urban village plans.
Oversee and serve as accountable lead for Development Services Transformation, working closely with Public Works and Fire, to streamline processes and enhance customer experience.
Strengthen inter-Departmental cohesion, communication, accountability, and a shared sense of mission and strategy.
OTHER KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Be an advocate for the workforce; work with the City Administration to improve employee hiring, retention, and development across the Department.
Be an active, contributing member of City Manager’s Senior Staff Leadership Team.
Actively mediate and coordinate policy issues with other departments through the Community and Economic Development “City Service Area”, including Transportation, Housing, Economic Development, Parks, and Environmental Services.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
The Director of PBCE is required to have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public administration, urban planning, business administration, engineering, or a related field, and ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience working on similar issues in a large city, including five (5) years of exemplary leadership experience. Significant planning experience with urban-form development is preferred. A Master’s Degree in public administration, public policy, business administration, or a related discipline is preferred. A proven track record of organizational change and continuous improvement is also desired.
Additional Salary Information: The Director of PBCE also receives an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation in addition to the compensation listed above.
About City of San Jose
Known as the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” the City of San José plays a vital economic and cultural role anchoring the world’s leading region of innovation. Encompassing 178 square miles at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay, San José is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world, including major tech headquarters like Cisco, Adobe, Zoom, Samsung, PayPal, and eBay as well as start-ups and advanced manufacturing.
San José’s quality of life is unsurpassed. Surrounded by the Diablo and Santa Cruz mountain ranges and enjoying an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, residents have easy access to the beaches along the California coast including Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Carmel; Yosemite and Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada; local and Napa Valley wine country, and the rich cultural and recreational life of the entire Bay region.
San José has received accolades for its vibrant ne...ighborhoods, healthy lifestyle, and diverse attractions from national media including Business Week and Money magazines. The downtown area is home to high-rise residential projects, theaters, museums, and diverse entertainment attractions such as live music and theater, cafes, restaurants, and professional sports. Inquiring minds are served by the Tech Interactive museum, the San José Museum of Art, and many local cultural and entertainment venues. Nineteen public school districts and over 300 private and parochial schools provide residents with a range of educational choices. Universities in and near the city include San José State University, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and three University of California campuses.
The San José area is powered by one of the most highly educated and productive populations in America. More than 40% of the workforce has a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 25% nationally, while 40% of San José residents are foreign born, and 50% speak a language other than English at home. San José is proud of its rich cultural diversity and global connections, and the essential role the City plays in connecting residents and businesses to the nation and the world.
In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040. The Plan proactively directs significant anticipated growth in new homes and workplaces into transit-accessible, infill growth areas and supports evolution toward a more urban landscape and lifestyle.