City of Willits

Willits , CA

Building Official

City of Willits
Willits, CA Full-time
Posted on July 25, 2018

The City of Willits is on U.S. Highway 101, approximately 140 miles north of San Francisco adjacent to the beautiful Eel River watershed.

Willits embraces its identity as a historic, yet eclectic community of individualists. With almost 5,000 people in city limits and an additional 10,000 in the surrounding trade area, it is the home of popular attractions such as Seabiscuit's home, the famous Skunk Train and Frontier Days Rodeo, the longest continuous running rodeo in the state of California. Still home to two thriving lumber mills, a new state-of-the-art hospital, countless businesses that reflect the unique spirit of the community, and more artists and musicians per capital than most cities, Willits is proud to be known as the Heart of Mendocino County and the Gateway to the Redwoods. With a median home price of less than $300,000, Willits remains an affordable, livable, walkable community.

Mendocino County offers an array of hiking and camping opportunities within breathtaking ancient redwood groves, including Montgomery Woods and the Jackson Demonstration State forest, all within about 15-25 miles from Willits. After the winter rains and before the summer doldrums, the Eel River offers great kayaking and rafting opportunities for skilled outdoor enthusiasts. A popular run from Dos Rios (35 minutes north of Willits) to Alder Point covers 12 miles of river and includes Class II and III rapids. A short drive down Highway 20 brings you to the rugged Mendocino Coastline and the cities of Fort Bragg and Mendocino, with surfing, fishing and other ocean sport opportunities. Willits is currently a City in transition, as Highway 101 no longer passes through Main Street, and heavy industry and lumber mills are giving way to new twenty-first century economies.

Well-positioned for economic growth, Willits is seeking a talented Building Official to help drive and regulate development efforts and ensure quality construction activities. This position is also responsible for providing proactive code enforcement duties, under the direction of the Community Development Director. The Building Official position is a mid-management position. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership and communication skills in addition to extensive specialized knowledge and experience in all areas of building and safety. The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal, problem-solving and diplomatic skills. Essential to success is an individual with a high level of emotional maturity; one who is a forward thinker, able to see the big picture, and can effectively communicate with the community. This position requires three years of journey-level combination building inspection experience, education equivalent to an Associate of Arts degree in construction technology, as well as certification as a Building and Combination Inspector by the International Code Conference. The successful candidate will be an effective leader and possess a positive attitude.

The City Manager will depend upon the Building Official to participate in City Council meetings, be a team player, demonstrate a commitment to the community; and have strong ethical commitment to following applicable laws, rules and best practices.

Salary: $58,867.98 - $73,343.26 (DOE/DOQ) + Excellent Benefits The City of Willits offers a 9/80 work schedule, a comprehensive benefits package including enrollment in the CalPERS retirement system with 2.7%@55 for Classic employees; medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; eleven (11) paid holidays; three (3) floating holidays; and nine (9) management leave days. Work culture is casual and friendly, but with pride in excellence and commitment to the community. 

The City of Willits is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.