Chief Building Official

City of Boulder, Colorado | Full-time


About the Chief Building Official Position

The Chief Building Official is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Building Services Division and is a contributing member of the Planning and Development Services Department leadership team.

This position coordinates, supervises, and manages building project review as well as permitting and inspection activities involving the interpretation and application of building codes.

Reporting to the Planning and Development Services Director, the Chief Building Official collaborates with colleagues across Planning and Development Services to consistently articulate a vision for service by identifying goals, developing and implementing work plans, and establishing and monitoring work measures to achieve desired results. The Chief Building Official provides oversight of customer service delivery and actively supports and champions continuous improvements to ensure the direct and efficient provision of services to customers. This position ensures policies, practices, and management products are consistent and properly communicated internally and externally. 

The Chief Building Official leads internal efforts, stakeholder engagement, and discussions with Boards and City Council to evaluate, amend, and adopt updated building and energy conservation codes. Specifically, this position manages the periodic review and analysis of new building codes and standards and coordinates the public review process. The Chief Building Official develops and maintains project plans, evaluates progress, and coordinates project activities in collaboration with staff. This position facilitates building project review activities with customers and staff involving the interpretation and application of building codes for new residential and commercial construction, commercial tenant finishes, remodels and additions, project completion, and occupancy. The Chief Building Official also assists in the enforcement of the City’s building and housing codes and land use regulations.

The Chief Building Official leads and develops a talented and dedicated team and directly manages the Building Code Compliance Manager, Building Inspection Supervisor, and Energy Code Compliance Principal Examiner. This position manages workloads and ensures the appropriate allocation of resources. Additionally, the Chief Building Official supports the personal and professional development of staff and ensures access to training and the ability to obtain and maintain required certifications.

The Chief Building Official supports cross-departmental collaboration and works effectively with Code Compliance and Code Enforcement. The Chief Building Official also works with the Chief Fire Marshal to resolve issues relating to unsafe structures as well as dangerous conditions and occupancies. This position collaborates across the organization on citywide responses and emergencies.


  • Collaborate with colleagues across Planning and Development Services to continue to streamline departmental operations and provide efficient, consistent, and predictable services to customers.
  • Continue to focus on the people and processes as key mechanisms to achieve operational excellence and improve workflow in the Building Services Division.
  • Provide divisional leadership and emphasize the importance of consistently meeting plan review timelines and fulfilling applicant commitments.
  • Actively contribute to and support the City’s goal of having net zero energy codes by the year 2031.
  • Support employee growth and development. Proactively coach and mentor staff in time management, delivery standards, and process benefits.

The Successful Candidate

The Chief Building Official embraces operational excellence and is excited to be a part of the leadership team within the redefined and still-evolving Planning and Development Services Department. The successful candidate will work to quickly understand the values of Boulder and embrace working in an active and engaged community accustomed to high-quality services.

The ideal candidate collaborates with colleagues to realize the continuum of development and services that span comprehensive land use policies, urban planning, engineering, construction, and property maintenance. The Chief Building Official enjoys working with others to solve complex problems and brings forward the ambition and technical ability to support departmental and divisional initiatives. They actively promote high community standards and bring direct experience in developing and enforcing custom local codes that exceed the requirements of the International Codes, particularly in energy conservation.

An attentive leader, the Chief Building Official identifies the needs of staff and applicants before problems emerge, finding opportunities in places where they may not be immediately evident. The successful candidate provides guidance regarding building permits and inspections, as well as service recovery solutions when challenges arise. The Chief Building Official easily maintains internal and external relationships, values diversity of thought, and believes in fostering mutual respect at all levels. The ability to navigate political relationships with ease while hearing, balancing, and respecting a variety of views during the decision-making process will be key. The successful candidate is an effective communicator, values transparency, and proactively keeps others well informed.

The Chief Building Official brings a fresh yet experienced voice and perspective to the work. In management, policy, and relationships, this person understands the big picture and can clearly articulate the vision while remaining grounded and realistic in what is possible. An empowering leader, the successful candidate supports collaboration and employs a leadership style that invites participation and gathers input, but at the end of the day, is decisive and results-oriented. This person actively nurtures an open and welcoming environment that continues to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion while maintaining a commitment to innovation and service excellence.


A minimum of five years’ leadership experience in the building, planning, or construction fields with direct supervisory experience in plan review, building construction, and/or inspection is required. Experience managing projects and public processes is essential as is working knowledge of building materials and standards and current construction practices and methods. Prior experience managing the enforcement of building and housing codes and land use regulations coupled with demonstrated experience in evaluating, amending, and applying codes and standards is required. Demonstrated ability to read and interpret architectural and engineering construction drawings, building codes, regulations, specifications, engineering studies, and technical reports is necessary.

A bachelor's degree in construction management, civil engineering, architecture, or a related field, or demonstrated expertise in the building trades through a combination of training, certification, and/or experience is required. International Code Council (ICC) certification as a Certified Building Official, or Registration as a Professional Engineer or Licensed Architect in the State of Colorado is desired. The ability to travel frequently to local sites is required; a valid driver’s license is preferred.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

Inside the City of Boulder

The City of Boulder believes in a future with equitable access to health, prosperity, and fulfillment, where the community adapts and thrives in response to emerging, and sometimes urgent, social, economic, and environmental challenges.

The Sustainability, Equity, and Resilience Framework guides budget and planning processes by providing consistent goals necessary to achieve Boulder’s vision of a great community and the actions required to achieve them. Building on a legacy of innovation, Boulder cultivates a creative spirit in order to adapt and thrive in the changing climate.

Boulder continuously works to provide service excellence for an inspired future through our core values:

  • Customer service: We are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our community and our co-workers by demonstrating consistent and professional service with a solution-oriented approach.
  • Respect: We champion diversity and welcome individual perspectives, backgrounds, and opinions. We are open-minded and treat all individuals with respect and dignity.
  • Integrity: We are stewards of the public’s trust and are committed to service that is transparent and consistent with city regulations and policies. We are honorable, follow through on our commitments, and accept responsibility.
  • Collaboration: We are committed to organizational success and celebrate our shared dedication to public service. We believe community collaboration and the sum of our individual contributions lead to great results.
  • Innovation: We promote a forward-thinking environment that supports creativity, calculated risks, and continuous improvement. We embrace change and learn from others in order to deliver leading-edge service.

Workplace Culture

The City of Boulder believes that a diverse workforce, individual lived experiences, and an inclusive environment adds quality and perspective to the services provided to the public. Therefore, the organization intentionally strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce that values and embraces differences among employees.

An important component of the City’s culture and environment is Boulder’s Leadership Philosophy: We believe each of us is a leader. We are motivated by the opportunities to make a positive difference in our community. Our greatest results are achieved when we:

  • Create a respectful, trusting, and supportive environment.
  • Rely on, invest in, and celebrate each other’s perspectives, skills, talents, and accomplishments.
  • Consult and collaborate with each other to make timely and quality decisions.
  • Share responsibility for and learn from the process and outcomes of a creative culture.

Structure of Local Government

The City of Boulder has a council-manager form of government where the elected City Council sets policies and the Council-appointed City Manager administers them. The City Council consists of nine members, including a mayor and mayor pro tem, selected by the Council members. Council members are elected at large and may serve up to three terms. 

With a 2023 approved budget of $513.5 Million, the City of Boulder is served by approximately 1500 standard employees. Robust City services are provided through numerous departments and divisions.

The Planning and Development Services Department

Boulder has a worldwide reputation for innovative planning and energy-conscious building standards. Through cooperation and collaboration with the community, the built environment is guided by the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan to advance progressive design regulations and codes that shape the community. In pursuit of operational excellence, Planning and Development Services was adapted from a shared services area to a defined city department in 2020. Planning and Development Services has redefined its identity and is streamlining its business processes to provide efficient, consistent, and predictable services for internal and external customers. With a 2023 budget of $15.5 Million, the Planning and Development Services department employs approximately 95 full-time staff.

Planning and Development Services provides extensive services through seven divisions:

  • Building Services: Building Code Review and Administration, Building Inspections and Enforcement, Energy Code Administration
  • Business and Support Services/Finance: Development Services Operations Support, Advisory Board Administration, Office Management, and Licensing; Finance Services
  • Code Compliance: Building, Zoning, and Housing Compliance
  • Comprehensive Planning: Long-Range Planning, Historic Preservation, and Ecological Planning
  • Development Review Planning: Development Review and Zoning Administration
  • Engineering Development Review: Engineering Review, Floodplain and Wetland Permitting, and Utility and Rights-of-Way Permitting and Inspections
  • Information Resources: GIS and Web Mapping, Land Management Software, Asset Management, and Records and Research

The Boulder, Colorado Community

Boulder, Colorado, is located just 30 minutes northwest of Denver, where the plains meet the Rocky Mountains. Tucked into a picturesque valley below the iconic Flatirons, Boulder has a population of approximately 108,000. The City is a great place to live, work, grow, and play.

Boulder is nationally recognized for its quality of life, thriving tech, research-based economy, and booming real estate market. Boulder is also one of the most educated metropolitan areas in the country. The local public schools are excellent, with Boulder Valley School District consistently ranking among the best in the state. In addition, Boulder is a hub of entrepreneurship, particularly for businesses that value a lifestyle rooted in a love of the outdoors, healthy living, and access to resources.

The University of Colorado at Boulder is currently one of the premier public research institutions in the United States and sits in the heart of Boulder. The University has a strong reputation and is especially known for its engineering and science programs, particularly Earth and Space sciences. There are 17 federally funded science laboratories in Boulder, including the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Enjoyment of the outdoors has always been at the forefront of life in Boulder. The community’s Open Space and Mountain Parks form a green belt around the City with over 45,000 acres of land that are preserved and protected. Boulder has over 300 miles of public hiking and biking trails, and its mountain parks and open spaces receive well over five million visitors a year. In addition, residents enjoy 1,800 acres of urban parkland and programming through numerous recreation centers and outdoor pools.

Boulder fosters an environment for artists and audiences to be innovative, experimental, creative, and expressive. The City has a large concentration of artists with more than 30 art galleries, four museums, a dozen movie and stage theaters, and a huge variety of cultural performances each year, including the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Music Festival, and Chautauqua Summer Series.

According to Bon Appétit magazine, Boulder is America’s Foodiest City with local restaurants and chefs insistent on quality, innovation, and flavor. In addition, Boulder is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s healthiest places to live and is a mecca for natural and organic products. Farms, dairies, ranches, markets, and restaurants embrace the idea of local, seasonal, and artisanal food production and cooking. The Boulder Farmers Market is the largest outdoor market in the state, providing a venue for local agricultural producers to sell their products directly to the public. For those who love beer, wine, and spirits, there are 21 breweries, four distilleries, two wineries, and two cideries in Boulder. 

While each of the characteristics, passions, and industries that Boulder is known for today emerged organically over time, it is how they work together that makes Boulder...Boulder.


The salary range for the Chief Building Official is $108,000 - $132,000 annually with an anticipated hiring range of $120,000 - $130,000 annually and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Boulder is a progressive organization that values employee engagement and well-being. The City recognizes the importance of providing an encompassing health and life benefits program to employees, including Hybrid Work, Flex Schedules, Telehealth and Wellness Incentives, Infants and Dogs at Work Program, Local bus eco-Pass, and an Employee Discount Program on goods and services throughout the Boulder Community. Additional information can be viewed here.

To Be Considered

Respect is one of Boulder’s five City Values, and they are committed to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. The City celebrates and supports differences across all spectrums including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, and sexual orientation. Through the City’s focus on racial equity, employee benefits, and the many program resources offered to employees, Boulder continually strives to weave respect for one another into the fabric of their organization. 

Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help them grow in service excellence for an inspired future. Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on February 20, 2023.


Please direct questions to Heather Gantz at and Robert Colichio at


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