Senior Plan Review Engineer

City of Beverly Hills | Beverly Hills, CA

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Posted Date 4/13/2020

NOTE: The filing period for this recruitment has been extended and is now scheduled to close on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by 5:00 PM PST. If you have already submitted an application, you will not need to reapply.

Who We Are
The City of Beverly Hills has a long-standing reputation for providing superior customer service to residents, businesses, and visitors. This characteristic, combined with outstanding staff in all departments, has been a hallmark of success for this high performance organization. The municipal government (approximately 1,080 full-time and part-time employees) provides the highest quality safety services, recreational, municipal services, and physical environment.
What We Do
The Community Development Department of the City of Beverly Hills is responsible for the review and processing of development projects including land entitlements, zoning and plan review,  inspection services, permit issuance, and code enforcement.  It also oversees programs such as rent control/stabilization, transportation planning, historic preservation program, animal control and records requests. Community Development also provides staff assistance to 5 city commissions; including, Planning, Architectural, Design Review, Cultural Heritage, and Traffic and Parking.   
What We're Looking For
The City of Beverly Hills is looking for an well-rounded Senior Plan Review Engineer for the Community Development Department. This role will review and analyze difficult and complex engineering work associated with construction plan reviews and ensuring compliance with building and zoning codes, regulations and ordinances. Incumbents in this position receive only occasional instruction or assistance, and have full knowledge of the division operating procedures and policies. The ideal employee would have experience working directly with plans, related building and zoning codes, as well as posses some relevant design experience (i.e. Civil Engineering, structural design, building design, etc.) Candidates for this position should be effective communicators, both verbal and written, with strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and self-management skills. Please note that this position requires the use of a personal vehicle as well as City established car insurance policy minimums to be met.

Selection Process: All applicants must submit clear, concise and complete information regarding their qualifications for the position, including detailed responses to all supplemental questions. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application or supplemental application materials.
The selection process will consist the following components:

  • Supplemental Questionnaire
  • Oral Interview
  • Technical / Writing Project

All applicants will be notified of their status approximately 2 - 3 weeks after the close of the recruitment.

Conviction History
As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be contacted to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Note: Falsifying one's education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City of Beverly Hills.

Disaster Service Workers
All City of Beverly Hills employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Major Duties

Under supervision of the Plan Review Manager, leads and participates in the review and analysis of difficult and complex engineering work associated with construction plan review and ensures compliance with building and zoning codes, regulations and ordinances. Incumbents in this position receive only occasional instruction or assistance, and have full knowledge of the division operating procedures and policies.

Some of the core duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviews construction plans (i.e., architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, grading) and related documents (soil reports, engineering calculations, energy calculations, etc.) for compliance to adopted codes including state building standard codes, local zoning laws, handicapped accessibility, sound transmission, energy, and other applicable state and federal regulations. Makes recommendations for changes and works with architects and engineers to affect required corrections.
  • Works as a multi-function team member to guide projects through the development process, serving as team leader on construction.
  • Reviews projects in conceptual stage and confers with multi-function team to define project-specific processes, including project processing time and total fees and charges.
  • Provides code interpretations, explains and responds to questions and inquiries from the public concerning municipal codes, zoning laws and related issues.
  • Assists the public by telephone, written correspondence, electronic interaction/media, and in person at a public counter.
  • Reviews plans and provides written corrections for owners, architects and engineers.
  • Calculates and collects applicable fees, taxes and other charges, verifies appropriate insurance and other related documents and records and issues permits.
  • Confers with and attends meetings with interdepartmental and intradepartmental teams, committees, other governmental agencies, architects, engineers, developers, and contractors concerning codes, permits, overall development process, and programs. Participates as a member on, as assigned.
  • Participates in staff meetings and makes recommendations to revise existing policies and procedures to improve services and organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Prepares a variety of reports including technical reports for presentation to boards and commissions and the City Council. Makes presentation to the City Council and various commissions, as assigned.
  • Participates in, and may lead, specific department work plan items.
  • Prepares written responses to the public for such things as complaints, code change notifications, and other City related issues. Serves as staff interface to the public on projects being reviewed by outside plan review consultants.
  • Provides or coordinates staff training. Work closely with staff to inform, educate, review, and interpret data, and implement procedures. Reviews the work of lower level technical and professional staff, as assigned.
  • Participates in code enforcement investigations, as assigned.
  • Conducts field inspections of building structures and building modifications investigations in assessing safety elements in emergency / disasters-related departmental responses, code enforcement investigations, and construction developments.
  • Adheres to established plan check turnaround times, in accordance with established performance measures.
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date files and records. Conducts studies and surveys and analyses data and makes recommendations.
  • Performs community outreach to promote department goals and objectives, special services and programs.
  • Keeps abreast of current engineering and architectural principles and practices, technology and regulations.
  • Performs complex plan review projects which require engineering analysis and evaluations.
  • Develops and maintains operating procedures and policies.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's of Science degree in civil engineering, architecture, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, construction technology, construction project management, or a closely related field.
  • Two (2) years of experience performing plan review or related construction project management work.
  • Completion of City-recognized supervisory academy/training series within twelve (12) months of hire.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid California driver's license.
  • Possession of a Plans Examiner Certification by the International Code Council.
  • California State license as a professional engineer (PE) in civil, electrical, mechanical engineering or licensed architect (RA) is preferred.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable codes including zoning laws, construction codes, handicapped accessibility, sound transmission ordinances, and energy codes.
  • Principles, practices and methods of engineering analysis and design.
  • Mathematics as applied to engineering work.
  • Construction practices, methods, and materials.
  • Building inspection methods and procedures.
  • Applicable laws and regulations of all phases of construction.
  • Environmental and sustainable design standards and principles including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council are desirable.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration, budgeting, and supervision.
  • Microcomputer engineering applications.
  • Customer services techniques.

Ability to:

  • Provide effective customer service.
  • Perform complex plan review engineering work.
  • Read and properly interpret construction plans and designs on complex issues.
  • Evaluate materials and construction methods.
  • Perform project development calculations, make estimates and calculate development-related fees.
  • Perform field inspections.
  • Work cooperatively with the public in stressful situations. Mediate disputes, resolve conflicts and effect solutions to both technical and non-technical problems.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with other staff and management as both a member and leader of multi-function teams.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Communicate policies in a courteous and effective manner.
  • Use initiative and sound independent judgment within established guidelines, and in conjunction with the City's vision and core values
  • Prepare clear, accurate and complete reports.
  • Train, lead, motivate, and review the work of staff, as pertinent to position.
  • Represent the division effectively in meetings, including making presentations to large groups.
  • Communicate clearly on highly technical matters with other professionals in the field.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Skill in:

  • Using a computer and related software applications including auto MS Office Suite, Outlook, CAD, GIS, and related permitting software.


Job Category
Local Government
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