6318 Construction Inspector

Recruitment #TEX-6318-091871


APPOINTMENT TYPE: Temporary-Exempt.   The General Services Agency Department of Public Works has an opening for an exempt appointment in San Francisco.  The position is excluded by the Charter from competitive civil service examination process.  The successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.  This position has an anticipated duration of up to three (3) years.      

Citywide Development Agreement Implementation:  This combined large-scale development portfolio of over 20 development projects includes the construction of affordable housing, replacement rent controlled housing units, open space, transportation and streetscape improvements, historic rehabilitation, and manufacturing space. Departments involved with various aspects of the implementation of these Development Agreements include, but are not limited to, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Treasure Island Development Authority, Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, Planning Department, Department of Public Works, Public Utilities Commission, Municipal Transportation Agency, Recreation and Parks Department, City Attorney's Office and the Fire Department. This Phase of the Citywide Development Agreement Implementation Project is scheduled to create over 12,000 new housing units associated with this large-scale development portfolio by FY 2020- 2021.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  The Construction Inspector will provide oversight and performance of construction inspection under the Construction Management Section of Public Works for the Citywide Development Implementation Projects. Major functions include reviewing the work of Assistant Construction Inspectors to ensure compliance with contract plans, specifications, applicable codes and regulations, the maintenance of project do documentation and the reporting of safety and traffic hazards and defective work.

This position performs intermediate level inspection of construction projects to ensure compliance with contract plans, specifications, applicable codes and safety regulations.  Engineering construction inspection includes but is not limited to the following activities: earthwork and paving, roadway renovation and improvement, deep utilities: water supply and sewer collection pipeline, Portland cement concrete, pile driving, drilled piers, tunneling, track work, power distribution and transmission systems, electrical overhead contact systems, signalization, control and data acquisition systems, radio and telecommunications systems, ADA retrofits and facilities, and landscaping/irrigation work.

The Construction Inspector maybe assigned to work alternate work schedules which include working on the weekend, as well as early morning and/or late night shifts.  Incumbents will be working in the field, will be exposed to some dirty and disagreeable work environments (such as working in inclement weather conditions, working around raw sewage, confined spaces), and will have to exert physical effort (climbing ladders, walking on uneven surfaces, and standing for long periods of time).  

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Two (2) years of verifiable full-time experience in City and County of San Francisco class 6317 Assistant Construction Inspector; OR
  2. Four (4) years of verifiable full-time experience in construction inspection work ensuring that plans and specifications are complied with, and the workmanship and material used meet specifications; AND
  3. Possession and maintenance of a valid California Driver's License (Department participates in the Pin Pull Program).


  1. A baccalaureate degree in Engineering or Architecture from an accredited college or university and/or experience as an Engineer on a level equal to City and County of San Francisco class 5203 Assistant Engineer or as an Architect on a level equal to City and County of San Francisco class 5265 Architectural Associate I or higher may substitute for up to two years of the required experience under Experience and Training Guidelines #2 for the Construction Inspector.
  2. Two (2) years of verifiable full-time experience as a surveyor may substitute for up to one (1) year of the required experience under Experience and Training Guidelines #2 for the Construction Inspector.
  3. Experience in construction, at the Superintendent/General Foreman level, supervising construction crews of more than six may substitute for up to two (2) years of the required experience on a year for year basis. Journey level construction experience and/or drafting experience will not be accepted as qualifying under #2 for the Construction Inspector.
  4. Possession of an associate degree in construction or engineering from an accredited college or university may substitute for up to one (1) year of the required experience under Minimum Qualification #2.

How To Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a cover letter, current resume, copy of Driver’s License and verification with the online CCSF application.

Application materials may be submitted by:

  1. Uploading the documents through JobAps;       OR
  2. Scanning documents and sending as PDF attachments to marlo.thomas@sfdpw.org with the recruitment number in the subject line.

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.  Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. 

Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility and/or disqualification.

Selection Plan

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview process. 

VERIFICATION:  All applicants must submit verification of the required education and/or work experience including copies of required certificates and licenses.  City employees who meet all the qualifications based solely on employment with the City and County of San Francisco do not need to provide verification of qualifying experience. However, City employees whose qualifying experience is based on outside employment must submit verification of such an employment.  

Verification of journey level experience must be on employers' business letterhead and must show the name of the applicant, job title(s), duties (specifically the duties that meet the minimum qualifications), dates of service, and must be signed by the employer or the employer's authorized representative. City and County employees may receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules.  

Verification requirement may be waived if verifications are impossible to obtain. Applicants who cannot obtain the required verification, if impossible to obtain by the deadline date may request a waiver of the experience verification requirement. To request a waiver, the applicant must submit a separate signed statement (in the form of a formal letter – there is not a form) explaining the reason why verification cannot be obtained. Waivers are NOT automatically granted. Request for waivers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above.  Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.  Failure to provide the required verification or request for waiver may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Marlo Thomas, at  (415) 554.4824 or via email:  marlo.thomas@sfdpw.org .

Conviction History

As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco 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.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Issued:  February 15, 2019
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-6318-091871
GSA for Public Works / mt / 46000


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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