Jane Decker

Jane Decker

Miami, FL, US





City of Doral, Doral, FL, US, Building Department Director

This is highly responsible management and complex professional administrative work planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling all the activities of the City's Building Department.

Emphasis of the work is on directing subordinates to carry out projects as needed for the effective and efficient processing of permits and inspections, and other special programs in the department. The Director exercises considerable initiative and independent judgment and must work effectively with appointed officials, co-workers, outside contractors, regulatory agencies and the general public.

Under the broad policy guidance of the Deputy and City Manager, this position serves as a key member of the City's leadership team with direct responsibility for the effective implementation of City-wide strategic and operating initiatives. The Director provides leadership through managing, directing, and coordinating the activities of the Building Department and its employees. An employee in this classification must have extensive experience managing a large diverse staff, and possess related knowledge and experience in the administration of personnel actions, including selection of employees, performance management and appraisal, principles of employee motivation, and preparation of justification for merit recognition or discipline, and employee training and development. In addition, the incumbent must have extensive knowledge of the workings of a Building Department, to include labor laws and practices.

Essential Functions:

Plans, organizes and directs, through subordinate managers, the day-to-day operations of the Building Department.
Represents the Department to the public, other city departments, businesses, boards and commissions; conducts or attends a variety of committee, commission, or staff related meetings.
Implements the City's Strategic Plan Initiatives that relate to the Building Department.
Formulates recommendations, evaluates alternatives, and presents actions for City Manager and Councilmember decisions.
Develops, evaluates, and coordinates building permitting and inspections goals and objectives. Develops workload and effectiveness indicators or performance measures in order to evaluate job performance, efficiency and effectiveness.
Coordinates building permitting and inspection activities relating to requirements set forth in City ordinances, State law and building codes, with assistance of the City’s Building Official.
Plans, coordinates and exercises direction over departmental activities and personnel.
Develops and implements initiatives within the department to improve customer service and enhance efficiency through improving processes, implementing technology, etc.
Ensures compliance with the Florida Statutes, City Code etc., through reconciliation of building related revenues and expenditures.
Prepares annual department operating and capital budget for the Department, for review and approval by the Deputy or City Manager.
Assigns and reviews subordinates work product, including budget monitoring, personnel actions, staff interviews, training, hardware and software needs, and office space planning.
Reviews and approves memos, purchase orders, requests for time off, vacation, sick leave, and other administrative activities.
Assigns staff to various special projects, as needed.
Conducts oral presentation of staff reports, studies and research to the City Council as directed by the Deputy or City Manager.
Prepares staff reports, ordinances and resolutions for approval by the Deputy or City Manager.
Performs related work and special projects as assigned by the Deputy or City Manager.
Develops a customer service program in an effort to instill the importance of delivering friendly and reliable service by all staff.
Develops, evaluates, and implements policies and procedures, standards, goals, and objectives for assigned functions and communicates with the general public.
Performs and completes timely personnel actions, to include employee selection and performance evaluations as per City policy.
Administers appropriate discipline to department employees as per City or Departmental Policies and Procedures manual and recommends terminations of employment to the City Manager as necessary.

Dec 2012 - current

Jane Decker, Architect, Miami, FL, Project Architect & Design Concierge

Oct 2012 - Dec 2013

Gail B. Baldwin, Architect, Inc., Project Architect

Every day is a new day in the fast-paced world of architecture. I feel it should be my job to keep up with the adventure. I enjoy working with a firm that encourages the development of its project team, fosters creativity, values loyalty and promotes a sense of community not only within the firm but with their surrounding neighborhood as well.

During my fourteen years with this firm, I have worn numerous hats and participated in every aspect of the operations of the firm. I began by organizing the accounts payable and receivable departments and moved on to project management and firm development. Since then, I have consistently expanded my skill base to complete my IDP training and the ARE exam process and I am NCARB certified and LEED accredited. I am familiar with the standard concepts of our profession. I work well independently and with others. I am resourceful and capable of meeting the daily challenges that a small or large firm presents. I have overseen the completion of several projects and have participated in the production of conceptual developments (unbuilt projects). They all involved a close working relationship with the Principal Architect through all phases of design.

Apr 1998 - Oct 2012


University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, US, Masters, Public Administration

Certificate in Public Administration

Aug 2018 - Dec 2019

Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Davie, FL, US, Masters, Real Estate Development

Sep 2011 - Jun 2013

Miami Dade College, Business

Classes Completed:
Intro to Macroeconomics
Contemporary Business
Principles of Accounting
Financial & Managerial Accounting
Intermediate & Advanced Microsoft Excel

Jun 2009 - Jul 2011

University of Miami, BArch, School of Architecture

Curriculum included studios in design and others in urban composition and planning; A minor was completed in Art including 2D & 3D Design, Figure Drawing, and Art History.
Activities included: Coconut Grove Redevelopment, Student Construction of Affordable Housing * Spring 2000 – Program received the NCARB Prize for the Creative Integration of Practice & Education in the Academy; University of Miami Study Abroad, Four-month investigation of the architecture of Rome, Italy * 1999

Aug 1995 - May 2000


Neighbors Against McMansions, Big Invasive Eyesores [NAMBIES], Honorable Mention

Semi-finalist in local residential design competition, “Neighbors Against McMansions, Big Invasive Eyesores” [NAMBIES]


ArchVoices Essay Competition - Reader's Choice Winner, Honorable Mention

2004-2006 ArchVoices Essay Competition – Reader’s Choice Winner 2006 - Committee 2005 – 2004 Semi-finalist


Areas of Specialization