Job Title: Code Compliance Officer

Job Location: Poway

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Job Description:

The City of Poway’s Development Services Department is seeking an organized and motivated individual who is calm under pressure for the role of Code Compliance Officer. In addition to having excellent initiative, interpersonal, communication and written skills, the ideal candidate will also have experience enforcing municipal, zoning, and/or building codes with a public agency (or similar public contact of an investigatory or inspection nature).

If you have a passion for public service and a desire to provide a high quality of life for community members, we encourage you to apply!

Under general supervision, performs a variety of routine to complex duties related to the City’s code compliance program, including the identification, investigation, and correction of violations of the City’s municipal, building, and zoning codes, and of State and City Health and Safety Codes and Ordinances; investigates citizen complaints of public nuisances and quality of life issues and seeks voluntary compliance or issues citations and initiates abatement procedures; and performs related work as required.

Receives general supervision from the City Planner or assigned supervisor.  Exercises no direct supervision over staff.

Key Responsibilities:

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Receives, records, and investigates complaints from the public and staff regarding violations of municipal codes, ordinances, standards, and health and safety regulations; documents violations by securing photographs and other pertinent data; researches ownership records, development plans, prior complaints, municipal codes and ordinances, and state regulations to establish whether a violation has occurred.
  • Collaborates and initiates contact with residents, business representatives, and other parties to explain the nature of incurred violations and compliance with municipal codes, ordinances, and community standards; initiates abatement of dangerous properties and vector control issues of vacant properties; provides confirmation to public by telephone and in person regarding code regulations.
  • Prepares courtesy notices, notices of violation or noncompliance and citations according to applicable codes and regulations; issues letters to property owners notifying them of violation; as appropriate, affixes a notice of violation on property to abate fire and public safety hazards and public nuisances.
  • Meets with City planning, building, engineering, fire, sheriff, public works staff and legal counsel regarding complaints; coordinates activities with other staff and code compliance personnel.
  • Coordinates and conducts follow-up abatement procedures including the preparation of additional correspondence, site visits, and communication with property owners and attorneys; conducts follow-up investigations to ensure compliance with applicable codes and ordinances; prepares non-compliance cases for legal action; presents testimony at nuisance abatement hearings.
  • Coordinates and enforces the City’s vegetation management program and Wildfire Defensible Space Program, including identification of properties in violation, notification to property owners, and follow-up inspections and recordkeeping.
  • Makes drive-by or on-site inspections of residential, industrial, and/or commercial areas; notes possible violations at other property sites during the course of field investigations.
  • Provides information to violators, the general public, business community, and other government agencies regarding codes, laws, and ordinances; respond to questions, complaints, and inquiries.
  • Coordinates and enforces the City’s Responsible Beverage Service Program, including reviewing application for Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) licenses, and maintaining records of all licenses issued in the City, inspecting businesses for the posting of required signage, and certification records of employees; explain ABC regulations and answer questions regarding the program requirements.
  • Prepares staff reports related to code compliance activities and services; may present information to the City Council and various commissions, committees, and boards; performs a variety of public relations and outreach work related to assigned activities.
  • Coordinates the removal of encampments and abandoned vehicles, as needed.
  • Maintains files and records related to citations and violations; prepares a variety of written reports, memoranda, and correspondence.
  • Inputs and retrieves a variety of information using a computer.
  • Maintains attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

Two years of enforcing municipal, zoning, and/or building codes with a public agency, or similar public contact of an investigatory or inspection nature.

Equivalent to completion of the 12th grade. Supplemental specialized training in planning, zoning, inspection, or law enforcement is desirable. A bachelor’s degree in criminology, political science, public administration, planning, or a related field is preferred.

License and Certificates:

  • A valid class C driver’s license.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a California PC 832 certification within six months of appointment.
  • Certified Code Enforcement Officer (CCEO) desirable.

Physical Demands
Must possess mobility to work in the field and in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, to operate a motor vehicle, drive on surface streets, and make inspections; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform light physical work; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio.  The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking uneven terrain and landscapes when performing inspections.  Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment.  Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Environmental Elements
Employees partly work in the office and partly in the field and are occasionally exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

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Apply by date: 07/02/2020