Code Enforcement Officer

City of Santa Clara, CA - Santa Clara, CA

  • Current vacancy is in the Community Development Department*
The eligible list from this examination may be used to fill vacancies in the Departments: Community Development, Public Works and Water and Sewer Utilities

The Code Enforcement Officer in the Planning Division of the Community Development Department performs and supervises staff working on the enforcement of land use, zoning, and related municipal codes and ordinances, to determine violations and gain compliance, as well as perform inspections to determine compliance with planning related conditions of approval for development projects.

This position works in a team-based environment and must effectively recognize and set priorities, handle multiple priorities, organize workload, meet strict deadlines, and serve as liaison with various City departments and the general public on enforcement matters.

Preferred Filing Date: Monday, April 29, 2019
Applications must be filled out completely. Please do not substitute "see resume or see personnel file" in the employment history section of the application. To receive first consideration in the screening process, candidates must submit a 1) City Employment Application, 2) Resume, and 3) Letter of Interest and Intent no later than 4:00 p.m. on the preferred filing date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. This recruitment may remain open until filled.

An incumbent in this position will conduct investigations related to storm water pollution, fats, oils and grease (FOG) source control, recycled water, land use, buildings, zoning and related municipal codes and ordinances, to determine violations and gain compliance. The Code Enforcement Officer may be assigned to work in the Community Development Department, the Public Works Department, or the Water and Sewer Utilities Department.

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admittance into the examination process. Only the most qualified candidates who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will be invited to test. Candidates must attain a passing score on the examination process to qualify for the Eligible List. A department interview will be required prior to appointment.
Typical Duties: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

For all departments:
Conducts field surveys, inspections and investigations of land use, site and environmental conditions, or building construction
Documents inspections, violations, actions and compliance
Issues notices and citations and follows up to ensure compliance
Answers questions and interprets ordinances, policies procedures and code enforcement concepts to assist applicants and general public
Prepares record of deficiencies noted and compliance achieved
Responds to complaints of zoning code violations or building code violations
Prepares reports, maps, recommendations and other correspondence on code enforcement matters
Coordinates actions with other City Departments, outside agencies and the public to identify and resolve code violation problems
Establishes and maintain files and records related to citations and violations
Supervises, trains and evaluates assigned staff
Directs supporting activities of administrative and paraprofessional staff
Prepares and presents public presentations and staff reports involving code enforcement
Prepares and develops ordinances relating to code enforcement
Represents the City in court actions related to enforcement
Researches and prepares cases for prosecution; testifies at administrative hearings and/or in court; and assists with testimony of other staff witnesses

For the Community Development Department:
Performs final inspections to determine compliance with planning related conditions of approval on projects
Reviews and makes recommendations on development proposals and plans in light of compliance with City standards, impact upon adjacent properties and public facilities, and design and landscape compatibility
Coordinates with the Police Department on the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program

For the Water and Sewer Utilities Department:
Reviews development plans for recycled water projects and food service establishments and other facilities to determine compliance with applicable City, State and Federal rules and regulations
Performs sampling of potable, recycled and waste water for various constituents
Responds to City wastewater emergencies and sanitary sewer overflows
Reviews sanitary sewer overflow reports submitted to the California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS) for accuracy and completeness
Collects and preserves samples as evidence for legal proceedings
Assists with the development of pollution prevention policies, practices, and outreach materials
Inspects pretreatment systems, businesses and other facilities to ensure compliance with federal, state and local ordinances and regulations
Investigates illegal discharges to the sanitary sewer system and storm drain system

Minimum Qualifications: EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
An Associate's Degree in City or Urban Planning, Business Administration, Construction Technology, Environmental Science, or closely related field; and
Two (2) years of experience in public contact work involving zoning administrative investigation, building inspection or investigation, industrial/commercial pretreatment inspections, or stormwater pollution control, one year of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Possible Substitutions:
One (1) year of additional related experience may be substituted for each year, up to two years of the required education.

Desirable Qualifications:
A Bachelor's Degree in City or Urban Planning, Business Administration, Construction Technology, Environmental Science, Sustainability, or closely related field is desirable.
A Code Enforcement Officer Certification by the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO) is desirable.
Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required at time of appointment and for the duration of employment.

For the Public Works Department:
A recognized professional certification within the stormwater management field (QSP, QISP, CSM, CESSWI, CPESC, CPMSM, etc.) within twelve (12) months of appointment and for the duration of employment.

For the Water and Sewer Utilities Department:
A Grade II Environmental Compliance Inspector Certification issued by the California Water Environment Association within twelve (12) months of appointment and for the duration of employment.
A Water Distribution Operators Certification from the State Water Resources Control Board is desirable.
A Cross-Connection Control Program Specialist Certification from the American Water Works Association is desirable.
Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment background check, which may include employment verification, a DMV record check, a criminal history check, and Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprinting. Any information obtained will be used to determine eligibility for employment in accordance with the law. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction when required will result in disqualification from the recruitment process.
A medical examination will be required prior to appointment.
May be required to occasionally work evenings and weekends.
Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job assignment.
Incumbents in this position are required to file a Conflict of Interest statement upon assuming office, annually, and upon leaving office, in accordance with City Manager Directive 100.

Current permanent employee candidates who receive a passing score on the examination will have an additional five (5) points added to his/her final score.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of:For all departments:
City's municipal codes and zoning plans
Field investigations and procedures
Environmental and safety practices, procedures and standards
Business report writing

For the Community Development Department:
Planning requirements related to setbacks, buildings and sign heights
Abandoned vehicle abatement program, citation procedures and code
Building code provisions

For the Public Works Department:
Storm drain and solid waste code provisions

For the Water and Sewer Utilities Department:
Federal, State and local rules and regulations for water, wastewater and recycled water

Ability to:For all departments:
Respond to inquiries and complaints in a tactful and timely manner
Exercise independent judgment and initiative with minimal supervision
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Serve as liaison with planners, building inspectors, law enforcement aides, fire, police, attorneys and the general public on enforcement matters
Prepare, maintain and update records, logs and reports
Operate a mobile device/computer and applicable software such as a work order management system and Microsoft Office Suite
Manage a caseload and resolve cases through the criminal or administrative process
Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload and meet strict deadlines
Work in a team-based environment and achieve common goals
Walk or stand for extended periods of time
Bend, stoop, reach, carry, climb and lift as necessary to perform assigned duties
For the Community Development Department and Water and Sewer Utilities Department:
Interpret site development plans, landscape plans and building construction plans
Conduct extensive research of City and County records

For the Public Works Department:
Interpret state mandated stormwater pollution prevention plans