Neighborhood Preservation Specialist (Code Enforcement)

City of Sunnyvale, CA - Sunnyvale, CA

Neighborhood Preservation Specialist

(Code Enforcement)

Regular Full-Time Employment Opportunity

The City of Sunnyvale offers:
Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits
Classic CalPERS members have 4% of the employee contributions paid by the City, leaving only 3% for the employee to contribute.
Retiree medical benefits available
The City of Sunnyvale is seeking applications for Neighborhood Preservation Specialist (Code Enforcement). This person would work in a dynamic, creative, and fast paced environment where problem solving and effective communication skills are a must. The ideal candidate enjoys working with the public, takes pride in doing high quality work, and provides effective and thoughtful support to the team. This position is part of a four-person code enforcement team that proactively and re-actively enforces violations of the municipal code at single-family, multi-family, and business properties. Enforcement is done through education, relationship building, resources, and when necessary, progressive enforcement.

The Neighborhood Preservation Unit is part of the Department of Public Safety, which provides the Sunnyvale community with fully integrated public safety services including Police, Fire and EMS. Department members commit to and embrace excellence, integrity, professionalism, accountability, and community engagement.

Under general supervision of the Senior Neighborhood Preservation Specialist, performs inspection and enforcement functions pertaining to compliance with the Sunnyvale Municipal Code, ordinances, and resolutions in such areas as community nuisances, building construction, planning, zoning, land use, housing, business licenses, graffiti, signs, and related areas; and performs related work as required.


The position of Neighborhood Preservation Specialist is a technical classification. The Neighborhood Preservation Specialist is distinguished from the higher-level classification of Senior Neighborhood Preservation Specialist in that the latter has supervisory responsibility.

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):
Receives and documents complaints regarding potential code violations; documents inspections, actions, and administrative remedies.
Meets and works closely with homeowners, property owners, tenants, businesses and community groups to enhance and preserve the quality of neighborhoods through public relations, education, community building and code enforcement activities.
Investigates complaints and prepares notices, letters and administrative citations to residents, property owners and business owners to gain voluntary compliance.
Interprets ordinances, policies and procedures, and code enforcement concepts.
Prepares complex reports.
Coordinates enforcement actions with other departments and jurisdictions.
Prepares case information and presents evidence at appeal hearings and other administrative and legal proceedings.
Conducts outreach, education and clean-up events in support of neighborhood improvement efforts.

Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. The position also requires near and far vision when performing tasks such as field inspections, in reading written reports and work related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal customer service. The need to lift, drag, carry and push equipment, tools and supplies up to 10 pounds is also required. Additionally, when performing field inspections, the incumbent may be exposed to biohazards and work in a variety of working conditions, including mechanical and electrical hazards, loud noise, and inclement weather conditions, such as wet, heat and cold. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to climb ladders and steep slopes, and walk around construction worksites. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

An Associate's Degree or 60 semester units or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university with coursework in business administration, public administration or a related field; AND

One year of experience in code enforcement, planning/zoning, nuisance housing, building construction or inspection, health and safety inspection, municipal code interpretation, or public outreach in municipal government.

Knowledge of:
Municipal code, building code and property maintenance code enforcement methods and procedures.
Land use concepts and zoning principles.
Current trends and developments in code enforcement.
Effective public and community relations techniques.
Techniques of negotiations and conflict resolution.
Research methods and techniques.
Office methods, procedures, software and equipment.

Ability to:
Gather and analyze data to prepare accurate and concise written and statistical reports.
Perform mathematical calculations.
Maintain computerized data systems.
Make effective public presentations.
Interpret and enforce City codes, regulations, policies, and procedures related to the program.
Process information and data in a relevant manner to reach reasonable conclusions and make practical decisions.
Apply analytical skills and understand impact and consequences of decisions and actions.
Operate a computer using word processing and business software and other office equipment.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Enforce state and local codes in locations or situations which could be deemed offensive to the public.
Effectively deal with people who are belligerent and uncooperative.
Establish, maintain and promote positive and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public.
Demonstrate initiative and exercise good judgment in the performance of duties.
Work independently and as a team member; recognize and set priorities and meet deadlines.
Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.

Willingness to:
Occasionally perform duties for periods longer than the normal eight-hour work day or more than five days per week, and on nights, weekends, or holidays.
Travel to remote sites within the City to conduct inspections.
Finalists must pass a comprehensive background investigation and an alcohol/drug screening.

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license and a safe driving record.


Designation of Certified Code Enforcement Officer by the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO).

Application and Selection Process
If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a City of Sunnyvale employment application and responses to the supplemental questions to the Department of Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 (postmarks or faxes are not accepted). Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at and click Jobs or application materials may be submitted to: Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2019. (Note: The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).


Those candidates that receive a passing score on the examination will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City's Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies. Top candidates on the eligibility list will be invited to participate in a selection interview with the department. Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City selected physician(s) before hire.

Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.


Please note: Any successful candidate, selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e. original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts).


Positions in this job classification are represented by the Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA). The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming practice), color, sex (includes gender, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding), gender identity and/or gender expression, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, family relationship, age, cancer or HIV/AIDS related medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.