CODE/SENIOR CODE INSPECTOR

Full-time
City of Ventura
5/26/2018

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:  www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs

CODE/SENIOR CODE INSPECTOR (2 VACANCIES)
Community Development Department
Recruitment #17-J25-001
Salary:  Inspector: $55,784-$67,806/year Senior: $61,330-$74,548/year

INTRODUCTION
Are you experienced in the interpretation of governmental agency laws and regulations?  Do you have excellent customer service and public relation skills?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for two Code/Senior Code Inspector vacancies on our collaborative code enforcement team in the Community Development Department.  Apply on-line at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs by 4/15/18 to be considered for this rewarding career opportunity!
To learn more about the City of Ventura's Code Enforcement Division efforts, visit https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/320/Code-Enforcement.

THE POSITION
Under general supervision, performs technical inspections and investigative work in enforcing compliance with laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to general municipal, state and federal codes; fire prevention and hazardous materials with a primary focus on the immediate public safety and health of the community. This is a non-sworn (civilian), non-safety position. 
An eligibility list is being established to fill the current vacancy on the Code Enforcement team in the Community Development Department, as well as future related vacancies in the Community Development Department or the Fire Department.
This position is flexibly staffed and may be filled at either level depending on the qualifications of the candidate and the needs of the City.
Depending upon assignment, incumbents may be required to work stand-by and report to work on a callback basis as needed within a designated time frame and may be required to work weekend or evening shifts.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Is sensitive to the needs of citizens, business owners and contractors, while enforcing regulations and gaining compliance.
  • Maintains composure when responding to irate customers.
  • Works as part of a team, interacting with people throughout the City cooperatively and collaboratively.
  • Has excellent communication and public relation skills.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Code Enforcement Division assignment:
Interprets and enforces provisions of municipal, state and federal laws and/or regulations pertaining to life safety and hazardous materials. Interprets and enforces a variety of City codes and ordinances including but not limited to zoning, housing, nuisances, and property maintenance. All activities are focused to seek compliance with applicable laws.
Responds to citizen complaints regarding violations; explain applicable information to the public by telephone, through group presentations or in writing. Drives city vehicle in assigned areas to identify and evaluate problem areas and/or ordinance violations; determines proper methods to resolve violations.
Maintains accurate documents and violations by taking photographs, samples or other evidence and maintains proper chain of custody. Prepares written correspondence pertaining to violations. Issues Notices of Violation, Notice and Orders, and Infraction Citations. Maintains and prepares hard-copy and electronic case files. Forwards cases to the City and/or the District Attorney's office for review and further action.
Testifies in court, as needed, in legal proceedings.
Coordinate activities with other agencies and internal/external departments, and provides consultation or assistance as requested. Assists in preparing community promotions and public information related to assigned programs.
Performs related duties as assigned.

Fire Prevention Division assignment:
Interprets and enforces provisions of municipal, state and federal laws and/or regulations pertaining to fire, life safety and hazardous materials.  Performs fire plan reviews of limited scope and provides fire and life safety protection system training to Fire Department staff as assigned.
Performs periodic and follow-up inspections of new and existing buildings and occupancies. Assures proper and safe installation and maintenance of fire protection systems.
Issues Notices of Violation and Infraction Citations. Maintains and prepares hard-copy and electronic case files. Forwards cases to the City and/or the District Attorney's office for review and further action. Testifies in court, as needed, in legal proceedings.
Processes and issues a variety of construction and fire code permits, determines and intakes appropriate permit fees and issues receipts, informs contractors and owners/builders of appropriate procedures for securing the required permits.  Reviews submitted plans and permit applications for completeness and accuracy.  Verifies that appropriate signatures, required calculations, reports and proper types of plans are included.  Reviews documents related to division operations and suggests revisions.  Observes, identifies and resolves problems related to counter operations and procedures.  Coordinates the weed abatement program including the notification of property owners, inspections, enforcement activities and abatement work assigned to contractors.  Assists in collecting, compiling, and analyzing data relevant to fire and hazardous materials inspections.  Compiles and monitors statistical information on permits and inspections.  Prepares data for presentation in a variety of formats.  Prepares, updates, and maintains fire prevention and hazardous materials reports, files, and documents.   
Coordinate activities with other agencies and internal/external departments, represents the Fire Department at meetings, and provides consultation or assistance as requested. Prepares and provides community promotions, presentations, and public information related to the Fire Department.
 Assists at major city, state, or local emergency incidents by providing technical knowledge, conducting post fire analysis to address code violations, providing information to the public, and serving as a liaison with external organizations and property owners. 
Performs related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Positions assigned to the Code Enforcement Division are required to complete a background investigation, which includes a non-sworn personnel livescan fingerprinting requirement.
Code/Fire Inspector: A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to the completion of high school and one year of experience interpreting and enforcing laws and regulations with a governmental agency, including research, investigation and preparation of reports for Municipal Code Enforcement or Fire Prevention is required. College course work in Fire or Construction Technology, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, or a closely related field is highly desirable.
Senior Code/Fire Inspector: In addition to the requirements of a Code/Fire Inspector, 18 months of experience equivalent to that of a Code/Fire Inspector with the City of Ventura is required.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATES
License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required.
Certificate:
Both assignments:  Completion of PC 832 is highly desirable prior to appointment and required within 12 months of appointment.
Code Enforcement Division assignment:  Code Enforcement Officer certificate issued by California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO) is highly desirable.
Fire Prevention Division assignment:  Certification by the International Code Council (ICC) in Fire Prevention, or Hazardous Materials is highly desirable.  Successful completion of California State Fire Marshal Fire Inspector 1A, 1B, or Fire Prevention I series courses are highly desirable.

BENEFITS
To view benefits, please visit our website at https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/971/Benefits

SELECTION PLAN
Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs. If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.
Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov.  You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs.

Department Selection Interview:
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in April 2018, date to be determined.

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