Supervising Weights & Measures Inspector

Other
Full-time
County of Ventura
Until Filled
kim.mariscal@ventura.org
805-654-2479
County of Ventura

Under general direction of the County Sealer, the Supervising Weights & Measures Inspector performs inspections and supervises weights and measures field inspection personnel, investigates suspected violations of weights and measures laws and regulations, and performs related work as required.

The successful candidate for the Supervising Weights & Measures Inspector shall possess all three Weights & Measures Licenses and a minimum of five (5) years working in the enforcement of Weights and Measures laws or in the inspection, maintenance, repair, or installation of weighing or measuring instruments or equipment. This candidate must have advanced knowledge and understanding of the inspection, testing and enforcement activities used in the field of Weights & Measures to comply with the State of California and local weights and measures laws, regulations and ordinances; and the skills to perform specialized Weights & Measures assignments.

This candidate should be able to effectively communicate both orally and in written forms and be detailed oriented and possess strong organizational skills. This candidate requires strong interpersonal skills to deal tactfully in enforcement matters, establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with staff, stakeholders and other agencies. This candidate must have the ability to successfully assume a leadership role in training and inspection activities or leading and evaluating investigations, and ability to oversee, assign, evaluate, and review the work of weights and measures staff.

The ideal candidate will have an established history of investigating suspected violations in a perceptive, thorough, and well documented manner, of serving in a lead or supervisory role working in multiple assignments, and of establishing and maintaining effective working relations at all organization levels as well as with other governmental agencies, industry stakeholders and the public. This individual will have demonstrated the ability to read, understand, interpret and apply complex technical materials such as laws, regulations and rules related to weights and measures programs which requires an advanced understanding of mathematics, physics, mechanical and technical equipment. Also desired is a Deputy Sealer and/or County Sealer of Weights and Measures License issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
 
EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE:

Incumbents may be eligible for an educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.
 
AGENCY/DEPARTMENT: Resource Management Agency

Supervising Weights & Measures Inspector is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Investigates suspected violations of Weights and Measures regulations; seeks evidence of short weight, measure, or count; inspects weigh masters' records; checks accuracy of tares and use of proper methods.
  • Supervises the work of Weights and Measures inspection personnel.
  • Provides in-service and departmental training for all field inspection staff concerning changes in laws and procedures relating to the Weights and Measures program.
  • Screens reports of violations from various sources and initiates appropriate investigative action as necessary.
  • Maintains statistical departmental records, departmental budgetary, and fiscal control activity and performs other administrative and technical assignments in support of the Weights and Measures program.
  • Directs and coordinates the investigation of complaints.
  • Coordinates with the District Attorney and other officials concerning evidence for court action; appears in court as an expert witness as required.
  • Attends meetings and represents the manager and department as required in areas of assigned responsibility.
  • Oversees the maintenance of the device approval and device brochure technical files. 
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications
These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
 
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE: 

Considerable experience in weights and measures inspection which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge and abilities. The required knowledge and abilities can be obtained by education equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in a related field and at least five (5) years of experience in the enforcement of Weights and Measures laws or in the inspection, maintenance, repair, or installation of weighing or measuring instruments or equipment.
 
Substitution: Additional experience in the enforcement of Weights and Measures laws or inspection, maintenance, repair, or installation of weighing or measuring instruments or equipment may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
 
Necessary Special Requirements: 
  • Must possess three (3) licenses issued by the State of California for Weight Verification, Measurement Verification, and Transaction and Product Verification.
  • Must possess some lead or supervisory work experience, knowledge and/or training.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver license. A Class B license may also be required depending on the assignment.
  • Required to travel within Ventura County to conduct inspections.

DESIRED:
  • Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Biological or Physical Science, Business, Criminal Justice or a Weights & Measures related field.
  • Possession of a Deputy County Sealer of Weights and Measures Certificate issued by the State of California.
  • Supervisory or lead experience.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience as a Weights & Measures Inspector.
  • Experience interpreting, applying, and explaining complex laws, regulations and rules related to Weights and Measures programs.
  • Experience problem-solving, prioritizing, and multi-tasking. Strong organizational skills and detail-orientation.
  • Demonstrated initiative, drive, and energy.
  • Public contact experience communicating with tact, courtesy, and diplomacy. Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing clear and concise written materials, including correspondence and reports.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office Suite.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: 

Thorough knowledge of: principles of administration, including program planning, budgeting, office procedures; personnel management and supervision; public relations; and record management.
 
Comprehensive knowledge of: County, state and federal laws pertaining to Weights and Measures, and all laws relating to the County Office of Weights and Measures; Department of Food and Agriculture Division of Measurement Standards policies; the principles of installation, operation, and testing of commercially used weighing and measuring devices; the use of these devices in various businesses; legal processes involved in County Sealer of Weights and Measures responsibilities; and, California Code of Regulations provisions dealing with work directly related to the duties of the County Sealer of Weights and Measures.
 
Working ability to: handle assigned funds in an economical manner; recruit, organize, train and direct a staff of inspectors; handle difficult situations with tact and take effective action; make effective and timely decisions; and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
 
Working Conditions/Physical Demands: 
Weights and Measures inspections are performed primarily at off-site locations. Inspections may require a moderate degree of physical exertion and manual dexterity, including lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, climbing, crouching, reaching at or above shoulders, and squatting.

Recruitment Process

FINAL FILING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it. Your application must be received by the County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

FIRST REVIEW: A first review of applications is anticipated to occur on or around May 17, 2021 and subsequent reviews may be conducted until sufficient applications are received to meet business needs.
 
To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at www.ventura.org/jobs. If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.
 
NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here  (Download PDF reader)for additional information.
 
Note to Applicants: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.
 
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE - qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in removal of the application from further consideration.
 
APPLICATION EVALUATION - qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.
 
TRAINING & EXPERIENCE EVALUATION: A Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) is a structured evaluation of the job application materials submitted by a candidate, including the written responses to the supplemental questionnaire. The T&E is NOT a determination of whether the candidate meets the stated requirements; rather, the T&E is one method for determining who are the better qualified among those who have shown that they meet the stated requirements. In a T&E, applications are either scored or rank ordered according to criteria that most closely meet the business needs of the department. Candidates are typically scored/ranked in relation to one another; consequently, when the pool of candidates is exceptionally strong, many qualified candidates may receive a score or rank which is moderate or even low resulting in them not being advanced in the process.
 
The eligible list established will be created from the scores resulting from a Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E). In a typical T&E, your training and experience are evaluated in relation to the background, experience and factors identified for successful job performance during a job analysis. For this reason, it is recommended that your application materials clearly show your relevant background and specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is also highly recommended that the supplemental questions within the application are completed with care and diligence. Responses such as "See Resume" or "Refer to Resume" are not acceptable and may disqualify an applicant from further evaluation. Applicants must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.
 
If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, a T&E will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.
 
Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for up to a period of one (1) year. The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary, Fixed-Term), Intermittent, and Extra Help this and similar vacancies within the Resource Management Agency. There is currently one (1) Regular vacancy within the Code Compliance Division, Weights & Measures Section.
 
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information and driving record is required for this position.
 
For further information about this recruitment, please contact Kim Mariscal by email at  kim.mariscal@ventura.org or by telephone at (805) 654-2479.