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Development & Public Works
Posting Number: 2019-14
Job Title: Code Enforcement Officer
Closing date: 04/22/2019
Closing time: 05:00 PM
Job Class: Code Enforcement Specialist
Job Hours: Typically 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8am-5pm. May work occasional evenings and weekends depending on operational needs.
Salary: $20.23- $28.33/hour (generally steps 1-4 of a 9 step scale, but depending on experience), Grade B22- B24 (Contributing, Journey Level, Advanced Level). This position is SEIU represented.
 Full benefits, including PERS. Benefits include access to a free health clinic, in addition to health and dental benefits.

Do you want to support a safe and healthy community for all Springfield residents? Do you want to prevent, detect and investigate potential issues that pose a threat to public health and welfare? Do you want to use your problem resolution skills to strengthen the community, and enforce statutes and ordinances to enhance livability? If so, you might consider applying for the Code Enforcement Officer position.

Position Overview:
The City of Springfield has an opening in our Development & Public Works Department in the Current Development Division for a Code Enforcement Officer.  This position performs a wide variety of activities related to the administration and implementation of the City Code Enforcement Program. This position will work with multiple departments, courts, businesses and citizens. The Code Enforcement Officer works with citizens to achieve voluntary compliance, but may have to issue Uniform Infraction Citations and represent the City of Springfield in Municipal Court when necessary. 

Check out the Springfield’s Code Enforcement department here:

Please see the attached Job Addendum for additional information about this position.

Summary of Essential Duties:

•  Process citizen complaints utilizing permit tracking software
•  Conducts field investigations of potential Municipal, Development, Building Code violations
•  Investigates, researches, gathers evidence and coordinates code enforcement activities
•  Provide excellent customer service to the public, external agencies and staff focusing on the Division’s goal of voluntary compliance.
•  Maintains legal records and establishes sufficient basis to file citations and present code enforcement cases in Municipal Court or working with the City Prosecutors Office.
•  Assist in the development of goals and objectives for the code enforcement program

Education / Experience:
Associate’s degree or two-year technical certificate in code enforcement, law enforcement, building, planning or a related field and sufficient experience to demonstrate field investigation, research methods, chain of evidence and technical writing skills meeting one of the following competency levels of the position:

•  0-2 years of progressively responsible experience (Grade B22: Contributing Level)
•  2-5 years of progressively responsible experience (Grade B23: Journey Level)
•  5-8 years of progressively responsible experience (Grade B24: Advanced Lead Level)

Preferences may be given for knowledge and experience:
•  Investigation and Application of Municipal Codes
•  Issuing Uniform Infraction Citations and Complaints
•  Experience in Court Proceedings

Any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience may be considered qualifying.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
•  Understanding of municipal law and ability to observe circumstances in the field and determine if a Code violation is present; this applies to the Municipal Code, the Zoning/Land Use Code and the Building Codes. 

•  Exemplary customer service skills to include the ability to effectively explain, verbally and in writing, complex rules and regulations to customers with little or no understanding of these laws; ability to remain calm and courteous while discussing City laws with citizens who are in violation of those laws.

•  Ability to manage unexpected increases in work load through creative time management and/or designing a priority-based processing schedule to comply with established performance timelines.

•  Sufficient understanding of basic principles of legal standards to enable creative problem-solving to achieve code compliance and resolve disputes between neighbors resulting from code violations.

•  Understanding and experience with standards and procedures for municipal court trials.   Experience with the preparation and organization of evidence of a code violation and present that information during a civil trial. 

•  Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff from other divisions and work groups with divergent or competitive goals and objectives. 

•  Ability to receive and interpret direction from supervisors and immediately implement those directions in the field or office as the case may be. 

•  Ability to understand and appreciate the different priorities that may influence any assignment and under a variety of circumstances. 

Licenses & Certifications:
•  Valid Oregon Driver’s License at time of appointment.

Physical Requirements:
Position may be light or medium work depending on assignment.
•  Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.
•  Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
•  Travel as required to sites to make inspections.
•  Part of the work is inspecting field sites which require the ability to walk over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces, jumping over trenches and other obstacles and working in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements.

Selection and Interview Process:
Top candidates will be invited to interview. As a part of our selection process, it will be necessary for candidates to provide the names and email addresses of up to five professional references (including two managers) that can provide information on work performance.  To avoid any delay in the process, we ask candidates to start gathering reference information now (name, email address, contact info and time period you worked together).  Additional information regarding reference checking will be emailed to candidates at a later date through the SkillSurvey Pre-Hire 360 system.

All testing and selection processes will be done in accordance with the Oregon Veteran’s Preference in Public Employment Law.

How to Apply:
The on-line Application and Qualifying Questionnaires must be received electronically prior to the closing date/time listed at the top of this job posting. Please review our Tips for Applying page for more information about how to complete your application materials. The “Apply for this Job” link below will start the application process. You are allowed to upload a copy of your resume and/or cover letter as part of the application, but these two items are not required unless otherwise indicated in the posting. After completing the application, the questionnaire(s) and the voluntary EEOC form follow. The last page of the application process allows you to print your application information if you choose. You are not allowed to review your information after moving to the next page of the process.
Before clicking “Apply for this Job” below, please preview the application and questionnaires (both can be viewed by clicking on the links below).   Once you begin the online application process you will not be able to save your work and return at a later time.  Most applicants prepare their application materials ahead of time using word-processing software and then cut and paste their responses into the online application. The application only allows for four employers as part of your work history. Please use the form (linked below) to include additional work history. Email completed form to HR@springfield-or.gov before the closing date/time of this posting.
Applicants who include a valid email address will receive a system-generated email verifying that the application has been received.  If you do not receive a system-generated email verifying receipt of your application, your application may not be eligible for consideration for this position.  We recommend that you add our email domain (@springfield-or.gov) to your "safe senders" list in your email software to ensure that you receive communication from us.  Please contact us at 541-726-3705 if you have any questions.

Veterans Preference Points:
The City of Springfield recognizes the extensive contributions of men and women who have served in the Armed Services. As a veteran, you may be entitled to preference when seeking employment with city government. If you would like to claim Veteran's Preference points, please submit a completed form (linked below) along with the appropriate documentation prior to the closing date listed at the top of this job posting. You may submit your documents via mail, email, fax or in person (please see form for contact information). If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 541-726-3705 or HR@springfield-or.gov for more information.

Additional Information and Forms:

• Work History Continuation Form
• Veteran's Preference Form

NOTE: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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