Code Enforcement Officer
City Of Gainesville, FL - Gainesville, FL

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Job Ad:
The City of Gainesville is looking for a Code Enforcement Officer who is responsible for inspection work enforcing compliance with City Ordinances pertaining to land use / zoning, housing maintenance, landscaping, nuisance properties, abandoned vehicles and related ordinances within the Neighborhood Improvement Department . To be considered for this position you must have graduated from high school or possess acceptable equivalency diploma, and have three (3) years of experience in Code Enforcement, Law Enforcement or an equivalent enforcement position. Licenses/Certificates · Must acquire, within twelve (12) months of hire into the Code Enforcement Officer position, certification at level I by the Florida Association of Code Enforcement (FACE). Must maintain certification, throughout employment, by receiving required continuing education units. · Valid Florida Driver License and safe driving record required at time of employment. · Applicants must have no conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral character, perjury, or making false statements; nor after July 1, 1981, have pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or have been found guilty of any such crimes.
NOTE: Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions

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Job Description:
SUMMARY · Responsible inspection work enforcing compliance with City Codes and Ordinances pertaining to zoning, housing, landscaping, street graphics, lot clearance, junk vehicles, and related codes and ordinances. · Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under limited supervision. Work in this class is distinguished from higher classes by its lack of supervisory duties and from lower classes by its emphasis on detail and administrative duties. EXAMPLES OF WORK** ** This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position. The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job. Performance of lower level duties may be required. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS · Receives and proactively finds complaints regarding violations of city ordinances and regulations; researches city codes for appropriate sections. · Conducts field investigations regarding possible violations of a variety of city codes and ordinances related to buildings, structures, property maintenance, animals, nuisances, business licenses/permits, zoning landscape ordinances, and other City codes and ordinances. Attends meetings and serves as a resource to other City departments, divisions, the general public, community groups, and outside agencies related to code enforcement; works cooperatively with other departments regarding code enforcement issues; works cooperatively with local, state, and federal agencies including social services agencies to provide resources and enforcement to the community; interprets and explains municipal codes and ordinances to members of the general public, contractors, business owners, and other interested groups in the field, over the counter, and on the telephone. · Writes notices of violation and directives outlining and describing areas to be brought into compliance. · Determines legal description, owner, and zoning of properties throughout the City. · Informs owner, holder of certificate of occupancy, or tenant of inspection findings and conditions requiring correction. · Reviews and decides on issuance of zoning related permits, including home occupation permits, landlord permits, alcoholic beverage licenses, and family daycare permits. · Keeps records of inspections and conditions of areas or structures covered by regulations issued through division. · Provides case preparation and sworn testimony in cases of non-compliance at the Codes Enforcement Board and in court. · Performs re-inspections, gives legal notice, and files legal complaints for prosecution for non-compliance with City codes. · Routinely attends public meetings and makes presentations. · Explains and interprets City ordinances to violators; sets deadlines for compliance and follow-up. · Takes photographs of violations and prepares drawings and comprehensive written reports. · Attends work on a continuous and regular basis. NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS · Performs other related duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE · Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma, and three (3) years of experience in construction rehabilitation or building construction trades, or three (3) years of experience in Code Enforcement, Law Enforcement or an equivalent enforcement position, or three (3) years of experience in any combination of construction rehabilitation or building construction trades and Code Enforcement or Law Enforcement; or an equivalent combination of education and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. CERTIFICATIONS OR LICENSES · Must acquire, within twelve (12) months of hire into the Code Enforcement Officer position, certification at level I by the Florida Association of Code Enforcement (FACE). Must maintain certification, throughout employment, by receiving required continuing education units. · Valid Florida Driver License and safe driving record required at time of employment. · Applicants must have no conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral character, perjury, or making false statements; nor after July 1, 1981, have pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or have been found guilty of any such crimes.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES · Considerable knowledge of City ordinances and regulations related to building, zoning, landscape, junk vehicle, street graphics and tree protection. · Knowledge of applicable state, federal and local laws, rules, ordinances and regulatory standards applicable to the work. · Knowledge of investigative principles, methods and techniques, and case management principles for the purpose of preserving evidence and establishing documentation and an audit · Ability to apply sound principles of independent judgment and discretion during inspection/enforcement activities · Working knowledge of personal computers and relevant software applications. · Knowledge of City geography. · Ability to read and interpret plan specifications and blueprints accurately and to compare them with construction in process. · Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. · Ability to write clear, concise reports, letters and memorandum using standard business English, spelling, and punctuation. · Ability to work effectively with co-workers, other agencies and the general public. · Ability to apply principles and practices of customer service and public relations. · Ability to defuse and react appropriately to potentially dangerous and confrontational encounters with the public. · Ability to enforce ordinances and other regulations with professionalism, firmness, tact, and impartiality. PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Expected to work weekends and evenings as needed. WORK ENVIRONMENT · Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions.