Code Compliance Officer

Description :

Our Vision: Pioneering Pathways to Prosperity

County Mission Statement: Partner with our citizens to proactively meet their needs and create opportunities

Code Compliance Program Mission Statement: Working for our community through professional and accountable code compliance to enhance the beauty, livability, economy, health and safety of Wasco County.

Job Title:

Code Compliance

Officer

Department:

Planning Department

Reports To:

Planning Director

Salary Grade:

K

Union:

No

Rate:

$3,770.85-

$4,373.03/month

FLSA Classification:

Non-Exempt

Revision Date:

September 19, 2017

Summary: The Code Compliance Officer receives, investigates, and processes land use, nuisance, and solid waste code complaints and facilitates abatement solutions where possible.

Essential Functions (greater than or equal to 80% of time):
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

•      Enforces the Wasco County Code Compliance and Nuisance Abatement Ordinance, including but not limited to providing customer service, site visits, written correspondence, written reports, oral and visual presentations to Planning Commission, County Board and Circuit Court as necessary.

•      Implements the multi-department Abatement Recycling Assistance Program to assist elderly, infirmed and low income residents seeking compliance resources for waste accumulation.

•      Responds to public questions related to compliance requirements, procedures and practices.

•      Reviews complaints of alleged violation(s) and conducts research of geographic information system data, planning and public health enforcement records, case law, Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules and other applicable source when a complaint has been filed to determine the nature and location of the violation(s).

•      Coordinates and conducts investigations and inspections of properties and structures with property

owners, tenants, appropriate county staff, and other local, state, and federal jurisdictions to ensure compliance with ordinances and codes (this includes land governed by both the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Wasco County).

•      Identifies the code compliance issues and options for resolution including advising the parties of the required applications and permit procedures.

•      In coordination with the Planning Director, negotiates voluntary compliance agreements and compliance schedules.

•      Promotes and utilizes mediation to resolve disputes between parties.

•      Documents and maintains complete digital database and paper records of all investigations, including complaints, photographs and other evidence, telephone contacts, follow up visits and correspondence, and punitive measures consistent with established standards.

•      Reviews and comments on land use actions resulting from enforcement proceedings.

•      Determines compliance with conditions of approval and correction notices.

•      Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of this position.


Secondary Functions (less than 20% of time):

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

•      Makes reports as required either verbally or in writing to the Planning and Health Departments, Board of Commissioners, public meetings, citizens groups and other jurisdictions.

•      Develops and implements an ongoing community education program for codes compliance.

•      Periodically updates the Wasco County Code Compliance and Nuisance Abatement Ordinance and procedures to improve and streamline the program.

•      Participates in the Oregon Code Enforcement Association conferences for continuing education in best practices, Oregon law, etc.

•      Testifies at hearings.

Scope and Accountability:

The Code Compliance Officer is expected to be independently responsible for the coordination of code compliance activities. Work is performed under the general direction of the Planning Director or their designees, who review work primarily on the basis of results attained and for conformance to departmental goals, policies and procedures, as well as to county, state and federal regulations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The following describe and represent the knowledge, skill and ability required to enter the job or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities perform the essential functions.

•      Knowledge and/or experience in land use, building, and solid waste practices, codes and ordinances, and related enforcement procedures or comparable experience.

•      Excellent public relations and communication skills. Skills and ability to maintain composure, self-control and professional demeanor and deal courteously and tactfully with the public under adverse conditions such as harassment, ridicule and critical incidents. Effective communication and intergovernmental skills including the ability to maintain an effective and congenial working relationship with various department staff, other county employees and outside agencies.

•      Read, comprehend, interpret and implement land use and solid waste codes, statutes and administrative rules as they apply to code violations.

•      Perform research utilizing geographic information systems, word processing, spreadsheets, databases and internet.

•      Compile and analyze relevant technical data and research into a legally defensible concise written form.

•      Equitably apply laws, ordinances, and regulations to specific situations.

•      Identify and advance resolutions that protect the fundamental purpose of these codes, statutes and administrative rules.

•      Resolve misunderstandings and/or conflict with complainants, property owners who may be in violation, neighborhood organizations and affected neighbors, and involved agency representatives, and facilitate cooperation and reasonable compliance with laws and regulations.

•      Express ideas and convey information effectively both orally and in writing.

•      Give presentations to large groups and present cases at hearings.

•      Interact with complainants and suspected violators in an objective and equitable manner.

•      Communicate in a non-threatening, professional manner, and not react unprofessionally to customers who may be hostile and accusatory.

•      Maintain well documented records and maintain confidentiality.

•      Conduct the majority of work with no or minimal supervision.

Education/Experience:

•      Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university in Planning, Public Administration, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Law Enforcement or closely related field or demonstrated equivalent in formal education and/or experience.

•      Previous work experience demonstrating cooperative, tactful and service oriented contact with the public is preferred. Previous work experience in code compliance and ordinance and statute compliance is desirable.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

•      Individual must have an acceptable driving record, possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License, or have the ability to obtain a valid Oregon Driver’s License.

•      Level 1 Certification by Oregon Code Enforcement Association desired but not required.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Environment:

Work is performed in a standard office setting as well as outdoors in various weather conditions. Evening meetings and travel out of town to attend workshops, conferences and seminars, is required.

Physical:

ŸWork is performed in office settings as well as regular outdoor work such as site visits to investigate alleged violations. These visits may require hiking in field terrain and in all types of weather. While performing these duties, the employee is occasionally exposed to cold, hot, wet and/or humid conditions and fumes or airborne particles.

ŸThis position requires a person with reasonably good health because of the necessity for regular attendance and to work outside of normal office hours in order to meet the needs of the department.

Ÿ    Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Ÿ    Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Ÿ    Ability to drive a vehicle in day and night and all weather conditions

Ÿ    Ability to safely drive a large pick-up truck pulling a trailer for abatement projects.

Ÿ    Access confined spaces, climb ladders.

Ÿ    The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

Ÿ    The employee must occasionally lift and/or hang up to 20 pounds.

Specific Tasks Involved (Major tasks involved in doing the job):

•      Enforces the Wasco County Code Compliance and Nuisance Abatement Ordinance, including but not limited to providing customer service, site visits, written correspondence, written reports, oral and visual presentations to Planning Commission, County Board and Circuit Court as necessary.

•      Implements the multi-department Abatement Recycling Assistance Program to assist elderly, infirmed and low income residents seeking compliance resources for waste accumulation.

•      Responds to public questions related to compliance requirements, procedures and practices.

•      Reviews complaints of alleged violation(s) and conducts research of geographic information system data, planning and public health enforcement records, case law, Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules and other applicable source when a complaint has been filed to determine the nature and location of the violation(s).

•      Coordinates and conducts investigations and inspections of properties and structures with property owners, tenants, appropriate county staff, and other local, state, and federal jurisdictions to ensure compliance with ordinances and codes (this includes land governed by both the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Wasco County).

•      Identifies the code compliance issues and options for resolution including advising the parties of the required applications and permit procedures.

•      Negotiates voluntary compliance agreements and compliance schedules.

•      Promotes and utilizes mediation to resolve disputes between parties.

•      Documents and maintains complete digital and paper records of all investigations, including complaints, photographs and other evidence, telephone contacts, follow up visits and correspondence, and punitive measures consistent with established standards.

•      Reviews and comments on land use actions resulting from enforcement proceedings.

•      Determines compliance with conditions of approval and correction notices.

Contact : Human Resources
511 Washington St. Ste 206
The Dalles, OR 97058
541-506-2774
541-506-2771-fax
application@co.wasco.or.us

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled