City of Glenarden, MD

Code Enforcement Officer, Grade 12

Description :

DESCRIPTION:
Type of Position:  Full-Time
Salary:  $49,951 - $52,540 Annually

The City of Glenarden is seeking a full-time Code Enforcement Officer. This position is responsible for enforcement and monitoring of a variety of applicable ordinances, codes, and regulations related to zoning, land use, nuisance housing, building codes, health and safety, graffiti, water waste, and other matters of public concern; and serves as a resource and provides information on City regulations to property owners, residents, businesses, the general public, and other departments of the City of Glenarden.  The Code Enforcement Officer must have broad knowledge of the various codes and inspection procedures and exercise a significant degree of initiative and independent judgment. The code enforcement officer will receive, investigate, and process complaints; enforce city codes and ordinances; and prepare cases for code enforcement court hearings. Additionally, the incumbent must have experience with setting up new code programs, including rental licensing and inspections, business licensing and inspections, and vacant lot/vacant building registration. The code enforcement officer must know how to effectively deal with emotional, angry citizens in a tactful manner. The employee must have a high level of attention to detail. Work is performed under the direction of the Code Enforcement Manager.  

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS

  • Performs a variety of field and office work in support of the City’s local code enforcement program; enforce compliance with City regulations and ordinances including those pertaining to zoning, land use, nuisance housing, building codes, health and safety, blight, graffiti, water waste, and other matters of public concern.
  • Receives and responds to citizen complaints and reports from other departments on alleged violations of City zoning and related municipal codes and ordinances; interviews complainant and witnesses; conducts investigations and provides recommendations for resolution.
  • Conducts field investigations; inspects properties for violations; attempts to make contact at the residence or business in order to resolve violation; issues and posts warning notices, notices of violation, corrective notices, orders to comply, and related documentation for code violations; issues administrative and parking citations and notices of violation, as necessary.
  • Prepares evidence in support of legal actions taken by the City; appear in court as necessary; testify at hearings and in court proceedings as required.
  • Maintains accurate documentation and case files on all investigations, inspections, enforcement actions, and other job-related activities including accurate and detailed information regarding code enforcement activity to substantiate violations; draw diagrams and illustrations and take photographs.
  • Issues business licenses and building permits.
  • Prepares a variety of written reports, memos, and correspondence related to enforcement activities.
  • Patrols in a City vehicle, in a proactive manner, to immediately identify and evaluate problem areas and/or ordinance violations; determine proper method to resolve violations.
  • Attends meetings and serve as a resource to other City departments, the general public, and outside agencies in the enforcement of zoning regulations; provide research and documentation for meetings; interpret and explain 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.
  • Operates computer to enter, process, and acquire data relative to complaints, inspection sites, and effective code enforcement, research complaints.
  • Locates vacant residences and businesses; arranges for securing buildings with proper materials as necessary; posts the property as necessary; checks vacant buildings regularly for transient activity, graffiti, and other forms of vandalism.
  • May assists in researching, drafting, and rewriting municipal codes; participate in the development of forms and processes utilized to address various issues.
  • Conducts special projects and assignments as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completion of a high school diploma or general education degree (GED); and/or post-high school education or professional certificate from college or technical school. (Mandatory)
  • Use of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of numbers including decimals and fractions. Use of simple formulas, charts, tables, drawing, specifications, schedules, wiring diagrams, use of adjustable measuring instruments, checking of reports, forms, records, and comparable data where some interpretation is required. Intermediate knowledge of basic computer and technical skills. (Mandatory)
  • Specialized training and/or college level coursework in property management, criminal justice, public administration, business administration or other related fields.
  • Code Certification/Training.
  • Three years of experience involving a high level of public contact including some experience dealing with the public in an enforcement, inspection, investigation, or customer service capacity.
  • Experience that includes the enforcement of municipal codes is preferred.
  • Knowledge of operations, services, and activities of a municipal code compliance program.
  • Knowledge of pertinent codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations pertaining to zoning, nuisance abatement, property maintenance, building, health and safety, and related areas.
  • Knowledge of procedures involved in the enforcement of codes and regulations including methods and techniques of conducting and documenting field investigations.
  • Knowledge of city services and organizational structure as they relate to code compliance.
  • Knowledge of legal actions applicable to code enforcement compliance.
  • Knowledge of effective public relations practices.
  • Knowledge of principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of technical report preparation.
  • Knowledge of modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to independently perform a full range of municipal code enforcement and compliance duties.
  • Ability to interpret and apply applicable codes, ordinances, and regulations related to zoning, nuisance abatement, and health and safety issues. Inspect and identify violations of applicable codes and ordinances.
  • Ability to enforce pertinent codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations with impartiality and efficiency.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries, complaints, and requests for service in a fair, tactful, and firm manner. Investigate complaints and mediate resolutions in a timely and tactful manner.
  • Ability to maintain and prepare accurate and detailed documentation of investigation findings, complex logs, records, and files.
  • Ability to research, compile, and collect data.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise technical reports and testify in court.
  • Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Ability to read and interpret legal documents and descriptions.
  • Ability to communicate with people in very stressful or combative situations.
  • Ability to be creative in Ability to make oral presentations getting compliance from violators.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public and other City departments; and to find appropriate solutions to problems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate a vehicle to travel to various locations.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. EACH APPLICANT MUST INCLUDE INFORMATION THAT CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THE ABOVE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION.

This is an essential, full-time, permanent position.  Days and hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.  Will be expected to work evenings and/or weekends as required, and during City sponsored events.  If selected, the candidate must have a valid driver’s license, with a clean driving record; successfully complete a background check to include fingerprint check and a drug and alcohol screening.  Starting salary $49,951.00 – $52,480.00 annually, depending on experience.  

Contact : Please submit your resume to Karen DC Shoultz at kshoultz@cityofglenarden.org by the closing date of July 12, 2024.   

Deadline for Applying : Jun 12, 2024