Codes Enforcement Officer (Investigations)

Recruitment #1710-CENFOFGENL-002

Introduction

WHY JOIN US

Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.

WHY WE EXIST

Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.

WHAT MATTERS MOST

Hillsborough County Government is guided by our shared values that help us deliver on the promise of effective quality service. We expect and demonstrate:

  • Customer Commitment: Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity: Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence: Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork: Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

The ideal candidate possesses a minimum of 10 years of enforcement experience, of which 5 years was specializing in investigations and report writing; 5 years of experience interacting with the public; skill using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook; skill creating presentations/reports/slideshows using Microsoft PowerPoint; possesses the ability to multi-task in a high-pace environment; possesses strong organizational skills; can speak confidently before a public group.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

An Associate's degree; and
Possession of a valid Driver's License; and
Two years of experience performing inspections and investigations to enforce county ordinances.

Or
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below; and

Possession of a valid Driver's License;

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Physical Demands:

Position will require getting in and out of a four wheel drive elevated vehicle multiple times during the day. Ability to be physically active such as but not limited to kneeling, bending, reaching, climbing steps and walking extended distances over rough terrain. Must have the ability to lift, carry and or move objects weighing up to 30 pounds.

Work Environment:

The candidate will have some office work. The majority of the time will be working within their assigned vehicle conducting administrative duties and document preparation on a lap top computer. There will be exposure to a sub-tropic climate under adverse weather conditions.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • Working knowledge of the policies and procedures of the department to which assigned.
  • Working knowledge of Hillsborough County codes and ordinances enforced by the department to which assigned.
  • Working knowledge of property inspection and code investigation techniques.
  • Working knowledge of the laws and regulations governing the enforcement of codes and ordinances.
  • Working knowledge of property inspection and code investigation techniques.
  • Working knowledge of basic building structural, electrical, plumbing, gas, and mechanical codes and ordinances applicable to existing residential and commercial structures. 
  • Working knowledge of the geographical layout of Hillsborough County.
  • Working knowledge of standard operating procedures of the department to which assigned.
  • Working knowledge of department and County safety standards.
  • Skill in the operation of tools and equipment used to perform code inspections.
  • Ability to read, understand and explain Hillsborough County codes and ordinances.
  • Ability to read and understand legal descriptions and tax rolls to determine property ownership.
  • Ability to follow legal procedures related to the enforcement of codes and ordinances.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple code enforcement cases in a timely manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to enforce codes and ordinances firmly, tactfully, and impartially.
  • Ability to properly and safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to operate a computer and related software.
  • Ability to operate cameras and video recorders.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a sub-tropical climate under adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability and willingness to work non-standard hours.
  • Ability to kneel, bend, reach, climb steps and walk extended distances over rough terrain.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Inspects commercial and non-commercial properties for compliance with County codes and ordinances related to zoning, landscaping, natural resources, signs, graffiti, adult use businesses, pain management clinics, construction and land alteration permits, building addresses, property registration, hand sanitizers, shopping carts, and solid waste management.
  • Inspects existing residential and commercial structures to determine if violations of maintenance standards exist related to building maintenance and dwelling requirements, and basic electrical, plumbing, gas, structural, and mechanical codes.
  • Inspects properties for compliance with environmental and maintenance codes and ordinances related to overgrowth, accumulation of discarded materials, storage of dangerous materials, inoperable vehicles, improper or damaged fences, and other nuisance conditions.
  • Investigates code violation complaints through physical inspection and meetings with complainants and alleged offenders to determine if violations exist and to explain minimum standards and requirements established by applicable County codes and ordinances.
  • Reviews land alteration applications for compliance with environmental codes and ordinances.
  • Researches legal descriptions, tax records, property maps and other sources to determine property ownership; maintains inspection records and suspense schedules for follow-up inspections; and completes reports on inspections conducted.
  • Researches and determines lot boundaries, right-of-ways, and locations of parcels of land using GIS, property appraiser maps and other sources of information.
  • Collects evidence related to code and ordinance violations by conducting interviews, taking photographs, researching internet sites, obtaining property ownership information, researching vehicle information, and collecting and reviewing zoning documentation and related information.
  • Participates in the resolution of code and ordinance violation complaints through physical inspections and meetings with complainants and alleged offenders to explain regulations and promote corrective actions needed to resolve infractions.  
  • Issues notices of violations and conducts follow-up inspections after an established period allowed for compliance to ensure that work is complete and meets established code and ordinance standards. 
  • Communicates verbally and through written communication to notify violators and complainants of the status of investigations and enforcement actions to be taken if resolution of the code and ordinance infraction does not occur within an established period of time.
  • Refers to the supervisor that code violation cases in non-compliance be sent to the Code Enforcement Board or Special Magistrate for review to consider initiating the issuance of citations or other legal remedy.
  • Attends hearings and gives testimony as required.
  • Assists in training entry level employees in performing code enforcement duties.
  • Attends civic meetings to respond to questions and explain codes and ordinances.
  • Coordinates with other agencies for assistance as needed.
  • Will be required to provide front line support during periods of local, state and national emergencies.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

Conclusion

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

  • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from three health care plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 60 days of employment.
  • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
  • Holidays: Employees receive up to 12 paid holidays per year.

Visit our Employee Benefits page for more exciting details.

Veteran’s Preference:

Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

Response/Recovery Activities:

Employees may be required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to a major emergency or natural disasters affecting County operations. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees may be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*