Code Enforcement Officer – Town of McCandless

Deadline: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

JOB TITLE: Code Enforcement Officer (Part-Time)

OBJECTIVE:

This position is responsible for assisting with the enforcement of the Town of McCandless’s property maintenance regulations. This position is also responsible for assisting in the abatement of zoning violations, preparing violation notices, and providing testimony in municipal court.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

1. Reports to: Planning and Development Administrator

2. Directs: This is a non-supervisory position

3. Other: Has frequent contact with the general public. Receives guidance from and interacts with other Town staff including the Building Inspector, Fire Marshal, and Public Works staff.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES

This is a responsible, technical, non-supervisory position. Duties include inspection of developed and undeveloped properties and vacant structures for the purpose of identifying and documenting Town code and ordinance violations, preparing notices of violation and working proactively with property owners to achieve ordinance compliance; preparing case files and providing municipal court testimony regarding code and ordinance violations; and enforcement of the Town’s junked vehicle regulations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

The following conditions 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 job function.

Environment: Indoor and outdoor environments; work alone; travel from site to site; incumbents may be exposed to noise, dust, inclement weather conditions, and other environmental hazards.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and field environment; to stand, stoop, reach, bend, kneel, squat, climb ladders, and traverse uneven terrain, loose soil and sloped surfaces; to lift and/or carry 25 pounds; to operate office equipment required repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; ability to operate a vehicle to travel to various locations; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

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

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

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

The Building Official is responsible for ensuring that all property maintenance and safety laws including Town ordinances, codes and rules; (federal, state and county regulations and codes) are enforced. The Code Enforcement Officer must be capable of working independently and self-managing time in order to meet productivity goals. Specific duties include:

1. Property mowing and public nuisance abatement: Performing regular Town wide property inspections and sending high grass and weed violation notices to owners of property in violation of public nuisance regulations; performing follow-up inspections to ensure compliance; securing mowing/clean-up services for properties whose owners are non-responsive; and ensuring that mowing/clean-up notices are sent and liens filed.

2. Junk vehicle abatement: Identifying vehicles located on private property that are in violation of the Town’s junk vehicle regulations and ensuring that violations are abated in accordance with Town ordinance requirements.

3. Substandard building abatement: Identify vacant and substandard buildings. Ensure that vacant buildings are secure in order to prevent them becoming attractive nuisances. Help to initiate condemnation demolition of substandard structures, including maintenance of all necessary records and in cases of Town initiated demolition, ensure that property owners are billed and/or property liens filed.

4. Zoning violations: Take enforcement actions relating to identified zoning violations.

5. Court testimony: Prepare case files for matters that must be referred to Court and provide testimony regarding violations that have been taken to court for resolution.

6. Filing Documents: Filing appropriate legal documents as may be necessary.

7. Perform other such duties as assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to learn principals and standards of Code Enforcement, and those that are unique to the Town of McCandless. Ability to work independently. Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing to firmly, tactfully and objectively interpret and enforce Town code and ordinance requirements, and other adopted regulatory requirements. Ability to prepare reports or business correspondence and maintain related records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, contractors, property owners, officials and the general public. Ability to use computer and tablet based permitting/project management systems. Familiarity with and ability to work in MS Office applications including Word, Outlook, Excel, and other commonly used computer applications.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

 Sufficient knowledge, education and/or experience to perform typical Code Enforcement duties as outlined in the “Examples of Duties” section of this Job Description.  Ability to learn on the job and to use the environment, tools, and skill training available in the workplace to develop additional abilities. At a minimum, a High School Diploma or its equivalent and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, including reading, interpreting, and applying Town codes and ordinances. Additional education and training preferred and can be substituted in lieu of experience and training. Must possess a Pennsylvania vehicle operator’s license.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and Resume to employment@townofmccandless.org.  Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The Town of McCandless is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, are be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. The Town of McCandless does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.