Code Specialist Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$63,213.07 - $105,355.12 Annually
Jun 11, 2022
Jun 25, 2022
Full Time
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Enforces the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, and the Fairfax County Fire Prevention Code. Issues Notices of Violation to responsible violators, investigating complaints, conducting various assigned technical and non-technical inspection activities, preparing detailed investigative notes, various reports and forms supplemented with photography documenting all inspection and investigative activities. Additional responsibilities include conducting supervisor approved physical and technically aided surveillance activities in furtherance of investigations, identifying and interviewing witnesses, gathering appropriate evidentiary materials in support of investigative efforts, preparing cases for prosecution, testifying in court.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Serves as a technical assistant in the interpretation, development, or enforcement of applicable codes, ordinances, and related internal policies;
  • Provides technical interpretation for citizens, staff and county officials, and ensures compliance and consistency in code ordinance, and regulatory enforcement;
  • Evaluates plan submissions for code compliance and completeness and communicates deficiencies;
  • Conducts investigations of violations and/or complaints of applicable county and state regulatory requirements;
  • Acts as liaison or mediator between individuals, businesses, groups, contractors, developers, or other stakeholders in resolving disputes;
  • Prepares appropriate notices of violations, summonses and subpoenas;
  • May serve on multiple agency and departmental management teams, committees, or taskforces;
  • Prepares and presents reports to senior management, citizens, and public officials;
  • May serve as a witness at hearings or in judicial proceedings related to violations of codes, ordinances, or construction or land development project completion issues;
  • Assists with criminal and civil court prosecutions and coordinates case preparations including the collection of evidence and the presentation of testimony as a witness;
  • Engages in safe working practices and complies with safety programs and guidelines;
    Reports and monitors unsafe working conditions;
  • Complies with safety competencies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list.)
  • Working knowledge of the industry and of the codes and ordinances that apply to the type of work being regulated;
  • Working knowledge of the process by which violations of applicable codes, ordinances, and related internal policies are resolved and the legal procedures for prosecuting such violations;
  • Working knowledge of real property descriptions;
  • Working knowledge of inspection methods:
  • Ability to oversee, plan and coordinate the work of professional and related paraprofessional employees;
  • Ability to resolve conflicts and negotiate agreements using tact, diplomacy, and persuasion;
  • Ability to speak clearly and concisely in front of various size groups and to effectively conduct group meetings;
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise technical reports and suggested code and policy changes and to present findings in a clear and concise format;
  • Ability to make neat and accurate computations and field notes;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others;
  • Ability to handle interpersonal conflict situations with tact and diplomacy;
  • Ability to negotiate and solve problems;
  • Ability to comprehend and comply to safety practices.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited four- year college or university with a bachelor's degree in a field of study directly related to the industry being regulated such as engineering, architecture, urban planning, biological or environmental science, public administration, law enforcement, legal studies or a related field; plus, two years of progressively more responsible complaint resolution and/or code enforcement experience in the industry being regulated.
  • Fire Inspector I/II (NFPA 1031) - Virginia Department of Fire Programs
  • Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Building Code Academy (CORE Module)

  • Driver's License (Required)
  • Fire Inspector I/II (NFPA 1031) - Virginia Department of Fire Programs (Required within 12 months)
  • Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Building Code Academy (CORE Module) (Required within 12 months)
  • Civilian Entry from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs or successful completion of Firefighter I and II (Required within 12 months)
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (Required within 12 months)

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driving record check and sanctions screening to the satisfaction of the employer.

Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and terrain features, drive motor vehicles and conduct observations for prolonged periods of time. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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