Code Specialist Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$65,747.97 - $109,579.81 Annually
Jul 30, 2022
Aug 09, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

Performs the full professional work in the interpretation and enforcement of applicable codes, ordinances, regulations and internal policies under general supervision . Duties include:
  • Reviews and evaluates plan submissions of limited complexity for code compliance and completeness.
  • Prepares appropriate correspondence to architects, engineers, designers, installers, owners, contractors addressing any code-related deficiencies noted during plan reviews.
  • Enforces the Virginia Statewide Fire Code and portions of the Virginia Construction Code by conducting inspections to include associated report preparation;
  • Investigates complaints to include internal planning and external coordination and will issue notices of violation to responsible violators.

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.)
  • Implements policies related to the issuance of permits, the conduct of inspections and the enforcement of applicable codes, ordinances, and county or state regulatory requirements;
  • 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;
  • Assists in the design and presentation of technical training concerning applicable codes, ordinances, policies, and regulatory requirements;
  • May supervise lower level Code Specialists or Engineering or Planning Technicians in the issuance of permits and ensures permit and other fees are assessed, and escrows are established, as appropriate in accordance with the appropriate codes, ordinances, and policies;
  • Conducts reviews and/or inspections of projects designed or installed by contractors, developers or individuals to verify compliance with applicable contracts, agreements, county and state codes and regulations;
  • Conducts investigations of violations and/or complaints of applicable county and state regulatory requirements;
  • Collects and analyzes storm water and/or wastewater samples using field test kits;
  • 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;
  • Creates or assists in the creation of maps in Arc GIS detailing related features;
  • 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;
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of civil and/or environmental engineering and urban planning;
  • Knowledge of topographic and construction surveying;
  • Working knowledge of land development project completion and bond default resolution;
  • Knowledge of common methods and equipment used in engineering construction and inspection methods used in reviewing such work;
  • Working knowledge of real property descriptions;
  • Working knowledge of inspection methods:
  • Working knowledge of environmental, geotechnical and concrete and asphalt testing 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 review site plans and communicate deficiencies;
  • Ability to use Arc GIS and other applicable software applications;
  • Ability to collect and analyze storm water or wastewater samples using field test kits;
  • Ability to make accurate drawings and maps;
  • 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: 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.

  • NFPA 1031 - Fire Inspector
  • DIICD CORE Module
  • DIICD Fire Protection Plan Review

  • 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)

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 long distances, climb stairs and terrain features, drive motor vehicles. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

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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