Director, Code Compliance Dept

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Fairfax, Virginia
$107,694.70 - $179,490.69 Annually
Sep 17, 2022
Sep 30, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

Effective October 8, 2022, Fairfax County will implement their updated executive and managerial compensation plans. This position will be mapped to Pay Grade A3, Salary: $122,194 - $207,729.

The Fairfax County Government is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and innovative leader for the position of Director of the Department of Code Compliance (DCC). Formulates broad objectives, strategies, and policies to carry out the mission of the Department. Provides overall direction and leadership to approximately 50 technical, professional, and administrative staff. Establishes strategic direction and planning with its partnering agencies (Planning and Development, Public Safety, Human Services) and elected/appointed officials. In addition to creating good working relationships with County staff, the Director builds strong ongoing relationships with community partners and stakeholders using a variety of methods, including social media, newsletters, and other types of outreach. Makes recommendations on statewide code enforcement legislation, coordinating with respective code officials to state counterparts/regulators, community stakeholders, concerned citizen groups and the Board of Supervisors.

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Illustrative Duties

Establish departmental strategic direction and oversees cross-system strategic planning, data analysis, and evaluation with its partnering agencies (Planning and Development, Public Safety, Human Services) and officials;
Receive direction from the Board of Supervisors, County Executive and Deputy County Executive regarding broad policy development;
Establish and evaluates goals, programs, policies and procedures of the department;
Ensure that operations comply with Federal, State and County laws and regulations;
Confer with the Board of Supervisors, County Executive and Deputy County Executive in resolution of operational issues;
Advise and direct staff in the resolution of operational issues to increase efficiency and comply with departmental policy;
Maintain current knowledge of changes in directives, policies, statutes and regulations which affect operations; and make suggestions on proposed legislation and regulations concerning the department;
Makes recommendations on statewide code enforcement legislation upon coordination with the respective appointed code officials to state counterparts/regulators, community stakeholders, concerned citizen groups and the Board of Supervisors;
Represents Fairfax County in the code development process at both the State and national level.

Quality Service Delivery
Provide leadership, direction and guidance for the development, implementation and evaluation of programs, activities, operational policy and procedures needed for the delivery of an effective code compliance system;
Ensure critical trend data information is disseminated within the agency and to all partnering agencies and official to address emerging trends in a coordinated manner.

Coordination of Work with System, Community and Business Stakeholders
Responsible for administering and enforcing the Virginia Maintenance Code, and assists with the enforcement of the Zoning and Noise Ordinance, Building Code, residential aspects of the Fire Code, certain provisions of County Code Chapter 46, County Code Chapter 119 Grass Ordinance, and other County codes that have appointed officials legally accountable for their administration;
Coordinates with Human Services Officials and representatives;
Coordinates with Zoning Administrator, Building Code Official, Health Official and Fire Code Official in balancing code requirements, practical application, and community priorities to resolve code enforcement issues;
Evaluates Code Enforcement Services programs and operations as they relate to addressing community needs and expectations and conducts relevant outreach to best achieve this goal;
Formulates and delivers written and oral reports, and prepares memoranda and correspondence;
Conducts surveys and studies relating to the Department of Code Compliance operations, needs, and program proposals in Fairfax County;
Participates in regional initiatives and program planning;
Recommends and coordinates with the Zoning Administrator, Fire Marshall, Building Official and County Attorney on proposed ordinances and code amendments relating to the effectiveness of code enforcement services.

Workforce, Budgeting and Program Performance Accountability
Convene meetings with community leaders to resolve issues and expand resources; Oversee the workforce development efforts for the agency as it relates to agency-wide competencies for code compliance service delivery, community engagement, and leadership development and growth;
Direct the preparation, justification, and monitoring of the Department budget.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Visionary and innovative leader (ability to identify trends, mobilize resources and enable change) Extensive knowledge, skill, ability and experience in leadership, team development, strategic planning, and developing and maintaining high performance organizations;
  • Experience and abilities in providing effective leadership;
  • Demonstrates a high degree of maturity, integrity, and good judgment;
  • Extensive knowledge of state and local laws, codes, regulations and ordinance pertaining to building codes, property maintenance, zoning enforcement, health and safety menaces, and blight pertaining to existing residential and commercial properties and structures thereon;
  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles of administration, including organization, personnel, budget and management analysis;
  • Knowledge of demography, statistics, and research methodology;
  • Knowledge of the County management, legislative and political environment and process(es);
  • Skill in solving problems and resolving conflicts;
  • Ability to plan, evaluate and implement a comprehensive code compliance program;
  • Ability to build consensus, resolve problems and effect sound conflict management, negotiation;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, coworkers, County officials, public- and private-sector organizations, community groups, and the public;
  • Ability to link agency and system wide strategic thinking and priorities with division specific operational plans;
  • Ability to analyze data and draw sound conclusions;
  • Ability to develop and implement departmental goals and objectives; Ability to effectively coordinate and implement departmental changes; Ability to effectively manage, train and motivate employees;
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate the work of a diverse organization of professional and technical staff;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing;
  • Highly effective strategic communicator with clear and concise oral and written skills.

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 engineering, planning, architecture, public administration, health administration, community development, or a related field, plus eight years of experience managing a professional staff engaged in the provision of code compliance, land development and/or community and neighborhood activities and services. A Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred.

  • Driver's License
  • Property Maintenance Inspector - Obtained through the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (VDHCD) - Required within twelve (12) months
  • Property Maintenance Code Official - Obtained through VDHCD - Required within twelve (12) months
  • Authorized agent-designation by the Fairfax County Zoning Administrator - Required within twelve (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 and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Demonstrated experience leading a diverse organization of multi-functional teams of professionals and technicians and building staff capacity for leadership.
  • Strong experience planning, evaluating, and implementing a comprehensive code compliance program.
Work requires the ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment and to sit for long periods. Employment contingent on completion of background investigation and employee is subject to random drug testing. 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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