Code Specialist Iv

Fairfax, Virginia
$83,183.78 - $138,639.28 Annually
Sep 24, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

Under the direction of the Deputy Fire Chief of Prevention, this position will have primary responsibility for the daily engagement and proactive response to fire prevention issues. On a state and national level, this position will be responsible for participating in the International Code Council (ICC) code development process, serving on/liaison to the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) Code Development and Standards Committee, serving on/liaison to Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) committees concerning building and fire code issues, and collaborates with other related county agencies, committees, and groups concerning fire protection and other fire prevention related issues. Analyzes and comments on proposed land development related legislative items arising from the state's annual legislative session. Develops changes to county fire prevention code and the Public Facilities Manual (PFM), implements those changes, including preparing for public hearings and obtaining Board of Supervisor authorization. This position will develop and evaluate metrics to inform strategic initiatives for proactive risk reduction. Serves as a point of contact in the absence of the Deputy Chief or Battalion Chiefs within the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM).

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 problem-solver and liaison between developer, designer, contractor and other related members of the owner's project team and county to resolve complications, issues and disputes during the development process to facilitate project implementation;
  • Authoritatively interprets agency/County policy, and State regulations and standards as applied to problems involving technical inquiries from architects, structural engineers, and field construction code inspectors in the evaluation of structural or technical design changes to assure conformance with all applicable codes;
  • Confers with executives and representatives of construction firms, developers and architects to resolve conflicts or issues which are code or customer related;
  • Serves as subject matter expert in the review, administration and interpretation of development regulations, applicable codes, related standards and county or state ordinances and provides related technical explanations to stakeholders;
  • Identifies, manages and prepares changes to deficient or obsolete provisions of applicable codes, standards and ordinances at the local, state or national levels;
  • Reviews and evaluates alternative proposals and calculations/equations for performance paths of code compliance;
  • Interprets and resolves highly complex technical issues through application of architectural/engineering theories, principles, and practices;
  • Identifies, determines, and documents code non-conformities, deficiencies, infractions, and violations of building permits, construction documents, and building and related codes at field inspection sites;
  • Evaluates and determines whether proposed remediation and corrections comply with code requirements;
  • Conducts plan reviews of preliminary designs and/or construction documents of special and complex land development projects to determine compliance with applicable land development-related codes, standards and ordinances;
  • Participates in the budget development and review process as needed and makes recommendations concerning ongoing budget issues;
  • Researches, defends, implements and oversees policy changes related to land development process and the enforcement of applicable codes, ordinances and county or state regulatory requirements;
  • Interfaces with the County Attorney's Office through the processes of code development, policy realignment, code appeals and other program-related legal needs;
  • Prepares reports and documentation for and testifies in front of regulatory bodies to defend new and edited provisions of affected codes and ordinances, related policy changes, service level changes and/or process improvements;
  • Provides direction and advice on responses to code modification requests and assists in the representation from the program area at code appeals proceedings;
  • Manages permit applications, code compliance and regulatory approval for land development projects;
  • Develops and maintains communication and outreach plans to effectively reach and inform program area stakeholders;
  • Prepares and presents detailed reports, studies and complex material to diverse groups of program area stakeholders to gain support and consensus;
  • Represents the county at project and administrative meetings, forums and conferences;
  • Prepares, implements and maintains program area's quality control/quality assurance program;
  • Prepares and conducts training on code provisions, code enforcement policy and related topics to staff and industry representatives.

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.)
  • Expert knowledge of the industry and of the codes and ordinances that apply to the type of work being regulated;
  • Expert knowledge of the principles, methods and problems of organizations and management;
  • Expert knowledge of the theory and practice of civil and/or environmental engineering and urban planning;
  • Knowledge of topographic and construction surveying;
  • Thorough knowledge of common methods and equipment used in engineering construction and inspection methods used in reviewing such work;
  • Expert knowledge of land development processes and requirements, technical aspects pertaining to zoning, related land development codes and authorities, environmental codes, and related involvement of other relevant agencies or departments;
  • Ability to 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 effectively supervise/lead professional and paraprofessional employees, including the ability to provide coaching and guidance, monitoring and evaluating performance, and supporting training and development training.

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 six years of progressively more responsible complaint resolution and/or code enforcement experience in the industry being regulated.

NFPA 1031 — Fire Inspector (required within 12 months)
DHCD CORE Module (required within 12 months)
DHCD Fire Protection Plan Review (required within 18 months)

A valid driver's license may be required for some positions as identified to the Department of Human Resources.

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 credit check to the satisfaction of the employer.

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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