As certified by the state of Virginia (VDHCH) and/or appointed by the relevant code official to do so on their behalf, research, prepare, and investigate complaints and inquiries regarding alleged violations and appropriate compliance actions regarding violations of the building code, property maintenance code, and zoning ordinance. Conducts field investigations and interviews, gathers evidence, uses unique investigative techniques, advises violators of code violations, placards unsafe violations, and conducts follow up investigations to ensure compliance. Prepares automated reports, updates information in system databases, issues formal notices and orders as prescribed by relevant code or ordinance. Prepares evidentiary material and testifies in local courts, local and state governing bodies pertaining to violations observed and aspects of the case. Communicates with residents and provides general code awareness information to the community. Duties are performed under the direction of a division supervisor.
Position may be underfilled as a Code Compliance Investigator (S24); the Underfill Requirements are stated below in the Employment Standards section.Employment StandardsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
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Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in a field of study related to the enforcement of environmental and property maintenance codes such as urban planning, biological or environmental science, law enforcement, legal studies or a related field; plus four years of relative work experience in the area of code enforcement or equivalent (e.g., performing land use, zoning, building, public safety, or related code enforcement, inspection, investigative or abatement work).UNDERFILL REQUIREMENTS:
This position may be underfilled as a Code Compliance Investigator II
(Grade S24; $62,693.28 - $104,489.63). The employment standards for the Code Compliance Investigator II are: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
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 related to the enforcement of environmental and property maintenance codes such as urban planning, biological or environmental science, law enforcement, legal studies or a related field; plus two years of relative work experience in the area of code enforcement or equivalent (e.g., performing land use, zoning, building, public safety, or related code enforcement, inspection, investigative or abatement work).CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Must have and maintain a valid motor vehicle driver's license;
Must possess two certifications from the following areas as defined by the position description:
- Property Maintenance Certification by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development ;
- Zoning Certificate of completion in the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance administered by the department;
- Building VDHCD certification in each of the four disciplines (building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical) in residential construction;
- VDHCD certification in each of the four disciplines (building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical) in commercial construction..
(Contingent upon the area of assignment, some positions within this class may require specific certification prior to employment and/or the ability to acquire an alternate necessary certification within a specified time period following employment which may be substituted for one of the above certifications. The certifications that may be substituted are identified below, in the position description and employment advertisement.)
- Fire Certification as ICC Fire Inspector I
Applicants hired at the Code Compliance Investigator II will be non-competitively promoted to the Code Compliance Investigator III level upon successful completion of an underfill agreement. Note:
Underfill candidates must be able to meet the minimum qualifications of the Code Compliance Investigator III within two years of the job announcement's closing date.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Considerable knowledge of state and county codes and regulations related to residential and/or commercial building codes, property maintenance code, and zoning ordinance. Ability to maintain effective relationships with the public and fellow employees. Excellent written and oral communication skills.NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and driver's record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
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.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to lift 50 pounds with assistance. Ability to distinguish appropriate nomenclature in colors in accordance with the VUSBC and other regulatory codes. Ability to lawfully operate a county vehicle. Work requires the ability to speak clearly and understandably. Must be able to operate equipment. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.SELECTION PROCEDURE:
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.