Code Specialist Ii - Residential Site Specialist

Fairfax, Virginia
$65,747.97 - $109,579.81 Annually
Jun 03, 2023
Jun 17, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

Fairfax County boasts a top-notch school system, safe neighborhoods, thousands of acres of parkland, and bustling town centers. County government sits at the heart of this dynamic community of almost 1.2 million residents and seeks employees eager to bring their energy, enthusiasm and skills to serve Fairfax residents and to shape the county's future. Land Development Services (LDS) is the steward of the county's land development and building construction codes and regulations, and its staff members embrace their essential role as "first preventers." Every day, through careful review, permitting and inspection of site and building construction, our staff protect the health, safety, welfare, and environment for those who live in, work in, and visit Fairfax County. Our department also serves as the gateway to much of the county's economic development, reviewing over 30,000 building and site plan submissions, issuing nearly 70,000 building permits, and conducting over 220,000 building and site inspections each year. If you would like to join a creative, collaborative, innovative team doing meaningful work, then LDS is the place for you.

Under the supervision of the branch chief and the guidance of senior staff performing quality control, provides checklist review of initial site-related plan submissions and identifies deficiencies, reviews minor plans to ensure compliance with the county codes and ordinances, provides recommended review comments to lead engineer, and participates in meetings with the lead engineer and stakeholders to resolve issues. Conducts site visits to evaluate field conditions prior to or during plan review, reviews and makes recommendations to the lead engineer regarding Chesapeake Bay Ordinance exceptions and exemptions, subdivision waivers, site plan waivers and Public Facilities Manual (PFM) waivers, and helps SDID staff in resolving problems and complaints. Review routine Infill Lot Grading Plans, Conservation Plans, and revisions thereto. Review routine floodplain use determination letters, estimates of substantial improvements cost and elevation certificates associated with residential building additions within regulatory floodplains.

Illustrative Duties

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;
Acts as liaison or mediator between individuals, businesses, groups, contractors, developers, or other stakeholders in resolving disputes;
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;
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

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 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:
(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.

Experience in land development construction, and/or site inspections.
Experience in reading and interpretating a site related plan.
Experience in providing customer service or working directly with the public?
Experience using automated technologies such as databases and Web-based online applications.
Experience with enforcing environmental regulations such as floodplain management or Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance. DEQ Erosion & Sediment Control Plan Reviewer Certification, DEQ Stormwater Management Plan Reviewer Certification
  • A valid driver's license.
  • Required DEQ Erosion & Sediment Control Plan Reviewer certification - completion of first required training class within 12 months of hire and certification required within 12 months of date of completion of first required class.DEQ Stormwater Management Plan Reviewer certification - completion of first required training class within 12 months of hire and certification required within 12 months of date of completion of first required class.

Appointee must complete a criminal background check and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
Dexterity needed to operate key-board driven equipment. Ability to be mobile to conduct site evaluations to include traversing through rough and uneven terrain. Duties can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include practical 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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