County of Alameda

Senior Code Enforcement Investigator (#8764)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$62.61-$76.03 Hourly / $5,008.80-$6,082.40 BiWeekly /
$10,852.40-$13,178.53 Monthly / $130,228.80-$158,142.40 Yearly

Under general direction, the Senior Code Enforcement Investigator is responsible for supervision of the day-to-day activities of the Code Enforcement Division within the Planning Department of the Community Development Agency; administrative and evaluative functions for the division and the Department; and related work as required.


This classification is located in the Community Development Agency. The Senior Code Enforcement Investigator position is the first-level management position in the Planning Department, and supervises the Code Enforcement Division within the Planning Department, reporting to an Assistant Deputy Director, Community Development Agency. The Senior Code Enforcement Investigator is responsible for the administration, supervision, training, and quality of work of subordinate personnel in the division and plays a major role in the administrative capacity for the Agency as a whole. Positions in this class differ from those in the next higher class of Assistant Deputy Director in that an Assistant Deputy Director is responsible for directing, administering and evaluating the operations of a division in a functional department and for representing the Division, Department and County as required. Positions in this class differ from those in the next lower class of Zoning Investigator III in that a Zoning Investigator III does not have administrative or supervisory responsibilities.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Organizes, directs, assigns and reviews the work of assigned personnel responsible for investigating alleged violations of the County Zoning Regulations, Neighborhood Preservation and Abandoned Vehicle Ordinances, and other related codes and ordinances by interviewing the public, researching pertinent records, interpreting relevant code or ordinance sections, inspecting the alleged violations, and writing reports with findings and recommendations.

2. Reviews and resolves complex code enforcement assignments, problems, and conflicts independently and/or with other County staff, property owners, business owners, tenants, and contractors.

3. Investigates and responds to a variety of inquiries, complaints and requests for service.

4. Evaluates established policies, processes and procedures plus recommends and implements related service improvements.

5. Coordinates work between divisions in the Planning Department and other County Departments and Agencies.

6. Reviews resolved code violations to ensure that proper procedures have been carried out and ensures all code compliance activities are completed in a timely and professional manner.

7. Attends meetings of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustments, and other bodies to present reports and Department recommendations or other information.

8. Interviews prospective employees and makes recommendations for hiring; trains and supervises professional staff; assigns and reviews employees' work; evaluates employee performance and makes recommendations for promotion or disciplinary actions/terminations.

9. Assists in department administration, including budget requests and justifications, record keeping and annual reports, strategic planning, internal policy development and implementation, personnel matters, etc.

10. Represents the department or the County before community groups, and other bodies; acts for Assistant Deputy Director in his or her absence.



The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Zoning Investigator III in the Alameda County classified service.


Possession of a Bachelor's degree in business administration, planning, public administration, public protection or a related field from an accredited college or university.


The equivalent of four years of increasingly responsible, professional experience in investigative work for a public agency in zoning, law enforcement, building inspection, health inspection or related work; or the equivalent of four years full-time experience work dealing directly with complaints from the public or enforcing codes, regulations, and/or standards, including experience directing the work of others or administrative experience.

NOTE: A Master's degree from an accredited college or university, based on a two- year curriculum, in business administration, planning, public administration, public protection or a related field may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

License and Certification Requirements:

Must possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
Must possess and maintain a Code Enforcement/Compliance Officer certification from an accredited professional organization.

Special Requirement:

May be required to attend evening meetings and weekend events.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• The principles and aims of zoning, building, health, or other municipal code enforcement and practices.
• Basic legal principles relating to law enforcement.
• Evaluation, data sources and research methods.
• Effective investigative techniques, including interviewing and rules of evidence.
• Effective public relations techniques.
• Local and state laws relating to ordinances and codes regulating land use, zoning, and code enforcement of other related disciplines.
• Related computer applications. 

Ability to:

• Interpret and appropriately apply laws, codes, and regulations.
• Negotiate and obtain agreements.
• Work independently and as a member of a professional and technical team.
• Recognize the key importance of customers and their unique situations in problem resolution and information giving situations
• Learn and enforce laws and ordinances governing land use.
• Make recommendations for actions consistent with County, regional, and State policies and regulations.
• Plan and organize.
• Make decisions, use good judgement.
• Exercise leadership.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Deal effectively and tactfully with the public and staff, members of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and other bodies and jurisdictions.

Newspecs: 8764
DR:cs 6/2/16
CSC Date: 6/22/16


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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