Monday, March 19, 2018

Senior Code Enforcement Investigator

Recruitment #16-8764-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted. Applications will only be accepted on-line.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Applications will only be accepted on-line. Postmarks are not accepted. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.



The Community Development Agency's mission is to enhance the quality-of-life of County residents and plan for the future well-being of the County's diverse communities; to balance the physical, economic, and social needs of County residents through land use planning, environmental management, neighborhood improvement, and community development; and to promote and protect agriculture, the environment, economic vitality and human health.

Code Enforcement Program

The County's Code Enforcement Staff works together with neighborhood associations, residents and business owners to eliminate those situations that could lead to unsightly and decaying conditions.   



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.



In additional to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

• Have achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position related areas

• Established courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently

• Presented ideas effectively to individuals or groups

• Demonstrated the traits, inclinations, and dispositions that characterize successful leaders

• Used appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to help reach a meeting’s goals while considering the needs of potential contribution of others

• Dealing effectively with others in an antagonistic situation

• Planned and supported the development of individuals skills and abilities

• Identified and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities



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.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

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.


THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF the following steps: 1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process. 2) A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. 3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises. CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.
To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:

November 21, 2016      Monday, October 24, 2016

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

  TBD                                       Friday, November 4, 2016

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:

TBD                                 Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Panel Interview*

TBD                           Tues & Wed. Nov. 29 & 30, 2016

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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 & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance (Employer Credit)
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Group Legal
  • 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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Debra Robinson, Human Resources Analyst III

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer