City of Highland Park

Primary Purpose:
Ensures compliance with municipal codes and regulations. Conducts field inspections of properties, structures and buildings to ensure safe and sanitary conditions that are fit for human occupation and use. Enforces minimum standards for maintenance and safety and works to remedy the cause of nuisances to help the City maintain its high quality of life through Code enforcement in a fair and equitable manner.

Supervision Received:
Direct supervision from the Senior Inspector and general supervision from the Building Division Manager and Senior Management.

Supervision Exercised:

Hiring Range:
$27.14 – $33.93 hourly DOQ
Max of range: $40.71
IMRF Pension Eligible Position

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Performs detailed field inspections to ensure conformance with ICC Property Maintenance Code, building code and other municipal codes and approvals. Investigates complaints.
Applies knowledge of relevant codes and related laws to identify violations and make determinations regarding the compliance of properties, buildings, structures and uses with municipal codes.
Conducts other inspections related to Code compliance as needed. Works with property owners to resolve issues in a productive manner.
Communicates with property owners, contractors, tenants and municipal employees in a respectful and accessible manner to explain various requirements of the code and describe code violations to gain compliance through constructive and effective working relationships.
Makes accurate and complete written records of all relevant findings from field inspections and actions taken, presents findings to supervisor and management as appropriate, and represents the City in Administrative hearings and Court as needed.
Reviews conformity with approved plans and conditions
Performs other related duties as requested.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required.

3 to 5 years of professional experience in code enforcement, building inspection, community policing or related field, preferably in a municipal government setting, or an equivalent combination of education, certification and training.

Certification or license:
ICC Property Maintenance Code Certification required within 6 months from date hire. Obtain additional code related certifications in other disciplines to diversify skills as part of the Department’s ongoing professional development program. A valid driver’s license required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Proficiencies:
Knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal code enforcement and methods for conducting in-field site inspections. Strong written, oral communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide audience of people from residents to industry professionals and interdepartmental staff. Ability and willingness to learn municipal code requirements. Willingness and ability to consistently provide a high level of customer service to the public through tactful but firm facilitation of code compliance as necessary.

Performs all work in a professional manner with the highest level of integrity and in accordance with the City’s conflict of interest policies and practices. Broad experience in several areas of inspection and demonstrated technical skills and abilities is strongly preferred.

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Nicholas Barnes

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