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Code Inspector 

Open Date 12/6/2019  
Close Date Until filled  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Bargaining / Non-Bargaining Non-Bargaining  
Division Code Enforcement - Neighborhoods  
Location Code Enforcement - Neighborhoods  
Reports To Chief Inspector  
Schedule Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Schedule may vary based on departmental needs including some Saturdays and evenings.  
Pay Rate $38,000-$41,000/yr.  

Inspectors monitor city neighborhoods for environmental, housing, and zoning violations. Inspectors clearly document property conditions, take photos and complete inspection reports. If inspector is designated for Rental Safety Verification Program, inspector must be able to thoroughly inspect structures in various states of disrepair for violations of International Property Maintenance Code and applicable statutes and ordinances. Inspectors contribute substantially to the City’s vacant and abandoned housing remediation efforts. Inspectors conduct initial inspections of substandard properties, trash and debris, tall grass/weeds, zoning issues, and abandoned vehicles and propose solutions. Inspectors work with other city departments to resolve unsafe living conditions for city residents. Inspectors proactively document hot spots, anticipate questions from the public based on complaint history, and respond to requests for information professionally. Inspectors interact with members of the public with tact, respect and professionalism.

This list represents the types of duties required by the position. Other duties may be assigned as reasonably expected.
• Be proactive and passionate about improving the City of South Bend.
• Perform property inspections according to local, state and national standards.
• Utilize mobile applications, including iPads, to generate new violations and track citation history.
• Enforce city and state laws regarding property maintenance and vehicles.
• Complete required reports and keep accurate records and files.
• Analyze issues and propose solutions to chronic problems. Communicate concerns and critical issues to supervisors. Track and report problem properties.
• Generate and/or edit reports using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
• Keep Outlook calendar up-to-date with absences, meetings, and other engagements.
• Regularly monitor e-mail and new inspection requests throughout the day.
• Be accessible by handheld radio throughout the work day.
• Use safety equipment and wear uniform per departmental policy.
• Educate city residents and local business owners about code issues and violations.
• Support community activities; which may occur at night or on weekends.
• Represent the Department professionally and interact with constituents courteously and knowledgeably.
• Anticipate and respond to resident concerns based on property status, history and condition.
• Maintain clean and sanitary equipment, vehicle and work area.
• Perform various enforcement-related paperwork assignments.
• Testify at Code Enforcement Hearings and court when needed.
• Occasionally lift trash or debris weighing up to 75 lbs.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Answer phones, assist customers, look up property information and support administrative staff as needed.

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Requirements

• High School diploma or equivalent. College degree in a major related to construction, building inspection, engineering, or environmental health and safety, or criminal justice preferred.
• Three or more years of work experience preferred, especially in the building construction field and/or inspection work.
• Must have experience with standard office software including: Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel. Experience with GIS-based software, Accela, Naviline, and CityWorks preferred.
• Conversational bilingual language skills preferred.

• Ability to investigate unsafe buildings and environmental violations.
• Ability to problem solve and critically think.
• Ability to use and learn new technologies.
• Ability to research and understand applicable ordinances, statutes and codes.
• Excellent, systematic, accurate data collection.
• Strong computer abilities (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
• Clear written and verbal communication skills.
• Must be able to communicate results using Department’s iPad, computers and Software (Accela, CityWorks, Naviline, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse populations. Must have superior customer service skills.
• De-escalation skills; able to diffuse contentious situations.
• Willingness to learn and provide feedback on new software/hardware tools, departmental processes, and systems.
• Must communicate critical issues to supervisors.
• Use mobile inspection application(s), mobile devices (iPad, smartphone, radio).
• Working knowledge of City or County government a plus.
• Ability to work in adverse weather conditions requiring a moderate degree of physical stamina.
• Ability to drive a car or truck.

• A valid Driver’s License is required and the ability to drive daily for this position.
• International Property Maintenance Code certification. Incumbent may also receive certification within one year of hire.
• Asbestos inspection certification is required. New employees will have within one year of hire to obtain certification and existing employees must have existing certification. All employees must re-certify on a yearly basis and keep track of their state license numbers.

Desktop, mobile devices (i.e. iPad, tablet, smartphone) and laptop computer; telephone; camera; safety equipment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and walk, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required in this job include vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work is often performed in challenging environments including vacant buildings and debris-strewn areas. Workers are required to wear safety gear as needed. Work is performed outside as well as in office settings, with moderate inside temperatures. Outside temperatures vary with weather. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate in the office and varies in the field. Entire office and all city vehicles are smoke-free.

Pre-employment drug screen and comprehensive background check required

About the Organization South Bend is the economic, educational, media, and cultural hub of a multi-county region spanning the Michigan-Indiana border. It's the fourth-largest city in Indiana with over 100,000 residents. South Bend's flourishing collegiate community and burgeoning tech industry have built upon the foundation of the city's industrial past to create a vibrant present and a promising future. The city's 14 institutions of higher learning, including the internationally renowned University of Notre Dame, infuse South Bend with creative energy in the arts, business, and technology. Combined with recent economic growth, strong neighborhoods, an affordable cost of living, exciting recreational opportunities, and thriving arts venues make South Bend a fabulous place to live, work, and, play.

***AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni who meet the required qualifications are encouraged to apply.***  
EOE Statement EOE/ADA Statement

The City of South Bend provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application/hiring process should contact the Legal Department's ADA Compliance Officer at and Office of Human Resources at to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The City of South Bend seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality public safety officers, staff and administration. The City of South Bend is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented candidates and others that will enhance our community in compliance with EO No. 1-2016 Section 1. Moreover, the City of South Bend prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).  

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