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City of Vista
Job Title: Code Enforcement Manager
Type: Full Time
Category: Administrative & Office Work
Location: Vista, CA (US)
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Code Enforcement Manager
Vista, CA (US)
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About the Job

Located just seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in northern San Diego County, the City of Vista is approximately 19 square miles long with a population of over 95,000. Residents enjoy a wide range of year-round outdoor activities in a setting of gentle rolling hills and pleasant rural surroundings. Vista has a rich history and progressive future with a variety of opportunities to work, live and play in North County. The City has more than 25 educational institutions for Vista youth and a business park with over 800 local, national, and global companies.

The City’s mission is to provide outstanding services to improve the quality of life of all Vista residents and to enhance the uniqueness of our community, reflecting our core values: respect, fairness, teamwork, integrity, compassion and stewardship.


NOTE: A first review of applications will take place July 7, 2014.

The Code Enforcement Manager is an at-will, management position that serves at the pleasure of the City Manager. The incumbent will direct, manage, supervise and coordinate the activities and operations of the Code Enforcement Division including enforcement of building, health and safety, vehicle and City municipal zoning codes that protect health, safety and the general welfare of residents and visitors.

Key responsibilities include:

Develops, implements and supervises the code enforcement program involved in the efficient and effective enforcement of codes related to housing, dangerous buildings, abandoned/inoperative vehicles, trash, weeds, businesses operating without proper business licenses, improper or illegal signage, and other health and safety violations;

Plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the work for assigned staff involved in investigating code violations and initiating procedures to abate violations; assigns work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems and issues;

Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for assigned programs; oversees and administers related contracts; recommends and administers policies and procedures;

Serves as the liaison for the Code Enforcement Division to other divisions, departments and outside agencies; attends various meetings to work with and educate citizens; responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues;

Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the Code Enforcement Division’s annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed; monitors and approves expenditures and implements adjustments;

Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.



Any combination of education and experience which demonstrates an ability to perform the duties of the position. A typical qualifying background is a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, public administration, business administration, law enforcement or a related field; and a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible code enforcement, investigative, and/or inspection experience including at least two (2) years of supervisory responsibility.


Possession of a valid California Class "C" Driver’s License.

Possession of a P.C. 832 Certificate is required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive municipal code enforcement program.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations including current land use, zoning, municipal and applicable building codes as they apply to code enforcement;
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration including municipal budget preparation and administration;
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation;
  • Procedures involved in the enforcement of codes and regulations including methods and techniques of conducting and documenting field investigations;
  • Legal procedures involved in code enforcement;
  • Effective customer service and public relations practices;
  • Office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases;

    Ability to:

  • Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive code enforcement program;
  • Oversee, direct and coordinate the work of lower level staff;
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff;
  • Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives and procedures;
  • Prepare and administer code enforcement and related program budgets;
  • Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations;
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of program goals;
  • Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
  • Represent the City in a professional manner in dealing with staff, citizens, news media and other agencies and groups.
  • Supplemental Information


    Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office and field settings and operate equipment and vehicles. Willingness to use a personal vehicle in the course of employment may be required. Incumbent is required to attend periodic evening meetings. Incumbent is required to travel within and out of the city to attend meetings.


    NOTE: A first review of applications will take place July 7, 2014.

    Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of written, performance, and oral exams to evaluate the applicant’s skill, training, and experience for the position. Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list. The City may also merge lists. The selected candidate(s) must successfully complete pre-employment clearances which include a physical, drug screen, and fingerprinting.

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