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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge

NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: August 20, 2020
CLOSING DATE: September 21, 2020

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Inspectional Services Department
Job Title: Zoning and Building Associate
Job Code: I248-001
Civil Service Position: Subject to Civil Service rules and regulations
Union Affiliation: Area Trades Council
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hrs/wk

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Inspectional Services Department is responsible for implementation of the State Building Code and City of Cambridge Zoning Ordinance. Under the general supervision of the Commissioner/Inspectional Services and Assistant Commissioner/Inspectional Services, the selected candidate should be a self-motivated, detail-oriented professional who will provide building-related services to Cambridge residents and assist the department's mission to implement zoning and building codes. Specific duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Respond to public inquiries about the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance and explain the zoning ordinance to residents and design professionals
  • Review building plans and permit applications for conformance with the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance
  • Assist with the processing of building permit applications as assigned by supervisor
  • Conduct regular field investigation and measurements to assess conformance of construction projects with approved plans and the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance
  • Answer questions from the public regarding permitting processes
  • Compile, report and analyze data on existing and pending permits
  • Research property history and code history as assigned by supervisor
  • Investigate and respond to complaints related to Cambridge Zoning Ordinance compliance
  • Assist with the creation of instructive materials for regulations, ordinances and business processes under the department's purview
  • Assist with general public counter and record room inquiries
  • Organize departmental digital and paper files and archives as needed
  • Assist with special projects in the department and other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Attend occasional evening meetings
  • Performs related duties as required

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor's degree in architecture, urban planning, legal studies or related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience, and at least 2 years related work experience, preferably with a municipal zoning entity

  • Experience with the interpretation and application of zoning laws, zoning overlay districts and an understanding of current municipal issues and trends
  • Ability to read and comprehend building plans and property site plans
  • Superior customer service skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent organizational and time management skills; strong computer skills including demonstrated proficiency with essential software (Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Adobe InDesign)
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse range of Department staff, other City employees, and members of the public in a courteous and professional manner
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple responsibilities, tasks, and interactions while remaining organized in a fast-paced office environment
  • Ability to learn new regulations, new technologies and systems, new software
  • Ability to set priorities and to work independently and efficiently to manage individual responsibilities, as well as work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities, tasks, and interactions in a fast-paced office environment while remaining attentive to accuracy of work

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of City of Cambridge Zoning Ordinance
  • Experience with permitting software (Energov and Viewpoint)
  • Experience with property research, data aggregation and analysis, including related software (Python, ArcGIS, QGIS)
  • Knowledge of the Cambridge community
  • Proficiency in Mandarin, Portuguese, or Spanish

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Standard office environment. Fluorescent lighting, carpeted floors and air conditioning. Occasional field inspections will require exposure to all weather conditions. Some occasional lifting, pulling, pushing, squatting and reaching.   

RATE: $29.56-$36.76 per hour + excellent benefits

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants, submit job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants, submit both your resume and letter of interest by 8pm on the closing date via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Department, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139.  Fax (617) 349-4312.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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