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Zoning and Building Associate

Company: City of Cambridge
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: August 4, 2022

Job Description:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The 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/lnspectional Services and Assistant Commissioner/lnspectional 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 Board of Zoning Appeal 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:
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: : $30.61-$38.06 per hour + excellent benefits (rate is effective 7/1/22)
APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Internal applicants, submit job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and cover letter; external applicants, submit both your resume and cover letter 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. Resume and cover letter requested by 07/13/22. Position will remain open until filled.
THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY OR ANY OTHER PROTECTED CATEGORY. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES, WRITTEN MATERIALS IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS, AND REASONABLE MODIFICATIONS IN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE PROVIDED TO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FREE OF CHARGE, UPON REQUEST. The City is committed to advancing a workforce culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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Keywords: City of Cambridge, Cambridge , Zoning and Building Associate, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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