Code Compliance Assistant

CITY OF YAKIMA   Yakima, WA   Full-time     Business Development
Posted on November 3, 2023
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CITY OF YAKIMA Employment Opportunity  

Code Compliance Assistant $18.90 - $22.57 Hourly

Overview and Minimum Class Requirements


HS Diploma/GED. One (1) year experience in construction or related service oriented environment is required. Experience working with paint and painting equipment is preferred.  Prior clerical experience and experience related to code compliance/enforcement is a plus. 

Must pass a background investigation regarding applicant's aptitude, character, and judgment; credit, driving record and criminal history.


Must possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver's License.

Job Summary

Under limited supervision, supports the graffiti abatement program and assists Code Compliance Officers with code compliance cases. Performs duties to include unskilled to semi-skilled tasks. Work is reviewed through direct observation, public comment and results achieved. Performs related work as required.  

Essential Functions

Operates and maintains a vehicle specifically assigned to the graffiti abatement program; schedules vehicle maintenance; operates and maintains airless paint sprayers, rollers, brushes and other equipment. Coordinates graffiti abatement work with volunteers including scheduling work, contacting property owners for permission prior to performing work and maintains permission slips and permission slip map using City of Yakima GIS; maintains daily log of quantity of paint used and locations painted. Oversees work performed to ensure paint is applied in accordance with safety and appropriate industry standards. 

Advises supervisor of equipment failures, supplies needed, safety concerns and other matters.  Maintains paint supply, mixes paint, transports paint to worksites and cleans equipment as needed. Performs maintenance on painting equipment and tools; schedules vehicle repair as needed; maintains and performs minor repairs of graffiti equipment storage area.

Assists Code Compliance Officers in responding to complaints from the general public pertaining to potential violations of the Yakima Municipal Code. Assists in the retrieval of complaints from the general public via phone messages and other complaint mediums and inputs complaint data in the city’s computer-based case management system. Prepares and maintains records/reports related to graffiti abatement and/or code compliance issues. May organize, file and otherwise compile, documentation related to code compliance cases. Maintains follow–up system on reports or other matters requiring action on a regular basis. 

Provides assistance and support to Code Compliance Officers on an “as needed” basis in the conducting of field investigations of violations; may assist in gathering evidence.  

May accompany and assist Code Compliance Officers in inspecting businesses for compliance with City business license regulations or other City licensing requirements as directed. Provides observational feedback as appropriate.  

May assist Code Compliance Officers in cases as follows: collect, sort and compile data from various sources. May perform basic calculations, tabulations, and/or summation of data. Assists with preparation of summary reports as necessary.  Promotes open and constructive communications with property owners and other appropriate parties. Obtains appropriate documentation & permissions from community members to complete graffiti abatement and other job functions as needed.  

Utilizes small hand tools, paint supplies and other equipment necessary for graffiti abatement.  Observes, performs and promotes safety practices and procedures.  

Contributes to the effectiveness of the Codes Administration Division by demonstrating an attitude that encourages cooperation and coordination of efforts and efficient use of resources. Provides continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and works cooperatively and jointly to consistently provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers.

Regular and reliable attendance is required.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Major Worker Characteristics

General knowledge of procedures, materials, tools, and equipment used in hand and power painting tools and equipment. General knowledge of recordkeeping methods.

Working knowledge of record keeping systems, processes, and practices; municipal records retention procedures, and sound judgement with regard to public disclosure, and confidentiality standards. Ability to maintain records and filing systems for other records and plans.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and office equipment. Knowledge and adherence to professional office procedures and practices. Ability to operate standard office equipment including but not limited to: computer, fax machine, copy machine, telephone etc. 

Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively, with employees and members of the public representing diverse education and background, utilizing well developed communication skills, both written and oral, with appropriate use of English, including but not limited to correct grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation. Ability to respond in a diplomatic and confident manner to upset individuals. Must routinely and regularly maintain confidentiality and discretion through all forms of communication. Ability to efficiently follow verbal and written instruction. 

Must be dependable; able to work independently utilizing sound judgement with limited supervision and as a team player; be self-directed, highly motivated, organized and skilled at meeting deadlines; have a sense of urgency to complete tasks in a timely manner.   Must possess ability to maintain sustained attention to detail and work under timeline pressures; prioritize workloads; manage multiple tasks; make rapid, sound decisions quickly; and adapt to changing priorities and demands. Excellent organizational skills are essential.


Ability to:  perform a variety of unskilled to semi-skilled tasks related to the abatement, administration, and clerical duties of graffiti abatement, as well as assist the Code Administration Department in code compliance cases as needed. Ability to have sustained attention to functioning machinery and equipment, and computerized monitor system.  


Ability to establish, facilitate, and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, contractors and other members of the public, and to consistently and continually demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and respect to individuals, groups and organizations representing a wide diversity of ethnicities, cultures, opinions, and beliefs. Ability to positively receive feedback and take direction is essential. Must demonstrate an attitude of cooperation and coordination of division efforts and efficient use of resources.


Work requires travel to a variety of locations. Continuous use of both hands in reaching/handling/ grasping/keyboarding and other fine motor skills while performing duties. Regularly ascends/descends stairs, ladders, and inclines while maintaining balance. Requires work outside in all weather extremes and with potential exposure to: biting or stinging insects, vermin, animals; pollen, dirt, dust, poison ivy, smoke; electrical hazards; noxious odors, fumes, or chemicals; solvents, oil, ink; vibrations; construction debris; drug paraphernalia, needles and/or traffic.   Physical strength and ability sufficient to perform heavy manual labor for extended periods under heat, wet, cold, and generally unpleasant conditions. May work at heights, alone, with others, or in noisy work areas and/or confined areas; dirty/dusty alleyways or private property; trash and unkempt locations, and hazards associated with the operation of power tools.  Frequent kneeling/crouching/crawling while making repairs in confined spaces and awkward positions. May require constant moving, sitting or standing for extensive periods of time.  Routine heavy work includes lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds.  Constant use of all senses, including feeling/ talking/hearing/smell/vision while performing mechanical repairs and while communicating with coworkers, general public and completing all tasks as assigned. Must be able to distinguish color and maintain long-term and short-term memory. Some work is performed in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer terminal for extended periods of time or while standing for a period of time. Frequently needs to move inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.  Will be required to wear safety protective gear when necessary. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.  



May encounter upset, angry or emotionally disturbed community members and may work in areas frequented by street gangs and taggers. 


The City of Yakima is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


View the complete job posting & apply   Closes 11/20/23 EOE