Neighborhood Preservation Officer - Oak Creek, WI

GovHR USA | Oak Creek, WI

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Posted Date 4/07/2021

Neighborhood Preservation Officer (NPO), Oak Creek, WI (pop.  35,843). In the midst of a development boom, Oak Creek is located along the western shore of Lake Michigan, south of the City of Milwaukee. The City of Oak Creek is one of the fastest growing cities in southeastern Wisconsin. In two decades, the City’s population grew over 25 percent, and substantial growth is projected into the future. 

Oak Creek residents and business owners enjoy vibrant neighborhoods, public amenities, and an engaged community spirit. Incorporated as a city in 1955, the community is undergoing significant redevelopment and revitalization. Newly developed subdivisions and homes are being added to a mix of older, mature neighborhoods and mid-century housing stock.

A snapshot of Oak Creek’s demographics:

  • Average age of 38 years old.
  • Median household income, $72,705.
  • Median value of an Oak Creek home, $221,700.
  • 15,100 housing units.
  • Percent of renter-occupied housing, more than 25%.

Under the direction of the Community Development Director, the NPO is primarily responsible for the public education, investigation, inspection, and enforcement of municipal ordinances, codes and regulations as they relate to the abatement of nuisances, the maintenance of private properties, and the preservation of neighborhoods. In addition, the NPO works with residents and property owners, and coordinates community outreach on the importance of code enforcement and nuisance abatement in the pursuit of preserving property values. The NPO also works with affected residents, property owners and neighbors to help them avail themselves to community resources, and to resolve property maintenance issues and abate nuisances.

For this newly created position in charge of implementing the City’s first-ever proactive approach to code enforcement and education, the City seeks an approachable, compassionate, team-playing professional with strong conciliation and interpersonal skills.  The City’s program is intended to focus primarily on education and compliance, and less on punitive measures. The NPO serves as a liaison between the City and the public regarding code enforcement and nuisance abatement issues and may issue citations and aid in the prosecution of City ordinance violations, when necessary.

The NPO can expect to work across an array of other City’s departments – particularly Community Development, Administration, City Attorney, Police and Fire – in achieving successful outcomes. In addition, the NPO will work with an advisory group of citizens.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic organization seeking to be an employer of choice. Oak Creek is a full-service municipality including Administration, Police, Fire/EMS, Engineering, DPW (streets, parks and forestry), Water & Sewer, Community Development, Library, Recreation, Health, Finance and Central Services. The City has more than 350 full-time employees.

The City seeks an energetic professional with strong technical and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate must have an inclusive managerial style, as well as clear, concise, and open communication skills.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be comfortable working in a fast-paced, demanding, yet rewarding, environment.
  • Possess a passion for public service.

Candidates should also have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, social work, criminal justice, planning, communications, psychology or sociology, or similar field.
  • Two years of experience in a related, neighborhood preservation, code-enforcement field.
  • Three – five years of relevant work experience in code administration, code enforcement, zoning administration, zoning or urban planning may substitute for the post-high school education.
  • The ability to develop and implement a proactive program of code awareness, education and compliance.
  • High energy, positive attitude with strong customer service and effective communication skills with an ability to be both firm, diplomatic and flexible when addressing complex issues that affect some individuals on a personal basis.

A starting salary range is $52,000 – 60,000 +/- DOQ, and an excellent benefit package is offered.

Candidates should apply by May 14, 2021 with resume, cover letter and contact information for three work-related references to to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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