Code Compliance Coordinator

City of Williston
Williston, ND


Summary:    Under the direction of the planning Director and Principal Planner, coordinate and provide the lead role in zoning ordinance compliance in the City of Williston.  This position coordinates the City Code Enforcement Committee made up of City Commissioners, Planning Commissioners, Department Heads and Staff.

Skills emphasis: Ability to build Commissioner and public support; work with appropriate jurisdictions; develop public awareness programs; investigate reported zoning violations, including writing citations, resolving disputes and testifying in court.

Requires a self-motivated personality able to work effectively among multiple government agencies and entities of the community and able to efficiently mobilize resources available.

Supervision Exercised: supporting staff as assigned.

Starting annual salary: $54,657  

Range: 50

Annual Salary: $35,920 - $69,966

Housing:  Subsidized city apartments available

Application deadline:  This position is open until filled

Essential Job Functions:

The Code Compliance Coordinator

  1. continues to develop and further administer the zoning enforcement program that is led by the Planning Department and coordinates with other city departments including Building, Fire, Police, and Public Works;
  2. coordinates the Code Enforcement Committee meetings;
  3. coordinates staff meetings with interdepartmental enforcement personnel;
  4. negotiates and resolves sensitive and complex code compliance issues and provides solutions for impasse situations and suggests implementation procedures;
  5. is responsible for tracking, filing, investigating, and monitoring of all reported zoning violations, including writing and issuing citations as warranted;
  6. coordinates with other city departments and property owners to resolve zoning violations;
  7. reviews permits, performs research, and searches real estate records to verify existing land use and property conditions;
  8. works with the city attorney to bring zoning violation cases that can’t be resolved to court, including preparation of documents and testifying in court;
  9. works with county, state, and U.S. government agencies regarding inspection and regulatory activities;
  10. reviews and verifies compliance with development agreements;
  11. represents the Planning Department on zoning code and enforcement matters with other governmental agencies, private firms, developers, and the general public;
  12. evaluates code enforcement services to ensure productivity, efficiency and quality are maintained;
  13.  advises management on operation problems, delays and quality control issues related to code enforcement services, and presents solutions;
  14. prepares reports and makes presentations at Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, City Commission meetings, and other public forums;
  15. counsels developers, contractors, architects, and other interested parties on zoning ordinances;
  16. prepares reports and maintains records of work performed;
  17. submits monthly and annual reports to management and other personnel as appropriate;
  18. updates the code enforcement cases map layer on the City’s GIS;
  19. manages the contents of the code compliance webpage in the Planning Department tab and Quick Links tab on the official City website;
  20. manages the CE Module contents in the City’s MyGOV tracking database;
  21. performs other reasonably related duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.

NOTE: The functions and duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of the specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  2. Administrative skills;
  3. Knowledge of federal, state and local ordinances, laws, codes and standards governing zoning;
  4. Ability to read and interpret site plans and development agreements and compare them to development on the ground;
  5. Ability to enforce regulations with firmness, tact, and impartiality;
  6. Ability to write clear and concise reports;
  7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons involved in inspection and regulatory matters, other employees, agencies, and departments, and the general public;
  8. Ability to formulate, initiate, and administer general policies and procedures.
  9. Some knowledge of real estate and property management procedures;
  10. Knowledge of legal procedures involved in enforcing zoning ordinances;
  11. Ability to visually detect code violations;
  12. Ability to write citations;
  13. GIS skills to create graphics and maps;

Education: Bachelor's degree in urban planning or closely related field; master's degree preferred.

Experience: One year of experience in city planning, preferably in a government planning office.


Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Equipment Used in Job Performance: Motor vehicle, calculators, copier, microfiche machines and typewriter, phone, personal computer, iPad or tablet, and tape measure.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate, but can be loud.

Applicant must possess, or be able to obtain at time of hire, a valid North Dakota driver license. All applicants must complete the application form found at or it may be obtained from Randy Donnelly, City Hall, 22 East Broadway, PO Box 1306, Williston ND 58802. To be granted veterans preference, the required forms, letters, or certificates must be submitted with the application.  This position is open until filled.  Faxed or e-mailed copies will be accepted with hard copies mailed to:

City Planner
22 East Broadway
PO Box 1306
Williston, ND 58802-1306

(701) 577-8104

(701) 577-8880 Fax