City Of Reading Employment Opportunities

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“The City of Reading, PA is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State, and Local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identities or expressions, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status and other protected classifications.  This policy applies to all employment decisions including but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations."


Help Wanted -  Developer | Telecommunicator I – Part Time
Sewers Supervisor | Tradesman - CarpentryGraffiti Abatement Technician (part-time)
Administrative Shift Supervisor | Building Inspector/Plans Examiner


Position Summary:
This position is vital to the success of the Community Development Department and the Building and Trades Division. The Building Inspector/Plans Examiner oversees every phase of construction from planning to finish to ensure compliance with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code and City of Reading ordinances. The Building Inspector/Plans Examiner has direct contact with both external and internal customers; therefore, the inspector must have excellent communication and customer service skills. Also, the inspector must be able to readily adapt to, interpret, explain, and implement changing codes and ordinances.
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Review and approve construction permit submittal documents.
  • Issue permits for construction and demolition.
  • Schedule and perform field inspections.
  • Maintain and submit records of field reports, inspection results, and plan reviews.
  • Assist developers, designers, and property owners with code-related problems.
  • Support other City departments as necessary.
  • Identify potential structural and building system hazards and recommend abatement action.
  • Draft and mail notices of violation, citations, condemnations, demolitions, and abatement orders.
Position Summary:
The Administrative Shift Supervisor is responsible for supervision of wastewater operations and administrative activities during shift. The individual is responsible for maintaining the safety program at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. This position requires a progressive computer literate person with a thorough working knowledge of wastewater operations and process control. The individual must be able to provide oversight and direction, follow written procedures, assess and respond quickly to dynamic environment, and communicate effectively to both subordinates and superiors. This working supervisor regularly works a five day week but may be called on to work rotating schedules.
Position Summary:
This position completes graffiti removal projects and related clean city initiative tasks as assigned by the Clean City Coordinator
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Safely drive a van or pickup truck through narrow streets and alleyways while towing a pressure washer
  • Operate pressure washer and chemical sprayers utilizing proper safety techniques and wearing appropriate safety gear and attire
  • Paint with a brush or a roller and mix paint to match surface as closely as possible
  • Take photographs, post waivers and notices and maintain accurate records of work performed
  • Interact with public, including city and law enforcement officials, residents and property owners
  • Report equipment or supply issues promptly
  • Proactively identify and report graffiti trouble spots
  • Perform miscellaneous graffiti abatement/clean city initiative tasks as directed by the Clean City Coordinator
  • Position is part-time, seasonal.
Position Summary:
This role performs complex carpentry work and assists other tradesmen with building maintenance tasks. Experience in plumbing, heating and electrical is desired. The candidate for this role provides supervision and technical guidance to Maintenance Workers I, II and III. There is frequent contact with City maintenance workers and equipment operators.
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Must be able to perform the most complex carpentry work such as; cabinet making, counter tops, custom mill work, door handing, door hardware, locks and keys, painting, drywall and other carpentry work as needed.
  • Repair and/or install all types of carpentry related materials, directing maintenance workers as needed.
  • Assist other tradesmen with building maintenance tasks.
  • Assist in inspections of City owned buildings and properties.
  • May supervise a small group of maintenance workers.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Position Summary:
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Supervises the activities of assigned crew personnel and enforces working rules in accordance with established operating and safety procedures and advises and prepares disciplinary action when warranted.
  • Plans and schedules work on a daily basis and tracks team payroll and attendance as well as daily updates of data on team’s work activities based upon work orders.
  • Supervises the use of inspection, repair, excavation, and safety equipment by assigned crew.
  • Responds to emergencies as may arise in the sanitary sewer or stormwater collection systems while on shift and after-hours as necessary.
  • Reviews and inspects available records and technical data to prepare for assigned tasks; investigates, diagnoses and recommends methods for the correction of abnormalities occurring in conveyance systems to ensure team operations meet local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Responsible for the implementation of work zone traffic control and team safety practices.
  • Plans, schedules and supervises the use of staff, materials, and equipment in various operating modes to determine the most efficient mode of operation and use of personnel and equipment.
  • Communicates in a courteous manner with contractors and the general public as calls or inquiries may arise and determines appropriate course of action based on situation.
  • Collects data from crew personnel and prepares work order reports to chart actual time and materials in maintenance management system. Uses computer and appropriate software to input appropriate data, generate reports, and review data.
  • Recommends improvements and participates in projects to improve operations, maintenance, safety, and/or efficiency.
  • Attends professional seminars, meetings and conferences to obtain required certifications and to maintain professional competency.
Position Summary:
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Answer telephones for emergency and non-emergency citizen requests for police assistance.
  • Complete Assignment Cards or Computerized Assignment entries and forward to the assigned Radio Dispatcher.
  • Sign out keys for unmarked police vehicles.
  • Retrieve and enter information into law enforcement computer systems.
  • Refer the public to other agencies for assistance.
  • Maintain various clerical duties as assigned.
  • Monitor burglar alarms, panic alarms, fire alarms, and security systems.
  • Operate police radio communications on a regular frequency.
  • Monitor City and County Fire, EMS, and Police Communications network if assigned.
  • Run License checks on computer for use by Central records, District Courts, and authorized City Agencies.
  • Dispatch police calls on assigned and unassigned calls, including assignment and backup units.
  • Handle complaints in absence of desk sergeants.

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Developer- Proven ability and flexibility to self-train and apply new principles and procedures, possess analytical, interpretive, organizational, and time management skills; demonstrable ability to multi-task and problem solve within a high stress environment, provable capability of maintaining a constant positive and professional attitude while under pressure, demonstrable ability to think quickly and effectively in the face of adversity, must be detail-oriented.
Position Summary:
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Consult with users to identify current operating procedures and clarify program objectives.
  • Read manuals, periodicals and technical reports to learn ways to develop programs that
  • Meet user requirements.
  • Design programs to accomplish goals of users request.
  • Write documentation on program design and user operating procedures.
  • Assist the Lead Developer with development of new systems, updates to existing
  • systems, database maintenance, and answering questions from users.
  • Perform Web site development and updating.

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If you are interested in becoming a City of Reading Firefighter/EMT, Firefighter/Paramedic or Police Officer please click their respective link for information on upcoming civil service testing .


To apply for employment with the City of Reading, download and complete an Employment Application specifying the type of employment/position you are applying for, attach resume' if applicable and send to:

Human Resources
City of Reading
815 Washington Street – Room 3-03
Reading, PA 19601
FAX: 610/372-3722

An EEO/AA Employer by choice.
Male/female/disability all given equal consideration

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