City Of Reading Employment Opportunities

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Help Wanted - Building Inspector/Plans Examiner
Codes Manager | Telecommunicator
Operations ManagerGraffiti Abatement Technician
Human Resources AssistantSewers SupervisorFire/Police


Sewers Supervisor

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.

Human Resources Assistant

Position Summary:
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Basic human resources functions and procedures.
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Perform a wide variety of responsible clerical, administrative and office support duties in support of the City’s Human Resources Department.
  • Provide customer service, both in-person and by telephone; screen and direct calls; take and relay messages; answer questions from employees and the general public regarding human resources and payroll issues, rules, and regulations relating to human resources management and compensation; respond to employment verification requests and other requests for information.
  • Regularly handles highly confidential and sensitive information with professionalism.
  • Compile, verify and enter payroll data such as hours worked, taxes, insurance and union dues to be withheld and other records. Compute and posts wages and reconcile errors to maintain accurate payroll records. After payroll is complete, sort and distribute paychecks.
  • Process garnishments and wage deductions.
  • Completes Unemployment Compensation paperwork.
  • Record changes affecting net wages, such as exemptions, insurance coverage and other payments for each employee to update master payroll records. Maintain a record of leave pay and nontaxable wages.
  • Process third party vendor payments.
  • Understand and accurately follow instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Perform a variety of general office support duties; make copies; maintain calendar of activities, meetings, and various events for assigned staff; process mail including receiving, sorting, time-stamping, logging, and distributing incoming and outgoing correspondence and packages.

Graffiti Abatement Technician

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.
Operations Manager
Position Summary:
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Supervises subordinate workers; reviews and evaluates work performance, administers disciplinary action.
  • Prepares and recommends for approval plans, bid documents, resolutions, specifications, cost estimates and other technical phases of projects pertaining to construction of Public Works improvements and City facilities related to streets, parks, and property maintenance.
  • Provides regular oral and written reports to the Director of Public Works on the status of projects and management of Operations Division.
  • Oversees the management, operation and maintenance of City parks, streets/sign shop, vehicles, shade tree program, recycle operations and properties.
  • Prepares documentation and coordinates approvals required by various agencies as dictated by type of project involved.
  • Conducts informational meetings on Public Works projects.
  • Recommends a five-year capital improvements program for streets/sign shop, parks, property maintenance, recycle operations, shade tree program and fleet management projects.
  • Directs and provides guidance to developers, consultants, landowners and the general public with regard to Public Works improvements.
  • Manages the Liquid Fuels program.
  • Coordinates road improvements and maintenance with the PA Department of Transportation.
  • Prepares, evaluates and updates a comprehensive pavement management program.
  • Prepares grant applications and manages the implementation of various grants through PennDot, DEP, HUD or other sources.
  • Coordinates the implementation of the Emergency Operations Plan during a snow emergency or other crisis that requires the mobilization of Public Works crews and equipment.
  • Attends various committee meetings, Council Workshops, community meetings or other meetings as assigned by the Director of Public Works.
  • Prepares revisions to codes, ordinances and local regulations.
  • Assists the Director of Public Works with the annual department budget.
  • Visits construction sites as needed to make determinations that require professional judgment.
  • Manages the Operations safety program and building security systems.
  • Coordinates activities at City greene.
  • Orders supplies as needed for all Operations Division activities.
  • Completes annual public buildings Time Study.
  • Serves as liaison with the City Shade Tree Commission.
  • Serves as member of the Safe, Clean, and Green Committee.
  • Attends professional seminars, meetings and conferences to obtain required certifications and to maintain professional competency.
  • Performs related work tasks as assigned by the Director of Public Works.


Telecommunication I - Part Time

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.


Codes Manager

Position Summary:
The Codes Manager oversees the Property Maintenance Division which manages Housing, Health Permits, Illegal Rentals, Blight, Inspections, complaints, and enforces Quality of Life ordinances. This position is responsible for direct supervision for all First Level Supervisors and indirect supervision of the clerical staff and inspectors to ensure the Property Maintenance Division follows the established Standard Operating Procedures, which are revised as needed. This position also ensure that the Property Maintenance Division is following the appropriate City of Reading Ordinances as well as The City of Reading’s adaptation of the International Property Maintenance Code.
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Effectively execute ordinances passed by the Mayor and City Council.
  • Work cooperatively with other departments to draft language for ordinances related to Property Maintenance.
  • Constantly review office procedures to improve or update techniques, execute all procedures with the staff effectively, and maintain an open communication to encourage efficiency.
  • Maintain accurate records related to properties, inspections, complaints, health permits, and rental housing files.
  • Transfer paper files to the Hansen system and automate processes including Illegal Housing Units, Inspections, Complaints, and QOLs in order to increase productivity and efficiency.
  • Assist citizens through productive, ongoing communications to encourage education and resolve disputes.
  • Meet with various community groups periodically to educate and provide information and solve existing housing problems.
  • Oversee the Property Maintenance’s daily role in the Blighted Property Review and Conservatorship Processes to mitigate blighted conditions.
  • Work with the Solicitor’s Office for legal advice on broad policy issues and individual cases regularly
  • Meet frequently with various concerned citizens, landlords, and investors regarding office policies and the enforcement of ordinances
  • Discipline staff as appropriate.


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.


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

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