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 -   Building Inspector/Plans Examiner
Librarian II | Codes Manager | Telecommunicator
Operations Manager | Property Maintenance Inspector | Administrative Assistant/Zoning Technician


Position Summary:
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Perform clerical duties relating to accounts payables and receivables for Zoning, Planning and Preservation.
  • Processes the fees and maintains financial information relating to land use planning permits and hearings.
  • Greets visitors and distributes information on specific properties by answering calls, emails and counter requests.
  • Assists with appointments and requests for information.
  • Reviews and processes permit applications.
  • Maintains and updates information in applicable database systems.
  • Assists in the production, distribution or sale of documents produced by the Department.
  • Conduct research on properties by accessing city files
  • Provide clerical & administrative support to Zoning, Planning and Historic Preservation.
  • Research, compile and analyze information regarding permits and appeals.
  • Provides assistance at site inspections or other meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Division Manager.
  • Reviews and processes multi-family housing applications.
  • Research and verify Housing/Zoning information for Property Maintenance and Certificate of Transfers
This position will be responsible for inspecting single and multi-family dwellings within the City to ensure compliance to City-Housing Codes. This position will entail frequent contact with other employees in the Division; as well as daily contact with housing dwellers. There is limited contact with City employees outside the Division.
Position Summary:
  • Conduct daily inspection of single and multi-family dwellings.
  • Prepare inspection reports and send copy to owner of dwelling in violation, giving the appropriate amount of time to comply.
  • Make re-inspections after designated time to ensure compliance.
  • File prosecution with District judges if violations are not corrected.
  • Compile daily, weekly and monthly reports indicating quantity of inspections performed, number of violations found and status of corrections to violations.
  • Act as public relations representatives for City when making inspections.
  • Investigate complaints and attend court hearings as necessary.
The primary function of this position is meeting the information requirements of patrons by answering questions, instructing proper use of informational tools, directing patrons to the location of library resources, evaluating resources that answer questions, developing collections, and retaining reference statistics. This position also works closely with library administration and other departments to deliver adult programs and outreach services, to assist other departments in meeting collection development goals and requirements, and undertake weeding of the collection in compliance with discipline standards.
Position Summary:
  • Performs reference services
  • Reviews professional literature to make considered selections of new library material
  • Submits regular material orders
  • Weeds collection according to discipline standards
  • Provides instructional classes for both patrons and co-workers
  • Creates and maintains pathfinders and subject bibliographies
  • Prepares reports as required and recommends policy changes
  • Executes adult programming initiatives
  • Keeps informed of developments and participates in activities of professional and community organizations
  • Advises in budget recommendations
  • Other duties as assigned
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.
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.
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.
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.



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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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