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
Property Maintenance Inspector | Relief Video Monitor
Records Clerk | Grounds Maintenance | Lab Technician | 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.
Seeking a person to analyze and monitor wastewater and industrial waste samples.
Position Summary:
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Analysis of samples in the City’s accredited laboratory. Samples include but are not limited to: process, regulatory and industrial.
  • Sampling of Industries as part of the Pretreatment program.
  • General laboratory upkeep and sustainability.
  • Data input and analysis
  • Good Organizational, documentation, observation, troubleshooting and communication skills.
  • You may come in contact with wastewater, waste
Position Summary:
The candidate for this position must be able to work independently or on a crew in an outdoor setting, completing tasks consistent with grounds maintenance. This is a part time, seasonal position with employment extending into late fall. The work schedule will be about twenty-eight (28) hours per week, between Monday and Friday. The actual scheduling will be determined once the candidate is hired. Management has the right to schedule the employee accordingly.
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • General grounds maintenance including mowing grass, gardening and weeding.
  • Completes custodial work including litter pick up and trash removal.
  • Paints as required.
  • Assist Parks employees in their work.
  • Perform miscellaneous operations tasks as directed by the Operations Division Manager.
Position Summary:
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Thorough reading of all police reports submitted and the ability to make decisions and properly classify per UCR guidelines.
  • Data entry and updating of specific information contained in reports into our Records Management System (hereafter referred to as RMS) and the PennDOT Crash system.
  • The ability to manage requests both from the public and other criminal justice agencies in a timely and professional manner.
  • Use of Microsoft Word to create a daily bulletin and disseminate this information to the Reading Police Dept and other agencies requesting our daily crime information.
  • Process mail received from the public and insurance companies requesting offense reports, confirmation letters and crash reports.
  • Disseminate criminal background information to other agencies and the public for various purposes (i.e. employment, federal housing, etc.)
  • Prepare court envelopes for officers attending hearings and adding all future additions.
  • File and maintain all records submitted to the Records Office.
  • Process and perform, in a timely manner, all additional requests made of the Clerks by the Records Office Supervisor.
Position Summary:
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Keeps a constant surveillance on the monitoring cameras within the Video Surveillance Center.
  • Alerts police to suspicious activity and crimes in progress.
  • Operates all surveillance camera equipment, including but not limited to Monitors, Computers, Digital Recorders, Cameras and Controllers.
  • Bookmarks, Exports, Copies, and Archives video data as instructed. Interacts with police officers, investigators, and District Attorney Staff in securing video for investigation and evidence.
  • Maintains professional demeanor and attitude while viewing cameras. Adheres to policies and procedures of Center, especially in regards to citizen privacy.

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.
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

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


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