Property Maintenance Inspector

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JOB VACANCY # JV 2018-23 (Property Maintenance Inspector)

POSITION: Property Maintenance Inspector
DEPARTMENT/DIVISION:  Community Development
STARTING PAY RATE: $19.86 per hour, Per the CBA
Qualified, interested candidates must submit a current resume application to the Human Resources Department. Email:

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.

  • 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.
Educational Requirements
  • High School diploma or equivalent required.
  • ICC Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector Certification (#64) must be obtained within five (5) months of hire or promotion. (2012 version)
  • Must possess a valid Class C PA driver’s license with clean driving record.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of construction experience (or related certifications/coursework) required.

Planner I

JOB VACANCY #JV 2018-22 (Planner I)

DEPARTMENT/DIVISION OF: Community Development
STARTING PAY RATE: $49,743.55 annually, 35 hours/week (Per the CBA)
POSTING DATE: June 27, 2018
Qualified, interested candidates must submit a current resume and a bid slip to the Human Resources Department by the end of business: July 27, 2018.


The Planner I is primarily responsible for providing administrative and planning assistance to senior staff in the implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Subdivision/Land Development Ordinances, Zoning Ordinances and Census data information. This individual also provides support for the Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, and other senior staff members as requested.
Some tasks may include but are not limited to:
  • Assist with drafting the publication of meetings, preparation of agendas, placarding of properties, project research, field surveys, and the preparation of reports
  • Providing assistance as requested and assigned in research relevant to and administrative duties relevant to the provision of services to the public on zoning and planning activities including attendance and the delivery of public services at neighborhood planning meetings.
  • Providing general information to the public in response to written, telephone, and walk-in inquiries
  • Conducting field surveys such as land use, property conditions, and traffic as assigned
  • Preparing applications to State and Federal programs for special
  • Providing background research and preparing reports as requested by unit Managers and Division Directors which may be forwarded to City Council, the Zoning Hearing Board, City Planning Commission, the Reading Redevelopment Authority, or senior staff members.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Division Manager
Educational Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, land surveying or related curriculum.
  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in a formal administrative setting
  • Preference to applicants with experience in the public or private sector planning, community development or land use law
  • Experience in the use of data bases, spreadsheets and GIS
  • Technical training in plan reading and development procedures

Deputy Chief of Police

JOB VACANCY # JV 2018-21 (Deputy Chief of Police)

THE POSITION OF:Deputy Chief of Police
DEPARTMENT/DIVISION OF:Police/Administration
SALARY:Depending on Qualifications
POSTING DATE:June 14, 2018
Qualified, interested candidates must submit a current resume and application to the Human Resources Department by July 14, 2018. Email:

Under administrative direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of an assigned Division within the Police Department; serves as second in command to the Chief of Police; oversees the day-to-day operations of the Police Department; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Chief of Police.

  • Responsible for police operations especially those regarding crime reduction efforts.
  • Ensure details and operations are scheduled and aligned to address crime spikes, trends, problem oriented policing/quality of life efforts, and grant activities.
  • Stay abreast of hot spots, problem locations, and problem people and situations and ensure they are assigned for action.
  • Monitor crime reduction calendar for constant activity and schedule details accordingly.
  • Insure the delivery of timely crime analysis information to operations, including maps, major case updates, wanted persons, and crime trends.
  • Coordinate efforts between patrol, special services, and criminal investigations to increase communication of problem solving and crime reduction efforts.
  • Conduct monthly patrol staff meetings and prepare and lead monthly or twice monthly Quadrant Meetings.
  • Troubleshoot obstacles and problems with operations relating to performance, crime issues, citizen satisfaction, and overall service delivery.
  • Arrange for progress reports on major cases, systemic crime problems, and problem oriented policing projects, etc.
  • Provide synopsis or highlights of monthly quad reports for dissemination to Mayor, Managing director, City Council, and perhaps the media.
  • Examine current methods of documenting problem oriented policing projects and efforts and see if we are doing it in the best and most efficient (for police officers) way possible.
  • Research methods to standardize productivity and accountability and rate excellent, marginal and below standard performance. Conduct performance appraisals of Inspectors and Captains.
  • Continually monitor and inspect the various activities of the components directly under command to ensure compliance with Department directives and existing law.
  • Responsible for the enforcement of all laws and ordinances within the scope of command.
  • Attend pertinent seminars and workshops to obtain timely and necessary information for the Department.
  • Arrange or present tours, demonstrations, and speeches as required. Attend neighborhood, committee and ad hoc meetings.
  • Provide training opportunities that will better prepare officers (and support personnel) for their crime reduction and problem oriented policing role.
  • Be a liaison with outside law enforcement agencies such as PSP, Attorney General, ATF, DEA, ICE, FBI, and U.S. Marshall’s and U.S. Attorney
  • Coordinate with other Reading city departments
  • Serve as media spokesperson, especially in regard to crime reduction efforts and proactive department initiatives, activities, and accomplishments.
  • Act in the capacity of the Chief of Police during his absence
Educational/Experience Requirements
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or related field and a minimum of 10 years command level supervisory experience or any equivalent combination of experience which produces the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Must reside within 15 miles from the boundaries of the City of Reading within six months of appointment.
  • Knowledge of police operations, community problem oriented policing and crime reduction strategies.
  • Excellent management skills.
  • Knowledge of the Crimes Code and Vehicle Code.
  • Thorough knowledge of Department Directives.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of the operations of the Police Department and other City Departments
  • Thorough knowledge of employee labor contracts.
  • Familiarity with computers, Microsoft Office and Police related computer applications and software.

Project Accountant/Financial Specialist

JOB VACANCY #JV 2018-19 (Project Accountant/Financial Specialist)

THE POSITION OF:Project Accountant/Financial Specialist
DEPARTMENT OF:Administrative Services
CLASSIFICTION:Non-Union, Management
SALARY:$45K-$51K Annually - DOQ
POSTING DATE:June 13, 2018
Qualified, interested candidates must submit a current resume and letter of interest to the Human Resources Department by the end of business: July 13, 2018.


Under the direction of the Accounting and Treasury Manager, the individual in this Project Accountant/Financial Specialist position is responsible for all aspects of project accounting, financial analysis, financial accounts management, grant administration and related tasks associated with the Utilities Division with a focus on the Department of Justice Consent Decree (DOJ CD) projects and programs. This includes various financial aspects associated with wastewater treatment plant, pump stations, collection system construction projects and related programs implementation.
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Support project accounting related to WWTP facility expansion
  • Maintain grant administration
  • Provide advice associated with financial aspects of grant monies
  • Reconcile project expenditures
  • Provide analysis to support utility rate calculation
  • Track capital expenditures
  • Administer loan draw downs and related reporting
  • Reconcile billing and payment along with account receivable accounts
  • Allocated municipal capital portion of payments
  • Distinguish sewer operating financial reporting from capital activities
  • Maintain deferrals and accruals related to sewer transactions
  • Support banking activities such as wire transfers and on line banking administrator
  • Support year-end audit review
Educational Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or closely related field
  • Minimum five (5) years general accounting experience or three (3) years experience in Grants Accounting.

Zoning Administrator

JOB VACANCY # JV 2018-17 (Zoning Administrator)

THE POSITION OF:Zoning Administrator
DIVISION OF:Zoning, Planning and Historic Preservation
DEPARTMENT OF:Community Development
SALARY:$55K-$60K Annually, 35 Hours a week
POSTING DATE:June 1, 2018
Qualified, interested candidates must submit a current resume, application and a letter of interest to the Human Resources Department. Email:


Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • On behalf of the Director of Community Development appears before the Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, the Reading Redevelopment Authority and the Historic Preservation Review Board to present plans, programs and activities.
  • Attends, coordinates and participates in day and evening community meetings, public hearings and other official meetings and events as required.
  • Performs a variety of official program administration including approval of all written reports, applications, official forms and documents.
  • Ensures that all planning, zoning and economic development activities are carried out in accordance with federal, state and local laws, policies and regulations.
  • Administers the planning, zoning, historic preservation, business development and economic development of the City of Reading.
  • Assures accountability of subordinate staff for program performance and supervises the work of subordinates.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Director.
Educational Requirements
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in Planning, Historic Preservation, Architectural History, Architecture, or a related field required.
  • Experience with a Federal, State or Local economic development agency.
  • At least 5 years related experience in planning, zoning, historic preservation or economic development.
  • Excellent graphic, writing, research, and public speaking skills.
  • Working knowledge of historic preservation objectives/standards.
  • Understanding of Federal and State regulations and guidelines regarding historic preservation.
  • Working knowledge of architectural terms and application.
  • Working knowledge of historic preservation design, materials and construction.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Publisher, and Powerpoint.
  • Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License.


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