Public Works Director

JOB VACANCY # JV 2020-04 (Public Works Director)

THE POSITION OF: Public Works Director
SALARY: DOQ/Depends on Qualifications
POSTING DATE: January 22, 2020
Qualified, interested candidates must submit a cover letter, application and current resume by February 22, 2020. Applications and resumes can be submitted at under employment opportunities. Questions – Please email

Under the direction of the Managing Director, provides senior leadership, policy direction, and strategic focus for the Department of Public Works including all engineering, traffic engineering, transportation, fleet maintenance, facilities maintenance, parks, streets, wastewater treatment plant, sanitary and storm water collection, and solid waste services.

Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Leads the development of the department’s strategic plan and five-year capital improvement plan.
  • Assures compliance with professional standards and overall engineering integrity of all facilities, equipment and rolling stock.
  • Directs the continuous cost evaluation process and initiates cost saving and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Serves as the City Engineer providing professional engineering consultation and advice to the Planning Commission, City Council and Administration.
  • Functions as a member of the senior leadership team, serving as a resource and partner to the Managing Director and other department directors in studying major issues and trends in identifying special concerns or needs and making recommendations for solutions.
  • Takes leadership role in public meetings related to Public Works issues.



Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business management, engineering or other related field. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Registration as a professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania or the ability to obtain the certification within six (6) months of hire.
  • Possesses valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License


  • Must have five (5) plus years of experience in the field of Public Works Administration, preferably with exposure to utilities operations and a unionized workforce.
  • Has a thorough knowledge of the principals and practices of civil engineering, public works operations, and management theory.
  • Has the skill to be a coalition builder and collaborator with a track record of establishing strong partnerships internally and externally.
  • Possesses the knowledge of municipal finance, budgeting and capital improvement planning.
  • Well-developed communication skills and a participative, inclusive management style.

Part-time Grounds Maintenance

JOB VACANCY # JV 2020-03 (Part-time Grounds Maintenance)

THE POSITION OF: Part Time Grounds Maintenance
DEPARTMENT: Public Works
SALARY: $12.00/Hour, 28 Hours a week
POSTING DATE: January 21, 2020
Qualified, interested candidates must submit an application and current resume by February 21, 2020. Applications and resumes can be submitted at under employment opportunities. Questions – Please email

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 includes working in all elements of weather throughout the year.

Work schedule will be twenty-eight (28) hours per week, between Monday and Friday. Actual scheduling will be determined once the candidate is hired.

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 and Public Properties employees in their work
  • Perform miscellaneous operations tasks as given by the Director of Operations




  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Able to lift minimum of 75 pounds
  • Valid PA driver’s license required
  • Must be able to understand written and verbal instructions

Librarian II

JOB BID #JV 2019-37 (Librarian II)

STARTING PAY RATE: $47,715.60 annually, 37.5 hours/week (Per CBA)
POSTING DATE: December 12, 2019
Qualified, interested candidates must submit a current resume and an application by January 12, 2020. Applications and resumes can be submitted at under employment opportunities. Questions – Please email:


The primary function of this position is meeting the information and instruction needs of library customers by answering questions, assisting with computer use and digital content, developing collections in a variety of formats, and collecting and maintaining reference statistics. This position also works closely with library administration to deliver adult programs and outreach services.


Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Performs reference services
  • Participates in all phases of collection development in a variety of formats
  • Provides instructional classes for customers and staff
  • Creates reports as needed and recommends policy changes
  • Plans and provides adult programs
  • Participates in the activities of professional and community organizations
  • Advises in budget recommendations
  • Provides outreach to the community
  • Other duties as assigned
Educational Requirements
  • Master’s Degree in Library Science or Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school is required
  • Three years professional library experience, or an equivalent of experience indicating ability to assume responsibilities involved
Checks and Clearances
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check
  • Mandated Reporting on Child Abuse
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check

Staff Attorney

JOB BID #JV 2020-01 (Staff Attorney)

THE POSITION OF: Staff Attorney
STARTING PAY RATE: DOQ, 35 hours/week
POSTING DATE: January 8, 2020
Qualified, interested candidates must submit a letter of interest, employment application and current resume by January 21, 2020. Applications and resumes can be submitted at under employment opportunities. Questions – Please email

POSITION SUMMARY: To provide internal legal counsel and guidance to the Mayor, members of City Council and Department/Division Directors on matters involving all aspects of Federal, State or Municipal law.
  • Participates in the development and interpretation of City departmental policies
  • Reviews and drafts contracts and other agreements
  • Provides counsel and advice on legal matters and the important aspects of government relationships
  • Participates in, or conducts litigation, including preparing for and attending hearings, depositions and arbitrations
  • Coordinates the enforcement of the City’s codified ordinances and represents the City of Reading at hearings involving violation of the codified ordinances as assigned by the City Solicitor
  • Participates in meetings and hearings before government bodies
  • Furnishes legal advice with respect to City Administration and prepares City ordinances, resolutions and forms
  • Collaborates with outside legal counsel in various legal matters
  • Perform other related duties as needed
  • Currently licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania
Experience, Skills & Abilities
  • One to five years experience strongly preferred, however newly admitted attorneys with strong academic background and other credentials will be considered
  • Some municipal experience required
  • Civil litigation experience helpful
  • Valid PA Driver’s License
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interface with all types of people in a professional manner

Telecommunicator I

JOB VACANCY # JV 2019-34 Telecommunicator I (3 pm - 11 pm)

THE POSITION OF: Telecommunicator I
DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: Police/Special Services
POSTING DATE: November 21, 2019
STARTING PAY RATE: $19.32 per hour. 40 hours per week
Qualified, interested candidates must submit a current resume and application. Applications and resumes can be submitted at under employment opportunities. *Questions – Please email:


Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Answering telephones for emergency and non-emergency citizens requests for police assistance.
  • Complete Assignment Cards or Computerized Assignment entries and forwards them to the assigned Radio Dispatcher.
  • Signs out keys for unmarked police vehicles.
  • Retrieves and enters information into law enforcement computer systems.
  • Refers the public to other agencies for assistance.
  • Monitors burglar alarms, panic alarms, fire alarms, and security systems.
  • Operate police radio communications on a regular frequency.
  • Monitors City and County Fire, EMS, and Police Communications network if assigned.
  • Runs License checks for Central records, District Courts, and authorized City Agencies.
  • Dispatch police calls on assigned and unassigned calls, including assignment and backup units.
Educational/Experience Requirements
  • Must be a high school graduate or have equivalent work experience.
  • Requires completion of a successful background check by the Police Department.
  • Must be able to operate radio dispatching equipment unit.
  • 3 years customer service experience required; dispatch center experience preferred.
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts, evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
  • Must be able to type at least 35 wpm with accuracy.
  • Must be familiar with Windows operating system.

Hours: 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

*** Three positions available ***

Capital Projects Manager

JOB VACANCY # JV 2019-33 Capital Projects Manager


THE POSITION OF: Capital Projects Manager
DEPARTMENT/DIVISION OF: Public Works/Operations
SALARY: $75,000 - $95,000 DOQ
POSTING DATE: November 5, 2019


Qualified, interested candidates must submit a cover letter, current resume and application by December 5, 2019. Applications and resumes can be submitted at under employment opportunities. *Questions – Please email




POSITION SUMMARY: The Capital Projects Manager’s primary responsibilities are prioritizing project execution, championing projects through the contracting and procurement process, and ensuring that the design and technical specifications are accurate and match the City’s needs. This position will work closely with the Director of Administrative Services whose department manages procurement, budgeting and other relevant financial functions.


Typical job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Performs all assigned duties and essential functions in a manner consistent with the Department of Public Works vision, mission and goals.

  • Monitors the Public Works portion of the City’s website on a regular basis and provides updates as appropriate.

  • Directs project development and implementation while maintaining compliance with City purchasing practices and contract specifications. Periodically monitor implemented projects and evaluate them to measure effectiveness in accomplishing policy objectives and expectations.

  • Provides regular oral and written reports to the Directors of Public Works & Administrative Services and/or their designee on the status of projects, program initiatives. Prepare documentation and reports required by various agencies as necessary, including semi- annually to the Mayor and City Council.

  • Develop metric systems that monitor and assess progress towards achieving performance goals of the Department of Public Works. References other existing, third party standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 37120 or equal as applicable.



Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four year college or university is required with major coursework in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Public Works Management, Project Management, Environmental Engineering, Urban Planning, Architecture, or other job related field. Four (4) years of related experience with a minimum of 2 years in a related job capacity. A Master’s degree may substitute for 2 years of related experience.


  • Seeking innovative master collaborator who demonstrates superior project and program management skills that can develop an action plan for the Department of Public Works. PMP Certification preferred.

  • Using technology, candidate must possess planning, budget and financial management experience including the ability to establish meaningful performance metrics.

  • Strong organizational skills and with a superior ability to multi-task is required.

  • Knowledge and skill in writing and communicating in a clear, concise, and well composed manner; ability to think logically and work under circumstances that constantly change.

Network Engineer

JOB VACANCY # JV 2019-31 Information Technology (IT) Network Engineer


Network Engineer


Administrative Services/Information Technology




$70,000 - $74,000 DOQ


November 1, 2019

Qualified, interested candidates must submit a current resume and application by November 30, 2019. Applications and resumes can be submitted at under employment opportunities. *Questions – Please email

POSITION SUMMARY: Under the direction of the IT Division Manager, manages and maintains the networks, data/voice communication and security systems, including installation and administration of all network functions.

Typical job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Install, configure and repair software/hardware, updates to the network, write specifications and assist in systems documentation and SOP’s.
  • Evaluate, recommend and implement new hardware and software for the entire network.
  • Monitor traffic flow and volume on the networks, server performance and make recommendations to adjust network parameters to improve performance, and minimize user response times.
  • Provide tier 3 support for IT staff and end users with regard to network and/or security infrastructure.
  • Performs network system functions which include, but are not limited to, adding users, defining, establishing and enforcing security access to data, identifying device access paths and availability, and maintains DR, virus, back-up and security systems, as well as all other assigned infrastructure systems/operations

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science & Technology, or related experience


  • 5 years working with computer networks in a business environment
  • 2 years as a Network Administrator in a 250+ node network


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Human Resources
City of Reading
815 Washington Street – Room 3-03

Reading, PA 19601
FAX: 610/372-3722

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