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City of Easton

Human Resources - Employment

The City of Easton's employment policies and practices are in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations.

Located just 50 miles north of Philadelphia, 70 minutes from New York City and 30 minutes from the Poconos, the City of Easton, PA is a city with an interesting history dating back prior to the Revolutionary War. Home to 26,000 people, Easton is part of the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area, the third largest market in Pennsylvania.

Today it is a city on the edge of great happenings and wonderful opportunities with the recent adoption of a new Home Rule Charter. We are home to superior healthcare, excellent academic institutions, affordable housing, great arts community, historic business center with easy access to everywhere from the ABE International Airport.

THE CITY OF EASTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


The City of Easton is seeking qualified applicants for the listed positions. The job description links, where applicable, are listed below and/or can be obtained from the Human Resources Office at 1 South Third Street, Second Floor, Easton, PA or by phone requests at 610-250-6622.


Full-time Positions

Director
Department of Economic Development



Class Definition: Administrative and technical work of a professional nature in supervising the conduct of the redevelopment and city economic programs in all their various phases.

Distinguishing Features of Work: Working under the general guidance and direction of the City Administrator and the Mayor, the incumbent performs a variety of supervisory, administrative, and professional work in development and implementation of economic development plans, programs and services.

The Director of Economic Development will plan, organize and implement the economic development program for the city, the Redevelopment Authority and the non-profit Greater Easton Development Partnership with emphasis on improvement of the economic well-being of the city of Easton through the recruitment of new business, existing business expansion and existing business retention in the city’s neighborhoods and historic central business district.

Examples of Work: (Note: The following examples of work are only illustrative of the kind of work to be performed by persons of this class and are not intended to be all inclusive or exclusive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.) This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Develops short and long range economic development plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates activities with other departments and agencies as needed. Provides technical and professional advice; makes presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public. Provides information on economic development issues, programs, services, and plans. Develops and maintains a comprehensive inventory of available buildings and sites in the community for economic development purposes. Prepares and maintains information on utilities, taxes, zoning, transportation, community services, financing tools, etc.; responds to requests for information for economic development purposes; prepares data sheets and other information. Responds to local citizens inquiring about local economic development activities and opportunities. Serves as a liaison between the local government and the chamber of commerce, merchants' associations, economic development districts, redevelopment agencies, port authorities and other public, private or nonprofit groups and associations interested in economic development. Coordinates the processing and issuance of industrial revenue bonds or other local economic development financing tools. Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes. Conducts technical research studies and prepares statistical reports and recommendations for drafting or revising local legislation and plans, projecting trends, monitoring socio-economic data, et cetera. Monitors local, state and Federal legislation and regulations relating to economic development, and reports findings, trends and recommendations to supervisor. Provides staff support as needed and assigned to the Planning Commission, Redevelopment Agency Board, or other agencies. Prepares graphics, charts, tables, promotional materials, et cetera for economic development activities. Serves when assigned as a member of an economic development task force composed of private, local, county or state groups. Prepares, writes and administers grant applications related to economic development. Coordinates and manages professional service contracts, as assigned. Serves as a member of various staff committees as assigned. Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of municipal planning. Assists other staff members as needed. Supervises support staff, part-time or temporary employees or volunteers, as assigned.

Tools and Equipment Used: computer, motor vehicle; calculator; phone, copy and fax machine.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments and construction sites. Hand eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear; sit; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate in the field.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge - in business development; economic development; municipal zoning and infrastructure
  • Working knowledge of computer software such as Word, Excel and GIS applications;
  • Considerable knowledge of HUD Community Development Block Grant and other urban development programs.
  • Skill in the operation of the listed tools and equipment.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively orally and in writing with industrialists, architects, contractors, developers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the general public;


Desired Minimum Qualifications Required for Appointment: The possession of a Bachelor’s Degree planning, urban design, land use planning, business or public administration, economics, marketing, finance, or a closely related field, with a Master’s Degree preferred; and demonstrated success in previous economic development experiences at the local or regional level with experience in financing and loan programs as well as availability of state and local grants and funding. Valid Pennsylvania state driver's license, or ability to obtain one.

Work Schedule: Per established departmental policy.

To apply for this position, a completed application of employment, background investigation waiver form, letter of interest and resume should be sent to The City of Easton, 1 South Third Street, Human Resources, Easton, PA 18042 or via e-mail to humanresources@easton-pa.gov. Forms cannot be completed on line, they must be downloaded to be filled in. Deadline for receipt of completed application packet is close of business, Friday, February 6, 2015.




Rotating Operator


Department of Public Works/Bureau of Wastewater

Class Definition: On an assigned shift, has responsibility for performing operational procedures and minor maintenance at the Water Pollution Control Facility. Is responsible for the operation of mechanical and electrical equipment at the plant and for interpreting laboratory data on a daily basis for the purpose of maintaining compliance with the requirements of the facility NPDES Discharge Permit. Reports to superintendent or his/her designated representative.

Distinguishing Features of Work: A person in this position is responsible for obtaining and maintaining the level of licensure required by the City and/or the State within the timeframe specified by the State based upon the individual’s education and experience. Collects wastewater samples, maintains required log sheets, and operates a wide variety of mechanical and electrical equipment used in the treatment processes. Performs routine laboratory tests. Makes regular, scheduled and unscheduled inspections throughout facility. Recognizes and reports interruption or failure of equipment and process information and observations to the superintendent or his/her designated representative. Fills out maintenance requests as required. Directs personnel in operational procedures during emergency conditions, and contacts appropriate management personnel. Responsible for the good housekeeping of equipment and buildings while on shift. Operates vehicles assigned to the Water Pollution Control Facility. Must be available for scheduled and unscheduled overtime. Must be able to work a swing-type schedule which includes regular 12 hour shifts.

Examples of Work: (Note: The following examples of work are only illustrative of the kind of work to be performed by persons of this class and are not intended to be all-inclusive or exclusive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position). This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Interprets laboratory data on a daily basis to ensure that all parameters are within acceptable ranges. Actively seeks out lab results on a daily basis immediately after lab tests are completed for required parameters. Reports immediately to a supervisor any lab result that is found to be questionable in any way or actionable and outside of acceptable ranges. Makes regular, scheduled and unscheduled inspections throughout the facility to observe plant processes and conditions. Responsible for communicating observations of plant processes and conditions to Superintendent or his/her designee. Makes regular, scheduled and unscheduled inspections throughout the facility to observe and check the operation and condition of equipment; detects and reports faulty equipment operation, disorders and breakdowns to the Superintendent or his/her designee and fills out maintenance requests as required. May be responsible for directing the activities of personnel on shift. Responsible for training such personnel as may be assigned from time to time including probationary employees. Operates wastewater treatment and sludge processing and disposal equipment to control hydraulic and organic loadings for the optimal treatment of wastewater and sludge. Collects grab and automatic and manual composite samples of plant influent, partially treated wastewater, sludge, effluent and other sources as required. Installs and collects automatic sampling equipment. Prepares chemical batches and operates chemical feed equipment ant associated equipment in accordance with process control orders. Maintains adequate chemical supplies to continuously treat wastewater and sludge according to established standards. Directs and assists the loading of and unloading of chemical deliveries. Maintains operations log and shift logs. Monitors and records readings from gauges, meters, and control panels. Performs routine analytical laboratory procedures such as pH testing, dissolved oxygen testing, settleability testing, etc. Assists Superintendent or his/her designee in controlling the wastewater treatment process during routine and emergency conditions. Directs assigned personnel in operational procedures during emergency conditions and contacts appropriate management personnel. Is responsible for minor maintenance on plant equipment, including, but not limited to, filling oil reservoirs, oiling chains, unclogging pumps, etc. Is responsible for the good housekeeping of plant equipment and building while on shift. Ensures that safety instruments and equipment under his/her care are maintained in working order, and cleaned and stored properly. Follows laboratory Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures for sample collections. May work on snow/ice removal team. Operates vehicles and mobile equipment assigned to the Water Pollution Control Facility. Carries and operates a two-way radio, as supplied by the employer, to stay in constant communication with office and the other employees and management personnel. Follows Water Pollution Control Facility and City of Easton work and safety procedures. Performs other duties as assigned by superintendent or his/her designee.

Tools and Equipment Used: Motor vehicle, generators, pumps, gauges, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, mobile radio, phone, calculator, and a variety of lab equipment.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to walk; talk or hear; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; smell; climb steps both indoor and outdoor; and climb ladders. The employee must be able to perform all the above physical activities in all types of weather conditions during all the seasons of the year. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 65 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must be able to work a swing-type scheduled which includes regular 12 hour shifts.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee regularly works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderately loud.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the treatment processes, and the operation of the mechanical, and electrical equipment that are necessary to maintain compliance with the treatment objectives of the facility. Must have an interest in the operation of a water pollution control facility. Must possess the ability to supervise and train other employees. Working knowledge of safety practices used in the operation of mechanical and electrical equipment and in the general performance of duties. Ability to operate the various types of equipment used in the wastewater treatment process in accordance with established standard operating procedures. Working knowledge of the methods, practices, and techniques used in the operation of the equipment utilized in the unit processes of the facility. Gives positive leadership to operations personnel by his/her actions and example. Must be reliable and able to work both independently and as head or part of a team. Must present neat, courteous and professional appearance and attitude at all times. Must be thoroughly safety conscious when performing duties. Must be in good physical condition because work requires heavy lifting and other physical exertion. Must be able to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to give oral and written instructions. Must be self-motivated.

Qualifications Required for Appointment: High school diploma or the equivalent (GED). At least two years of full time paid experience in wastewater operations at this facility or another comparable facility is preferred. Alternate experience may be considered by management. The minimum requirement for this position is to obtain the necessary PA Sewage Treatment Plant Operator License for the class and subclass of the Easton facility. The City of Easton wastewater plant is rated as a Class A-1 facility. Failure to obtain the Class A-1 License within 90 days of the 4th anniversary of the employee’s effective date of hire or transfer into this position will result in demotion to a lower paying position, or termination of employment if no lower paying position for which the employee has the minimum qualifications is available.

Work Schedule: Per established departmental policy.

To apply for this position, a completed application of employment, background investigation form, letter of interest and resume should be sent to The City of Easton, 1 South Third Street, Human Resources, Easton, PA 18042 or via e-mail to humanresources@easton-pa.gov. Forms cannot be completed on line, they must be downloaded to be filled in. Deadline for receipt of completed application packet is Thursday, February 5, 2015




Equipment Operator (Day/Night)


Department of Public Works/Highway Bureau

Class Definition: Working under the close supervision of the Supervisor of the Highway Bureau or his/her designated representative, the incumbent is responsible for operating a variety of contractor's equipment and trucks utilized in construction, maintenance and repair activities; performs a variety of semi-skilled tasks in the maintenance of street, water, sewer and storm drainage systems. A person in this position may work day shift part of the year, primarily in spring and summer, and may work night shift during the winter months at the discretion of the City. For bureau efficiency and in consideration of scheduled programs and projects, the City has discretion over the dates when the shifts change.

Distinguishing Features of Work: Work involves the performance of a variety of semi-skilled and skilled maintenance tasks and the operation of more complicated and specialized automotive or other equipment used in the construction, operation, repair, maintenance, and replacement of City streets. When working days, work is usually done under general supervision as a member of a crew, but work can be done independently and may follow an established and detailed routine and is subject to check in progress and upon completion. When working nights, work is usually done independently while following an established and detailed routine is subject to check in progress and upon completion.

Examples of Work: (Note: The following examples of work are only illustrative of the kind of work to be performed by persons of this class and are not intended to be all-inclusive or exclusive. The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.). This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Drives trucks of various sizes and weights, participating in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment, materials, and supplies. Operates trucks and construction or power equipment ranging from light to heavy in nature, such as street sweepers, back-hoe, dump truck, snowplow, loaders, rollers, track machine, pavers, boom mower, breaker, street flusher and any other equipment owned or rented by the City. Operates jack hammers, mowers, flat plate wacker, walk-behind roller, and other small equipment and tools to maintain street and utility systems. Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or needed repairs to supervisor; cleans and lubricates equipment, and in addition, performs any and all manual labor as assigned by the department supervisor or his designee. Performs all duties in conformance to appropriate safety and security standards. Performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects as part of a crew, including pavement cutting, ditch digging, manhole and line cleaning, laying and backfilling when not operating or servicing equipment. Keeps simple records of time and equipment used. Assists with snow and ice removal from street. Call-out duty and scheduled and unscheduled overtime are a part of this job.

Tools and Equipment Used: Motorized vehicles such as trucks, backhoes, front-end loaders, power and hand tools and equipment for painting and cement finishing work; mechanic's tools including jacks, air tools and other tools required for minor repairs and routine maintenance of motorized vehicles; concrete saw, jack hammer, flat plate wacker, walk-behind roller, tar kettle, chipper, leaf loaders, boom mower, breaker, steam cleaners, washers, vacuums, mops, brooms; phone, mobile or portable radio.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to use both legs and feet to operate specialized equipment. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift weights up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts or in all types of outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals.

The employee is frequently subjected to vibration, bouncing, and jerking motions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office, or moderately noisy when in the field.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of mobile equipment and machinery operation including but not limited to street sweepers, wheel loaders, pavers, rollers, dump trucks, backhoes, chippers, leaf loaders; working knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions common to municipal maintenance and repair activities; working knowledge of the practices, methods, materials and tools used in modern equipment and facilities maintenance. Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment. Ability to maintain effective preventive maintenance programs, policies and procedures. Ability to carry out assigned projects to their completion; ability to communicate effectively verbally; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, and the public. Must currently possess and maintain a valid Pennsylvania Commercial Drivers License (CDL), a safe driving record and have the ability to obtain a tanker endorsement Must be able to operate and be licensed for vehicles and/or equipment which are or which may be assigned to the Highway Bureau. Must have knowledge of laws regulating the operation of assigned vehicles upon the road. Knowledge of the proper use of hand and power tools. Ability to perform orderly disassembly and reassembly of machinery and components. Must be in good physical condition because work involves heavy lifting and/or other activities which are physically exerting and are performed for extended periods of time, often under adverse conditions. Strength and agility necessary to maintain and operate heavy, crude machinery. Must be reliable, thorough, dependable with the ability to work both independently and as head or part of a team. Ability to successfully carry out detailed oral and written instructions. Must be able to give detailed oral instructions. Must be thoroughly safety conscious when performing duties. Must be able to assist in the instruction of employees regarding proper use of equipment or procedures. Ability to work under varying weather conditions. May be required to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime due to emergency call-outs. Will be required to fill in for night operator as needed.

Qualifications Required for Appointment: Skill in the operation of light and heavy machinery and equipment related to bureau operations and projects. Must currently possess a valid PA Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and a safe driving record. High school diploma or possession of a GED.

Work Schedule: Per established departmental policy.

To apply for this position, a completed application of employment, background investigation form, letter of interest and resume should be sent to The City of Easton, 1 South Third Street, Human Resources, Easton, PA 18042 or via e-mail to humanresources@easton-pa.gov. Forms cannot be completed on line, they must be downloaded to be filled in. Deadline for receipt of completed application packet is Thursday, February 5, 2015




THE CITY OF EASTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER



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All information should be submitted to:

Human Resources Manager
1 South Third Street
Easton, PA 18042
email humanresources@easton-pa.gov




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