Employment Opportunities

Library Assistant I
Advancement Assistant



Library Assistant I

Part-time permanent position, 20-25 hours per week.  Schedule includes days, evenings, and Saturdays. Strong communication, problem solving, computer proficiency, and customer service skills; ability to multi-task and work under pressure required. Bilingual-Spanish preferred. Transportation necessary; schedule will include all four Reading Library locations. Salary is dependent on qualifications. Interested applicants should email resume and cover letter to Jennifer Bressler at jxbressler@reading.lib.pa.us.

Primary function is to perform daily duties and assist patrons using the library.  Schedule includes days, evenings, and most Saturdays. Duties as assigned, includes registering new patrons and issuing library cards: checking materials in and out; shelving library materials and maintaining shelf order; assisting patrons using library materials, equipment, and services.  Strong communication, problem solving, computer, and customer service skills; ability to multi-task, work under pressure, and serve the public required. Transportation necessary, schedule includes all of the library’s four Reading locations. 

Job Summary:

  • Performs routine daily tasks
  • Demonstrates competent use of library software
  • Assists patrons in identifying, locating, and using library materials
  • Responds adequately to patrons with questions and concerns; maintains patron accounts
  • Follows approved policy and procedures; demonstrates the ability to learn and apply new policy and procedures
  • Helps to maintain a safe and pleasant environment in the library
  • Operates office equipment satisfactorily
  • Maintains sufficient levels of library supplies
  • Promotes library programs and services; projects a positive image of the library
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Educational Requirements

  • High school diploma, some college preferred


  • Customer Service


  • PA Child Abuse Clearance
  • Mandated Reporting Training for Child Abuse
  • PA Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Criminal Background Check

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Strong customer service skills; ability to provide friendly service to patrons of all ages and backgrounds
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to assess and solve problems either in person or over the phone
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks at one time
  • Strong computer skills; comfortable with Microsoft Office software
  • Good communication skills including grammar, spelling, and English usage
  • Working knowledge of the public library system
  • Familiarity with the Dewey Decimal System
  • Understands and helps to enforce library policies
  • Reliable and flexible; willing to work where needed; shows initiative
  • Bilingual-Spanish a plus

Working Conditions:

Frequent standing, sitting, bending, talking, hearing, speaking and mental concentration necessary; use of hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms; specific vision requirements include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to communicate and be understood clearly. May be required to lift or move files, books or supplies of up to 15 pounds. This is a physically active position.  (This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)



Advancement Assistant

Position Summary:

The Advancement Assistant will work closely with the Director of Advancement and Communications performing a variety of administrative, research, and event planning activities. The position will provide support for the library’s fund raising and public relations efforts.  This individual will work well in a fast-paced environment with multiple responsibilities. S/he will excel at handling multiple tasks, be flexible and adaptable, and be a team player.

It is a diverse role that includes a mix of administrative and creative work.  This is a part time position to average 25 hours per week over a calendar year with occasional week-end work required. Interested applicants should email resume and cover letter to Linda Capozello at  linda.capozello@reading.lib.pa.us .

Fund Raising Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the Acknowledgement process for all donations
  • Update and maintain records in donor management system; create reports containing constituent information; Create and maintain Peer to Peer fundraising pages
  • Maintain mailing lists; produce and mail fund raising event collaterals; produce and distribute appeal communications
  • Coordinate aspects of fund raising event logistics including registration tracking and implementation, auction tracking and production, and on-site tasks as needed
  • Assist staff in imagining, planning, and executing fund raising events

Summary:  Support all fund raising activities including donor relations and stewardship, direct mailings, and special events 

Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
  • Demonstrated positive experience in handling multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • High level of computer proficiency including Outlook and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience in working with donor management databases or other CRM’s preferred
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
  • Excitement about the 21st century library
  • Interest in and willingness to grow with the Advancement Department
  • 2 to 3 years of professional experience in fund raising and contact management or a related field



Outreach Coordinator for the South of Penn Neighborhood

Do you believe you can make a difference in the City of Reading? The South of Penn (SOP) Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for assisting the SOP neighborhood efforts to identify community needs and opportunities, organize resident participation in neighborhood programs, and survey neighborhood conditions to determine areas for improvement.

Bilingual Spanish preferred. Transportation necessary. This position’s schedule includes days, evenings, and some weekend hours. Computer  efficiency and strong communication skills required. Salary DOQ.
Send a cover letter and resume to outreachrpl@gmail.com