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Lakewood is an equal opportunity employer. Have a look at the current job openings; fill out an application; and return by email or deliver it to Human Resources, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH, 44107.

The Office of Human Resources provides high quality professional services in the areas of human resources management, recruitment, labor relations, employee training and development, benefits administration, regulatory compliance, performance management, Workers Compensation risk management and licensure oversight and regulatory compliance. All efforts undertaken by the Office of Human Resources will ensure that employees and citizens are treated with respect and dignity.

Still have questions? Send the HR department an email, call 216-529-6611, or send a fax to 216-529-5669.

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Current Job Openings

  • Part-time Deputy Clerk of Council+-

    City of Lakewood
    Part-time Deputy Clerk of Council


    Lakewood City Council is seeking a highly organized individual for the position of part-time Deputy Clerk of Council. The Deputy Clerk reports directly to the Clerk of Council to manage the efficient functioning of the Council Office and Council meetings. At the request of councilmembers, the Deputy Clerk will also be engaged to work on research, policy projects, docket communications, resolutions and constituent services. The work schedule is negotiable up to 29 hours per week. Incumbent must be available to staff Monday evening Council and Council committee meetings held approximately 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Pay rate: $16.31 – $23.03/hour

    Qualified candidates should have strong writing and analytical skills, including the ability to understand and efficiently summarize the main points from lengthy public policy discussions. Preferred candidates should have experience serving in a minute-taking role, professionally or on a volunteer basis; experience with Microsoft Office and the ability to quickly learn new computer software. A demonstrated record of success in a professional, deadline-driven environment and a sense of excitement about working in government are a plus.

    Additional characteristics required:

    • Have a commitment to advise and work with all members of an active City Council, who occasionally represent diverse opinions.
    • Maintain strict neutrality and impartiality in serving the City Council, its committees and members on an equally effective basis.
    • Put aside personal feelings about any public policy issue under consideration and provide prompt, efficient, effective service to Council members with varying political and public service philosophies.
    • Think and manage strategically to accomplish short-range and long-range goals while keeping an eye for accuracy and detail and a strong orientation toward customer service to the community.

    Key Duties Include:

    • Meeting and agenda preparation
    • Manage audio/visual duties of Council meetings
    • Meeting follow-up duties including producing minutes, filing, etc.
    • Help maintain Councilmembers’ calendars
    • Fulfill internal and external records requests
    • Deliver excellent customer service on behalf of Councilmembers to residents who contact the Council Office and who attend Council Meetings
    • Assume role of Acting Clerk in the absence of the Clerk
    • Work directly with Councilmembers on research and policy questions related to their individual and collective legislative priorities
    • Assist with the tracking and processing of legislation, ensuring that it smoothly moves through the legislative process
    • Draft ceremonial resolutions, docket items, and constituent correspondence as assigned

    Qualified interested external applicants should submit an application form (obtained from the Department of Human Resources or found on to the City of Lakewood, Office of Human Resources, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107.  Applications will be accepted until Monday, November 19, 2018 at 4:00pm.

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Fire Fighter/Paramedic Exam+-


    Application packets are available beginning Monday, November 5, 2018 in the Department of Law, Office of Civil Service Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue, M-F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or on the city website beginning Friday, November 2, 2018.  Click here for the application packet.

    The City of Lakewood is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Fire Fighter/Paramedic.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to promptly complete and return the application with all the required attachments.  The first 150 properly completed and legible applications meeting the minimum requirements returned to the Civil Service Office no later than 4:30 pm Friday, November 16, 2018 (or if mailed, postmarked no later than Friday, November 16, 2018) will be accepted for processing and a receipt will be issued.

    A properly completed application includes:

    • Legible application with all attachments,
    • nonrefundable $25.00 fee (in the form of a money order, certified or cashier’s check made out to the City of Lakewood – cash or personal checks not accepted),
    • copy of current State of Ohio Paramedic Certificate or proof of current enrollment in Ohio Paramedic classes (letter from the school only), and a copy of the Ohio Basic EMT Certificate
    • Proof of High School Graduation or GED certificate
    • Valid Ohio Driver’s License (six or more violation points may be disqualifying)

    SALARY:  $51,932.28 current annual starting salary plus benefits.

    QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicant must be a High School Graduate or possess a GED and possess a current State of Ohio Paramedic Certificate OR be currently enrolled in Ohio Paramedic Classes and possess adequate physical ability to perform all duties and utilize all issued equipment under hazardous conditions.  To be eligible for appointment an applicant must meet all above qualifications and have successfully completed all exams (written, physical ability, polygraph, and background investigations).  As a condition of appointment, candidate must provide a valid and current Certificate of Physical Agility from Cuyahoga Community College certifying that the candidate has passed the exam in 5 minutes or less. Following job offer, applicants shall be required to successfully complete a comprehensive psychological and medical examination including drug screen. 

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:  At the time of appointment applicant must be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age and possess a current, valid Ohio Paramedic Certificate.  Must possess a valid Ohio Driver’s license with a good driving record, six or more violation points may be disqualifying. No person shall be eligible for original appointment on or after the person’s 41st birthday. Appointees to the position of Fire Fighter are also subject to all applicable provisions of law, the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Lakewood and all Departmental Rules and Regulations. 

    EXAM INFORMATION:  Only those who have timely applied and meet the qualifications will be admitted to the examination. Each applicant will be assigned a computer generated random number prior to the exam, posted at the exam for review by applicants, to be used in the event that two or more applicants receive the same total score.  

    WRITTEN EXAM:  6:15 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Lakewood High School Cafeteria, 14100 Franklin Boulevard, Lakewood, Ohio. Enter through the front door that directly enters into the cafeteria off of Franklin Boulevard. Parking will be available in the parking lot across the street on Franklin Boulevard. Check in will begin at 5:30 p.m. and all applicants must show valid ID at check in.  There will be no inspection of exam papers. Minimum passing score to be placed on the eligible list is 70%. The Commission reserves the right to change the time, date and location of the test. 

    PHYSICAL ABILITY EXAM (AT APPLICANT’S EXPENSE): Cuyahoga Community College’s (CCC) physical ability test (PAT) completed in five minutes or less. Certificate must be valid and current at the time of appointment. If you do not possess a certificate verifying this, contact CCC at 216-987-5429 or 216-987-5060 for scheduling. Next session is 11/25/18 deadline to sign up is 11/20/18 at 4:00 p.m.

    Additional credit:  For Residency credit applicants must file a completed “Release of Information from Municipal Income Tax Files” signed by the Municipal Tax Department. A DD214 must be filed for applicants to receive credit for Active Military Service. If you are a current employee with the City of Lakewood, note that on your application and we will verify with Human Resources.


  • Tax Auditor (Part-Time)+-

    PART-TIME TAX AUDITOR – up to 28 hours per week

    The City of Lakewood is seeking a part-time Tax Auditor for our Department of Finance, Division of Income Tax.  The successful candidate will have the ability to perform various tax functions, including calculating taxes, penalties and interest, determining tax liability, processing payments, interviewing taxpayers, examining tax returns and selecting proper remedies for payment.  The position also requires the filing of returns, excellent customer service when answering taxpayers questions and resolving problems.  Must be able to review audits and compliance procedures and assist in the preparation of court documents for the City Prosecutor in delinquent tax cases.

    This position is also responsible for preparing complex, routine and non-routine reports as requested utilizing a variety of software, receives, sorts and summarizes material for the preparation of reports and prepares work reports.

    Salary: $19.01 hour


    • Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field or Internal Revenue Service VITA/TCE Tax Preparation Certification; and
    • 3 years of progressively responsible related experience; or any combination of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

    Knowledge of:

    • Applicable state, federal and local ordinances, codes, laws, rules and regulations and be able to interpret the same.
    • Must have considerable knowledge of Individual, Corporate and Municipal tax preparation, economics and accounting principles and practices, financial markers, and the process of analyzing and reporting financial data.
    • Must be skilled in using computer software and hardware.

    How to Apply: 

    Internal applicants should submit an Interest in Position Form obtained from the Department of Human Resources.

    Interested, qualified external applicants should submit an Application form on-line at  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Full-Time Building Inspector 1 or 2+-


    The City of Lakewood is currently accepting applications for a full-time Building Inspector 1or Building Inspector 2 position.  Building Inspectors conduct inspections of new and existing structures ensuring code and ordinance compliance, identifying code violations, issuing permits and certificates of occupancy utilizing their knowledge of building codes, plans examination and experience in construction and/or renovation of commercial and/or residential units. Normal working hours are between 7:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.

    Licensing requirements for Building Inspector 1:

    • OBBS Building Inspector Certification (BI)*


    • Residential Building Inspector (RBI)*

    And one of the following

    • Electrical Safety Inspector (ESI)* STRONGLY PREFERRED
    • Plumbing Inspector (PI)*

    * Valid interim at time of hire may be considered.  Full certification must be obtained within 12 months of appointment.

    Licensing Requirements for Building Inspector 2:

    • OBBS Building Inspector Certification (BI)

    And one of the following

    • Electrical Safety Inspector (ESI) STRONGLY PREFERRED
    • Plumbing Inspector (PI)

    Qualified applicants will possess the knowledge, experience and ability to perform the following essential job functions:

    • Ability to communicate effectively, interact with the public within the community to provide information and to problem solve and communicate orally with staff and the general public;
    • Have knowledge of building code inspection, plans examination and experience in construction and/or renovation of commercial and/or residential units;
    • The ability to conduct inspections of new and existing structures, including ensuring code and ordinance compliance, identifying code violations, issuing permits and certificates of occupancy;
    • Be able to communicate construction techniques and procedures to property owners and contractors;
    • Have the ability to maintain and submit all inspection records, issue violation letters and citations;
    • Have the ability and knowledge to verify compliance of construction work with approved construction documents, investigate complaints and respond to requests related to building and property maintenance;
    • Must have the ability to inspect fire damage;
    • Possess the skill to read and interpret construction documents and maps;
    • Be able to prepare clear and concise reports and correspondence utilizing information technology with Microsoft Office, mobile applications and proprietary software;
    • Work independently in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines and follow up on assignments;
    • Possess the ability to lead, direct, assign, delegate job assignments, work with and assign personnel to duties, tasks and equipment in day-to-day operations as necessary including the capability to work effectively and professionally with employees, contractors, vendors and the public.
    • While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; ascend and descend stairs, scaffolding and ramps; maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces; move about on hands and knees; bend body downward and forward, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles; reach with hands and arms; speak and hear; use color, odor, texture, shape and sound perception and discrimination; and push, pull and/or lift up to 10 pounds frequently and up to 20 pounds occasionally.


    Education and Experience:

    • High school diploma or GED; and,
    • Building Inspector 1:Three to four years of progressively responsible related experience
    • Building inspector 2: Three to four years of progressively responsible related experience with 2 years of experience as Building Inspector 1 or Equivalent or
    • Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
    • Valid Driver’s License with less than 8 points.
    • Licenses and Certifications as described above.

    Compensation and Benefits
    Salary range = $53,315 – $63,061 plus Licensing bonus.

    Benefits include health and prescription coverage, dental, vision, life and supplemental benefits are available.


    How to Apply:

    Interested applicants may apply on line at or should submit an application form (found on the website) to the City of Lakewood, Office of Human Resources, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107.

    Application will be accepted until the position is filled.

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • School Crossing Guard+-

    The City of Lakewood is seeking applicants for the part-time (approximately 2 hours per day) position of School Crossing Guard. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED and be able to satisfactorily complete a physical examination, including drug screening, and police background check. Salary $13.00 per hour.