Current City Job Openings

You can receive an application by walk-in, email, or write to the Personnel Department, City of Oak Ridge, Municipal Building, P.O. Box 1, 200 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge, TN  37831-0001, or telephone the office at (865) 425-3564. The Personnel Department email address is: You may also click here to download a copy of our application. Your application will be accepted at any time by mail, email, or during regular office hours, 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Resumes may be forwarded to the Personnel Department at the above address. You need only one application to be considered for all vacant jobs that you qualify for. You must fill out the application form completely, and all statements on the form are subject to verification.

Employment Opportunity
Executive Director
Oak Ridge Housing Authority

Position Summary:
Seeking individual to provide leadership and organizational direction to the Housing Authority and
Development Corporation. The selected individual will provide guidance and staff support to the
Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (BOC); manages, leads, and directs, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision, all employees, programs, policies and projects of the Housing Authority to include housing management, maintenance, construction projects, finance, and personnel including community development and redevelopment.

Recruitment sponsored by the City of Oak Ridge:

Essential Job Functions:
The following represent the major essential and secondary duties of the position. They are not all-inclusive. The Housing Authority BOC reserves the right to change, reassign, or combine job duties at any time.

  • Administration of all Housing Authority programs and projects.  Ensures that all programs are operated in compliance with all applicable regulations and within contractual budget parameters. The work involves budget development and monitoring; accounting and finance activities and reports; grant proposals, housing management programs compliance; approval of contracting and procurement policies and actions; agency policy development and administration; facilities management; resolution of technical and/or administrative problems; and staff supervision, training, and professional development. Prepares, or oversees the preparation of all ongoing HCV, PHA management audits and specialized reports for HUD regarding the Housing Authority’s activities, programs and services. Will oversee the development of future projects and redevelopment as requested by the Board of Commissioners.
  • Serves as Chief Staff Support to the Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners.  Develops, presents, and proposes agency agenda issues and items and accompanying recommendations related to visions, goals, programs, policies, contracts, and budgets to the Board. Regularly prepares and presents related progress and activity reports. Implements Board directives.
  • Serves as Employee Relations Manager for the agency.  Evaluates agency organizational structure, job classifications, salary comparability, etc. and makes recommendations to Board of Commissioners for improvements while maintaining the organization's positive relationship with its employees.
  • Participates in the development of new affordable and market value housing based upon community needs.  The Executive Director Interfaces with lenders, local government officials, non-profit organizations, architects, contractors, realtors, and others, to investigate new, creative approaches to expanding local housing base. The Executive Director in the role of ED of the ORHA Development Corporation interfaces with lenders, local government officials, non-profit organizations, architects, contractors, realtors, and others, to investigate new and creative approaches to expanding local housing base.
  • Represents the Housing Authority on a local, statewide, regional and national level to promote awareness of housing programs and services.  Interfaces directly with media, public and private groups, boards, commissions, and professional associations. Makes presentations to groups and/or individuals to elicit information, solicit business and to promote the agency’s services and objectives. Develops, or oversees the development of brochures, reports, news releases, and other information and/or marketing documents. Serves on boards of related associations and groups.
  • Performs other essential duties and tasks as assigned by the board.
  • Thorough and extensive knowledge of the principles and practices related to the overall administration of a public agency to include personnel management, budgeting, financing, marketing, reporting, policy development and implementation, and program administration.
  • Knowledge of federal grant application development and the ability to learn and interpret state and federal-assisted housing programs, laws and regulations including interpretation, development, and implementation of policy directives and changes; program compliance; budgeting and finance requirements.
  • Extensive experience working directly in a public housing program(s) in a supervisory capacity with direct budgetary responsibility is desirous.
  • Basic knowledge of real estate development (including financing, design, construction and management). Requires the ability to read, understand and negotiate contracts.
  •  Extensive experience in managing an organization and personnel including the ability to communicate, train, counsel, and discipline employees effectively, to conduct effective performance appraisals and to create a harmonious working environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills as direct communication with supervisors and employees, either individually or in groups, is an integral part of this job. Evidence of ability to conduct effective presentations before public and private agencies, officials, and other groups or individuals.
  •  Must be able to develop and maintain extensive contacts and interact with a variety of community groups, government officials, contractors, architects, realtors, and other individuals, including persons of varying knowledge and educational levels to elicit information and effectively design, implement and maintain existing and potential housing programs.
  •  Must maintain a personal ethical foundation to foster public trust and maintain professional ethical conduct at all times.
  •  Residency within the City of Oak Ridge or within 6 (six) months of placement.
Although not mandatory, the following qualifications will enhance an individual’s chance for success in the job and are desirable.

  • Experience as a director for a housing authority and/or like organization.
  • Direct working experience or training in building codes and construction.
  • Knowledge of tenant-landlord laws.
  • Proficient with computer use to include email, internet and internet applications.
Experience and Training:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business/Public Administration or equivalent experience; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Five (5) years’ administrative experience; three years in a management capacity with fiscal oversight including housing management and/or community and housing development; or any combination of education, training or experience that ensures the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Compensation Package: Salary: $75,000-$100,000/year DOQ. Benefits include medical, retirement, life insurance, 12 paid holidays per year, and a generous annual and sick leave accrual program.

To Apply:
Send resume and cover letter in hard copy to ‘Executive Director Search’ c/o The City of Oak Ridge, 200 S. Tulane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Digital copies only WILL NOT be accepted, but may be submitted in addition to a hard copy to Recruitment close date 12:00 noon, Friday, May 17, 2019. Confidentiality assured. No calls please.


PAY GRADE: H - 1; 15.95 per hour

Essential Functions:
• Investigates all public animal complaints including stray animals, cruelty investigations, missing animals search and reunification, defecation complaints, licensing, noise complaints, and animal bites.
• Sets traps for non-domestic and domestic animals. Captures wild nuisance animals within city dwellings and properties and relocates or euthanizes when appropriate.
• Patrols city streets looking for nuisance animals.
• Captures, tags, and logs animals into the animal shelter; picks up and properly disposes of dead animals.
• Cleans, disinfects and maintains animal shelters, cages and facility.
• Responds to requests for assistance.
• Assists with daily animal and shelter care including cleaning the shelter; providing feed, water and care for animals; treating sick or injured animals.
• Assists public with questions regarding lost and adoptive animals; advises public on appropriate policies and procedures; releases animals from shelter for adoption or reclaim.
• Assists with and performs euthanasia of animals as assigned.
• Prepares accurate reports and maintains daily logs relating to all animal control matters, including euthanasia, animal bites, and quarantines.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge of City and State animal control laws, regulations and procedures.
• Knowledge of current practices and procedures in Animal Shelter management.
• Knowledge of principles and practices for capturing and handling a variety of wild and domestic animals.
• Knowledge of principles of animal behavior.
• Knowledge of specialized animal control equipment and techniques.
• Skill in answering calls and complaints involving animal control.
• Skill in advising owners of loose animals, leash laws and the necessity of keeping animals under control.
• Ability to research and analyze detailed information and make appropriate recommendations.
• Ability to maintain a professional demeanor when dealing with the public.
• Ability to take control of situations, dictating subordinate activities in a responsible manner.
• Ability to perform detailed work accurately and independently in compliance with stringent time limits with minimal direction and supervision.
• Ability to prioritize duties to accomplish a high volume of work product while adapting to constant changes in priority.
• Knowledge of City policies, procedures and practices.
• Knowledge of local government organization and its departmental operating requirements.
• Considerable knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.
• Ability to analyze and prepare organizational and functional reports from research data.
• Ability to work the allocated hours for the position.

Required Education, Experience, Licensing, and Certifications:
• High School Diploma/equivalent with two (2) years animal control experience.
• Must be a Certified Professional Animal Control Officer.
• Must possess a valid State of Tennessee driver’s license.

Individuals interested in being considered for this position must have an application form on file in the Personnel Department by 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Library Page 

Part-time; 10 hours per week

Salary: A - 1: $ 9.06 per hour

Position Summary
This position performs a variety of duties in support of the library including shelving library materials, processing new library cards, and checking books and materials in and out.


• Greets visitors; answers telephone and e-mail requests; assists customers or refers to appropriate personnel.
• Assists patrons in the location, referral, and selection of materials and related information.
• Conducts circulation activities including charging and discharging materials, accepts payments for fines, lost and damaged items.
• Issues and renews library cards for patrons; ensures patrons’ accounts are accurate and up to date.
• Sorts books and audio-visual materials after they are checked in; loads items on carts and places in order before shelving.
• Shelves materials returned to or used within the library.
• Checks shelves for accuracy; shifts materials on shelves as needed.
• Straightens shelves.
• Empties book drop; sorts and discharges materials; and loads carts.
• Assists with closing duties; ensures all customers have exited library, picks up materials; straightens furniture.
• Other duties as assigned.


• Ability to communicate effectively with other members of the staff, supervisor, and the public.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both written and verbal form.
• Must be proficient in workplace English and spelling.
• Ability to read City policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; SDS sheets, safety manuals, maps, etc.


• Must be at least 16 years of age.

Individuals interested in this position must place an application on file with the Personnel Department by 12:00 noon, Monday, April 22, 2019.

Police Officer/Police officer trainee 

Salary:  $17.39 per hr - $18.78 per hr DOQ

The City of Oak Ridge is currently beginning its recruitment activities for the position of Police Officer/Police Officer Trainee.

Please carefully read this document to learn how this process will work. Mandatory Qualifications:


1. Be a United States citizen
2. Be at least 21 years of age
3. Possess excellent moral character for carrying out law enforcement duties
4. Be free of a criminal conviction record
5. High School diploma/equivalent.
6. Must have at least one (1) of the following:
? Associates Degree;
? 60 college credit hours;
? Two years’ service as a full-time, sworn law enforcement officer; or
? Two years full-time military service with an honorable discharge.
7. Must become Certified Police Officer (POST) in the state of Tennessee within the timeframes specified by the City.
8. Out of state certifications will be considered. Must obtain Tennessee Certification within six (6) months from date of hire.
9. Must possess State of Tennessee Driver’s license.
10 Must successfully pass Pre-employment and Post-Offer Testing, including a background investigation, drug screen and psychological examination. Failure to pass these will result in revocation of the employment offer.
11. Must pass a post offer pre-employment physical and functional ability exam. Failure to pass these will result in revocation of the employment offer.

Applicants meeting ALL of the mandatory qualifications above are eligible to take the written test that will be given on Monday, May 20, 2019 in the gymnasium at the Civic Center Complex on the Oak Ridge Turnpike across from the Oak Ridge High School (1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike). Registration will open at 8:30 and the written test will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last approximately two (2) hours.

Immediately following the written test, applicants will be given a physical agility test in the same room as the written test is administered. Therefore, applicants should wear or bring loose fitting exercise clothes and shoes suitable for running.

Other future selection steps for some applicants may include an oral interview, a psychological evaluation, background investigation, drug screening, and medical evaluation.

Individuals who desire to participate in the selection process by taking the written and physical agility tests must have a completed City of Oak Ridge employment application on file in the Personnel Department by 12:00 noon on Friday, April 26, 2019. You may access our application by visiting the City’s website – and downloading the application. Please note – you will need to download and save the application on your computer, complete the application, save and return to the City.

Recreation Leaders and Lifeguards

The City of Oak Ridge is accepting applications for Summer Camp and Swimming Pool positions for 2019. All applicants must be at least age 16 and certified to apply for lifeguard positions and must be at least age 18 and one year of college to apply for summer camp positions. The minimum salary will be at least $9.06 per hour. All applicants are subject to drug screening, background investigation and driver license check. Applications are available in the Personnel Department in the Municipal Building, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or online at Applications received by Friday, March 1, 2019 will be reviewed and considered for summer openings before those received after that date.


SALARY: $ 10.00 per hour before deductions for Social Security and FIT


1. UTK, KC, PSTCC or RSCC student, part-time Schools employee, retiree, homemaker or other individuals with flexibility in arranging their personal schedules.

2. Must be able to work 10 hours per week – Mornings 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Monday thru Friday; Afternoons 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. except Wednesdays when hours are 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

3. Must be at least age 18.

4. Must be in good physical condition since position involves working in all types of weather conditions.

5. Must have ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with children and the general public.

6. Applicants are subject to background investigation and drug screening.

If interested in this type of employment, please place an application on file with the Personnel Department.

Electric Line Technician (Lineman) 

SALARY GRADE: Entry level - $38.26 per hour/$79,580.80 annually


Works with various Electric Department crews in installing or repairing high voltage electrical distribution system components, electrical meters, traffic signals and controllers, and electric fixtures in City facilities. Must perform both underground and overhead work.


1. High school diploma or GED with basic knowledge of trigonometry and a basic understanding of the principles of electricity.

2. Must have successfully completed a four-year electric lineman apprenticeship training program.

3. Completion of an electric line tech program with an apprenticeship program and specialty in electric metering.

4. Possession, or ability to obtain within six months of appointment, a valid Tennessee Class A Commercial Driver's License with air brakes endorsement. The ability to manipulate the controls of large trucks and backhoes.

5. Physical ability to lift and hold fifty (50) pounds to the shoulder level; to work in all weather conditions and on all types of terrain; and to tolerate heights and confined areas. Manual dexterity which permits the use of hand tools while wearing size 8 or larger high voltage gloves. Physical ability to climb electrical poles. Good peripheral vision and adequate hearing (natural or corrected). A lack of life threatening sensitivity to insects and various weather and environmental conditions.

6. The ability to operate various types of construction equipment including backhoes, dump trucks, digger-derrick trucks, bucket trucks and trenchers.

7. The ability to work safely close to energized high voltage cables, wire, and equipment, and to work as a member of a team.

8. The ability to interact effectively with supervisors, co-workers and the public and to closely follow oral and written instructions.

9. Must pass medical evaluation and drug screening prior to appointment. Subject to random alcohol and drug testing throughout employment.

Qualified individuals interested in this position should contact the Personnel Department at 865-425-3564.