This is administrative work, directing through subordinate supervisors, the city-wide public nuisance abatement program to insure compliance with the housing, fire and health codes. The employee in this class is responsible for the planning, scheduling and completion of all nuisance abatement program goals and objectives through the coordination of large numbers of field laboring forces. Conferring with representatives of community groups to resolve abatement problems by involving citizen participation and cooperation and contact with departmental administrators, law enforcement representatives and officials of city and other agencies to coordinate abatement work are of major significance to the work. Work is performed under the direction of a Deputy Commissioner or Division Director.


ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


This is a one position class located in the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

The position must be responsible for directing, through subordinate supervisors, the city-wide nuisance abatement program.




Plans and schedules city-wide abatement activities for homes and lots on an annual basis; directs and coordinates the program designated to clean and seal abandoned properties; determines the staffing and materials required to accomplish program goals; analyzes program operations to determine whether work is being carried out in accordance with prescribed policies and practices; develops and implements changes in methods and procedures in order to improve operation; recommends properties for demolition.

Reviews special requests for properties to be abated; determines priority of cases based on the impact of violation on the requestor; estimates job time and composition of crew required; schedules and assigns work to crew chiefs based on priority and/or geographic locations; reviews completed work orders and reports of crew chief inspectors to determine quality and quantity of work performed.

Determines the extent of working materials required for cases of an emergency or an unusual nature; contacts city departments and other agencies to coordinate activities; obtains additional equipment, supplies and personnel required; directs crew in completing unusual abatement work.

Evaluates the use of alternative materials and methods and determines their feasibility; estimates quantities and prepares requisitions for materials, supplies and equipment required; recommends specifications for the purchase of new equipment such as front-end loaders, compactors, dump trucks, tractors and mowers; supervises the storage of materials and supplies; checks the condition of vehicles, other equipment and office facilities; follows established procedures for the maintenance and repair of automotive equipment.

Meets with community organizations to elicit their support and cooperation with clean and seal activities; encourages private citizens and community groups to perform some of the physical work; provides training and materials to private citizens and community groups willing to perform abatement activities.

Interviews and orients new employees; investigates infractions of regulations by employees; recommends a disciplinary action; attempts to resolve employee grievances; provides assistance in the development of a training program for employees; trains new employees.

Supervises the maintenance of records pertaining to program activities; prepares or assists subordinates in preparing reports of conditions encountered, employees injured, vehicle accidents and other matters; directs the preparation and processing of abatement bills for work performed by unit.

Represents departmental officials in attending meetings with community groups and outside agencies; provides information on program procedures and objectives; consults with community representatives pertaining to complaints and emergency situations and advises on departmental action to resolve the situation; confers with administrators from other city departments and agencies to coordinate and schedule activities involving program resources.

Testifies at board and court hearings; conducts administrative hearings.

Performs related work as required.






techniques required for planning, assigning, scheduling and reviewing the work of field crews engaged in abating nuisances

tools, equipment, material and supplies used to abate nuisances

the techniques required for estimating materials, supplies, tools, equipment and personnel needed to abate nuisances

administrative and management principles, practices and records systems associated with a large scale field crew operation

supervisory methods and techniques

inspection methods and techniques

housing, fire and health code requirements as they relate to vacant buildings and abating public nuisances

the hazards and safety precautions involved in a large manual labor operation

first level maintenance required for vehicles and other equipment




plan, assign, schedule and review the work of field crews engaged in abating nuisances

exercise judgment and discretion in enforcing pertinent departmental regulations, policies and procedures

initiate, install and revise operational methods and procedures and to evaluate their effectiveness

maintain records and prepare reports pertinent to abatement activities

establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 2/15.)




Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.





Two years of experience in the operational aspects of a general laboring operation.





Four years of experience in a supervisory capacity, two years of which has been at the second supervisory level directing multiple crews engaged with clean and seal operations.


Classes that typically meet the requirements include:




Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources that has included the specific experience.




Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.




Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of appointment as Clean and Seal Operations Chief.


Class Established 8/81

Spec. Revision 11/93

Spec Revision: CSC - 2/13; Ad. Board - 3/13

Latest Spec. Revision: CSC 2/15; Ad. Board 2/15