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Human Resources

Lakewood is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in applying for one of the current job openings below,  fill out an application online or download this pdf, fill it out and return it by email to  or mail it to Human Resources, City of Lakewood, 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?  Email the HR department at or  call 216-529-6611.

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Current Job Openings

  • Human Resources Generalist (Part-Time)+-

    The City of Lakewood has an opening for a part-time human resources generalist, working 15-29 hours per week, flexible hours/days available.


    Correctly applying the City’s FMLA process and responding to employee questions; explaining HR policies and programs; receiving and screening visitors and telephone calls; opening and routing mail; ordering supplies; responding to internal and external inquiries related to human resources issues, policies, procedures and practices; assisting with recruitment and onboarding tasks; scanning and uploading documents; managing electronic personnel files; responding to unemployment compensation requests; and providing employment verification information to requesting parties per policy.

    Back up for the administration of health and insurance benefits; answering basic benefit questions from employees forwarding more complex situations to Human Resources Specialist; assist employees with the completion of benefits forms; assist with the preparation and completion of open enrollment; entering benefits data into computer system.

    Assisting the Human Resources Specialist and Human Resources Director in the completion of other functions.  Assisting staff and managers in resolving problems


    Personal Computer and General Office Equipment.


    • High School or GED; some college preferred.
    • Advanced computer and exceptional customer service skills.
    • One to two years of experience performing human resource functions OR any combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform or learn the essential job duties.
    • May be required to participate in testing at the discretion of the City.
    • Must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment drug screen and police background investigation.


    Qualified interested applicants should submit an application on-line at or to the City of Lakewood, Office of Human Resources, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107.

    The position is considered open until filled. Pay is commensurate with education and experience.

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Assistant Building Commissioner+-

    The City of Lakewood is seeking an Assistant Building Commissioner for our Division of Housing and Building. The chosen candidate will assist  the Building Commissioner in managing all staff and functions related to assigned division operations, including: overseeing plan review, permitting functions; inspections operations and staff management; approving notices, requests, etc.; attending various meetings; directing Project Pride functions; receiving and delegating complaints. Reviews inspections and approves corrections; reviews and approves residential plans, applications and drawings; issues permits; coordinates department projects; reviews proposed architectural changes and determines if formal approval is required; requests various tests; performs inspections; develops correspondence related to work activities, violations, etc.; receives and assigns special inspections; conducts related research; and responds to questions and complaints from staff and the general public. Acts as the Division’s Housing Officer, Residential Building Official, and administers the Residential Code of Ohio.

    Qualified candidates must have a minimum of four to five years of progressively responsible experience, possess a High School Diploma or GED, or a combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. At minimum, must be State certified CBO interim at time of hire, must obtain full certification within two years of hire date. State of Ohio RBO and RBI certifications required. Must be licensed Building Inspector for the State of Ohio with strong commercial building inspector skills. Must have a valid Ohio Driver’s License with less than 8 points. An OBBS Electrical Safety Inspector (ESI) certification is preferred, but not required.  The selected candidate must be able to pass a civil service examination and successfully complete a drug screen and police background investigation.

    Applications accepted through February 10, 2023.

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Clinical Manager-Department of Human Services+-

    The City of Lakewood is seeking a full time Clinical Manager in the Department of Human Services, Division of Youth, overseeing the Community Based Services contract with Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services. Additionally, this position is responsible for managing staff and performing various professional functions, including: managing the operations assigned functions, providing clinical and administrative supervision to case management and social work functions, administering the Community Based Services program; and developing various reports. Carries out supervisory/managerial responsibility including: interviewing, hiring and training staff and interns, planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, preparing payroll data; addressing complaints and resolving problems and monitoring all direct service and community outreach services. Coordinates Division of Youth, Community Based Services social work operations, which include: reviewing and assigning cases, coordinating crisis interventions, maintaining and distributing funds, preparing billing information, monitoring community outreach programs, and identifying resources. Provides counseling services to clients, including: assessing clients; formulating treatment plans; consulting with medical/service providers; documenting activities; facilitating groups; and initiating referrals. Develops new programs, writes grants, assures program compliance with regulations and maintains related records. Receives requests for assistance, complaints, suggestions, etc., and handles or refers requests to appropriate staff members. Serves as a liaison and/or member of various committees/teams and collaborates, persuades, presents reports to and negotiates/networks with others outside own work area to coordinate efforts and maintain cooperative and efficient relations. Ensures quality standards and compliance with regulations are maintained.

    Education and Experience:
    Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in related field; and,
    Three to four 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.

    Licenses and Certifications:
    Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) required; LISW-S preferred.

    Qualified interested 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.

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Accounting Specialist+-

    The City of Lakewood is currently seeking An Accounting Specialist in its Finance Department. This is a full-time AFSCME Bargaining Unit position, salary $42,935 – $47,633, normal working hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm.

    Performs various complex accounting functions, verifying, preparing, and recording deposits, develops various reports by researching and gathering information and statistics. Must have the knowledge to adjust journal entries in computer systems and be able to process payroll information. Must possess the knowledge of the principles and practices of governmental accounts maintenance and operations, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, auditing procedures and laws. Must have a good working knowledge of the basic principles and practices of accounting. Must possess an overall knowledge of general office procedures, policies, and practices, as well as knowledge of computer and other general office equipment. Must be able to research, compile, and summarize a variety of informational and statistical data and materials. Must possess an understanding of English usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary. Must have the ability to read and comprehend instructions, routine correspondence, and memos, and to understand and carry out oral and written instruction. Must possess the skills necessary for timely and accurate data entry, and good typewriter skills.

    Calculator, computer, and general office equipment

    High School Diploma or GED, three years of experience performing general office duties with accounting functions or any combination of education training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate of Applied Business in Accounting or closely related field is preferred.

    Employee may be required to work overtime pursuant to the provisions of Article 5 and Article 15 of the current negotiated agreement.

    Applicants may be required to submit to knowledge-based testing, including hands-on testing.

    Interviews will be conducted on a date to be determined.

  • Deputy Clerk of Council (Part-Time)+-

    Position Summary

    Lakewood City Council is seeking a detail-oriented 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 weekly Council meetings. The Deputy Clerk will also assist with research, policy projects, docket communications, resolutions, and constituent services to further the legislative agenda of City Council. The Deputy Clerk will temporarily perform the role of Acting Clerk in the absence of the Clerk.

    The work schedule is flexible and negotiable up to 25 hours per week. Incumbent must be available to staff weekly Monday evening meetings held approximately 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


     $20-$23/hour depending on qualifications. Other benefits include:

    • OPERS
    • Membership in professional clerks’ organizations
    • Limited paid time off after one year

    Minimum Qualifications

    Associates degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.

    At least two years of experience in which the following skills and experiences have been applied:

    • Strong writing and analytical skills, including the ability to understand and efficiently summarize the main points from public policy discussions.
    • Experience working with the public
    • 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 the public sector.

    Please apply online at Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and a 2–3-page writing sample. Please attach to your application.

    Application deadline: Position will remain open until filled. First-round deadline is February 1, 2023

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Lateral Entry Level Police Officer+-

    The City of Lakewood is accepting applications for an entry level Police Officer position. This appointment is being made through a lateral entry process open to candidates who are currently Police Officers or who have been employed as Police Officers in the State of Ohio within the past year.

    Qualified candidates must provide proof of current or past appointment through a competitive Civil Service examination process.

    To apply, candidates must:

      • Complete an application for employment,
      • Show proof of High School Diploma or GED,
      • Have a valid Ohio Driver’s license with a good driving record (six or more violation points may be disqualifying),
      • Provide proof of OPOTC Certification

    To be considered, applicants must:

      • Have current or previous peace officer employment as a result of a civil service examination process,
      • Have no more than a one year break in service from previous employment as a peace officer,
      • Possess adequate physical ability to perform all duties and utilize all issued equipment,
      • Be United States Citizens or must have legally declared their intention of becoming a United States Citizen,
      • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at time of appointment, and
      • Have the requisite health and requisite mental and physical fitness, ability, and capacity necessary to perform all the established and anticipated tasks and duties.
        • Extensive medical and mental testing including drug testing, as well as an extensive Police background check with polygraph will be conducted.  Candidates must also complete a physical agility examination to be conducted at the Cuyahoga Community College Police Academy or similar examination site after a conditional offer is extended.

    Starting salary: $63,769.73 – $73,834.96, based on prior experience, plus benefits, including:

    • Competitive health insurance plan
    • 120 annual holiday hours that be used as time off or pay in addition to vacation
    • Annual $1,900 firearms proficiency/body worn camera bonus
    • Annual $1,000 uniform allowance

    Qualified candidates must apply on-line at the City of Lakewood website by clicking here or applications may be printed and submitted via e-mail to:

    Or via USPS mail to:
    City of Lakewood
    Department of Human Resources
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, OH 44107
    Attn: Police

    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 $16.27 per hour.

    Interested applicants should apply online by clicking here or download and complete a job application and either email to or mail to the City of Lakewood, Office of Human Resources, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107.

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • No Surprise Act Information+-

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