Mayor-elect Peduto posts dozens of jobs, invites applications

Pittsburgh’s talent search is underway.

Pittsburgh Foundation President Grant Oliphant and Mayor-elect Bill Peduto announced at a press conference Tuesday morning that 43 job openings with the city are posted at http://talent-city.com/.

The positions are all non-union, and their salary is $60,000 to $106,000 annually. All but three are currently filled, but Peduto urged current employees to reapply.

Peduto said he plans to have all the jobs filled by Jan. 6 when he is sworn into office. Oliphant said the response has been swift.

“In the time we’ve been standing here people have already applied,â€� he said.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 15. The jobs cover areas of the Mayor’s Office, Finance and Administration, Public Safety and Urban Affairs, and Planning and Innovation.

The website is a collaboration of the city, Pittsburgh Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics. All applicants will be screened by one of three specialized bipartisan selection committees, and interviews will be conducted by human resources consultants.

Overseeing the selection process is a 10-member committee, co-chaired by Mariann Geyer, vice president of external affairs at Point Park University; Greg Jordan, general counsel with PNC Financial Services; and local entrepreneur Greg Spencer.

A statement from the Pittsburgh Foundation said the jobs posted Tuesday consist mostly of high-priority existing positions, Some for director-level posts will include national recruitment, and others regional searches.

A second phase of recruitment begins in early 2014 when additional positions — comprising new and existing jobs — will be posted. Recruitment is scheduled to continue for approximately six months, and the committee will provide ongoing evaluations through fall, the foundation said.

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