About the Personnel Department

The Personnel Department provides a wide range of internal services to the City's departments to ensure that employees are well-trained, fairly compensated, healthy, and happy. These services include:

  • Providing professional labor relations services, including contract negotations with each of seven unions
  • Maintenance of job descriptions, classifications, and compensation packages
  • Maintenance of personnel records
  • Implementation of state and federal policies and procedures
  • Equal opportunity employment and affirmative action oversight
  • And more


  • Job Postings

  • Holiday Calendar

  • Employee Guidebook & Policies

  • Learning Organization Statement

Job Postings

Title Department Application Start Date Application End Date
Three (3) SHMEO/PWL (Day Shift) DPW - Highway 06/18/2021 Open Until Filled
Principal Clerk Department of Public Works (DPW) 06/17/2021 Open Until Filled
Reference I Librarian Libraries 06/17/2021 Open Until Filled
Public Health Nurse Manager Health and Human Services 06/15/2021 Open Until Filled
Public Health Nurse Health and Human Services 06/15/2021 Open Until Filled
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Director Mayor's Office 06/15/2021 Open Until Filled
Two (2) Social Workers Health and Human Services 06/14/2021 Open Until Filled
SomerStat Analyst SomerStat 06/10/2021 Open Until Filled
Deputy Director of Engineering Projects Department of Infrastructure and Asset Management (IAM) 06/01/2021 Open Until Filled
Inclusionary Housing Specialist OSPCD - Housing 05/28/2021 Open Until Filled


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2021 Holidays

For Non-Bargaining Unit Employees**

Friday, January 1 New Year's Day
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 15 Washington's Birthday
Monday, April 19 Patriot's Day
Monday, May 31 Memorial Day
Saturday, June 19 Juneteenth Independence Day
Monday, July 5 Independence Day (Observed)
Monday, September 6 Labor Day
Monday, October 11 Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Thursday, November 11 Veterans' Day
Thursday, November 25 Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 26 Thanksgiving Friday
Friday, December 24 Christmas Eve (1/2 day)
Saturday, December 25 Christmas Day

*Under State Law, all holidays falling on Sunday must be observed on Monday.
**Please note: For bargaining unit employees, holidays are pursuant to collective bargaining agreements and may vary from this list.

The City of Somerville prides itself on being a learning organization. We believe that innovation and growth stem from learning and trying new things. Our goal is to encourage employees to be creative and learn new skills by providing easy access to opportunities for professional growth and development in a variety of ways.

Access to Training and Professional Development Opportunities

The City provides routine training on employment-related policies and best practices.

Department Heads are encouraged to work with staff to assess and plan for a variety of job-related programs to support continued learning, growth, and professional engagement of employees.

The Personnel Department further supports learning opportunities and access when departmental budgetary constraints may arise. Additionally, the Personnel Department administers the Non-Union Education Reimbursement Program.

Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement may be provided opportunities and/or incentives for advancing education and professional growth as outlined in the appropriate agreement.



For more information about professional development opportunities, programs, and access please feel free to contact the Personnel Department at (617) 625-6600 x3300.