Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents. The City of Somerville embraces and encourages an innovative, empowering, and collaborative workplace culture in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The City also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work-life balance. Not only is Somerville a “Model City,” as termed by The Boston Globe, but it is also a model employer.


Statement of Duties

The Accounting Analyst performs professional accounting and auditing work for selected City Departments. Work requires the application of accounting knowledge and the ability to resolve complex financial, operational, and procedural problems.


Essential Functions

  • Designs, creates, and produces financial reports for purposes of maintaining financial control
  • Monitors, measures, and analyzes adopted budget against actual revenues and expenditures
  • Reviews and monitors Year to Date budget reports for expense deficits
  • Reviews and monitors Year to Date budget reports and reconciles funds to ensure budget aligns to cash on hand
  • Interacts with department heads and their designated staff for the purpose of monitoring, measuring, and analyzing differences between budgeted and actual results
  • Verifies that positions, job titles, and wages have been sufficiently budgeted
  • Assists in the development of current and proposed budgetary estimates
  • Maintains the bond payment schedule and works with the department to determine borrowing needs
  • Prepares journal entries and executes budget transfers
  • Analyzes collections and prepares revenue projections
  • Prepares cash and expenditure projections
  • Monitors collection of receivables from vendors
  • Assists with preparation of the annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 
  • Assists with the processing of cash receipts on an as needed basis 
  • Uploads monthly YTD budget reports to the city’s website

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or Public Administration and five (5) years’ experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of municipal accounting and auditing principles, practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, promulgation’s of UMAS, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and GAAP accounting standards and  applicable Massachusetts General Laws, regarding finance, insurance and procurement; knowledge of municipal budgetary functions; knowledge of financial software applications; thorough knowledge of the operations of city departments.


Abilities: Ability to develop effective working relationships with department personnel, subordinates and with the general public; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely verbally and in writing.  Ability to use office equipment efficiently.


Skills: Excellent organizational skills; excellent data processing skill in the use of personal computers and financial software including word processing and spreadsheet applications. Excellent analytical skills.


Work Environment

The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, with occasional exposure to outside elements.  Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant.  Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to attend evening meetings or complete work assignments.


Physical and Mental Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an

employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations

may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.


Physical Skills

Few physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing.  May also be some occasional lifting of objects such as office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs.).


Motor Skills

Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone, personal computer and/or most other office equipment including word processing, filing and sorting of papers.


Visual Skills

Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding and analytical purposes.


Application Procedure: 

Send your resume and cover letter by February 1, 2020 to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Full Time
$61,200 plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Application End Date: 
Saturday, February 1, 2020