About the City of Somerville

Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents. The City of Somerville values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging throughout our hiring practices; these values are embedded in our company mission and work environment—furthermore, we encourage applications from a diverse range of professional experiences and skillsets. We embrace and encourage 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, it is also a model employer.


  • Now Hiring: Budget Analyst


Position provides responsible financial administrative support and assistance to the Budget Director. Position is responsible for assisting in the preparation of the annual Operating and Capital Investment Plan budgets, for monitoring and administering department budgets, forecasting revenues and expenditures, preparing financial reports and documentation, performing special analyses and financial management of special projects, and performing related financial administrative duties.

Essential Functions:

• Performs financial analyses and assists in the development, implementation, and administration of the annual Operating Budget. Essential functions include: Compilation, verification, and the analysis of data, and the preparation of tables, charts, and summaries to be used in the City’s budget documents and presentations; training city staff on budget procedures; distributing budget preparation forms, budget preparation policies, calendar, and guidelines; assisting departments with activity based budgeting and costing; assisting departments with performance management, including the evaluation of budget requests based on related performance information; calculating accurate wage information, verifying current job title and salary, reviewing budget submissions for completeness, sufficiency, and adherence to City goals; compiling all departmental budget documents for input into the Open Gov software and the automated accounting system; and generating a complete and balanced budget document.

• Assists in program planning of capital projects in the City’s 10-Year Capital Investment Plan (CIP).  Essential duties include coordinating project activity timelines and schedules with city departments; research and proper application of cost escalation factors; cost modeling; and entering, updating, and maintaining project data into a CIP project management database system.

• Interacts with department heads and their designated staff for the purpose of monitoring, measuring, and analyzing differences between budgeted and actual results. Provides suggestions and solutions where applicable to provide positive financial effect. 

• Analyzes revenue and expenditure trends and makes recommendations regarding the ten -year financial forecast. 

• Actively participates in the collective bargaining process, including gathering background data, assisting in the preparation of bargaining proposals, analyzing union bargaining proposals and advising Finance Director, Labor Counsel, and Human Resources Director on the long term and short- term cost impact of collective bargaining proposals; calculates the cost of all collective bargaining proposals and future contractual agreements. 

• Performs cost analyses to support common government decisions including evaluating the efficiency of programs; setting fees and charges; evaluating whether a service should be contracted out or performed in house; evaluating the budgetary effect of increasing or decreasing the level of service; setting indirect cost rates for federal grant reimbursement and charging enterprise funds; and comparing the prices and long-term costs of capital equipment purchases.  

•  Performs a cost-benefit analysis on grant applications prior to submission to funding agency to determine compliance with city policies and inclusion of all allowable costs.  

• Assists with preparation of the annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

• Prepares special reports, analyses, and financial information as requested by the Mayor, Finance Director, Budget Director, and City Council.

• Interacts with the Human Resources Department and Payroll to verify that positions, job titles, and wages have been sufficiently budgeted for. 



Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

A candidate for this position must have a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, or public administration, supplemented with at least (3) years experience in governmental finance, preferable at the local level. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. Master’s Degree preferred. Must be versed in activity-based costing, techniques of budget analysis, and information systems for cost-analysis. Must be proficient in the compilation, manipulation, analysis, and maintenance of large amounts of financial data. Must have excellent analytical skills and the ability to understand complex issues. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work under general supervision. Must be attentive to detail and possess effective verbal and written communication skills. Must have facility with EXCEL and Microsoft Office, and the ability to work with financial management software systems.

Application Procedure: 

Send your resume and cover letter to:

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

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 N[email protected]

$79,590.60 per year, plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, July 29, 2021