Mayor's Office

Reporting to the Legislative Liaison, the Charter Review Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing the City’s charter review process, which seeks to comprehensively review the City’s current charter and to recommend changes to ensure Somerville’s government meets the current and anticipated needs of our residents and is responsive to the challenges of today and tomorrow. The employee will coordinate all aspects of the charter review process, including but not limited to establishing and staffing a Charter Review Commission, managing the technical expert procured by the City to advise on the process, and leading a robust community engagement effort.

Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings of the Charter Review Commission.
  • Serve as point person and manage the contract for the technical expert procured by the City to advise on the charter review process.
  • Conduct research on charter review processes in other communities, especially in Massachusetts, paying particular attention to the community engagement strategies utilized.
  • Collaborate with the technical expert to write reports and memos synthesizing research for the Commission, the City, and the public.
  • Work with the Charter Review Commission to plan and execute a community engagement strategy that effectively presents information and solicits input related to the charter review process. The community engagement strategy should be designed to reach all segments of Somerville’s population, including community members who might not typically attend traditional in-person community meetings.
  • Update the Commission regularly on community feedback received to inform the Commission’s decisions and recommendations.
  • Work with the Commission to provide updates to the Mayor, City Council, and School Committee about the charter review process as needed.
  • Work with the Commission to draft and present recommendations.

Education and Experience: A bachelor’s degree and at least 2-3 years of legal education or municipal policy experience are recommended, 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. Current or recent graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill:


Working knowledge of Massachusetts municipal and State law and best practices; working knowledge of effective community engagement strategies; working knowledge of computer software involved in creating visual presentations, flyers, and communication aids.


Ability to interact well with City employees and elected officials and with members of the public; ability to speak effectively and to communicate with individuals and groups; ability to handle problems effectively; ability to adapt and be flexible in response to quickly changing situations; ability to operate a computer; ability to maintain confidential information; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to work independently and set priorities.


Excellent organizational skills; excellent communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills; skills in the use of personal computers and office software including word processing, internet, and spreadsheet applications.


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: Minimal 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. There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as office equipment or photocopy paper (up to 30lbs.).

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: 

This position will remain open until filled. 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]

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].

Part-Time, up to 19 hours/week
$42.00/hour; non-benefitted
Application Start Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2020