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.