The Director of Human Resources is responsible for planning, directing, managing and overseeing the City’s human resources including employee relations, labor relations, recruitment and training, employee benefits, and the classification and compensation of positions. The Director is required to perform all similar or related duties.


Essential Functions:

  • Oversees and participates in the development and provision of Human Resources services including recruitment, compensation, classification of positions and the provision of benefits to employees and retirees.
  • Partners productively with diverse constituencies across the organization – executive-level employees, City attorneys, supervisory staff and front-line employees – on the entire range of Human Resource functions.
  • Maintains effective employee and labor relations; advises managers on labor relations matters and forges productive relationships with union representatives.
  • Assists the City in collective bargaining agreement negotiations, conducting research as required.
  • Conducts early step of employee grievances pursuant to the relevant collective bargaining agreement.
  • Oversees the administration of employee workers compensation services.
  • Oversees City payroll division and coordinates all HRIS activities.
  • Oversees the City’s Civil Service hiring process and other personnel actions governed by Civil Service.
  • Manages the administration of all phases of employee benefits for the City and School Department employees.
  • Ensures that the City is in compliance with all local, state and federal employment laws, rules and regulations including ADA, FMLA, Equal Employment Opportunity and FLSA.
  • Investigates allegations of City HR policy violations and assists the City’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager with reasonable accommodation requests.
  • Develops and implements a wide range of employee training programs and long-term staffing strategy.
  • Advises managers on contractual obligations for City’s ten collective bargaining agreements (CBA), counseling and progressive discipline, recruitment and retention, employee wellness and professional development, and other employee matters.
  • Serves as the City’s liaison to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • Oversees the administration of employee unemployment services.
  • Attends and presents at meetings of the City Council Committee on Appointments and Personnel Matters.
  • Other related duties as required.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications                                                   

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree and more than ten (10) years of work experience in the human resources field, at least six (6) years of which are in an HR manager-level role; 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.  Experience in public sector human resources is strongly preferred. 


Special Requirements

Professional certification from national human resource organizations, such as SPHR and/or SHRM-SCP, is desirable.  Juris Doctor or Master’s degree in an applicable field is strongly preferred.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge:  Knowledge of local, state and federal personnel laws and regulations pertaining to municipal employees; knowledge of city department operations and services. Knowledge of accepted personnel practices and procedures regarding the classification of positions and compensation of employees.  Knowledge of civil rights and equal employment opportunity laws and regulations.  Knowledge of worker’s compensation regulations and employee benefits.  Knowledge of payroll operations and regulations.


Abilities:  Ability to effectively manage and engage staff. Ability to supervise or delegate projects or unexpected increase(s) in workload; ability to plan, assign, motivate and supervise. Ability to prioritize. Ability to respond effectively to constant changes in work demands. Ability to develop, implement and monitor the effectiveness of a wide range of employee services and programs. Ability to work effectively with confidential information.  Ability to communicate effectively with aggrieved employees.  Ability to manage multiple tasks in a detailed and accurate manner.  Ability to foster and support a learning environment within a diverse workforce and promulgate best practices for inclusion and equity. Ability to build consensus across the organization with diverse stakeholders and adversarial parties.  Ability to build partnerships and work productively with union leadership.  Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.


Skills: Excellent work ethic. Excellent written and verbal communication and listening skills.  Skilled public speaker and effective small-group facilitator.  Tactful, discreet, and compassionate strategic thinker. Mastery of all standard office software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite; proven experience with HRIS systems, including employee self-service portals; skill with MUNIS software HR modules preferred but not required.  Mediation skills/certification a plus.


Work Environment                                                                                      

The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of indoor environments such as office settings, with infrequent exposure to outside elements.  Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. Director is required to work beyond normal business hours to attend evening meetings.


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

Little or no physical demands 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 books, 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 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 Nancy Bacci at 617-625-6600 x2250 or [email protected].

Full Time
$132,600 annual plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Friday, April 3, 2020