Department of Public Works (DPW)

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 Director of Operations is responsible for the planning, maintenance and management of the city’s physical systems and has operational responsibility for snow operations, sanitation, buildings and grounds, fleet division and maintenance of DPW owned equipment. Employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.



Essential Functions


  • Develops and implements departmental policy
  • Ensures consistency of departmental operations.
  • Coordinates work and assignments of all division within the Department, reviews work schedules and deployment of equipment.
  • Responsible for operation of the department’s operations center for snow emergency and coordinates all related efforts such as sanding, plowing, assigning employees and contractors.
  • Assists in recruitment, screening and orientation of new employees.
  • Monitors all utility work, private contractors, city waste contract and subcontractors.
  • Directs operative contact to state agencies regarding Homeland Security and Emergency Management guidelines.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with the random drug screening program for all DOT employees in the City.
  • Functions in public relations capacity for the Department of Public Works.
  • Works with State Agencies such as MassDOT, DCR, ensure proper operation management
  • Develops and implements Standard Operating Procedures
  • Utilizes knowledge of the Massachusetts Purchasing Laws and City procurement to obtain and pay for services.
  • Direct DPW work to crews through appropriate Superintendents
  • Responsible for developing, implementing, and communicating emergency response plans to prepare for possible dangerous weather events such as micro-bursts, flooding, snow, etc.
  • Responsible for effective management of DPW employees (union and non-union)


This is a safety sensitive position.


Education and Experience: Graduate of a four year college with Bachelor’s degree and five to seven (5-7) years of 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.           


Special Requirements:

  • Must possess an OSHA 10 card (minimum), OSHA 30 card recommended
  • Must possess a  valid Massachusetts Class D driver’s license (minimum), CDL B with airbrake endorsement preferred


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill


Knowledge: Some knowledge and experience with personnel management; considerable knowledge of materials, methods, and techniques relative to highway operations, vendor management, fleet operations and management, and capital asset management. General knowledge of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Knowledge of Massachusetts Purchasing Laws and City procurement procedures, preferred.


Abilities: Ability to communicate work assignments and supervise subordinates; ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with employees and the public; ability to program and schedule activities on a long and short term basis; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely in oral and written form. Ability to identify dig safe markings.


Skill:  Skilled in cost estimating for budget purposes; skilled in public relations and supervision                                                                                                    


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 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 are required to perform the work. Work effort principally involves standing or 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 system, computer, tablet, and/or most other office equipment, typing and/or word processing, filing, and sorting.


Visual Skills

Visual demands include constantly reading documents and screens (phones, computers, tablets) for general understanding and for analytical purposes and routinely reviewing maps and blueprints with a need for color vision.

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].

Full Time Plus Benefits
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, June 20, 2019