Health and Human Services

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

SomerPromise is a community-wide effort that focuses on aligning and mobilizing resources to address the academic, social and environmental factors that affect student success.  The position is responsible for providing leadership, oversight, and management of the initiatives undertaken by the division to advance the mission of ensuring that every child living in Somerville achieves his or her greatest potential, cradle to career.


Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type 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.


  • Direct, plan, manage, facilitate and evaluate SomerPromise programs, budget, staff and initiatives
  • Staff liaison to and facilitator of Somerville Children’s Cabinet
  • Analyze multiple sources of data to identify priorities for Children’s Cabinet efforts
  • Advance progress and identify metrics to measure success in priority areas identified by Somerville Children’s Cabinet
  • Point of contact for outside funding and program efforts including, but not limited to: By All Means, SomerLearning 2030, SomerVision 2040
  • Foster and develop systems change as needed, both within and across organizations and sectors
  • Develop, pilot and share evidence-based approaches to support and enhance program priorities
  • Represent City/HHS/SomerPromise at local, regional, state meetings
  • Promote and improve profile of SomerPromise through the  development and implementation of new policy and program recommendations
  • Facilitate local and regional meetings regarding SomerPromise work and serve as liaison, bridge and or hub of information and contacts for stakeholders, provide “backbone” support to partnering agencies
  • Identify and manage funding opportunities and research
  • Fulfill and adhere to all grant requirements
  • All other related duties as assigned by the Director of Health & Human Services

Recommended Minimum Qualifications                                                    


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Youth Development or related field, and at least five to seven (5-7) years’ of related professional 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. Master’s degree preferred.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Knowledge of early childhood and youth development; knowledge of best practices to support children and families throughout student years; knowledge of current education research and policy; knowledge of the academic, social and environmental factors that affect equity and student success.


Abilities: Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders; ability to meet and deal with the public effectively and appropriately; ability to handle problems and emergencies effectively; ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer; ability to maintain confidential information; ability to manage and organize information; ability to gather and synthesis data and present in a meaningful format; ability to analyze diverse viewpoints and incorporate into planning activities and programs.


Skill: Excellent communication skills; strong planning and supervisory skills; strong grant development and policy writing skills; strong logistical and event planning skills.


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

Few 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.  May also be some occasional lifting of objects such as 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 the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Full Time Plus Benefits
Application Start Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2019