About the City of Somerville

Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents. The City of Somerville values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging throughout our hiring practices; these values are embedded in our mission and work environment—furthermore, we encourage applications from a diverse range of professional experiences and skillsets. We embrace and encourage 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, it is also a model employer.


  • Now Hiring: Epidemiologist (Shared Services)

Health and Human Services

The Epidemiologist is responsible for conducting epidemiology investigations, evaluations, and analysis of programs, disease, and behaviors. This role will design surveys and questionnaires to collect and assess information on diseases and health indicators. At this time this role is part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Excellence in Public Health Shared Services grant and will contribute to policy discussion around health issues confronting the Cities of Somerville, Medford and Arlington. The Epidemiologist will support data collection and analysis to co-lead Community Health Assessments, Community Health Improvement Plan, and student health surveys. In this role the lead data collection, research and public outreach to residents and community partners.

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.

  • Conduct statistical analysis pertaining to the issues such as COVID-19 pandemic response, TB, STI, food borne illness, and other environmental and community health programs to meet policy goals and benchmarks.
  • Consult, monitor, and measure the outcome of each communities’ policies and educational programs including but not limited to substance misuse and prevention, violence prevention, tobacco cessation, flu prevention, disease prevention and any other community health initiatives or programs through epidemiological studies that evaluate the effectiveness of these activities in meeting the needs of program participants.
  • Utilizes epidemiologic surveillance data collection tool, analysis, and interpretation methods.
  • Experience with biostatistics including the use of statistical software and statistical programming language knowledge of/experience with analysis, and interpretation of data to present clear data and informatics to various audiences.
  • Document and draft written community reports on various topics such as Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Community Health Assessment, and Community Health Improvement Plan.
  • Develops monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Contributes to policy discussion around health priorities.
  • Creates community education materials and resource information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in epidemiology, public health, public policy, or a related field from an accredited college or university and three to five (3-5) years’ 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. Experience working with diverse stakeholders required and exceptional writing and speaking experience required. Master’s degree preferred.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Considerable working knowledge of epidemiologic surveillance data collection, analysis, and interpretation methods. Considerable working knowledge of various types of surveillance systems and their applications. Working knowledge of biostatistics including the use of statistical software and statistical programming language knowledge of/experience. Excellent technical, analytical, computer, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

Abilities: Excellent technical, analytical, computer, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Excellent computer skills covering a range of application software, including Microsoft Office including PowerPoint and Excel required. Ability to use and navigate a computer, handheld device or tablet that may be used to conduct, capture and record inspections and investigations; evaluate and to interpret findings from health investigations and surveys to determine the maintenance of community health standards; manage multiple projects and work effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders such as public officials, groups and businesses on said projects. Bilingual ability in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Haitian-Creole is preferred

Skill: Strong analytical, writing, and speaking skills. Preferred skills in medical writing experience.

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 is regularly required to work beyond normal business hours to lead programs and to attend evening meetings. When at events, employee can be in a variety of environments.

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 30 lbs.). Employee is often required to perform physical work in set up of events and classes. Occasionally, events require extended periods of physical exertion.

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 HR Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: employment_opportunities@somervillema.gov

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.

Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Nancy Bacci at 617-625-6600 x 2250 or nbacci@somervillema.gov.

Full Time
$68,978.52 annual plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

To better protect the health and safety of staff and the public, all City of Somerville employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of November 1, 2021. Exemptions and/or reasonable accommodations are not guaranteed and will be reviewed by the City of Somerville Human Resources Department on a case-by-case basis. Learn more at somervillema.gov/HR/COVID19.