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: Geriatric Social Worker
The Geriatric Social Worker assists elders to advocate for themselves and oversees the provision of services that will support their mental health. Employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.
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.
- Provides information and referral and outreach services for older adults
- Attends professional development programs and inter agency meetings to maintain
- knowledge of current elderly service programs and to promote COA programs and
- Leads regular elderly support group meetings
- Maintains records of program attendance and activity details
- Develops and conducts programming
- Assists elders with the completion of application forms for assistance.
- Serves as an advocate for older adults, their families and caregivers
- Physically assist the elderly and perform CPR when needed
- Conducts protective home visits with at-risk elders
- Provides constituents with interim counseling services while awaiting service placement
Education and Experience
College Degree and five (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. State Social Worker Certification required.
- MA Social Work License required
- Valid driver’s license
- CPR/First Aid Certification within three months of hire and continually maintained there after
Knowledge, Abilities and Skill
Knowledge: Working knowledge of programs and resources for elders; familiarity with health
and social issues affecting the elderly. Working knowledge of State and Federal programs and
services to meet the needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Abilities: ability to interact appropriately and sensitively with elderly and persons with
disabilities; ability to interact well with staff, participants and caregivers; ability to speak
effectively and to communicate with individuals and groups; ability to adapt and be flexible in
response to quickly to changing situations.
Skills: Excellent oral and written communication skills; working hardware and software
computer skills; skill in working with elderly individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities;
compassion for the elderly; patience and understanding.
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
Send your resume and cover letter to:
City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
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 NBacci@somervillema.gov.
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.