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: Green Building Manager

Capital Projects

Under the direction of the Director of Capital Projects & Planning and the Deputy Director, the Green Building Manager provides quality management for planning, organizing, and directing the custodial, repair, maintenance and grounds keeping activities at Somerville High School and West Branch Library in 2021 and at all other City green buildings as they are built and/or renovated. The position coordinates closely with the Department of Public Works staff for the execution of custodial, operational and routine maintenance activities, and directly oversees outside contractors for specialty maintenance, repairs and warranty related work. The administrative responsibilities of the position are broad in scope and encompass a wide range of departmental activities. The work is performed in accordance with federal, state and local laws and regulations. The position inspects all the building’s Structural, MEP and security components on a routine basis and provides oversight for renovation and upkeep projects on City and school property. Work is performed under the general direction and review of the Department of IAM and has leeway for the use of independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work. Supervisory responsibility is exercised over custodial, building maintenance and grounds keeping staff.

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

  • Recommends and supports the DPW Superintendent in fulfilling building assignments and work schedules for all operations, maintenance and custodial staff
  • Supervises all independent contractors performing work on green building school and municipal facilities and grounds
  • Develops and monitors a daily/weekly, monthly check-off list detailing custodial cleaning assignments to be used in every custodian’s job assignment
  • Maintains key documents related to building systems such as commissioning documents, testing and balancing reports, fire inspections and testing documents and elevator inspection records. Also have a strong background in reading/understanding construction documents and as built drawings
  • Develops and monitors a feedback system with High School Administration/Principal regarding overall safety, cleanliness and operational conditions of the building
  • In collaboration with DPW Superintendent, supervises and directs custodial/maintenance services in accordance with negotiated agreements and provides appropriate feedback/communications as needed
  • Performs daily monitoring of the schools/library Building Management System (BMS) to ensure all building systems are operating safely and within specified parameters and brings any concerns to the attention of management
  • Performs daily visual inspections of key mechanical systems, roofs, and egress locations within the high school complex and reports any issues as needed to ensure continuity of school operations
  • Conducts periodic inspections, at least once a month, of all facilities to ensure proper fire and safety procedures including inspecting the building, and grounds and works with local police and fire officials on periodic drills, fire alarm activations and trainings as needed
  • Ensures that services such as pest control, rubbish removal, air quality testing, water quality testing, etc., are according to need or requirements. Also performs daily check-ins with Food Service staff and Culinary Arts to ensure all equipment and associated spaces are performing as designed 
  • Coordinates and manages ADA requirements, hazardous waste, and environmental air and water quality
  • Assists with implementing and supervising a program of preventive and routine maintenance that includes the building’s HVAC systems, plumbing systems, lighting controls, electrical systems, security systems, fire protection systems, elevators, lifts, generators, fixed sports equipment, grounds, athletic fields, school playground, kitchen equipment, pool systems, and any other equipment and systems that need periodic maintenance or repairs
  • Prioritizes, recommends and schedules maintenance projects for the school and works with the city’s preventive maintenance and controls vendor for annual and quarterly maintenance activities to ensure system reliability
  • Assists High School Vocational Director with maintenance and/or replacement of vocational program equipment
  • Keeps IAM and City officials informed regarding federal and state statutes, regulations, and requirements associated with his/her responsibilities, disseminates information to appropriate individuals
  • Has direct contact with all vendors involved with maintenance needs and works with the Purchasing Agent regarding purchasing
  • Oversees receipt, inventory, storage, distribution, and reordering of supplies
  • Schedules and is present for all state required inspections, i.e., elevator, boilers, backflow preventers
  • Performs other duties, tasks, and responsibilities as assigned by the IAM Staff
  • Provides appropriate training programs for all faculty, maintenance and custodial staff as needed

Education and Experience

 High School Diploma degree and ten (10) years of experience in General Building Supervision, including five (5) years of experience in maintenance supervision related to custodial, electrical, mechanical, carpentry, HVAC, boiler systems, building automated and building management systems. Knowledge of Sustainable Building Maintenance and Operations practices and geo-thermal systems a plus. Custodial services experience a plus. Five (5) years experience working with a preventive maintenance/work order system (CMMS) a plus. Coordinating the implementation or updating of a new building & automated control systems is advantageous. Certification in any of the following is desired: Certified Energy Manager (CEM) from the Association of Energy Engineers; Building Operator Certification (BOC) from Northwest Energy Efficiency Council.

Special Requirements

Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License required.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Knowledge and ability to understand construction documents, demonstrate techniques of using maintenance tools, repairing machinery, ability to operate computerized related systems and ability to formulate a computerized preventive maintenance program and Asset management. Demonstrated expertise working with computers and knowledge of Windows 10 and Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Excel, Word, Power Point, et.al. Understanding of standard calculations and reporting for greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, and life cycle costing/ECM analysis.

Abilities: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff developers, contractors and trades personnel; ability to develop innovative, cost-effective programs to monitor construction projects; ability to prepare and administer budgets.

Skill: Demonstrate effectiveness of communication between the Building & Grounds Department and various Department Heads, Principals, staff and teachers. Supervisory skills demonstrate the ability to direct and secure the cooperation of the maintenance and custodial staff. Strong written and oral communication skills for clear, concise, and effective interaction with all concerned parties related to Facilities Department matters related to maintenance & custodial services.

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. Often work in at construction locations. Work is performed both inside and outside and the incumbent may be subjected to loud noise and exposure to extremes of heat and cold temperatures and inclement weather. Incumbent is required to traverse uneven terrain, may be required to bend or stoop and is subject to one or more hazards such as those associated with working near heavy equipment, mechanical and electrical systems. Work environment will be moderately noisy and at times very loud due to students and staff traveling through corridors, as well as work areas such as boiler rooms.

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: The work is mutually mental and physical requiring an intellectual nature. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear for extended periods. The incumbent is required to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.

Motor Skills: Frequently required use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reaches with hands and arms, crawls and climbs. Incumbent must be able to hear normal sounds, distinguish sound as voice and communicate through human speech. This position requires the ability to operate a keyboard and calculator at efficient speed.

Visual Skills: Specific vision abilities required include close and medium distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.

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: 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
$90,202.68 annual plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Monday, September 20, 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.