Health and Human Services


The Health Assistant will conduct hearing and vision screenings in the Somerville public schools to comply with State regulations (105 CMR 200.00).




  • Schedule student health screenings with school personnel
  • Deliver, set up, and dismantle screening equipment
  • Conduct screenings and record the results; notify School Nurse and parents of those children whose test results are below average
  • Maintain and update student health records
  • Operate specialized equipment to screen students;
  • Perform related clerical duties and functions in school health offices district wide
  • Provide assistance to school health staff with data entry, scheduling, inventory, office support
  • Other duties as assigned

Recommended Minimum Qualifications                                                                


Education and Experience: High school degree and one to three (1-3) years of prior work experience; experience in nursing/clinical environment or working with elementary and secondary school students preferred; 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.


Safety sensitive position.


Special Requirements:

Valid Massachusetts driver’s license.  Position requires some travel, within the City and between schools.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Working knowledge of vision and hearing screening programs and resources, familiarity with common public health and social issues.  Working knowledge of State and Federal programs and services to meet the needs of the school community.

Abilities: Ability to interact appropriately and sensitively with students; 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; technical abilities to work with current screening mechanisms and adapt to new tools; working hardware and software computer skills; skill in working with individuals with mental and/or physical challenges; patience and understanding. This position requires strong skills in oral and written communication; excellent customer service skills.  Bi-lingual or multilingual ability in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Haitian-Creole is desirable.



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

Minimal physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort involves sitting to perform work tasks, periods of stooping, walking, and standing. There may also be some occasional lifting of objects (up to 30 lbs).


Motor Skills

Duties are mental and physical, the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone system, computer, screening device, and/or most other office equipment, typing and/or word processing, filing, and sorting.


Visual Skills

Visual demands include constantly reading documents for general understanding and for analytical and maintenance purposes.

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].

Part Time, 19 hours or less per week
$19.62/hour. Not Benefit Eligible.
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, August 8, 2019