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: Legislative and Policy Analyst
Under the supervision of the City Clerk and the Somerville City Council President, the employee will aid in policy research and the drafting of municipal legislative language for the City of Somerville. The employee will work with federal and state laws, best practices, feedback and input from the City Council, members of the Somerville community, and representatives from various City Departments to draft legislative language. The employee will also support the City Council’s Committees as directed by the City Council President.
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.
- Conducts extensive policy research, identifying best practices and existing challenges.
- Conducts legal research on the powers held by municipal and State governing bodies in Massachusetts.
- Writes reports and memos synthesizing research for the City of Somerville and for members of the public.
- Drafts legislative language for consideration by the City Council.
- Gathers, organizes, cleans, and analyzes data, and compiles in a way that is accessible to the end-user.
- Collaborates with employees from various City Departments to seek practical input.
- Contributes to, creates, and delivers public presentations (e.g. PowerPoint and/or related) for virtual and/or in-person community meetings with Somerville residents.
- Prepares and sends correspondence for the City Council and its Committees, including meeting notices, requests to appear, and requests for information.
- Uses the City’s legislative tracking software to prepare and track ordinances and other items that are before the Council and in each Committee.
- Provides administrative support to the City Council and its committees, including preparing agendas, attending meetings, maintaining minutes, maintaining the Council’s meeting calendar, and researching other matters as the City Council President may request.
- Performs related work as directed by the City Clerk, City Council President or their designee(s).
Education and Experience
Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, or related field, or Juris Doctor, and at least 2-3 years of legal or municipal policy experience are recommended, 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.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skill
Knowledge: Knowledge of municipal operations; public policy; data analysis practices and techniques; parliamentary rules and procedures; Somerville Ordinances and Massachusetts laws and regulations; experience in resource allocation and planning; customer service; experience with municipal government, preferably within a legislative setting.
Abilities: Ability to meet and deal with the public effectively; 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 maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to deal appropriately with City employees, elected officials and members of the general public. Ability to complete work in a timely and accurate manner.
Skill: Excellent organizational skills; excellent data processing skill in the use of personal computers and office software including word processing, database, spreadsheet, and specialized applications. Bilingual language skills in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole or Nepali preferred but not required.
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 will be required to work beyond normal business hours to attend evening meetings.
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: Little or no 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 books, 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 system, computer 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 purposes and routinely reviewing maps and blueprints with a need for color vision.
This position will remain open until filled. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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. Reasonable accommodations will be made for medical and religious reasons.