Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents alike. If you are looking for a culture that embraces innovation, empowerment, and collaborative involvement, Somerville not only embraces these talents, but encourages them. Creative, hands on collaboration with passionate dedication are at the core of the City’s workplace culture. Challenging and fast paced, Somerville also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work life balance. Not only is it a “Model City”, as termed by The Boston Globe, but it is also a model employer.
The City of Somerville seeks a dynamic individual with experience in community outreach and who seeks the opportunity for critical skills development. The LGBTQ Liaison will work as a key outreach connector with the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning communities in Somerville. The LGBTQ Liaison reports to the _Deputy Director of Health and Human Services to identify projects and tasks to effectively support existing LGBTQ connections, create new partnerships, increase participation in City government by LGBTQ individuals and groups, and raise awareness about highest priority issues.
- Continued partnerships with the Council on Aging and external partners to support multigenerational relationships
- Involvement with youth group(s)
- Supporting priorities of facilitators of the Somerville High School Gender/Sexuality Awareness Alliance and assisting with communication between the GSAA and the Health and Human Services Department.
- Event organizing, social media development and maintenance (with support from the Communications Department)
- Other tasks as directed by the HHS supervisor.
- Excellent relationships within the LGBTQ community, allies, and service providers.
- Experience with Microsoft Office, Excel, Access, Word, or similar software is required.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skill
- Strong knowledge of community-wide issues and also within the specific LGBTQ community.
- To organize and schedule own work priorities in a fast paced environment and refer conflicts to appropriate manager for review/resolution.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to compose and edit documents for clarity, grammar, and spelling.
- Excellent organizational skills. Must be able to use and/or develop systems to monitor projects and keep track of multiple responsibilities.
- Bilingual or Multilingual skills preferred.
The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, and exposure to outside elements, including inclement weather, heat and cold temperatures. Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. Work requires some agility and physical strength, such as moving in or about typical urban conditions, or standing or walking much of the work period.
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.
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 equipment, paper and supplies (up to 30 lbs.) while performing regular duties in office and at community events.
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 demands require constantly reading documents for general understanding and analytical purposes.
The position will remain open until filled. Send your resume and cover letter to:
City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
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].