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: Part-Time, 311 Customer Service Representative (Social Media)

Constituent Services

As an essential employee, the 311 Customer Service Representative (Social Media) answers all incoming requests from the community in a timely and professional manner, responds to routine questions, inputs and/or logs information received into the 311 Center’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system; directs requests to the appropriate department or agency for further action; assisting constituents with the resolution to problems, questions and concerns.

Maintains a professional relationship and demeanor with internal and external customers providing all services with accuracy, courtesy and patience by gathering information, creating service requests, dispatching work to specific departments, responding to routine questions, taking and reporting complaints and contacting other departments and customers as needed to ensure that work was completed. Crating new, and modify existing 311 content to maintain clear and consistent communication with the public. 
Must be able to retain specific knowledge of multiple related computer software systems and applications to perform duties and operations relating to issuance of work orders and and/or information requests. Fulfills all other customer service duties at primary contact center (city hall) or remote location; provides assistance and information related to departmental procedures, services, fees, forms, or other issues; responds to routine questions, complaints or requests for service; initiates problem resolution.

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.
Receipt of all incoming posts and messages to the City’s 311 social media feeds in a professional and timely manner. Must use expected written etiquette and follow customer service procedures

  • Respond to routine questions and taking request from the general public 
  • Create and maintains requests in the Customer Resource Management System for constituents and employees; direct requests to the appropriate department or agency for further action
  • Perform follow-up on a variety of requests for information and services; giving out City-related information of a routine nature; referring inquiries to other sources as required
  • Refer to departmental operating procedures, administrative policies, regulations, standards, and/or reference manuals and other sources in performing assigned job duties
  • Ability to deal with and relate to people beyond simply giving and receiving instructions. Must be able to adapt to and perform under moderate stress when confronted with an emergency
  • Operate computer and telecommunication equipment; may include, but not limited to work order management systems, department databases and web portals, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and/or similar social media platforms, Microsoft Office tools and telephony systems; performs related routine clerical work; refers technical operation problems to appropriate personnel
  • Must be able to work flexible shifts (Monday-Friday 8am-6pm). Work may be required during declared emergencies, which may include additional hours. Available to work with minimal notice is highly preferred

Education and Experience:
High school diploma or GED required, Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is a plus; minimum of one–three years’ experience in communications, call center and/or customer service operations, a related field required, or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or training which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. 

Special Requirements:
Must possess at least 1 to 2+ years of experience in social media related tasks along with superior customer service skills. Demonstrated ability to create social/media content for promoting positive social media exposure is required. Ability to both, pro-actively, and re-actively engage with the Somerville community via 311 social media channels. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license, or the ability to get to and from city hall unassisted, even during in climate weather if needed.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill:
Knowledge: Knowledge of MS Office programs; experience with telecommunication systems; experience working in a call center, working with web-based customer management tools.  Requires basic knowledge of arithmetic, English, and grammar.

Ability: Ability to meet and interact with the public effectively and appropriately; 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, City officials and the disgruntled members of the public. Ability to call on life experiences to resolve problems.  Ability to communicate in Spanish, Portuguese and/or Haitian Creole both verbally and written are not required, but they are strongly preferred.

Skill: Excellent organizational skills; excellent data processing skill in the management of major social media platforms used to engage the public, the use of personal computers and office software including MS Office programs, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint; experience with TTY or similar accessibility-related communication tools; experience working with customer engagement-related duties a plus.

Work Environment:
The work environment typically 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 also be expected to work remotely from their home, or similar location where they can confidently and consistently manage customer interactions without issue or distraction.

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 to 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.  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, 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 purposes.

Application Procedure: 

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.

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, Nancy Bacci, at 617-625-6600 x2250 or Nbacci@somervillema.gov.

Part-Time; up to 19 hours per week; no benefits
$18.00 per hour
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, November 4, 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.