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: Payroll Coordinator

Human Resources

The Payroll Coordinator is responsible for routine and complex accounting and administrative work in managing the City’s payroll functions. Employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.

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.

  • Perform complex payroll and administrative work requiring high degree of decision making related to the compliance of payroll accounting and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Ensure integrity of all payroll accounting transactions and guarantee that all employees are paid timely and accurately.
  • Responsible for inputting, recordkeeping and auditing the City’s weekly and monthly payroll activities.
  • Responsible for verifying employees’ salary and wage records and providing prompt resolution of any discrepancies to ensure that all employees are properly compensated.
  • Understand, interpret and administer contractual benefits as they relate to payroll issues. Analyze, manage and complete time-sensitive assignments to accomplish the City’s payroll processing; troubleshoot employee/vendor inquiries regarding payroll-related matters.
  • Perform accurate date entry of a more difficult and responsible nature to on-line payroll. Interact on a daily basis with departmental payroll clerks to instruct, guide and assist them in all matters relating to payroll.
  • Create, update employee accruals and maintain leave-time accruals in payroll system.
  • Create and maintain computer-generated spreadsheets to record wages, taxes, deductions, adjustments and correction for various payroll activities.
  • Responsible for other miscellaneous wage and compensation actions as they pertain to the preparation and maintenance of payrolls.
  • Interact with Treasury, Human Resources, Retirement and employees with regard to benefits and other miscellaneous requests regarding payroll-related matters.
  • Reconciles general and subsidiary ledgers to various payroll reports.
  • Assists Payroll Director in the implementation of a time-tracking and attendance system.
  • Trains departmental payroll clerks.
  • Assists in the implementation of bi-weekly payroll.
  • Monitors budget to actual spending in personal services account

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree and three to five (3-5) years’ experience; 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. APA certified preferred but not required.Understand the basic principles of accounting, auditing and bookkeeping with regard to maintaining payroll records and accounts. Governmental payroll experience preferred. Must be proficient in Excel, Word and Outlook.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Knowledge of Munis Payroll knowledge of W-2’s, external audits, taxable fringe benefits and HRIS link to payroll; relevant payroll experience including maintenance, preparation, balancing, internal controls and payroll taxes. Knowledge of Municipal Finance Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts helpful. Knowledge of tax requirements helpful.

Abilities: Ability to interpret and administer contractual benefits. Ability to handle information in a sensitive, confidential and professional manner is essential; ability to understand and apply procedures, regulations and policies related to areas of specialized expertise; ability to work independently, meet deadlines and be able to prepare ad hoc financial reports.

Skill: Excellent organizational skills; excellent data processing skill in the use of personal computers and office software including computer and spreadsheet applications. Must be detail oriented and maintain high level of accuracy.

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 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 office equipment or photocopy paper (up to 30lbs.).

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: 

This position will remain open until filled. Send your resume and cover letter to

City Hall HR 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 Adrienne Pomeroy at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or ADA@somervillema.gov.

Full Time
$63,672.48 annual plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Tuesday, December 28, 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.