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 company 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: Senior Economic Development Planner

Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD)

The Senior Economic Development Planner is responsible for project management of complex development scenarios by providing technical assistance to senior staff and elected and appointed officials; development of new planning procedures; preparing written project analysis; interfacing with state and federal agencies; and managing consultant contracts including scope-of-work and budgets. Employee is required to perform all similar or related duties 

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, assisting in the creation and implementation of mid-to large size development and revitalization plans in those areas of the City targeted for growth under the “SomerVision” master planning document. The SomerVision plan identifies a number of goals, perhaps the most important of which is to strengthen and grow the City’s economic base, one that relies more upon commercial interests, rather than the traditional residential standing. 

Somerville is a city that is defined by its values, its goals and its history. As we embraced that history, so do we embrace the future. We’re known as the “Innovation City”, in part because a substantial portion of the region’s clean energy industry, the maker movement and the creative economy have chosen to call Somerville home. We’re committed to mixed use development tied to recent and future infrastructure improvements. Working with this creative economy-to encourage them to locate in Somerville and to remain here as part of their evolution and growth-will be one the most important responsibilities of this position. 

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.

  • Provides technical assistance to senior staff and elected officials regarding planning and development activities in the city.
  • Manages and implements development projects.
  • Manages consultant contracts.
  • Manages RFP’s and property disposition.
  • Interfaces with local community, other city department, and state/federal agencies.
  • Prepares written project analysis/response.
  • Manages the public process dealing with planning initiatives
  • Prepares staff reports for a variety of Boards and Commissions
  • Presents case information at a Board and Commission meetings
  • Coordinates community outreach and participation processes
  • Works in close cooperation with the other divisions (Planning and Zoning, Transportation and Infrastructure, Housing and Inspectional Services) that comprise the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning. 

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree and seven (7) years’ experience, particularly as it pertains to business, economic, entrepreneurship, social media or the creative economy; 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. Master’s degree preferred.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

This position requires a person to be detail oriented, to be self-motivated and able to handle multiple assignments at the same time.

Knowledge: Knowledge of community, action groups, politics (local), neighborhoods and business concerns; considerable knowledge of civil engineering, architecture and graphic presentation as applied to planning. Considerable knowledge of economic, sociological and environmental aspects of planning; particular knowledge and experience with relation to design, construction and inspection problems commonly met in connection with municipal engineering activities. Working knowledge of personal computers and GIS applications; thorough knowledge of urban or regional planning principles and practices; thorough knowledge of zoning laws and comprehensive plans including their formation, process of adoption, and enforcement. 

Abilities: Ability to organize and direct the preparation of comprehensive research studies, analyze problems, prepare technical reports and formulate recommendations; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with architects, contractors, developers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the public. 

Skill: Skilled public speaker; excellent customer service, planning and design skills. 

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: 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 office equipment and computer 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: 

The 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: [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, Nancy Bacci, at 617-625-6600 x2250 or [email protected].

Mon-Wed 8:30-4:30 PM, Thu 8:30-7:30 PM and Fri 8:30-12:30 PM
$90,202.68 annual plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Monday, September 13, 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. Reasonable accommodations will be made for medical and religious reasons.