SomerViva: Office of Immigrant Affairs

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City of Somerville Spanish Language Liaison Assistant- Internship Opportunity

The City of Somerville is looking for a motivated individual to work for our SomerViva: Office of Immigrant Affairs as a paid intern, up to 10 hours per week, to assist our Community Engagement Specialist for Spanish Speakers with the following services, among others:

  • Provide language access to all City services and programs through culturally competent translation and interpretation
  • Offer one-to-one language support in navigating City services & programs
  • Share in-language City information via sources preferred by our immigrant and LEP communities (radio, TV, note boards, social media, SMS, houses of worship, newspapers, etc.)
  • Assist in addressing social service needs, access to State and Federal services, immigration needs, and affordable housing programs via guidance and referrals to community providers, facilitation of access, and one-to-one support
  • Provide skills building for community members such as leadership training, small business skills training, & ESL referrals
  • Help organize cultural events
  • Develop a sense of belonging for our immigrant communities, valuing their culture and their history
  • High school/GED diploma.
  • Completed B.A. or current college enrollment preferred (internship is however not restricted to current students).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to serve the Spanish speaking community in Somerville.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Native Spanish speaker and English proficiency required (written and verbal).
  • Well-developed organizational skills, interpersonal and communication skills; self-motivation and ability to work independently in the community as well as part of a team.

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.

Application Procedure: 

This position will remain open until filled. 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: [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].

Part Time, 19 Hours or Fewer - Not Benefit Eligible
$15 an hour. Not benefit eligible.
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018