Health and Human Services

Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents. The City of Somerville embraces and encourages 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, but it is also a model employer.

Statement of Duties


The Substance Use Prevention Coordinator is responsible for coordinating substance abuse counseling services to youth and families in the City of Somerville including assessment, training, and support services.


Essential Functions

  • Support youth by conducting assessments on an ongoing basis utilizing evidence-based support tools including, but not limited to, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, & Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) strategies.
  • Coordinate & facilitate various psychoeducational therapy & recovery oriented support groups that address needs in relation to youth & families substance use & recovery.
  • Provide consultation, trainings, & psychoeducation to youth, parents, City departments, Somerville Public Schools, community groups, & community members to provide support to individuals and families impacted by substance use and in recovery.
  • Promote person-centered, strengths-based recovery services by encouraging ongoing participation of youth in decision-making, treatment planning, goal setting, etc.
  • Work individually with youth in providing ongoing support, advocacy, and care coordination. This will include, but is not limited to, increasing community supports, reducing stigma, and creating a strong partnership in treatment.
  • Participate in ongoing multidisciplinary meetings related to youth.
  • Attend and participate in various substance use & recovery community meetings.
  • Establish and maintain strong community partnerships with various organizations and groups within the City of Somerville. This will include, but is not limited to, maintaining an up to date list of resources for individuals and families.
  • Provide and maintain therapeutic boundaries and a professional relationship with youth by exercising sound judgment while providing appropriate distance and support that promotes a trusting relationship and places the well-being of the youth first.
  • Other similar or related duties as assigned.


Safety Sensitive Position


Recommended Minimum Qualifications                                                                

Education and Experience: Master’s Degree in the behavioral sciences, and three to five (3-5) years’ experience working with youth populations in substance use and recovery, 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.  Licensed substance abuse clinician in Massachusetts (LADC I) with strong clinical skills required.



Special Requirements:

Valid MA driver’s license

Valid MA LADC 1 certification


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge:  Knowledge of federal, state, and local public health regulations; working knowledge of public health issues and prevention programs. 

Abilities: Ability to work independently; ability to analyze, diagnose, assess, and make applicable recommendations for individuals or groups; ability to evaluate and monitor community and environmental health projects. Bi-lingual or multilingual ability in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Haitian-Creole is preferredMust be able to travel to multiple locations.

Skill: Excellent organizational skills; excellent data processing skill in the use of personal computers and office software including word processing, data base and spreadsheet applications; excellent public speaking skills, planning and organizational skills, and supervisory 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. Travel to other communities as a regular part of the position.


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 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: 

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].

Full Time
$61,200.00 a year plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Monday, May 13, 2019