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: Superintendent of Highways

Department of Public Works (DPW)

The Superintendent oversees the repair/maintenance of all city streets and sidewalks. The Superintendent is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Highway Division which includes Sanitation. The Superintendent via the Lights and Lines Division maintains the City’s Streetlights. 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.

  • Manages a staff of staff of highway maintenance personnel, sanitation inspectors, mechanics, and electricians.

  • Plans, organizes, and directs the delivery of all Highway, Sanitation and Lights and Lines repairs, scheduled maintenance, and work orders.

  • Ensures the safety and cleanliness of all public streets and sidewalks through the utilization of municipal and contracted workforces.

  • Establishes job objectives for employees, delegates tasks, directs and disciplines division personnel.

  • Holds the primary responsibility for the maintenance of all publicly owned streets, sidewalks, parking lots, traffic islands, and pedestrian underpasses.

  • Oversees the removal and disposal of residential, commercial, and public waste and recycling.

  • Oversees snow removal and salting of all streets and roadways during winter conditions.

  • Manages and oversees the replacement of all underground cable and conduits provided by all utilities including electrical, fire alarm, telephone and TV cable, maintenance of the fire and public works radio systems and the operations of the fire signal system, and the maintenance and operation of the City’s streetlights and electric traffic signals.

  • Acts on the City’s behalf to protect the public in cases of emergency/hazardous situations involving all streets, sidewalks, and parking lots, including issuing orders to correct hazardous conditions.

  • Plans, executes, and defends the divisional budgets.

  • Oversees and administers the purchasing of supplies and equipment according to Federal, State and City purchasing policies and procedures.

  • Manages City vendors, including assessing and documenting vendor performance and efficiency.

  • Oversees the collection of fees and maintenance of appropriate records/accounts.

  • Prepares a wide variety of written materials (e.g. City Council agenda items and briefings, contracts for professional services, budgets, contract scopes, legislative updates, contract changes, requests for proposals, a variety of narrative and statistical reports, departmental policies) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, seeking input, and/or conveying information.

  • Coordinates divisional cooperation with stakeholders in other DPW divisions, City departments, including City Administration, the City Council, Constituent Services, Water and Sewer Departments, Mobility, Engineering, Traffic and Parking, Inspectional Services and others.


Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in an applicable field, and five to seven- (5-7) years of related work experienceor any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.Valid Class D driver’s license.

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 driving, stooping, crouching, walking, and standing. Work requires some agility such as moving in or about construction sites or over rough terrain. There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as books; office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs.) When in the field, more physical skill may be required to accomplish the duties required.

Motor Skills: Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job requires 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 and routinely reviewing documents and plans with a need for color vision.

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. When in the field or attending meetings, the environment can be at construction sites and outdoors. Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to attend evening meetings or complete work assignments.

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].

Full Time
$106.120.80 annually; plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Wednesday, September 15, 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.