The City of Somerville seeks six (6) Temporary Elections Support Workers for the City of Somerville Elections Department.  The Elections Support Workers will assist the Elections Department in the processing of confidential information in addition to work as assigned.

Employment Period: July 15, 2020 through November 30, 2020

Schedule: 40 hours/week; Monday-Wednesday, 8:30am-4:30pm \ Thursday, 8:30am-7:30pm \ Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm

Pay: $18.00/hour. Not benefit eligible.

Essential Functions

  • Opening and sorting of incoming correspondence
  • Data entry
  • Ability to sort and file by specific locations
  • Prepare confidential and sensitive mailings
  • Work independently or in a team in the same area

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Work accuracy and attention to detail is essential
  • Good at taking direction and instruction
  • Ability to bend and lift up to 52lbs
  • Ability to train and learn new skills
  • Willingness to be trained on Massachusetts Elections Computer System

Required Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Knowledge: Working knowledge or ability to develop knowledge of the functions of the Elections Department, including management of census records and voter counts.

Abilities: Ability to accurately sort and alphabetize documents; ability to operate a personal computer and enter data through typing; ability to handle confidential information.

Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, or any other standard office software to demonstrate skillset to enter information into an electronic database; experience filing documents and maintaining records in an office environment preferred.

Work Environment                                                                                                                                    

The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of indoor environments such as office settings, with infrequent exposure to outside elements.  Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant.  Must comply with applicable state and local safety precautions, including wearing personal protective equipment and practicing appropriate social distancing.

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

Some 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, pushing and pulling of objects such as voting machines, books, office equipment and computer paper (up to 52 lbs.) 

Motor Skills

Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job requires 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 clarity of vision, three-dimensional vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and ability to identify and distinguish colors.  Employee will also require visual skills to constantly read documents for general understanding and analytical purposes.

Application Procedure: 

Send your resume and cover letter by Tuesday, July 7, 2020 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].

40 hours/week; July 15, 2020 through November 30, 2020
$18.00/hour. Not benefit-eligible.
Application Start Date: 
Monday, June 29, 2020
Application End Date: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2020