Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents alike. If you are looking for a culture that embraces innovation, empowerment, and collaborative involvement, Somerville not only embraces these talents, but encourages them. Creative, hands on collaboration with passionate dedication are at the core of the City’s workplace culture.  Challenging and fast paced, Somerville also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work life balance. Not only is it a “Model City”, as termed by The Boston Globe, but it is also a model employer.

Statement of Duties

The Treasurer/Collector is responsible for the management of all City cash, issuance and payment of debt, and the City’s property and casualty insurance policies. The Treasurer is also the custodian of all stabilization and trust funds, as well as all investments. The Treasurer/Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of Real Estate Tax, Personal Property Tax, Motor Vehicle Excise Tax and Water & Sewer Utilities. As part of the collection process the Treasurer/Collector initiates Tax Liens, petitions to foreclose in Land Court and acts as custodian of foreclosed property. Employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages, oversees and monitors balances on all cash and investments of the City with the objective of maximizing the City’s return while minimizing its risk.
  • Assures compliance with Massachusetts General Laws and General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Manages cash flow and perform cash projects.
  • Manages Other Postemployment Benefits (OPEB) Trust Fund.
  • Works with City’s financial advisor and bond counsel to issue debt and make all payments in a timely fashion on existing debt.
  • Maintains bank accounts and distributes payroll checks to operating departments.
  • Files Federal Form 941 and Massachusetts Form M-941 for federal and state tax reporting purposes. Extracts Form 941 information from the MUNIS/Database and makes the corresponding federal deposits. Remits withholding deposits to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
  • Balances and bills commitments according to M.G.L. and mails within state mandated time lines.
  • Institutes collection proceedings against any past due accounts by the revocation of licenses and permits, water/sewer and tax liens and by making licenses and registrations for non-renewal at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
  • Files petitions to foreclose when a property in Tax Title still remains delinquent, eventually selling the property at auction if the tax remains unpaid.
  • Works with taxpayers to resolve problems related to taxes and utility bills.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, business administration, finance or related field, and five to seven (5-7) years of related work experience in municipal finance or banking; 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.

Special Requirements

  • Incumbent must be bondable
  • Certified Massachusetts Municipal Collector/Treasurer highly preferred; must be able to obtain certification within five (5) years of appointment

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge:  Knowledge of M.G.L. regarding treasury and collection functions; knowledge of automated accounting systems.  Knowledge of the MUNIS system preferred.

Ability: Ability to meet and communicate with the public effectively and appropriately; ability to handle problems and emergencies effectively; ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer; ability to maintain confidential information; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to deal appropriately with City employees, City officials and the general public.

Skill: Excellent organizational and problem solving skills; excellent communication and supervisory skills; excellent computer software and data management 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
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. To apply, please 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
$110,000 per year plus benefits; compensation commensurate with experience
Application Start Date: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018