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Social Worker — City of Somerville

Department: Health and Human Services


The Social Worker operates as the Family Services Manager to assist community members to advocate for themselves and oversees the provision of services that will support their mental, social, and physical wellbeing. 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.

  • Provides information and referral and outreach services on various topics including shelter, food, employment, and health services access.
  • Develops strong partnerships with community organizations/service providers
  • Attends professional development programs and inter agency meetings to maintain knowledge of current programs and to promote HHS programs and services
  • Develops and conducts programming
  • Leads support group meetings as assigned/needed
  • Assists constituents with the completion of application forms for assistance.
  • Serves as an advocate for constituents
  • Supervises student interns
    Recommended Minimum Qualifications                                                              
    Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree and five (5) years’ experience; 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. Massachusetts Social Work License required.
    for general understanding and analytical purposes. 


Valid driver’s license

CPR/First Aid Certification within three months of hire and continually maintained thereafter

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Working knowledge of programs and resources familiarity with health and social issues Working knowledge of State and Federal programs and services to meet the needs of the community

Abilities: ability to interact appropriately and sensitively with residents ability to interact well with staff, participants and caregivers; ability to speak effectively and to communicate with individuals and groups; ability to adapt and be flexible in response to quickly to changing situations.

Skills: Excellent oral and written communication skills; working hardware and software computer skills; skill in working with individuals with mental and/or physical challenges; patience and understanding

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.


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 is 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.

Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Nancy Bacci at 617-625-6600 x 2250 or [email protected].
 Hours: Mon-Wed 8:30-4:30 PM, Thu 8:30-7:30 PM and Fri 8:30-12:30 PMSalary: $62,424.00 annualApplication Start Date: Friday, February 12, 2021