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Title: Director of Sustainability and Environment
Department: Office of Sustainability and Environment

The City of Somerville is seeking a director for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE). Working closely with department heads, community members, and the Mayor, the new Director of OSE will oversee a series of innovative policies and programs with the aim of making Somerville a net zero emissions city. The ideal candidate will use his or her passion for sustainability to make Somerville a leader in this realm – a place other cities look to for ideas on how to combat climate change and curb the wasteful use of resources. 


Benefits of joining Somerville include:


      Working directly and regularly with Mayor Curtatone and his key staff, who transformed Somerville into the best-run city in Massachusetts (according to The Boston Globe)

      The opportunity to gain experience in all stages of the policymaking process, from formation through implementation, and all areas of municipal policy, from trash disposal and recycling to zoning

      A chance to lay the groundwork for what will become one of the most ambitious environmental programs in the country


Under the direction of the Mayor, the Director of OSE carries out the following activities:


      Manages the day-to-day activities of the Environmental Coordinator.

      Member of the Somerville Commission on Energy Use and Climate Change.

      Assesses the City’s sustainability practices and current performance through energy audits.

      Optimizes the City’s potential for recycling, energy efficiency, waste reduction, greenhouse gases emission reduction, and food composting, among other things.

      Oversees the installation of renewable energy systems in City facilities; oversees the expansion of the City’s Clean Energy programs; examines and reviews all City facilities and operations to ensure environmental improvements.

      Oversees and manages all aspects of the City’s hazardous waste and solid waste reduction programs. This may entail the launch of a new curbside composting pick up program, as well as the distribution of uniform trash bins for each household.

      Provides current information about sustainability and facilitates the development of sustainability initiatives, collaborations, and policy; is a voracious consumer of information in this area and is not afraid to propose big ideas that have worked in other places.

      Encourages and assists with sustainability activities, initiatives, and collaborations by managers, staff, elected officials, and community members.

      Identifies and supports City and community-based service learning opportunities, team projects, and individual projects that support sustainability and emphasize collaboration with local businesses and residents.

      Promotes the City’s sustainability initiatives at City-owned facilities by developing and organizing seminars, speakers, presentations, website articles, and by employing other creative methods of communication.

      Serves as a public spokesperson for the City’s sustainability initiatives and programs by attending conferences, giving presentations, and fostering regional and national partnerships with other cities, towns, businesses, and schools.

      Manages the sustainability program budget, explores potential grants and other funding sources for future sustainability initiatives, and prepares funding request applications, as needed.


      Ability to provide direction to senior staff and to consult on environmental and sustainability to the Mayor, and other elected officials

      Proven track for innovative thinking and creative problem-solving

      Ability and experience in managing projects among diverse stakeholders

      Strong analytical, writing, and speaking skills

      Proficiency in MS Office

      Graduate of a four year college with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Energy or Environmental Policy, or another related field, and five to seven- (5-7) years of related work 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       

      A graduate degree (master’s or PhD) in a relevant field is highly desired

Application Procedure:

City Hall Personnel Office

93 Highland Avenue

Somerville MA 02143

Fax:  617-666-4426

TTY:  1-866-808-4851



Salary: $80,000. per year; paid weekly at $1.538.46; plus benefits package
Hours per Week: Full Time 40 hours per week