Capital Projects Director

City of Somerville City of Somerville Employer:
Somerville, MA, USLocation:
Fri, Nov 9 '18Posted on:

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

Administrative and supervisory work in developing and implementing strategic decisions regarding the investment in the City’s facilities.  Employee is responsible for the identification of needed capital investments in structures, and for developing strategic options for capital funding.  Employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.

  Essential Functions


  • Oversees the capital repair program, renovations and/or reconstruction of all buildings owned by the City.
  • Conducts meetings with subordinates to give guidance and answer questions.
  • Provides advice and support to the Mayor, department heads and elected officials regarding capital improvement projects throughout the City. 
  • Researches and develops strategic options for long-range capital planning, and implements methods that allow the City to prioritize capital improvement projects based on multiple factors and considerations.
  • Seeks to maximize returns on capital spending by researching low-cost alternatives to current practices, modeling financial implications of capital decisions, leveraging state and federal resources, prioritizing projects, taking advantage of economies of scale, and by using other methods that would maximize returns.
  • In conjunction with the Department of Public Works, plans for the routine maintenance of all City buildings through efficient use of the City’s work order software platform.
  • Coordinates and interacts with other agencies and constituent groups.
  • Interacts with the public concerning events and incidents that arise as a result of capital projects.
  • Monitors contracts with special service providers (e.g., architects and engineers) to ensure the delivery of quality capital projects and required services.
  • Develops and administers the Department’s operating budget.
  • Manages House Doctor contracts and all other contracts related to the ongoing maintenance and repair of City Buildings.
  • In conjunction with the head of Buildings and Grounds, plans for the optimal deployment of Public Works crews.
  • Meets regularly with department heads regarding the care and maintenance of City buildings.




Recommended Minimum Qualifications                                                    


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering or business administration, or a closely related field and seven (7) to ten (10) years of related experience in construction, real estate, facilities management; 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

Valid MA Class D Driver’s License


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of building construction and maintenance; knowledge of the principles and practices of effective budgetary management, as well as financial modeling.  Working knowledge of computer hardware and software in support of departmental operations.


Ability: Ability to work independently; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to handle problems effectively in response to day-to-day crises; ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer; ability to deal appropriately with City employees, City official, contractors, trades workers and the public. Ability to prioritize projects based on multiple factors, which may include political, financial, public health and safety, etc.  Ability to analyze and explain financial implications of complex capital planning decisions.  Ability to recruit and train employees. 


Skill: Excellent organizational skills and skills in all work-related software applications.  Strong conceptual, analytical, verbal and written communication 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 to attend evening meetings.


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 and routinely reviewing maps and blueprints with a need for color vision.


Application Procedure: 

Open Until Filled. Send your resume and cover letter:

City Hall Personnel Office 93 Highland Avenue Somerville MA 02143 Fax: 617-666-4426 TTY: 1-866-808-4851 Email:

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.


Hours: Full Time

Salary: $122,400.00 a year plus benefits


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