Community Preservation Coordinator – Town of Watertown

The Town of Watertown seeks an individual to provide administrative assistance to the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) in managing all aspects of the Community Preservation Program including coordinating the application process for granting Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds, managing all budget expenditures, facilitating the CPA grants process, completing annual reports on projects, funding expenditures, Department of Revenue filings, annual plan updates, and managing special projects related to the CPA. The Coordinator will prepare materials, participate in all CPC monthly evening meetings and other meetings as determined, and maintain compliance with the Open Meeting Law, CPA rules, CPC and DOR policies. Collaboration, teamwork, strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and community relations skills are critical for this position.

The Coordinator will report directly to the CPC through the Chair, with some oversight by the Director of Community Development and Planning/Assistant Town Manager for employment-related issues and the use of town resources. Watertown’s annual tax surcharge totals about $2,000,000 plus the annual state match. The CPC is looking to create and launch a town-wide engagement process to develop community enhancing projects – imaginative and doable – that will best serve all residents of Watertown for years to come. 

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Planning or a related field with 3 or more years’ experience in community development and  planning and/or public administration. Master’s degree in Planning, Public Policy/Administration plus at least 1-year experience preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting and grant management; knowledge of the public procurement process/Chapter 30B experience is a plus. Computer skills and a valid Massachusetts driver’s license with safe driving record.

Salary Range:  $31.71 -$34.65 per hour. This is a non-union, part-time position with an excellent benefit   package.

To Apply:  An on-line application form is available at in the document center/personnel tab or at the Personnel Department. An application form with resume and cover  letter is accepted by email:; fax 1-617-923-8195 or at the  Personnel Department, 149 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Deadline:  Open until filled. Additional position details available.