The city known as the town of Watertown (population 36,000), with a general fund budget of $154 million, seeks a highly qualified skilled professional to join the management team as the Town Clerk. Appointed by the Town Manager, the Town Clerk performs highly responsible administrative and supervisory work in the administration of federal, state, and local statutes, the maintenance of official municipal records, the issuing of various licenses and documents, and maintains the efficiency and effectiveness of all areas under his/her control. Serves as Chief Compliance Officer for Ethics Commission certifications required of all town employees, boards and commissions as well as the Open Meeting Law requirements. Serves as the processing officer for posting all meeting notices, agendas and meeting minutes of all town agencies, boards and commissions. Serves as Registrar of Vital Records including births, deaths, and marriage records and prepares state reports. Supervises issuance of a variety of state and town licenses, permits and certificates, records and collection fees and ensures compliance with rules and regulations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Maintains up to date publications of all town bylaws and ordinances. Possesses knowledge of the principles and practices of effective public administration, extensive knowledge of office practices and procedures and thorough knowledge of modern records management techniques, including legal requirements for recording, retention and disclosures. The Town Clerk serving as the Chief Election Officer in coordination with the Board of Election Commissioners is responsible for fair and accurate federal, state and local elections; coordinates all aspects of Town Census, voter registration, absentee balloting, creates and processes various pre- and post-election related tasks/reports conducted through the state supported VRIS (Voter Registration Information System) software program, prepares election worker materials and Election Day support to voters and poll workers. Administers the oath of office to all elected and appointed officials. Responsibilities include a variety of other duties and additional special projects assigned by the Town Manager.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business management or a related field, experience as a Town Clerk or Assistant Town Clerk preferred; five years of progressively responsible experience in municipal government; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be able to be bonded and obtain a commission as a notary public. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills and committed to providing service excellence to residents and visitors.

Salary Range: $85,800 – $115,600 plus an excellent benefit package

To Apply: A town of Watertown application form is available at under Job Posting. An application with cover letter and resume is accepted by email:, fax: 1-617-923-8195 or at the Personnel Office, 149 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

By: Review of resumes will begin immediately and position is open until filled