Municipal Policy Analyst

Municipal Policy Analyst

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The City of Watertown is searching for a full-time Municipal Policy Analyst to provide professional research and policy analysis to the City Council.  Responsibilities: Research – Conduct primary and secondary research in support of City Council Committees or the City Council In Its entirety, for the purpose of developing ordinances or policies for Watertown, and to assist the Council in its oversight responsibilities, including research on rules and ordinances used by other municipalities, municipal public policy, regulations, best practices and emerging practices.

Analysis – Analyze, document and present findings to the relevant Committee or the full City Council.

Drafting legislation – Prepare draft language for ordinances and resolutions, under the direction of an appropriate Committee Chair as designated by the City Council President.

Communicating with the City Council – Attend City Council and Committee meetings as directed, and keep Committee Chairs up to date on projects they are working on.

Communicating with others – Develop collegial working relationships with City Administration employees and Watertown Boards, Committees & Commissions. They will be expected to develop relationships with relevant professional organizations such Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Massachusetts Municipal Association, and with peer staff in other municipalities.

Budget – Support the Budget & Fiscal Oversight Committee by researching, reviewing, and assisting in drafting the Capital Improvement Program recommendations, and in compiling, researching, and assisting in drafting the Budget Policy Guideline recommendations.

Direct Report – Work collaboratively and closely with the City Council President or designee; report to the City Council President or designee.

Compensation and Benefits:

Full-time position 37.5 hours per week, but with flexible hours.

Confidential non-union position, salary range of $65,000-$75,000 (commensurate with experience) and with a full benefits package including a health insurance plan, pension system and deferred compensation plans, flexible spending plans, and paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal leave.

The Analyst will have a six-month probationary period followed by a review, and assuming a full time appointment, will then receive annual reviews.

Required Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree; a Master’s degree a plus.

A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience, such as working on legislation, policy and programs at a municipal, state or federal level, familiarity with municipal budgeting processes, or familiarity with municipal, state or federal law.  Available to work in office on a daily basis. Must be available to occasionally attend evening Committee or City Council meetings as needed.

Experience in primary and secondary research, data analysis and interpretation, and data visualization.  Strong verbal and written communication skills, including crafting compelling and data driven narratives. Good working knowledge of standard computer programs and productivity tools used in business, i.e. word processing, spreadsheets, slide writing, cloud-based file management. Strong organizational skills and self-management skills; a high degree of initiative.

Capable of developing collaborative and collegial working relationships.

TO APPLY:             Applications, to be submitted with a cover letter and resume, are available at: Employment Opportunities | Watertown, MA – Official Website (

 Applications are accepted by email;; and to; as well as

fax 1-617-923-8195 or in the Personnel Office, 149 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

DEADLINE:         June 30, 2022

The City of Watertown is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.

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