Boston – Why Work For Us?


Boston was first incorporated as a town in 1630, and later as a city in 1822. Although City Government played a major role in Boston's development, the real spirit lies in the diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of the City. Today, the City is governed by the Mayor and the City Council with the assistance of various departments, agencies and commissions.

City Council

As the Legislative body of the City, the City Council serves as the link between the citizens of Boston and their municipal government. Through the filing of legislation, the enactment of orders, ordinances, and resolutions, the Council actively represents the diverse interests of Bostonians while ensuring the efficient and cost effective delivery of services. The Council fulfills its obligation as the appropriating authority by analyzing appropriations and loan orders.

City Clerk

The Office of the City Clerk provides day-to-day essential services to the general public and city agencies. The City Clerk also serves as the Clerk of the City Council presiding at each City Council meeting as the parliamentarian ensuring proper protocol is adhered to during the proceedings.

Election Department

The Election Department conducts all municipal, state, and federal elections within the City of Boston. The Department ensures that elections are properly managed and conducted in accordance with City, state, and federal laws. The Department also handles the registration of voters, proper maintenance of voters' status and manages the annual listing of Boston residents age 17 and over.



Boston prides itself on being one of the most livable cities in America. Twenty-one diverse neighborhoods offer more than 600,000 residents the opportunity to taste, touch, and experience things from all over the world. Neighbors benefit from exceptional medical facilities, vibrant neighborhood business districts, and a solid network of parks, community centers, and libraries.

Housing and Property

Boston is a great place to live, work and raise a family. To keep Boston's neighborhoods and economy strong, the City has made increasing affordable housing a top priority.

Boston: A City of Neighborhoods

While many cities are defined by their skylines, Boston is distinguished by its vibrant neighborhoods. Indeed, Boston's strength, diversity and vitality are all rooted in her neighborhoods, where neighborhood pride and cultures from all over the world are cherished and celebrated. Although each neighborhood has its own personality and distinct appeal, all of the neighborhoods demonstrate Boston's changing face, as this historic capital has become a magnet for all of the world's citizens. These new immigrants have joined native Bostonians and transplants from across the country to make Boston the world-class city it is today.

Welcome to the City of Boston Career Center. We have over 18,000 employees performing a wide variety of jobs serving the residents of Boston. Our employees enjoy competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

On this website you can view available jobs, review job descriptions, and complete an online application. This website has easy to follow instructions to lead you through the application process.

If a career in public service appeals to you, then you are the person we are looking for. Come work for the City of Boston!

Vivian Leonard, Director 
Office of Human Resources
City of Boston



The City of Boston strives to hire diverse individuals who are motivated to improve the communities in which they live.

What we offer you, the job applicant:

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation, sick, and personal day benefits

  • 7 choices of health insurance plans, including, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Harvard Pilgrim

  • Dental, vision, and life insurance benefit options

  • Access to an onsite daycare program and a free Employee Assistance Program

  • A diverse workplace environment where diversity is seen as a strength and where we are committed to equal employment opportunities.

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    On the ground experience working in affordable housing development. Good work /life balance. Making positive changes in city for the residents.


    Frequent reorganizations can hamper effectiveness, there are some political appointees in key positions who are not interested in doing a good job. They are sometimes beholden to developers.

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Headquarters Boston, MA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1630
Type Government
Industry Government

The City of Boston's legacy includes a famous Tea Party, Paul Revere's Ride, and clam chowder. With about 620,000 residents, Boston has been called the economic and cultural hub of New England. The Greater Boston metro area is home to about 4.5 million. Boston also boasts world class educational institutions (Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), champion sports teams (Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots), and a rich cultural and historical identity. The city's government consists of a strong mayor elected to a four-year term, a city council consisting of 13 council... More

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