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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: October 19, 2017

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Human Service Programs
Job Title: Executive Director/ADA Coordinator, Commission for Persons with Disabilities
Job Code: M034-701
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours/week, including some evening and weekend meetings


Reporting to the Assistant City Manager for Human Services and the Assistant Director for Administration, the Executive Director/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the City's overall ADA compliance efforts, for supervision of the CCPD Disability Project Coordinator, for management of day-to-day operations of the CCPD office, and for building and maintaining a functional and responsive CCPD Advisory Board. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Periodically review, and update, all City ADA policies and documents, including but not limited to reasonable accommodation policies, grievance procedure, ADA transition plan and self-evaluation. Publicize and implement the City's ADA policies and related documents.
  • Serve as a resource of information and provide technical assistance to Department Heads, managers and supervisors regarding making employees with disabilities an essential part of the City's comprehensive workforce diversity efforts, and regarding the needs for physical and programmatic accessibility improvements, reasonable accommodations and the provision of auxiliary aids and services.
  • Develop customized training programs on ADA compliance and disability awareness for a wide variety of audiences.
  • Work with Department Heads, managers, and Personnel Department and with prospective and current employees with disabilities to plan and implement reasonable accommodations, according to individual needs.
  • Conduct accessibility evaluations and make recommendations for City facilities, including municipal buildings, parking facilities, open space, parks and playgrounds and revise as necessary.
  • Prepare annual written capital budget requests, through the City's capital budget process, recommending ADA accessibility improvements to city facilities, including the acquisition and provision of assistive technology as needed.
  • Assist City staff in reviewing contractual arrangements, collective bargaining agreements, and other ADA-covered activities to ensure that such activities, contracts, and agreements fulfill the requirements for nondiscrimination on the basis of disability under the ADA.
  • Provide technical assistance upon request regarding the requirements of the ADA and other federal, state, local disability discrimination laws.  Develop customized training programs on ADA compliance and disability awareness for wide variety of audiences. Provide technical assistance, training, feedback and recommendations to Department Heads (or their designees) regarding the need for physical and programmatic accessibility improvements, reasonable accommodations, and the provision of auxiliary aids and services in programs, services and activities.
  • Supervise and support Disability Project Coordinator on a wide variety of CCPD ongoing projects and office functions, including but not limited to: annual budget goals, I & R requests, development & distribution of bi-monthly newsletter, community outreach, taxi discount coupon program and participation on various interdepartmental committees and boards.
  • Investigate complaints regarding purported violations of ADA and Massachusetts Architectural Access Board ("MAAB") rules and regulations pertaining to public and private property in Cambridge.  Provide input to MAAB regarding variance applications.
  • Coordinate efforts with CCPD Disability Project Coordinator and provide staff support for monthly CCPD Advisory Board meetings, including preparing agendas, publicizing monthly meetings, preparing monthly minutes and delivering monthly reports to the Board.
  • In conjunction with the Project Coordinator, handle publicity and logistics, and provide coordination and administrative support for Advisory Board events, e.g. topical events, film screenings, board retreats, annual October employment events, etc.



  • Possess a broad understanding of community-based disability access and antidiscrimination laws and policies.
  • Demonstrate a significant track record in implementation of disability laws and policies, cross-disability alignment, universal design, and intersectionality with other social justice movements.
  • Successful track record as a manager and/or supervisor, with a minimum of three (3) years' experience in accessibility and disability inclusion issues in a supervisory and/or managerial context (public sector experience a plus).
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, especially in a diverse workforce setting.
  • Proven ability to think creatively, engage in collaborative problem-solving, building partnerships, and engendering the trust and confidence of staff, volunteers, colleagues, and collaborators.
  • BA or BS required, Master's degree in a related field preferred. Successful candidates for this position should be certified through the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP) , or be willing to become certified within 12 months of hiring.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:        Must have sufficient mobility to travel between sites and to local meetings. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:     General office environment with air conditioning and fluorescent lighting. 

RATE: $75,820 - $95,796 annually + excellent benefits


Internal applicants, submit job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants, submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to   Personnel Dept., Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA  02139.   Fax:  (617) 349-4312.  Resumes and letters of interest requested by: 11/16/17.  Position is considered open until filled.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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