Boards and Commissions Openings

Newton residents participate in local government as members of more than eighty boards, commissions, committees and advisory councils serving the City of Newton. Such broad citizen involvement helps our government remain open and responsive. Residents play a critical role in the work required to address the wide variety of needs in our city.

Appointments to the City’s boards and commissions are made by the Mayor, the Board of Aldermen and the School Committee. The boards and commissions which have openings are listed below. Openings will be listed for at least 30 days.

If you have an interest in one of these areas and would like to volunteer to serve, you can apply online by clicking here. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You can also send a letter of interest and a resume directly to the staff member listed below in the Board of Commission opening.

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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1-11-2016

9

3

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The Advisory Council of Health and Human Services is made up of two registered physicians, 5 non-professionals and the Commissioner of Health and Human Services serving as Chair. The Advisory council serves as a support and advice group for the Commissioner of Health and Human Services. The Health and Human Services department oversees social services, public health, environmental health, school health, youth services, emergency preparedness and weights and measures. If you are interested in joining the Advisory Council of Health and Human Services, please send a letter of interest, and resume to Boards and Commissions Coordinator.

 

Council on Aging

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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8-03-15

9

9

0

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The Council on Aging is a group of interested volunteers appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to serve the needs and improve the quality of life for all Newton seniors focusing on outreach, advocacy, education, and legislation. Interested parties should send their resume and statement of interest to Jayne Colino

 

Council on Aging Advisory Board

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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8-03-15

20

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7

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The Council on Aging is a group of interested volunteers appointed by the Mayor, to serve the needs and improve the quality of life for all Newton seniors focusing on outreach, advocacy, education, and legislation. Interested parties should send their resume and statement of interest to Jayne Colino

 

COMMISSION ON DISABILITY

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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3-28-2016

5 - 9

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The Commission on Disability's mission is to foster equal access to community life and activities for people with disabilities. Through education and advocacy, the Commission works to raise awareness about the needs and rights of people with disabilities and the importance of increased accessibility to programs, housing, and facilities in municipal and commercial buildings, and other public entities. Interested parties should send their resume and statement of interest to Boards and Commissions Coordinator.

 

COMMUNITY EDUCATION COMMISSION

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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1-26-2015

2

2

9

several

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The Community Education Commission establishes program policies to guide the community education program and serves as the vehicle for community input to the program.Letters of interest and resumes should be sent to Ed Hauben, Director of Community Education. Visit the Community Education Website here 

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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12-30-2015

9

2

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The Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) makes state and local funds available for affordable housing, historic resources (including archives, art, buildings and landscapes), open space for conservation and passive recreation, and land for active outdoor recreation. After adopting the CPA in 2001, the first possible year, Newton then created an all-volunteer Community Preservation Committee (CPC) as required by the Act. The CPC has two primary responsibilities: first, to study Newton’s needs, possibilities and resources for community preservation; and second, to recommend eligible projects for funding by Newton’s Board of Aldermen (our soon-to-be City Council).
Under the CPA statute, 5 CPC members are appointed by other City boards and commissions. Newton’s CPA ordinance added 4 other members, appointed by the Mayor subject to confirmation by the City Council, to represent all the CPA-eligible resources and all parts of the City. The ordinance also limits all Newton CPC members to two 3-year terms. Though each CPC member is appointed to represent primarily one CPA-eligible resource, the members of Newton’s CPC work collaboratively to allocate CPA funds across all of these resources.
Mayor Warren hopes to appoint successors to two CPC members who have reached their term limits: one with expertise in affordable housing, and one with expertise in open space and land conservation. One of these new members must live in either Ward 5 or Ward 6; the other must live in either Ward 7 or Ward 8 (a map of ward boundaries is available from “City Maps” under the “About Newton” tab on the City website, www.newtonma.gov).

Volunteers who would like to be considered for appointment to the CPC should apply online or forward a resume and letter of interest to Boards and Commissions Coordinator.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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3-9-2016

15

0

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The City has openings on the Economic Development Commission for residents interested in serving on its fifteen member board. The EDC’s responsibilities include such things as promoting the preservation and development of existing and new businesses, investigating and assisting in the establishment of commercial projects, studying economic conditions and trends affecting Newton and to advise and make recommendations to the mayor, city councilors and the planning and development department regarding actions to affect or improve the economic conditions and development of the city. Commissioners should have professional qualifications demonstrating the ability to contribute to these responsibilities. Recent undertakings of the Economic Development Commission include a review of the Austin Street development proposal, discussion of the N2Corridor grant initiative and subsequent award, and review of an rDNA/special permit proposal by cancer research company. If interested, please forward your resume and letter of interest to Boards and Commissions Coordinator.

 

FARM COMMISSION

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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3-3-2014

3

3

3

1 BOA

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Help preserve the last remaining farm in Newton – join the Newton Farm Commission which oversees the operation of the Newton Community Farm. The Commission meets monthly on the first Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Newton City Hall. If you are passionate about locally grown produce and educating the public on issues such as sound agricultural practices, please contact Alexandra Ananth

 

Financial Audit Advisory Committee

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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10-06-2015

8 members

1

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The President of the Board of Aldermen seeks a Newton resident with financial expertise to serve as a citizen member of the Board of Aldermen’s Financial Audit Advisory Committee.

 

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSIONS (Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Upper Falls)

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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1-26-2015

7 members, up to 7 alternates

2 - 4

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The purpose of the Historic District Commissions is to promote the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant in the history of the City of Newton, the maintenance and improvement of settings of such buildings and settings, and the encouragement of design compatible with the existing architecture. Interested parties should a send a letter of interest and resume to Boards and Commissions Coordinator.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AND ADVISORY COUNCIL

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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3-28-2016

9 Commission
20 Advisory

several

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The Human Rights Commission and Advisory Board promote tolerance and diversity in Newton with the goal of ensuring that all residents are treated fairly regardless of nationality, race, religion, abilities, age, or sexual orientation. They run programs for public education on human rights issues and examine reports of discrimination in any form within the City. If you are interested in volunteering, please send your resume and a letter of interest to Boards and Commissions Coordinator.

 

LEAF BLOWER TASK FORCE

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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3-10-2014

8

several

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The Board of Aldermen seeks 8 citizens, one from each ward, a representative from a major institution that uses power landscaping equipment to maintain its property (e.g. Boston College, Lasell College, Mt. Ida College), a representative from a public or private golf course, and a representative from a landscaping company to study the health and environmental impacts from noise and emissions from using leaf blowers and other landscaping equipment. Based upon the results of the study, the task force shall prepare a report and recommendations for the Board of Aldermen for the purpose of reducing exhaust emissions, particulate matter, dust, and noise resulting from the operation of power equipment used in landscaping, property and yard maintenance. Interested parties should apply send a letter of interest and resume to commission@newtonma.gov.


PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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3-13-2014

5 members
5 alternate members

1 Secretary of Housing and Economic Dev.

1 alternate

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The city is seeking volunteers who have expertise in urban planning or related fields to serve on the Planning and Development Board. This board reviews requests for federal funds for a variety of community development projects and programs and other planning related responsibilities. Interested parties can send a letter of interest and resume to Boards and Commissions Coordinator.

TRUSTEE OF THE NEWTON FREE LIBRARY

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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6-10-2016

5 members

1

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A seat on the five-member Board of Library Trustees is open. The Library Trustees set policy for the library and manage its expenditures, oversee the Library Director and promote the library in the community. The Newton Free Library will be actively improving its services and facility over the next few years so Trustees who have strengths in fundraising; architecture, construction or design; or general management would be great assets to the board. Even more important is enthusiasm for supporting the library’s role in the cultural and intellectual life of the community. 

 

URBAN DESIGN COMMISSION

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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1-15-2014

8

4

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The Urban Design Commission was established to preserve, improve and develop the physical environment of the City. If you have expertise in city planning, landscape architecture, horticulture, arboriculture, or architecture, we encourage you to apply. Please send your resume and statement of interest to Boards and Commissions Coordinator.

URBAN TREE COMMISSION

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

Other

Openings

Current members

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3-9-2016

12

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The Urban Tee Commission shall advise the tree warden, the mayor, the board of aldermen and the general public on all matters concerning public trees, including but not limited to, the selection of trees for planting, planting and pruning of trees, the treatment of disease, and the preservation and regular maintenance of trees. Interested parties should send a resume and statement of interest to Boards and Commissions Coordinator.

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Appointing Authority:

Posting Date

Mayor

Bd. of Aldermen

   Other

Openings

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4-6-2016

5 Members    
5 Associate Members

1 Associate Members

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The City of Newton is seeking residents who are interested in serving as members of the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Experience in zoning and land use law, building and construction, real estate development and/or the fields of architecture, engineering and landscape design is desired.  The ZBA works with the City’s Planning and Development Director, the Commissioner of Inspectional Services, the City Engineer, the Law Department and the Planning and Development Board.  The ZBA applies its expertise in zoning law, regulations and construction plans to hear and act upon requests for variances under the provisions G.L. Ch. 40B; and to hear and act on appeals of decisions made by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services with regard to building permits and compliance with the city’s zoning ordinances.  Interested persons should submit a letter of interest indicating how they are qualified to carry out the duties of the Zoning Board of Appeals, along with a current resume, to: Boards and Commissions Coordinator.

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