Head Clerk


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City Of Pittsfield
70 Allen Street

Website: cityofpittsfield.org

Company Description:
The City of Pittsfield is the cultural, commercial, legal, and medical center of the Berkshires – a region renowned for its wonderful people, outstanding standard of living, beautiful landscapes, and the finest in cultural and recreational attractions.

We are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a multicultural work force, excellence in public service, and on-going mutual respect in our working relationships. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Head Clerk
Full Time
Administrative/Clerical/Data Entry
High School or Equivalent

 The Head Clerk provides clerical support in the City Clerk’s office.  Incumbent must have excellent interpersonal skills, be highly organized with the ability to work in a fast-past environment, maintain a professional and courteous demeanor, and possess strong customer service skills, as the individual will have constant interaction with constituents, public officials, and other employees.  General office duties include but not limited to processing vital records, dog licenses, assisting members of the public, and other duties related to the operations of the Office of the City Clerk.


  • Provides general clerical support including answering telephones, preparing outgoing mail, sorting incoming mail, filing, assisting public in person and by phone, and other miscellaneous tasks assigned by the Assistant City Clerk and / or City Clerk.
  • Maintains and updates the Clerk’s Manual as needed.
  • Maintains a database index and filing system for boards, commissions, committees, city council CD meeting recordings, agendas, meeting notices, notifications, schedules, and minutes.
  • Posts, scans, uploads, and assists in scheduling all boards, commission, committee and council meeting agendas and notices/notifications on the City website in compliance with MA Open Meeting Law regulations.  Posting on our external electronic monitor and bulletin board.
  • This position is the back-up for the City Clerk in preparing/creating the City Council agenda for uploading, posting, and disseminating to the City Council.
  • Processes city dog licenses and updates rabies vaccinations submitted by local veterinarians.
  • Issues all vital records (death, marriage and birth) dog licenses, and processes marriage intentions; assists in registering birth and marriages.  Assists in processing daily online EFT and mail-in requests; assists in maintaining and registering database index of death records.  Communicates with the Commonwealth’s Vital Statistics department with correction requests and assists with annual death statistic reporting.
  • Processing depositions for vital statistics records, transmitting recordings of vital records to the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Boston.
  • Assisting in research for the public and municipal employees etc., over the counter and by phone.  Assists in all genealogy requests.
  • Assist in preparation of forms & materials for absentee voters (voting in office).
  • Assists in functions of Licensing Board.
  • Serve as a Notary Public – Commonwealth of Massachusetts and assists in administering oaths.
  • Performs other similar duties in nature as assigned or required.


  • High School diploma or equivalent; Associate degree highly desirable.
  • Three years of related municipal experience is preferred; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Requires broad knowledge of federal and state laws that govern municipal administration, and records management.
  • Experience with various software programs unique to the position/department, as well as Microsoft Office; requires skill in using software features such as mail merges, applying formulas, and formatting.
  • Ability to interact with people on an upbeat and friendly basis, regardless of circumstances; possesses excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Possess a high degree of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Must be highly organized and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment; possess a professional and courteous demeanor, be highly motivated with the ability to work independently and in cooperation with co-workers; possess a willingness to learn and to problem solve.


This is an office-based job in a dynamic municipal building with normal to heavy foot traffic.  While performing the duties of the Head Clerk, the incumbent is required to: interact and communicate frequently with the public, government officials, other staff members and boards, and/or third parties transacting business with the City; the position requires good vision to prepare reports and good hearing for telephone and in-person communication.


The incumbent is required to operate standard office equipment including computers and keyboards at efficient speed; and move throughout municipal office/building. Incumbent may also be required to lift/move/push/pull/operate other objects, and other machines and equipment unique to the role or the Department. Lifts/moves objects weighing up to 50 pounds.


Monday – Friday, 35 Hours per week


Starting salary $17.02 - $17.97 per hour

Annual increase up to $21.73 per hour


Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 4:00PM

We are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a multicultural work force, excellence in public service, and on-going mutual respect in our working relationships. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people from other underrepresented groups to apply for our open positions - recognizing and respecting that diverse perspectives and experiences are valuable to our team and essential to our public service.

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