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The Citizen's Advisory Council would like to thank you for your interest in applying for an appointment to a board and or commission. By Home Rule Charter, the Citizen's Advisory Council is charged with assisting the City Manager in making the appointment process more accessible to every citizen. These FAQs have been designed by the Council to help you understand the selection process.

Q:
Who can apply to be a member of a Board/Commission?
 A:

To be qualified to apply for a Board or Commission you must be a registered voter who has been a City resident for at least one year and not an employee of the City of Worcester (employees may qualify for some advisory boards).

Q:
How do I apply for a Board or Commission?
 A:

Qualified residents may apply several ways;

  1. send an application to the Office of Human Resources Office, Room 109, 455 Main St., 01608;
  2. complete an online application from the City's Website; or
  3. call the Human Resources Office at (508) 799-1030 to have information sent to you.
Q:
Are there any other requirements besides an application?
 A:

It is strongly suggested that candidates include a cover letter explaining why they are interested in a particular Board or Commission as well as a resume so that the Citizen's Advisory Council will have as much information as possible to select appropriate candidates for appointment. There will be a public notice of a closing date for each selection period and applications will need to be submitted by this deadline to be considered for the current selection meeting. Please note that applications can be submitted at any time to be notified of future vacancies.

Q:
What happens after I submit an application, cover letter and resume?
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After the closing date to submit applications, the Citizen's Advisory Council will formally notify you of a scheduled selection meeting. You are urged to attend. If, due to unforeseen circumstances you will not be able to attend, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Human Resources Office or a member of the Council.

Q:
What will happen at this meeting?
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The selection meeting is an open public meeting at which you will be interviewed by the CAC. Each applicant will be given an opportunity to verbally express their interest in the board/commission they've applied for. After reading your application, cover letter and resume, CAC members may ask you questions that will help them understand what your interest is in each board and what you can bring to the board that will be beneficial to the residents of Worcester.

Q:
What does the CAC look for?
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Selection criteria is based on several things: the reason why someone is interested in a particular board, work or life experience that is relevant to the board and education if it is pertinent or a requirement of the board. Members also look for candidates who will be able to work in a public environment and be able to meet the time commitments.

Q:
When will I know if the vote was in my favor?
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After all applicants are interviewed for a particular board/commission; the CAC will conduct a vote for each applicant. You will know immediately if you are being selected to move forward for further consideration by the City Manager.

Q:
I was not selected in the past, should I apply again?
 A:

YES! Many factors can result in an applicant not being voted forward: too many applicants for the same board, the opening is for a specific district, another candidate's resume demonstrated relevant experience that the public is not aware of, the applicant applied for more than one board and was a better match for a different board, etc.

Q:
I would feel more comfortable if the Council would vote for or against me in private. Is this possible?
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No, the Council must operate according to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law which prohibits secrecy surrounding deliberations and decisions.

Q:
If the Council votes in favor of my nomination, do I automatically get the appointment?
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No. If the Council votes in your favor, your name will be submitted to the City Manager's Office for consideration. If you are voted forward, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. This second interview will be with a representative from the City Manager's office and the Staff Liaison who works with the particular board. After this second interview, your name will be recommended to the City Manager who makes the final appointment.

Q:
Why is this process so involved?
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The City's Boards and Commission are charged with important work that can heavily impact residents. It is important that nominations are made based on a genuine desire to serve the diverse populations who live in Worcester and help make it a better place to live. Some boards and commissions are very technical and require members to be able to read and/or interpret regulations or laws. In every case, candidates must be able to function as a group in an open meeting forum while demonstrating respect for the citizens who attend meetings.

Q:
After the second interview, what happens?
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After the second interview with the representative from the City Managers Office and the Staff Liaison, a recommendation will be made and the City Manger will make the final selection.

Q:
How will I know if I am selected?
 A:

You will receive a letter in the mail from the City Manager advising you of the appointment. The appointment letter will also serve to inform you of orientation and the swearing in process with the City Clerk. Regulatory and advisory appointments must be approved by the City Council.

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