Volunteer Opportunities

Committee Application form can be found HERE.

Committees Currently Recruiting for Existing or Projected Vacancies (as of 3/8/2022)

Design Review Board1
Juneteenth Celebration Planning Committee
Needham Commission on Disabilities
(Applicants must self-identify as living with a disability) 
Personnel Board (Moderator Appointment)1

           Unless otherwise noted, all appointments are made by the Select Board

Personnel Board

The Town Moderator, Michael Fee, is seeking applicants interested in being considered for appointment to the Needham Personnel Board. The Needham Personnel Board consists of five persons (registered voters) appointed by the Moderator for three-year terms.  The Personnel Board is an advisory board which serves an important role in our Town’s system of checks and balances.  Under our Town Charter (Sec. 20B) and the Needham General By-Laws (Sec. 1.11), the Personnel Board represents the legislative branch of our town government (Town Meeting) by assessing certain issues relating to human resource decisions affecting non-school department employees in Needham. 

Pursuant to the Needham By-Law, the Personnel Board “advises the executive branch [Select Board and Town Manager] on strategic human resources and collective bargaining matters.” The Personnel Board also reviews articles in the Town Meeting Warrant that relate to human resources, consults with the Select Board and the Finance Committee about them, and makes recommendations to Town Meeting on expenditures proposed to fund collective bargaining agreements. Personnel-related costs are the largest component of our town’s annual operating budgets. For this reason, the objective perspective of a panel of citizens is very valuable to Town Meeting and more broadly to our town.

This is a volunteer position. Experience in the human resources field or experience with collective bargaining is helpful. Applicants are encouraged to send questions or expressions of interest and resumes to the Town Moderator at mfee@verrill-law.com or complete the Committee Application form available here:  https://needhamma.gov/forms.aspx?FID=114.

Design Review Board Vacancy

The Needham Select Board is seeking applications from residents interested in serving on the Design Review Board. Qualified persons will preferably have training or education and experience in the art or design professions.

The Design Review Board is charged to review permit applications for all new structures and outdoor uses, exterior additions, exterior alterations, and exterior changes in all areas as specified in of the zoning by-laws. It also reviews requests for all sign permits, as required under Article XIX of the Needham general by-laws.

The Select Board seeks one resident to serve on the committee. The vacancy will be advertised until first interviews are completed on March 16th.

Interested residents are encouraged to apply using the Committee Application Form: https://needhamma.gov/forms.aspx?FID=114. If you have questions about the Design Review Board’s work, please contact Elisa Litchman at elitchman@needhamma.gov.

Applications, or any questions or requests for information, may be submitted to:

Click HERE to access the Committee Interest Form. For questions regarding the process, please email mtucker@needhamma.gov, call 781-455-7500 x204, or send a letter to:  Needham Select Board, Attn: Committee Interest, Needham Town Hall, 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492.