Volunteer Opportunities

Committee Application form can be found HERE.

Committees Currently Recruiting for Existing, Projected, or Potential Vacancies (as of 9/22/2023)

Community Preservation Committee2 (Moderator Appointments)
Council of Economic Advisors4
(One at-large, one large business representative, one downtown business owner)
Design Review Board
(Applicants should have background in the design profession)
Human Rights Committee1
Needham Branding and Town Seal Committee
(One resident to serve as Moderator's designee, one resident at-large with background in visual communications)
Needham Community Revitalization Trust Fund2
Representative to the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee1
Personnel Board (Moderator Appointment)1
Water and Sewer Rate Structure Committee1
Zoning Board of Appeals
(Associate Member)

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

Design Review Board

The Needham Planning Board is seeking applications from persons interested in filling a position on the Design Review Board.  Qualified persons will have a background in the design profession preferably architecture. The selected person will fill a term that will expire on June 30, 2025. Subsequent terms are 3 years. The Board regularly meets twice monthly on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. This is a volunteer position (serving without compensation) which is filled via the appointment of the Planning Board.

Interested persons are encouraged to send a letter of interest and resume to the Needham Planning Board, Needham Public Services Administration Building, 500 Dedham Avenue, Needham, Massachusetts 02492 or planning@needhamma.gov. Applications will be accepted until August 23, 2023, at 5:00 p.m., or until the position is filled.

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 Applicant Interest Form.

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 or call 781-455-7500 x204.