Management Fellow

City of Tacoma
Published
January 4, 2019
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THE MANAGEMENT FELLOW PROGRAM
The City of Tacoma Management Fellow Program is a nationally recognized program that has been training future municipal leaders since 2006.

If you are interested in a rewarding and challenging public service career, this is an excellent opportunity to apply to work in an award-winning municipal corporation in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

The program is designed to attract, develop and retain talented individuals with an interest in a local government management career. This program gives selected participants the opportunity to observe firsthand the efforts of a mid-sized city government working to resolve some of its most pressing issues. Our program is unparalleled in terms of the opportunities participants will have to meet and network with executives and managers. Successful participants are highly recruited by departments to fill available city jobs, and many of our top-level executives began their career with the city in this program.

Our full-time program is similar to a 24-month, paid fellowship with each fellow spending 12 months in The City Manager's Office, 6 months in The Office of Management & Budget and 6 months in an operating department. The Management Fellow salary for year one is 48,942.40 .  The current recruitment is open to talented individuals holding a master's degree in Public Administration or Public Policy, or those who will have satisfactorily complete all coursework for their Master's Degree by June 2019. City employees are encouraged to apply.

A wide range of experiences
If selected, you will learn about every facet of a mid-sized, urban, complex city operation from the ground up. During this exciting, and fast-paced 24 months, you will:

  • Work on a variety of assignments and projects that affect our community of nearly 210,000 residents.
  • Gain exposure to innovative best practices in our award-winning organization through your rotations in the City Manager's Office, Office of Management & Budget and an operating department that provides direct service to the community.
  • Participate in the process of setting city policy by staffing City Council meetings.
  • Use research and writing skills by studying an issue, recommending solutions and drafting a management report.
  • Work directly with residents and city staff on service delivery to the public.

Some of the projects completed by past participants include:

  • Affordable housing & zoning policy creation
  • Performance Management & peer city review project
  • Environment Policy & Sustainability initiatives
  • Budget Development & Civic Engagement Process
  • Citizen Relationship Management & Customer Support Center Implementation
  • Committees, Boards, Commissions Review
  • Tacoma 2025 Visioning Process
  • Equity and inclusion policies
  • Student Government Day

The Management Fellow is a salaried position which enjoys the following benefits of working with the City of Tacoma. The City's comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental & vision care
  • City-sponsored training
  • Student memberships to ICMA and affiliates
  • Bus and light rail pass accommodations
  • Annual and personal paid leave
  • Tacoma Employee's Retirement System

Building a career after the program
Upon completion of the 24-month program, City Staff will work with each successful Management Fellow to explore full-time position opportunities, within the organization, that matches the individual's career interests.

THE CITY OF TACOMA
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

RECRUITMENT STATEMENT
As a part of Tacoma's 2025 Citywide Vision and Strategic Plan, the City has embraced the goal of the City of Tacoma workforce reflecting the community it serves. The City actively works to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

THE MANAGEMENT FELLOW PROGRAM
The City of Tacoma Management Fellow Program is a nationally recognized program that has been training future municipal leaders since 2006.

If you are interested in a rewarding and challenging public service career, this is an excellent opportunity to apply to work in an award-winning municipal corporation in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

The program is designed to attract, develop and retain talented individuals with an interest in a local government management career. This program gives selected participants the opportunity to observe firsthand the efforts of a mid-sized city government working to resolve some of its most pressing issues. Our program is unparalleled in terms of the opportunities participants will have to meet and network with executives and managers. Successful participants are highly recruited by departments to fill available city jobs, and many of our top-level executives began their career with the city in this program.

Our full-time program is similar to a 24-month, paid fellowship with each fellow spending 12 months in The City Manager's Office, 6 months in The Office of Management & Budget and 6 months in an operating department. The Management Fellow salary for year one is 48,942.40 .  The current recruitment is open to talented individuals holding a master's degree in Public Administration or Public Policy, or those who will have satisfactorily complete all coursework for their Master's Degree by June 2019. City employees are encouraged to apply.

A wide range of experiences
If selected, you will learn about every facet of a mid-sized, urban, complex city operation from the ground up. During this exciting, and fast-paced 24 months, you will:

  • Work on a variety of assignments and projects that affect our community of nearly 210,000 residents.
  • Gain exposure to innovative best practices in our award-winning organization through your rotations in the City Manager's Office, Office of Management & Budget and an operating department that provides direct service to the community.
  • Participate in the process of setting city policy by staffing City Council meetings.
  • Use research and writing skills by studying an issue, recommending solutions and drafting a management report.
  • Work directly with residents and city staff on service delivery to the public.

Some of the projects completed by past participants include:

  • Affordable housing & zoning policy creation
  • Performance Management & peer city review project
  • Environment Policy & Sustainability initiatives
  • Budget Development & Civic Engagement Process
  • Citizen Relationship Management & Customer Support Center Implementation
  • Committees, Boards, Commissions Review
  • Tacoma 2025 Visioning Process
  • Equity and inclusion policies
  • Student Government Day

The Management Fellow is a salaried position which enjoys the following benefits of working with the City of Tacoma. The City's comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental & vision care
  • City-sponsored training
  • Student memberships to ICMA and affiliates
  • Bus and light rail pass accommodations
  • Annual and personal paid leave
  • Tacoma Employee's Retirement System

Building a career after the program
Upon completion of the 24-month program, City Staff will work with each successful Management Fellow to explore full-time position opportunities, within the organization, that matches the individual's career interests.

THE CITY OF TACOMA
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

RECRUITMENT STATEMENT
As a part of Tacoma's 2025 Citywide Vision and Strategic Plan, the City has embraced the goal of the City of Tacoma workforce reflecting the community it serves. The City actively works to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Public Administration (MPA) or Master's Degree in Public Policy (MPP) from an accredited educational institution program. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed all coursework for a Master's degree in Public Administration or Public Policy upon appointment into this classification. You are eligible to apply if you still need to complete an internship, thesis or comprehensive exam, as long as all courses are completed prior to appointment.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Political theory and practices involved in local government.
  • Operational functions within a municipality.
  • Communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language.
  • Understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations.
  • Operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks.
  • Use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information:

All interested individuals should apply online and must attach a resume that includes past work experience and a brief cover letter stating why you want to be a management fellow with the City of Tacoma.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental questionnaire responses scored. An applicant's questionnaire will be evaluated on the basis of information provided. The evaluation committee will not have access to your application form; therefore it is the responsibility of the applicant to give accurate and honest responses. Providing false information will result in disqualification.

Applicants must pass this examination in order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration. Selected candidates will be invited to a panel interview; finalists will deliver a presentation before the senior leadership.

This position will require a background check prior to appointment. A valid driver's license is required at time of appointment. Applicants who qualify for veteran's preference must attach a copy of their DD214 at the time of application. Should you have any questions about this position please call Human Resources at (253) 591-5400 before the closing date.

Reference materials for the supplemental questionnaire are:

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, questions regarding this job announcement, or if you are experiencing complications while applying, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 by 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow time to assist you before the job announcement closes. (For technical difficulties using the NeoGov system, call the applicant support line at 1-855-524-5627 between 6:00AM and 5:00PM Pacific Time.)

 

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