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Management Fellowship

City of Elgin
Job Description
The City of Elgin Management Fellowship is a two-year program designed for highly motivated individuals interested in pursuing a career in public service.

The Management Fellowship provides talented professionals the opportunity to learn about city operations, enhance management skills, play a key role in a myriad of high-priority city projects, and contribute to the organization at the executive leadership level.

The Management Fellow will work in the City Manager's Office. In addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience through challenging work projects, the program offers fellows the opportunity to receive coaching and mentoring from the city manager and other members of the city's senior leadership team.

  • Ability to handle diverse responsibilities and address challenges in a collaborative manner
  • Ability to relate well to a wide range of people throughout the organization
  • Ability to adjust communications style to effectively address and relate to different audiences
  • Willingness to introduce concepts or thoughts that challenge the status quo
  • Considers the perspective of others in reaching decisions
  • Ability to link long-range visions and strategies to current activity
  • Take responsibility for own work and maintains and develops high personal and professional standards
  • Ability to learn quickly and work in a fast-paced environment that at times requires work to be completed under tight deadlines
  • Value a culture that promotes high levels of customer service
  • Ability to think creatively and critically while balancing competing interests
  • Perform research and policy analysis on high-level issues that impact the community
  • Participate in city budget and strategic planning processes
  • Attend city council meetings, and at times, other evening meetings related to city business
  • Draft city and employee communications
Education: Master's Degree is preferred

This two-year, full-time opportunity was created to attract the next generation of leaders to careers in local government. Fellows will receive a salary, health insurance and be eligible for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). Successful fellows have the opportunity to be recruited by city departments to fill available city jobs, although a city job after the Fellowship is not guaranteed.

This full-time, paid opportunity was created to attract the next generation of leaders to careers in local government. Masters degree preferred but is not required. The candidate evaluation process includes the application, interview(s), and background check as is detailed below.

Prior to applying online, compile the following:
  • Resume
  • A written statement of interest sharing, in 500 words or less, what interests you in a career in local government.
  • A list of three (3) professional references
This process may include a phone or video interview to review eligible candidates' applications and materials. Final interviews will be conducted in person, onsite at the city of Elgin.

Background Check
Chosen candidate must submit to driving record review, pass a drug test and background screening.
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