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City Management Fellow

Starting hiring range - $19.56 to $29.80
 Position Summary
Want to be a part of an organization that is as invested in your success as you are in the organization? Do you care about building a strong community that supports the needs of today and of future generations? At the City of Brighton, we are committed to operational excellence and a culture that is customer-centric, purposeful, accountable, transparent, and communicative—a mission that starts with you.
The City Management Fellowship program is designed to provide talented individuals with an interest in local government the opportunity to gain practical and diverse real-world experience in local government.
In this position, you will be given the opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of the council-manager form of government, make a difference in the community through meaningful projects, and build new skills. You will participate in high impact projects in areas like the City’s budget program, the Brighton Performance and Leadership Academy, grant applications­, process improvement facilitations, and a variety of special projects. Projects will involve working with department heads and attending high level meetings, exposing you to the responsibilities of each department and a variety of local government programs and challenges. Specific projects will be determined with consideration of your interests and goals.
This position is part-time (20-30 hours per week) and works under the direction of the Senior Management Analyst.  
 Examples of Responsibilities and Duties

  • Assist in the development, implementation, and administration of the City’s budget, including departmental budget projections, reviewing budget requests, and participating in department budget reviews.
  • Support the creation of the annual budget book and assist in applying for the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Award.
  • Assist in developing and executing the City’s performance program initiatives including the Performance and Leadership Academy.
  • Assist in tracking and reporting progress on the City’s Strategic Plan, Performance Metrics, and 5-year capital improvement plan.
  • Work collaboratively with departments to provide analysis and recommendations on areas of concern including budget, process improvement, and grants.
  • Attend City Council or other board meetings as necessary.
  • Opportunity to gain experience presenting to the City Council, City Management Executive Team, and other boards and commissions.
  • Make recommendations to the Budget & Performance Manager on process improvements, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to work on a wide range of special projects.

 Attributes for success

  • An interest in general principles and practices of public administration, including organizational development and budgeting.
  • Willingness to learn and work on a variety of projects.
  • Skilled in performing research, evaluating options, and performing financial and policy analysis.
  • Passion for continuous process improvement and best practices, particularly as they relate to the delivery of government services.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with staff, elected officials, members of the public and visitors.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

 Training and Development
Fellow will have the opportunity for continued training and development, including:

  • Black belt certification through the City of Brighton’s Performance and Leadership Academy.
  • An annual membership with Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) and the International City Management Association (ICMA)
  • The City of Brighton will work with your school as needed to give fellows the opportunity to receive academic credit.

 Time Commitment
 This position is budgeted at an average 25 hours per week and is limited to the current calendar year, with the potential to extend contingent on continued funding availability.
Flexible scheduling is an option to accommodate class schedules.

 Must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated (within the last two years) from an undergraduate or graduate program in Public Administration, Public Finance, Public Policy, Political Science, Business Administration, Urban Planning, Organizational Development, or a closely related field.