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Fellowship Program

The City of Hamilton, Ohio’s Fellowship Program comprises of three 11-month post-graduate fellowships preparing individuals for a dynamic, upper management-oriented career in city management, utilities, engineering, economic development. This competitive, nationally-recognized program has been attracting students from top graduate schools, including Indiana University (SPEA), Miami University, Ohio State University, and Syracuse University (Maxwell School), since its initiation in 2011.

If you are interested in challenging and stimulating public-sector work, this is an excellent opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a progressive and historically significant city. This program gives selected participants unique access and insight into the efforts of a mid-sized city government working to resolve some of its most pressing issues, and provides unparalleled opportunities to meet and network with executives, managers, and elected officials.

The selected Fellows will undertake a variety of short and long-term management-level projects, both self-initiated and assigned, related to the successful operations of the City of Hamilton. These assignments typically entail, but are not limited to: research and analysis of best practices, development of standard policies and procedures, strategic planning and implementation, budgeting, performance measurement and management, and assistance in obtaining grants and other funding.

The City’s three Fellowships are:
John Engle Fellowship- focuses efforts in general city management
Earl Brush Fellowship- focuses efforts on economic development
Richard Fleming Fellowship- focuses efforts in utility operation

Please see the individual Fellowship positions for more information as they are updated yearly to reflect new projects, and directions needs in various departments.

Past projects and responsibilities include:
• Participate in the City’s innovation and sustainability work group
• Preparing and monitoring utility-wide operating and capital budgets, with revenues in excess of $138.6M and expenditures (including capital) in excess of $172M
• Participating in revitalization efforts for Hamilton’s urban core
• Working with IBM on Smarter City Initiatives
• Using GIS for storm water flow analysis
• Developing a 10-year, lifecycle-based, strategic capital budget
• Creating and maintaining operational/financial performance management database
• Building relationships with business community
• Conducting feasibility analysis of converting city fleet to CNG
• Managing communications and public relations for development projects and strategic City initiatives
• Drafting safety and emergency management plans for the City’s hydroelectric facilities 
Green Award Recipients
Past Fellows (far left and far right) receive Honorable Mention Award at the Business Courier's Green Business Awards for the Meldahl Hydroelectric Plant

About the City of Hamilton

The City of Hamilton, OH is located centrally in the Cincinnati/Dayton metropolitan area, and is home to 63,000 residents. Hamilton is an affordable and convenient community to in which to live, with a wide variety of neighborhood types, from Downtown living to suburban cul-de-sacs. The City is enjoying increased investments in the historic neighborhoods and the areas that surround the urban core. In fact, Hamilton’s City Manager has recently completed renovations on one of the homes in the City’s Historic German Village. A notable residential development is the $8.6 million renovation of the Historic Mercantile Lofts (where, if selected, you’ll be residing). Adjacent to the Mercantile Lofts, a $10.2 million renovation that will become Artspace is underway. When complete, it will consist of 42 loft style apartments that will be allocated to artists, and will include commercial spaces for galleries.


Hamilton is home to a wide range of industries, from international high-tech manufacturing companies to local entrepreneurs in the City’s Downtown business incubator. Since Hamilton is the County Seat, many County and City government workers also work Downtown. In 2013, iMFLUX, a wholly owned subsidiary of Procter & Gamble announced its decision to locate in Hamilton.


Hamilton is designated the “City of Sculpture” due to its preponderance of public art scattered throughout the city and its commitment to the arts. A regional campus of Miami University, and the county seat of Butler County, Hamilton offers a large variety of activities for the active individual. The City owns two 18-hole golf courses and features the oldest and largest motocross (BMX) track in Ohio, a radio-controlled airplane field, and miles of walking and biking pathways along the Great Miami River. Residents and visitors also enjoy the Fitton Art Center and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, a drive-in movie theater, performances by the Fairfield-Hamilton Symphony Orchestra and Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre, the annual Operation Pumpkin event (with pumpkin trebuchet and carving contest), and the bi-annual IceFest (with ice carving competitions). Finally, RiversEdge, a large recently opened amphitheatre overlooking the Great Miami River has already hosted regional and national musical acts, including the Revivalists and Pokey Lafarge. It also happens to be located a few yards from the Mercantile Lofts.
Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Become a Fellow
Prospective candidates will possess a master’s degree from an accredited graduate program in a related field by July 1, 2015 (see individual Fellowship descriptions). The City of Hamilton is looking for creative, passionate, bright Fellows who are dedicated to in reinventing government, reinventing “rustbelt,” and imprinting their ideas on the fabric of a city, and:
• INNOVATIVE: Bring bold perspectives and offer unique outside experiences to the organization.
• ENERGETIC: Provide enthusiasm and focused energy to important high-priority projects.
• VERSATILE: Play an important role coordinating, facilitating and managing projects that require the involvement of multiple departments and utilize various skill sets.
• LEADERS: Be dedicated to becoming effective leaders by gaining experience in different aspects of local government.

Successful Fellows will have the requisite skills, knowledge, and ability to:
• Perform complex business and statistical analyses and communicate the results in a clear and concise manner
• Make sound business decisions under tight deadlines
• Effectively engage a diverse audience and present information to citizens, city management and employees, and elected officials
• Work well independently and in a team setting

The Hamilton Fellowship Program is dedicated to providing a unique opportunity to exceptional young professionals to imprint their ideas, creativity, and passion upon the City of Hamilton. As Hamilton becomes an aggressive, dynamic, and agile organization, we seek those same bold qualities in members of our team to expedite our transformation. I think this Fellowship program clearly demonstrates our City’s progressive commitment to, not only shaping future leaders, but allowing those young leaders to shape the future of their City.
- City Manager Joshua A. Smith, ICMA-CM
One of the goals of this Fellowship Program is to prepare the selected individuals for a successful career in utilities, engineering, economic development, and/or local government. In this aim, Hamilton provides all its Fellows with professional development opportunities designed to give them a fast-track experience to upper management. Although post-fellowship employment with the City is not guaranteed, past Fellows have been hired into the City Manager’s office and Department of Energy Management and Utility Business Affairs following their fellowship.
Past Fellow
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