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Earl Brush Fellowship

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The City of Hamilton, Ohio’s Earl Brush Fellowship is an 11 month post-graduate program preparing individuals for a dynamic, management-oriented career in local government and economic development.

This position performs difficult and professional work in the Department of Economic Development, and the Offices of Administration at The City of Hamilton, Ohio. This position will also perform duties as assigned related to activities throughout the various departments depending upon project.

The nature of the work performed requires that a Fellow establish and maintain a close working relationship with other City departments and with the Hamilton business, school and civic community. The Fellow will serve as the staff liaison for the City’s Strategic Plan Subcommittees of Council; they will also help develop and promote initiatives to fulfill the committee’s priorities and objectives.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
• Assist with the attraction and location of new industries to the City of Hamilton
• Participate in high-level meetings with current and potential business owners
• Assist with the development of the City’s annual budget document
• Perform analysis and support for Economic Development Department
• Performs related work as required
• Statistical analysis of city-wide performance measurement data
• Support role of the City’s Strategic Plan Execution


This Fellow will be located in the Department of Economic Development and will work on various economic development activities including, but not limited to, business attraction, expansion and retention efforts, business district meeting, grant writing, assist in the execution of economic development agreements, and business incubation/start-up efforts.

This work is performed under the direction and supervision of the City Manager and the Director of Economic Development. Considerable leeway is granted in the exercising of independent and professional judgment.

QUALIFICATIONS
Prospective candidates will possess a master’s degree or have completed all coursework towards a master’s degree in Public/Business Administration, Community Planning, Finance, or related degrees prior to July 1, 2013.

SALARY & HOUSING
The selected candidate, upon successful background check and drug screen, will be paid an annual salary of $25,000. In addition to the annual salary, the City of Hamilton will pay for housing ($12,000) for the fellow at the Historic Mercantile Lofts conveniently located across the street from City Hall in downtown Hamilton and will also cover expenses for parking in the public parking garage attached to the Lofts. Health insurance benefits will not be provided. The City of Hamilton will also cover expenses for the selected fellow to attend a conference in relation to his/her duties.

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HOW TO APPLY
• Submit a detailed cover letter and resume no later than April 19, 2013
• Submit two (2) writing samples reflecting your knowledge and/or work experience in political science, public administration, or economic development.
• Provide three (3) letters of reference (two must be from professors who have first hand ability to evaluate your academic performance).

SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES
• Experience or familiarity with start-ups, entrepreneurial organizations, and business incubation
• Knowledge in industrial recruitment, advanced manufacturing attraction efforts
• Study in the development of regional economic clusters
• Familiarity with marketing, design, and branding
• Ability to understand and evaluate techniques regarding incentive packages and their effectiveness
• Must be results oriented, passionate, creative, driven to high success and performance
• Strong public speaking and presentation skills
• Ability to make sound business decisions under tight operating deadlines
• Ability to communicate complex data in a understandable, clear and concise manner
• Coursework or advanced study in economic development
• Ability to perform tasks with ingenuity and inventiveness
• Ability to perform work with accuracy and attention to detail

TRAINING/EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS
• Graduation from a college or university of recognized standing with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Finance, Environmental Sciences, Urban & Regional Planning, Policy Analysis, Communications, Business Administration or a closely related field
• Active pursuit or completion of a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Finance, Environmental Sciences, Urban & Regional Planning, Policy Analysis, Communications, MBA or a closely related field

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL ABILITIES
• Clarity of speech and hearing which permits the employee to communicate well with City employees and the general public
• Sufficient vision, with or without correction, which permits the employee to produce and review a wide variety of reports
• Sufficient manual dexterity which permits the employee to operate a keyboard, produce hand-written materials, and lift and move equipment or materials from time to time
• Sufficient personal mobility, which permits the employee to visit and inspect other City and fieldwork locations

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
• The City will pay as part of the Fellow’s compensation, an amount attributable to the monthly base rent for the Fellow’s housing at a location selected by the City
• The City of Hamilton will not pay for or reimburse expenses related to relocation or apartment furnishings (all apartments include kitchen appliances and a clothes washer and dryer)

SELECTION PROCESS
• Applicants are evaluated on all materials submitted. Academic papers and cover letter will be used to evaluate writing skills.
• Interviews will take place via conference call or in person, depending on the applicant’s geographic location
• The City will hire one (1) fellow annually with the selection being made prior to May 10, 2013

Applications shall be mailed or e-mailed to:
City of Hamilton Civil Service & Personnel Dept.
345 High Street
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
cspersonnel@ci.hamilton.oh.us  

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