ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The City of Hamilton, Ohio’s John C. Engle Memorial ICMA Local Government Fellowship is an 11 month post-graduate program preparing individuals for a dynamic, management-oriented career in local government. The fellowship program is affiliated with and endorsed by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
This position performs difficult and professional work in the Office of the City Manager under the direction of the City Manager and Deputy City Managers, with some supervision by department heads as necessary. Considerable leeway is granted in the exercising of independent and professional judgment.
The nature of the work performed requires that a Fellow establish and maintain close cooperative working relationships with operational and administrative personnel in other City departments and divisions. This position will provide statistical, financial and operational support to the City Manager’s Office.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
• Completion and Analysis of a Operational/Financial Performance Management Database
• Budget preparation and analysis
• Assist in the revival of a Citizen Leadership Academy to develop and educate community leaders
• Prepare financial reports, dashboards, and related statements for City Council
• Serve as city liaison to citizen-generated initiatives
• Drive other civic and employee engagement efforts through creative and cost-effective means
• Apply for and manage grants for city departments
• Analyze feasibility of preserving the historic Train Depot
• Serve as city liaison with outside consultants reviewing municipal operations, including coordination with relevant departments, evaluation of information, and development of implementation strategies
• Update city employee handbook
• Work with staff to develop a plan for University Commerce Park
• Coordinate with numerous departments to create a performance-based annual budget and strategic plans
• Identify opportunities to streamline operations and service delivery
• Collect and report departmental data to ICMA as a part of the ICMA Center for Performance Management, as well as create related reports for the public
• Support programming and marketing of the new River’s Edge amphitheatre
• Aid senior management in the creation of succession plans for key city positions
• Review and suggest modifications of city policies
• Shadow City Manager, Deputy City Managers, and other senior management in meetings with strategic partners, citizens, business owners, city employees, and other stakeholders
• Attend City Council meetings to observe interactions between administration and elected body
• Become an integral member of committees serving to implement the city’s vision and leverage its sustainability and innovative assets
The John C. Engle Fellow will be a municipal change agent in a community undergoing significant revitalization, working on city-wide projects that enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of local services and operations. The structure of this Fellowship will be primarily project-based, centered primarily out of the City Manager’s office and with potential rotations to other departments, based on the interests of the Fellow and the needs of the City.
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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• Knowledge/coursework in governmental finance, cost accounting, budget preparation, and GFO standards
• Extensive coursework in policy analysis, and municipal operations
• Knowledge or interest in adopting leading innovations in city service delivery
• Ability to utilize personal computers and business software in financial and cost modeling applications;
• Ability to make sound business decisions under tight operating deadlines;
• Ability to perform difficult financial analysis and communicate the results in a clear and concise manner;
• Strong public speaking and presentation skills
• Ability to perform tasks with ingenuity and inventiveness;
• Ability to perform work with accuracy and attention to detail;
• Must be results oriented, passionate, creative, driven to high success and performance
• Graduation from a college or university of recognized standing with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government/Political Science, Finance, Business Administration, Communications, Urban & Regional Planning or closely related field; and
• Active pursuit or completion of a Master’s Degree in Government/Political Science (MPA/MPP), Finance, Business Administration, Communications, Environmental Sciences, Urban & Regional Planning or 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
• 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)
• 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
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).
Applications shall be mailed or e-mailed to:
City of Hamilton Civil Service & Personnel Dept.
345 High Street
Hamilton, Ohio 45011