Graduate City Management Fellow- PART TIME

$19.56 - $29.80 hourly
  • City of Brighton, CO
  • 500 South 4th Avenue, Brighton, CO, USA
  • Sep 14, 2022
Part time Administration/Management Budget & Strategy Data & Analysis Innovation

Job Description

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 Graduate 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. The Fellow 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 programs while building new skills. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in high­ impact projects in areas like the City’s annual budget program, the Performance and Leadership Academy, grants, and special projects. They will be given the opportunity to interact with department heads and attend high level meetings, exposing them to the responsibilities of each department and current local government issues. The fellow will also perform tasks and daily activities in support of the City Manager's Office. The fellow's interests and goals will be considered for projects. This position is part-time (average 20 hours per week) and works under the direction of the Budget & Performance Manager.  
The City of Brighton supports a strong quality of life and investment in the development of its employees.  We offer competitive benefits including a hybrid/flex work environment that includes remote telework and flexible in-person options for many positions, generous holiday schedules, PTO and sick leave, and affordable health coverage. City employees and their families also enjoy access to the City’s recreation center, parks, and open space amenities.
Brighton is a vibrant, close-knit community that deeply values its history and agricultural roots while embracing progress, innovation and sustainability. Just 20 miles north of downtown Denver and less than two hours from Colorado’s famous mountain towns, Brighton is ideally located at the crossroads of everything. This connection has helped drive robust population growth, seeing the community double from 21,000 to over 41,000 residents in just two decades. Other draws include over 235 acres of parkland, 37 miles of trails, and beloved regional events including Summerfest, 4th of July, Egg Dash, Art in the Park, Brighton BBQ, Turkey Trot and Festival of Lights.
As the Graduate City Management Fellow you may be asked to perform the following job duties:

  • Assist in the development, implementation, and administration of the City’s annual budget. 
  • 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 and 5-year CIP.
  • Work collaboratively with departments to provide analysis and recommendations on areas of concern including budget, process improvement, and grants.
  • Make recommendations to the Budget & Performance Manager on budget, performance, and grant issues, policies, and procedures.
  • Works with departments to develop grant applications.
  • Provides consultative/educational support to City departments to assist in the delivery of services within the City’s adopted budget and annual Strategic Plan.
  • Assists the Budget & Performance Manager in preparing and presenting communications to City Management staff and City Council.
  • Attend City Council or other board meetings as necessary.
  • Ability to work on a wide range of special projects

Attributes for success:

  • Knowledge of theories, methods, and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration
  • Interest in general principles and practices of public administration, including organizational development and budgeting.
  • Skilled in performing research, evaluating options, and performing complex mathematical computations.
  • 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.

Training and Development

  • 1 year membership to Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL)
  • 1 year membership to International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
  • Black belt certification through the City of Brighton’s Performance and Leadership Academy
  • 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 20 hours per week and is limited to no more than 12 months. Flexible scheduling is an option to accommodate classes, though there will be some Thursdays that will be required so the fellow may assist in the facilitation of the Performance and Leadership Academy. 
Must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a master’s program in Public Administration, Public Finance, Public Policy, Business Administration, Urban Planning, Organizational Development, or a closely related field.