Management Fellowship

$55,301 yearly
  • City of Elgin
  • Elgin, IL, USA
  • Oct 08, 2020
Full time Entry Level Government Training

Job Description

The City of Elgin Management Fellowship is a two-year program designed for highly motivated individuals interested in pursuing a career in public service.  The City of Elgin is looking for a dynamic and confident individual that takes initiative, thinks independently, and is comfortable acting as a leader in projects and teams. 

The Management Fellowship provides talented professionals the opportunity to learn about city operations, enhance management skills, play a key role in a myriad of high-priority city projects, and contribute to the organization at the executive leadership level.

The Management Fellow will work in the City Manager's Office. In addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience through challenging work projects, the program offers fellows the opportunity to receive coaching and mentoring from the city manager and other members of the city's senior leadership team.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to handle diverse responsibilities and address challenges in a collaborative manner
  • Ability to relate well to a wide range of people throughout the organization
  • Ability to adjust communication style to effectively address and relate to different audiences.
  • Willingness to introduce concepts or thoughts that challenge the status quo
  • Considers the perspective of others in reaching decisions
  • Ability to link long-range visions and strategies to current activity
  • Take responsibility for own work and maintains and develops high personal and professional standards
  • Ability to learn quickly and work in a fast-paced environment that at times requires work to be completed under tight deadlines
  • Value a culture that promotes high levels of customer service
  • Ability to think creatively and critically while balancing competing interests 
  • Perform research and policy analysis on high-level issues that impact the community
  • Participate in city budget and strategic planning processes
  • Attend city council meetings, and at times, other evening meetings related to city business
  • Draft city and employee communications

Additional Information

This two-year, full-time opportunity was created to attract the next generation of leaders to careers in local government. Fellows will receive a salary, health insurance and be eligible for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). Successful fellows have the opportunity to be recruited by city departments to fill available city jobs, although a city job after the Fellowship is not guaranteed.

This full-time, paid opportunity was created to attract the next generation of leaders to careers in local government. Masters degree preferred.  Bilingual preferred.


Prior to applying online, compile the following: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • A written statement of interest sharing, in 500 words or less, what interests you in a career in local government. Why have you chosen to apply for this fellowship at this time?
  • A list of three (3) professional references

You will need to attach your resume, cover letter, references and statement of interest to the application as you are completing the application online.

Apply online here.
The City of Elgin, Illinois, is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.