Public Management Fellow

County of Lake, IL

Job Details

  • Job Function: Other; Non-Department Head; Intern
  • Salary: $50,000 - $50,000.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 703,462
  • Website:
  • Where: Waukegan, IL
  • Form of Government: County council-elected executive

Post Date: Feb 23 2018


Are you looking for a challenging role within an organization that provides flexible hours, rewarding compensation and an excellent benefit package? If so, Lake County Government is the place for you. Comprised of approximately 2,700 employees, it is our goal to positively serve the residents of Lake County while working with a purpose. We believe our employees should take pride in the work they accomplish while truly respecting a collaborative work environment.

Position: Public Management Fellow - County Administrator's Office
Location: Based in County Administrator’s Office in Waukegan;
Travels throughout County facilities based on assignment
Salary: $50,000 Annually

Lake County invites talented Public Management Fellow (Fellow) candidates to become a part of an innovative and collaborative professional team environment committed to providing the highest level of service. Located between Chicago and Milwaukee along the shore of Lake Michigan, Lake County is a community of 703,000 across 470 miles that offers an outstanding blend of urban, suburban and rural communities. As an ICMA recognized organization, Lake County has a $485M budget, an AAA bond rating by Moody's and S&P, with approximately 2,700 employees.

The Public Management Fellowship, created to generate interest in local government careers and provide local government experience among recent master’s program graduates, provides future local government leaders an excellent opportunity to advance their careers and learn from seasoned professionals in a progressive environment. It offers the successful candidate the opportunity to contribute creative and innovative ideas, and provides an ideal setting to learn about important issues and emerging trends. The Fellow will be given the opportunity to play a key role in a myriad of high-priority County projects, contribute to the organization at the executive leadership level, thrive in an environment that recognizes potential, and gain unique exposure to the inner-workings of county government. The Fellowship represents a one-year internship intended to result in meaningful contributions to the County and experience that prepares future leaders for opportunities within public management.

In addition to being based within the County Administrator’s Office under the supervision of an Assistant County Administrator, the Fellow will be rotated among selected departments based on priority project needs and the interests of the Fellow. The position will perform assigned research, policy analysis functions, manage special projects, and interact with departments, elected and appointed officials and the public across the County. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop professional skills and credentials that include managing high-level projects of substantial responsibility across the organization; attending regular meetings with supervisors; participating in policy-level discussions and decision-making with senior-level staff on a regular basis; receiving regular coaching and career development guidance by experienced professionals in the County’s leadership team; making presentations to staff, elected officials and community groups; facilitating meetings; and refining skills at working effectively among teams and groups.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
• Master’s Degree from an accredited program of Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Affairs or closely related field, or current enrollment in such a program with substantially completed coursework by June 2018.
• advanced research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
• ability to work independently and establish effective working relationships with employees at every level of the organization.
• strong written and oral communication skills to present initiatives effectively to diverse groups and individuals.

The Fellow position is for a 12-month period and requires the successful candidate to make a 12-month commitment to the County. Fellows enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package, career development opportunities, and mentoring. Below is a snapshot of the salary and benefits available to Public Management Fellows:
Salary: $50,000
Comprehensive health benefits for the Fellow and dependents
Participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund
Accrued sick and vacation leave along with paid holidays
County-sponsored membership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants (IAMMA)

Application Process:
Interested candidates must submit all items outlined below. Incomplete submissions will not be considered further.
• completed application;
• cover letter stating interest, intent and how this position can help achieve the candidate’s future goals;
• current resume;
• minimum of three references with daytime phone numbers (those who have participated in a Master’s Degree program within the past three years may include academic references); and
• academic or professional writing sample of no more than five pages completely by the candidate within the past three years.

Any offer of employment is conditioned on the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.

Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Location Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular
Salary 50,000.00 - USD
Applications will be accepted until filled.