City Manager

Local Government Management Fellowship​

Recruitment Period is now CLOSED.

The Fellowship:

The City of Dallas Local Government Management Fellowship is an intensive 24-month program meant to attract recent graduates of master's degree programs in public administration, public policy, urban planning and related fields to work for the City of Dallas.  During their Fellowship, Fellows will complete a one-year rotation in the City Manager's Office followed by rotations in different City operating divisions, departments and offices.

The program is designed to attract, develop and retain talented individuals with an interest in local government management career.  This program gives selected participants the opportunity to observe firsthand the efforts of a large-sized city government working to resolve some of its most pressing issues.  The program is unparalleled in terms of opportunities participants will have to meet and network with executives and the City Manager.

If selected, you will learn about every facet of a large-sized, urban, complex city operation from the ground up.  During the program you will:

  • Work on a variety of assignments and projects that affect our community of 1.2 million residents;
  • Gain exposure to innovative best practices in our organization;
  • Participate in the process of setting City policy by staffing City Council meetings;
  • Use research and writing skills by studying the issue, recommending solutions and drafting management reports;
  • Work directly with residents and city staff on service delivery to the public.

The Management Fellow is a salaried position which enjoys the following benefits of working with the City of Dallas.  The City's comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental & vision care
  • City-sponsored training
  • Student memberships to ICMA and affiliates
  • Annual and personal paid leave

Job Description/Essential Functions:

  • Responds to requests for public information from the public, hears and resolves complaints as necessary and facilitates public involvement in City operations;
  • Collects information for use in policy development by the City Manager or as directed by the City Manager for the Mayor, City Council and department directors;
  • Provides staff support for the City Council and Mayor as requested by the City Manager, including research, official reports and related documents;
  • Performs research and information gathering duties on a wide range of issues of concern to the City Manager affecting both municipal operations and the public;
  • Assists in monitoring budgets, performance measures, and day-to-day issues as it relates to the City Manager's Office;
  • Reviews and provides necessary follow-up on Council agenda items, priorities, and requests;
  • Perform special projects for the City Manager's Office staff as requested;
  • Analyzes and recommends revisions to existing procedures and coordinates various activities to assist in the administration of policies and procedures

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas and of the principles and practices of public administration and management.
  • Thorough knowledge of business management principles, practices and techniques.
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
  • Ability to establish an effective working relationship with all levels of management, city officials, vendors, other government agencies, other employees and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to write clear, concise reports.
  • Ability to investigate problems and analyze information.
  • Ability to operate computer and related software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and additional software as necessary. 

Education and Experience:

Master's in Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Affairs or related degree from a four-year college or university program.  Applicants must have satisfactorily completed all course work for a master's degree in public administration, public policy, public affairs or related degree prior to taking this position.


The City of Dallas is offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.


The application period will remain open for two weeks (10/25/2017 - 11/08/2017). Once the application closes, the recruitment will occur in four phases:

  1. Initial Review for Qualifications
  2. Invitation to Respond to Supplemental Questions  
  3. Skype Panel Interviews
  4. Onsite Interviews

Phases 1 through 4 will occur during the month of November with a projected start date for the successful candidate by mid-December.


Genesis Gavino 
Assistant to the City Manager & Chief of Staff