Job Posting: Management Fellow

Job Posting: Management Fellow

Lake County, Illinois

Management Fellow – County Administrator’s Office


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 nearly 3,000 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:  Management Fellow – County Administrator’s Office
  • Location: Based in County Administrator’s Office in Waukegan; Travels throughout County facilities based on assignment
  • Salary:    $44,457 Annually

Job Summary:

Lake County is offering a unique opportunity for a well-qualified and highly motivated professional to play a key role in the County’s Administrative Office.

Lake County, located between Chicago and Milwaukee along the shore of Lake Michigan, offers an outstanding blend of urban, suburban and rural communities. A community of 703,000 across 470 miles, Lake County is ICMA recognized, has a $485M budget, an AAA bond rating by Moody’s and S&P, and employs approximately 2,700.

The purpose of the management fellowship program is to offer qualified individuals practical public administrative work experiences in a challenging and progressive environment. The program offers candidates the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge, new perspectives and/or past work experiences to accomplish real goals and objectives in one of the largest public sector entities in the State of Illinois.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop professional skills and credentials by: 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 groups.

Fellows will gain management experience in several topical areas through rotation among various administrative functions depending upon need and time. Areas available include, but are not limited to: organizational development and governance, community and economic development, financial management, human resource management, information technology, legislation, water/wastewater treatment, solid waste management, highway maintenance, law enforcement, corrections, support for the criminal justice system, public health and strategic planning.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited program of Public Administration, Public Policy or related field, or current enrollment in such a program.
  • Possess advanced research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills in an effort to present initiatives effectively to diverse groups and individuals.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to developing a career public sector management.
  • Adhere to the ICMA Code of Ethics and be dedicated to rigorous professional development.

This program offers temporary full-time (40 hours/week) employment. The successful candidate must be willing to make a 12-month commitment to the County. While there is no guarantee of continuation of employment with the County after completion of the program, the experience will prepare the individual to compete for other employment opportunities both with the County and with other local public sector agencies.

Fellows enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package, career development opportunities, and mentoring by senior staff. In addition, the Program provides valuable work experience, offers the opportunity to contribute creative and innovative ideas, and provides an ideal setting to learn about important issues and emerging trends. Below is a snapshot of the salary and benefits available to management interns:

  • Starting salary of approximately $44,457
  • 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 apply by completing an application and submitting a college transcripts, a list of personal, professional and academic references (3 each and; academic references required only for those candidates who participated in a Master’s Degree program within the past three years) and a resume with cover letter.

The cover letter should describe academic accomplishments, future goals and how this position can help achieve the candidate’s future goals, a description of related work experiences and the mutual benefits that will be gained for the candidate and the County as a result of participating in the program.

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

Applications will be accepted until filled.