We know that many of our members are facing the effects of COVID-19 on their jobs – whether it’s a reduction in hours or furlough, or layoffs, the workplace has changed dramatically in 2020.
This year has also taught us that real and meaningful work can be done remotely, which opens up new opportunities and ways to work in public service. And, we’ve all watched the rise of the “gig economy,” where temporary or part time work is now more common. More than one third of Americans participate in the gig economy.
That’s where ELGL’s new Local Government Gig Connector comes in. One of ELGL’s favorite things to do is connect great people.
In this program, we invite our members to submit gig work projects for other members to consider and apply for. This program is open to all of our members – whether you’re a private company or a public agency, if you have short term, limited duration work projects and you want to reach out to the talent and skills of ELGL members, you can submit your project to the Local Government Gig Connector. We’ll share it on our site, on our job board, and via our social media outreach.
ELGL’s role in the Local Government Gig Connector is to be a convener. We will bring together the organizations who have gig projects, and the ELGL members who want to pursue those projects.
We’ll do this with a two part application. The first application is for organizations. They will submit their project details (including desired knowledge, skills, and abilities, compensation, and deadlines). ELGL will post this information online and promote the gig project to our members. Members can then fill out a short application form which will be passed on to the organization for the continuation of the hiring process.
To test this project, our friends at NRC/Polco have agreed to be the pilot for the first gig offering. Details about the project are below:
Polco/NRC is interested in receiving help from any current ELGL members who have lost their positions or have experienced reduced work hours as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. We are requesting assistance in helping to connect community decision-makers with our team to learn about Polco’s engagement tools and representative community surveys. Because our surveys will help inform COVID19 recovery plans, they are eligible to be funded using CARES Act resources. Because of the time constraints, efforts in September are critical. Compensation is $150 for every successful connection and up to $350 for every connection that results in an NRC/Polco contract.
Frequently Asked Questions
I want to submit a gig project. How do I do that?
We are currently in the pilot phase of this program. If all goes well, we’ll learn from this first pilot, refine the program, and begin taking new gig project submissions.
I want to apply for the pilot gig project. How do I do that?
Is my local government eligible to submit a gig project?
Please check with the appropriate department(s) about this. This might include HR, procurement, finance, or your leadership/management office. Every local government will have slightly different rules or guidelines for temporary work.
Will my application be kept on file for future gig projects?
Yes, if you select the checkbox for future gig projects, we’ll pass along your initial application to the project coordinator. Please note – you may be required to submit additional information if your initial application doesn’t include what the gig project application asks for.
Am I allowed to apply for gig work as a local government employee?
Please check with the appropriate department(s) about this. This might include HR, procurement, finance, or your leadership/management office. Every local government will have slightly different personnel policies, rules, or guidelines for temporary secondary work.
What types of projects are good fits for the Local Government Gig Connector?
Limited duration or temporary projects requiring the creativity, innovation, and brainpower of ELGL members are good fits for the Local Government Gig Connector. Project ideas include: website or technology implementation and upgrades, writing projects, elevated financial reporting (e.g. a budget in brief type of document), page layout and design, newsletter articles, program analysis, etc. This program does not supplant the need for specialized consultants and should not be used as such.
What happens after the pilot project is done?
ELGL will review the pilot program and learn from it. We will survey applicants and NRC/Polco for feedback on the process and experience. We will fine tune the program and then potentially open it up for new gig project submissions.