Job Posting: City of Tacoma, WA Management Fellowship

Job Posting: City of Tacoma, WA Management Fellowship

Position Description

In an effort to attract, develop and retain talented employees to the organization, the City of Tacoma is hiring for the Tacoma Management Fellow Program that will begin June 2017. As the third largest city in Washington, Tacoma offers a wide variety of experience to new professionals who are seeking strong career development in local government.

Our City

Tacoma is a destination place with the amenities of a big city and the charm of a small town. A dynamic and exciting locale, Tacoma is poised to embrace the future. Located on Puget Sound’s majestic Commencement Bay, 18 miles south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Tacoma serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. A diverse, progressive, international city, Tacoma sits within the Pacific Standard Time zone which enables its businesses to work with Europe first thing in the morning and Asia in the late afternoon. Tacoma was incorporated in 1884 and became known as the “City of Destiny” when it was designated as the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Today, Tacoma has grown into a city with a diverse population of approximately 200,000.

Many companies have chosen to make Tacoma their regional, national or international headquarters. These include two of the top 100 healthcare providers in the country to leaders in the financial services sector, along with manufacturers and high tech firms:

  • Americold
  • BCRA Design
  • BNY Mellon
  • Brown & Haley
  • Columbia Bank
  • Concrete Technology
  • DaVita
  • Franciscan Health System
  • Jesse Engineering
  • Johnson’s Candy
  • McFarland Cascade
  • MultiCare Health Systems
  • Roman Meal Co.
  • Simpson Investment Co.
  • State Farm

Conserving and preserving Tacoma’s natural resources–from its marine waterfront to its parks, neighborhoods, and public spaces–is a priority for the City of Tacoma. From waste reduction and water quality, to a growing focus on sustainability, the City is committed to providing a variety of services to meet Tacoma’s environmental concerns.

The City of Tacoma follows the Guiding Principles of Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity. In addition, the City is committed to the equity and empowerment of all residents and employees, and the equitable delivery of services.

Tacoma’s 15 neighborhood business districts are a vital part of the City’s economic development strategy, which extends the benefits of development into core neighborhood business areas. District associations provide a valuable communication link between the City and Tacoma’s small businesses. The neighborhood districts offer a diverse array of goods and services, live music, casual and fine dining venues, artisan coffee shops, unique boutiques and more.

About the Program

The City of Tacoma Management Fellow Program, is a nationally recognized program that has been training future municipal leaders since 2006.

If you are interested in a rewarding and challenging public service career, this is an excellent opportunity to apply to work in an award-winning municipal corporation in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

The program is designed to attract, develop and retain talented individuals with an interest in a local government management career. This program gives selected participants the opportunity to observe firsthand the efforts of a mid-sized city government working to resolve some of its most pressing issues. Our program is unparalleled in terms of the opportunities participants will have to meet and network with executives and managers. Successful participants are highly recruited by departments to fill available city jobs, and many of our top-level executives began their career with the city in this program.

Our full-time program is similar to a 24-month, paid fellowship with each fellow spending 12 months in The City Manager’s Office, 6 months in The Office of Management & Budget and 6 months in an operating department. The current recruitment is open to talented individuals holding a master’s degree in Public Administration or those who will satisfactorily complete all coursework for a Master’s Degree by June 2017. City employees are encouraged to apply.

Wide Range of Experiences

If selected, you will learn about every facet of a mid-sized, urban, complex city operation from the ground up. During this exciting, and fast-paced 24 months, you will:

  • Work on a variety of assignments and projects that affect our community of 200,000 residents.
  • Gain exposure to innovative best practices in our award-winning organization through your rotations in the City Manager’s Office, Office of Management & Budget and an operating department that provides direct service to the community.
  • Participate in the process of setting city policy by staffing City Council meetings.
  • Use research and writing skills by studying an issue, recommending solutions and drafting a management report.
  • Work directly with residents and city staff on service delivery to the public.

Some of the projects completed by past participants include:

  • Affordable housing & zoning policy creation
  • Performance Management & peer city review project
  • Environment Policy & Sustainability initiatives
  • Budget Development & Civic Engagement Process
  • Citizen Relationship Management & Customer Support Center Implementation
  • Committees, Boards, Commissions Review
  • Tacoma 2025 Visioning Process
  • Equity and inclusion policies

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

  • Medical, dental & vision care
  • City-sponsored training
  • Student memberships to ICMA and affiliates
  • Bus and light rail pass accommodations
  • Annual and personal paid leave
  • Tacoma Employee’s Retirement System

Building a career after the program

Upon completion of the 24-month program, City Staff will work with each successful Management Fellow to explore full-time position opportunities, within the organization, that matches the individual’s career interests.


Master’s degree in Public Administration or satisfactory completion of all class work for a Master’s Degree in public administration prior to taking this position. You are eligible to apply if you still need to complete an internship, thesis, or comprehensive exam, as long as all coursework has been completed.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Please read the following instructions prior to applying for this position.

If you meet the minimum qualifications:

  • Apply on-line, answering all supplemental questions;
  • Attach a cover letter and resume

Following these instructions is crucial to your successfully completing the application process and being considered for this position. Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified from further consideration.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental questionnaire responses scored. An applicant’s questionnaire will be evaluated on the basis of information provided. The evaluation committee will not have access to your application form; therefore it is the responsibility of the applicant to give accurate and honest responses. Providing false information will result in disqualification. Candidates must pass this examination in order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

All interested individuals should apply online and must attach a resume that includes past work experience and a brief cover letter stating why you want to participate in this internship. This position will require a background check prior to appointment. A valid driver’s license is required at time of appointment. Qualified applicants with the strongest background related to the position may be invited to participate in an interview.

Applicants who qualify for veteran’s preference must attach a copy of their DD214 at the time of application.

Should you have any questions about this position please call Human Resources at (253) 591-5400 before the closing date.

Reference materials for the supplemental questionnaire are: