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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does one apply for the City Manager's Fellowship Program?

Applications for the City Manager’s Fellowship can be found
online. Applicants must submit a completed application prior to the November 7, 2016 deadline. Applicants must also follow the directions accompanying the online application and attach the required supplemental materials.


2. What are the requirements for application?

  • Preferred applicants will have received a Masters Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Business Administration or other related fields such as Economics, Political Science, or Urban Planning by the start date of the program (June 1, 2017).   
  • Applicants will also have experience with developing and preparing the following: position and issue papers, reports, and presentations and communication materials.
  • Applicants will attach a resume and a cover letter indicating why they are interested in the program.
  • Applicants will attach one formal letter of recommendation from their graduate program or from an academic professor.
  • Applicants will attach an unofficial transcript.
  • Applicants will attach a 750 word writing sample that identifies a problem(s) facing a local government and include what you believe should be done to mitigate the effect(s) of the problem(s). 


3. Is the program's start date negotiable?


Generally not. The City Manager’s Fellowship begins in early June. Start dates should be discussed before the conclusion of the interview process

4. How many City Manager’s Fellow positions will be filled?

One to three positions will be filled annually. 

5. How are candidates evaluated?

Applicants are judged on a variety of factors, including academic background, previous experience, career goals and potential for excellence. The review committee will use this information to select preliminary finalists who will be invited to take part in videoconference or in-person interviews.  Based on these interviews and the application materials finalists will be invited to Norfolk for in-person interviews. 
All applicants will receive notification of a decision by the end of the calendar year. 

6. What types of work will City Manager's Fellows perform?

Fellows are based in the City Manager’s Office, but will work on projects throughout the organization and across all departments. City Manager’s Fellows will continuously be tasked with challenging, high-level projects.  Essential functions for the City Manager’s Fellows will include: working on multiple projects in a research focused environment; developing management skills; conducting research, developing reports, and corresponding with internal and external stakeholders; and leading programs and conducting research to tackle municipal challenges.

7. What happens to City Manager's Fellows after the program is completed?

The city does not guarantee a job at the conclusion of the program.  Fellows who successfully complete the program, however, are well prepared to compete for positions within the City of Norfolk as well as outside the organization. Six former fellows were hired by the City of Norfolk in the City Manager's Office, Office of Budget and Strategic Planning, City Planning, Cultural Facilities, and Communications and Technology.

8. What is the annual salary of a City Manager's Fellows?

The  annual salary for the City Manager’s fellow is $40,000.  

9. What additional benefits are City Manager's Fellows eligible to receive?

City Manager’s Fellows will be eligible for medical, dental, and vision care.



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