Thank you for your interest in the FUSE Fellowship. We are excited to share 2017-18 fellowship projects.
Click on each project to learn more and apply for the project of greatest interest to you. You only need to submit one application, as within the on-line form you will have the opportunity to indicate other topics of interest, enabling us to consider you for multiple positions.
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|Attracting and Retaining Talent to Drive Government Innovation|
|Office of the City Manager|
|Long Beach, CA|
“Attracting and Retaining Talent to Drive Government Innovation”
Long Beach Office of the City Manager
Long Beach, CA
With an estimated 470,000 residents, Long Beach is the seventh largest city in California and one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States. The city is a primary gateway for international trade, making it uniquely rich in potential. The City of Long Beach is a full-service city, providing all traditional city services, and also overseeing a municipal golf system of five courses, a waste-to-energy facility, 162 parks, six miles of beaches and, last but not least, a health department, which is unusual for a city government.
Together, this makes the city the second largest employer in Long Beach, a number that swells from 3,900 regular employees across 22 departments to 6,500 during the summer months. Most of the city’s personnel are represented by nine different labor organizations, and it is committed to fostering positive alliances between labor and management to improve employee engagement and morale. The City of Long Beach is also committed to hiring staff who either reflect or are sensitive to the wonderful diversity of its citizens. For example, the City regularly publishes notices in at least four languages—English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Khmer—and it boasts the largest population of Cambodian-Americans in the nation.
Given the diversity of the community, the City of Long Beach takes seriously its responsibility to shift the culture of local government to focus more on community engagement, innovation and results orientation, and recognizes the value of the hiring process as a significant mechanism for such culture change. In order to hire the right people with the right skills and mindset for the impact careers available in local government, the City of Long Beach must first improve the efficiency of the entirety of the hiring and onboarding process to ensure it can find and retain great talent and seamlessly navigate applicants through the hiring and onboarding process.
In order to advance this work, the Office of the City Manager of Long Beach, will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level Fellow for one year to redesign the city’s hiring process into one that is efficient and adaptive to the changing personnel needs of the city. These efforts will allow the city to source the right people with the right skills and mindsets for the right jobs in a shorter period of time.
The following provides a general overview of the proposed fellowship project. This project summary and the potential deliverables that follow will be collaboratively revisited by the host agency, the Fellow, and FUSE staff during the first month of the project, after which a revised scope of work will be developed and agreed upon by the Fellow and the host agency.
Starting in October 2017, it is proposed the fellow will begin by conducting a thorough analysis of the city’s hiring and onboarding process, including all of its laws and policies around talent management for both civil service and non-civil service positions as well as full- and part-time staff. The analysis will include best practices from other cities along with information gleaned from interviews with all stakeholders, including labor unions, Civil Service, City Management, Human Resources, hiring managers, city agencies, and customers who have experienced the city’s current hiring process. This will require a thorough analysis of the city’s current system that can pinpoint what is working well and where, exactly, the process is stalling, and then develop a new methodology for workforce management that can withstand the long-term ebb and flow of economic upturns and recessions.
The resulting report will identify speedbumps in the city’s current processes, provide metrics for success, and create recommendations for improvements. The fellow will then begin implementing some of the proposed changes in addition to training staff managers in the importance of the hiring process.
This project will benefit from a fellow with experience in overseeing or overhauling the hiring process for a large organization, especially one that employs people in a number of different occupations, and with an ability to perform data-driven analytics. In addition, the fellow must be sensitive to the needs of a diverse workforce, be ready to work collaboratively with all of the identified stakeholders and able to connect across established silos within the city government. Finally, the ideal candidate will be excited about enacting cultural change from inside government to ensure that the city is hiring civil servants—from firefighters and police officers to health workers and municipal waste collectors—who best reflect the values of the City of Long Beach and are able to serve its residents and their needs.
Click the link below to upload a resume and complete the online application questions in lieu of a cover letter. The application process will allow you to indicate interest in more than one fellowship opportunity. You only need to submit one application. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as selections will be made on a rolling basis and specific opportunities may close quickly.
This role offers the opportunity to work full time for 12 months as an independent contractor of FUSE Corps with an annual stipend of $90,000 paid through monthly installments.
The FUSE Fellowship is an equal opportunity program with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.