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Program Overview

The County Management Fellows Program is a two-year paid fellowship for individuals who want to pursue a career in County government. The program provides fellows with a unique opportunity to work in the most populous county in the nation. With 38 County departments, fellows participate in many dynamic programs and service-oriented operations such as children and family well-being, County business operations, community based programs, capital programs, health and mental health services, and public safety. The program is managed by the Department of Human Resources.

The program was modeled after the Federal Presidential Management Fellows Program and is designed to be the County’s leadership pipeline and manager workforce succession plan. At the end of the fellowship, fellows are able to compete for their targeted positions of senior specialists and mid-level managers or higher.


ANNUAL SALARY  | $77,064.48 to $119,851.44

Management Fellows may be appointed to any salary within the range above, provided specialized knowledge and credentials of the Fellow.

Minimum Requirements

Master's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

Development and Training

In addition to challenging work assignments, Management Fellows will receive a minimum of 160 hours of formal training over their two-year fellowship. Training opportunities may include leadership courses as well as program or department-specific training and seminars. Fellows also gain access to exclusive networking opportunities and work with a mentor to share their experiences and gain advice for professional development.

How to Apply

The next application filing period will be May 31, 2024, to June 13, 2024. The job information will also be announced on our Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts.

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What to Expect

Candidates will be assessed on their critical thinking ability, leadership potential, and ability to communicate effectively through a series of assessments, written tests, and an interview.

While rigorous, this assessment process will establish a top-tier candidate pool through which County departments will have access to exceedingly capable and educated candidates. Current employees are also eligible to apply to the program.

Academic Internships

Frequently Asked Questions

A variety of complex and challenging projects in Communications (marketing and social media), Project Management (internal/external community projects), IT (network/application), Change Management (new process/procedures/business workflow), legislation alignment, organization change, and strategic planning.

Management Fellows have been placed across all County service sectors; operations, community services, public safety, health and mental health services, and children and families’ well-being. Within the sectors, fellows are placed in departments such as the Chief Executive Office, Human Resources, Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Beaches and Harbors, Fire, District Attorney, Health Services, Community and Senior Services, Public Social Services, and more.

Depending on each department’s operational/business needs, they will reach out to candidates on the eligibility list and schedule interviews. If the candidate is a good fit to the operational need, the department may give the candidate a conditional offer.

During the two-years, the Fellow will be working on meeting the qualifications of the targeted position. At the end of the two years, the Fellow will apply to a competitive exam for the targeted position and if placed on a reachable band and if a department has a budgeted vacant position, the Fellow will be hired. Dependent on competitive exam timelines, the Fellow can off-board earlier or later, but will remain a Management Fellow provided they have passed the 12-month probationary period until they are accepted in their targeted position.

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