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City Council Fellowship - Office of Councilman James Torrence (District 7)

Internship Responsibilities

CITY COUNCIL FELLOWSHIP: BACKGROUND & DESCRIPTION

Baltimore Corps is excited to deliver the pilot City Council Fellows program to provide local talent with the opportunity to work in high-impact roles alongside City Council members as critical team members to accelerate community positive change and development in Baltimore.

The City Council Fellows program offers a year long placement to 5 early professionals who are interested in making a difference in our City. All fellows, as integral parts of City Council efforts, will report directly to a City Council Member and/or their direct aids.

Top candidates will bring a strong understanding and knowledge of Baltimore and its opportunities and challenges. The ideal candidate should be someone who is passionate about the City, has a strong equity knowledge foundation, and commitment to public service. Given the nature of the work, successful City Council Fellows will be self-starters, independent workers, who are proactive, and have the capacity to be at ease with uncertainty while working with new, innovative ideas to elevate communities.

Each City Council Fellow will be given a special project associated with one or more City Council members and their associated districts. The ideal candidate will derive satisfaction from working in a highly collaborative environment while devoting significant time to independent efforts.

CITY COUNCIL FELLOW WITH COUNCILMAN JAMES TORRENCE (DISTRICT 7)

The City Council Fellow for Councilman Torrence will serve as a Legislative and Constituent Services Assistant and work collaboratively under Councilman Torrence and Chief of Staff, Kirsten Lewis, to support legislative and policy priorities regarding the creation and implementation of the following:

  • Office of Returning Citizens to support residents that were previously incarcerated

  • Resident Academy to help constituents better understand city government programs and processes

  • Strategy to Reclaim Spaces including but not limited to leading physical beautification and public safety initiatives

The Fellow for Councilman Torrence will need to be able to balance the nuances of the large district with a diverse constituent population. The Fellow will support constituent services for the office's assigned communities. In addition, the Fellow will lead efforts to develop and host a citizens academy where residents have an opportunity to meet with various local government staff and gain insight into city services and operations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Communications & Community Engagement 50%

    • Attend virtual policy events and committee hearings and correspond with elected officials, government staff and government affairs staff.

    • Assist with ongoing advocacy efforts and coalition building through the development of legislative updates, fact sheets, letters of support, testimony, and other materials to advance the Councilman Torrence's office agenda.

  • Policy & Research 30%

    • Research and summarize findings on legislative and policy issues in our district and city as they relate to local, state, and federal regulations/policies.

  • Data Analytics 10%

    • Reviewing agency data for district residents’ service request

  • Collaborative Effort with Other City Council Offices 10%

    • Coordinating with various offices on issues and initiatives.

This role will be mostly remote with some in-person meetings occasionally until guidance is provided by City of Baltimore’s taskforce on employees’ return to work.

HYBRID WORK ENVIRONMENT

Fellows must be local (D.C., Maryland, Virginia), have the capacity to attend in-person meetings as needed, and understand that due to the nature of community programming, some work with constituents will be in-person. Fellows in Baltimore will be given priority.

Also, because of the community facing efforts, some evenings and weekends will be required. Therefore, the work schedule will be flexible and further expectations will be outlined in the interview to ensure fellows are maintaining a healthy work life balance including ~40-hr weeks.

COMPENSATION

Each fellowship will be full-time and all fellows must be available to work 40/hours a week. City Council Fellows will receive $45,000, plus benefits.  

Skill Set Required

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Clear commitment to Baltimore and equity and racial justice

  • Ideal candidates will have 2-3 years of work experience in a related field including, but not limited to public policy, policy research, data analytics, and community engagement.

  • Preference to recent college graduates in need of entry-level experience.

  • Candidates must be local (Baltimore City or surrounding counties). Preference to Baltimore City residents.

  • Candidates must be willing to fully engage fellowship programming with Baltimore core and other cohort related experiences related to professional development

Internship Location

Baltimore, MD

Details

Semester: Ongoing
Hours per week: 20 or more hours
Workdays: M-F
Pay: Yes, $45,000 salary
Authorization Requirements: U.S. Citizen/U.S. National

Application Requirements

Required Documentation: Resume
Application Instructions Please visit this link to apply 

Additional Information

This job opportunity is more suitable for college alums

Headquarters

2401 Liberty Heights Ave #2730
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

About Baltimore Corps

Baltimore Corps was founded in 2013 with a simple premise in mind: We need better ways for the most talented people to go to work solving the world's most important challenges.

Why focus on talent? On the surface, we recognized the well-documented struggles of social sector leaders to recruit and retain the contributors they need to scale the most effective solutions. We also appreciate the tremendous opportunity represented by the coming of age of Millennials—the largest, most diverse and, perhaps, most purpose-driven generational cohort in history. Ultimately, though, we invest in talent because we continue to be moved by a simple but fundamental observation: 

Our greatest and most persistent challenges have been caused by people—they can and will be solved by people. 

Baltimore Corps is a network powered by an organization. We believe that networks are best positioned to drive change because complex challenges require convening diffuse sets of actors to activate the widest reaching solutions. 

Baltimore Corps builds robust, equitable pipelines to enlist talent in advancing Baltimore’s most promising social innovations.