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
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.
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.