Allegheny County Fellows in Local Government Program
Creating Opportunity for the Next Generation of Leaders
Insight. Scholarship. Action.
The Fellows in Local Government program is looking for motivated and talented individuals with
unique human service perspective to shape the work of Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS), an agency hailed as a national model for innovative and effective government.
The Fellows program invites recent graduates of Bachelor’s programs in a variety of human service related fields who also have past or current lived experience within a human service system to join the staff of DHS for a one year appointment with the hope of igniting a longer-term interest in a career in public service.
Fellows apply their skills and perspective to real-world problems facing DHS and facing the individuals DHS serves. They also have opportunities to build on their existing skill sets and develop new skill sets throughout their employment with DHS. The Fellow will receive an assignment in one of the DHS program or support offices and will complete a variety of projects, but the actual scope of work will be determined based on the office assignment and the interests and skill sets of the Fellow.
Additionally, the Fellow will have access to unique opportunities to meet with DHS senior staff, foundation executives, and nonprofit and private sector leaders, as well as to participate in educational and professional development opportunities. Fellows who complete their commitment, receive a favorable evaluation, and want to continue working at the Department will be given special consideration for full-time employment beyond the one-year appointment.
Candidates must have past or current lived experience within a human service system in order to be eligible to apply. In addition, candidates must have received a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as social work, sociology, political science, economics, policy studies, pre-law, business, communications, information technology, accounting, statistics and a variety of other related fields, within the last 18 months of applying. Candidates who have completed education beyond a bachelor’s degree are also eligible as long as their bachelor’s degree was completed within the last 18 months of applying.
Although there is no city of Pittsburgh residency requirement, candidates must be willing to move to the Pittsburgh region by the summer of their Fellows year. Candidates are from diverse backgrounds and are selected on the basis of a variety of factors, which may include a combination of personal and academic experience, employment or volunteer experience, leadership potential, and commitment to public service. Applicants with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
The application deadline for the Fellows in Local Government Program is January 15, 2014
How Do I Apply?
To be considered for the Fellows program, applicants must provide
- A fully completed Fellows application form;
- Their resume;
- Two completed application essays, as outlined in the Fellows application form;
- Two letters of recommendation (one from an academic setting and one from outside an academic setting – for example, an employer or community member or mentor that can speak to your specific qualifications for the position); and
- An official transcript from every post-secondary educational institution attended.
All application materials for the Fellows in Local Government program can be emailed, except: transcripts, which must be official, and letters of recommendation which must come in a sealed envelope with the recommenders signature across the seal. The application must be signed, but it can be scanned and emailed.
All materials should be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to:
Ms. Altagracia Moquette
Allegheny County Department of Human Services
One Smithfield Street, 2nd floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The Decision-making Process
A committee of reviewers from DHS will evaluate all applications. The top candidates will be invited to interview in person at the DHS offices in Pittsburgh in March 2014. The interview process consists of an individual interview before a small panel consisting of DHS staff and community leaders. Applicants are evaluated based upon on the quality and completeness of their application materials as well as their overall performance in the interview process. Candidates will be informed of their status between March 24, 2014 and April 10, 2014, and the Fellow will being work in June or July 2014.
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