Saturday, December 31, 2011

Olathe, Kansas Management Internship

About the

Management Internship

The Internship The City of Olathe has a great opportunity for a committed, team oriented, and highly motivated MPA graduate (or student who has completed all MPA coursework) to join the City Manager’s Office as a Management Intern. The duties and responsibilities of the Management Intern are designed to further prepare the incumbent for a successful career in local government. This is a full-time paid position.

Position Summary. The selected candidate will perform a variety of entry level professional administrative work, research, and analysis in support of the City Manager’s Office. The work performed by the Management Intern will be highly visible and have a direct impact on the organization. Typical assignments/projects will involve public relations, civic education programs, internal/external committees, the operating and capital budget, legislative activities, and a good balance of administrative and operational responsibilities. The intern will gain exposure to innovative best practices in our award-winning organization, through your rotations in the City Manager’s Office and a department that provides a very well rounded experience.

Requirements Requires a Master of Public Administration (or student who has completed all MPA coursework) or equivalent degree by July 1 and at least 6 months of related work experience. Applicable Internships (paid or non-paid) will satisfy the experience requirement. The ideal candidate will have a general knowledge of municipal government operations and be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and related applications.

PREAMBLE: By embracing these core values, employees of the City of Olathe are committed to serving the community with respect, accountability, initiative and integrity.

Customer Service: We value a friendly attitude that delivers timely, competent, and responsible service to all of our customers.

Teamwork: We value cooperation with others to achieve the best for our organization and community.

Learning: We value an innovative environment that challenges us to continuously seek ways to improve our organization and our community.

Communication: We value open discussion with others as the basis for decision-making and action.

Leadership through Service: We value an organization in which each of us is a leader focused on serving people through listening to, caring for, supporting, and developing others.

About the position of

Management Intern

Job Description Under the direction of the Assistant City Manager, performs entry level professional work for the City Manager’s Office. Participates in and/or leads a variety of projects contributing to the continued success of various organization-wide initiatives. Duties and responsibilities are designed to further prepare the incumbent for a successful career in local government.

Routine Job Duties/Responsibilities

· Perform entry level professional administrative work, research, and analysis in support of the City Manager’s office and the Mayor and Council as directed.

· Interact regularly with personnel from each department to ensure effective interdepartmental communication and maximize operational effectiveness.

· Responds to citizen inquiries/requests and resolves all issues within assigned scope of responsibility in a timely manner. Refers more complex issues to the Assistant City Manager for resolution.

· Assist with developing and implementing projects and/or programs impacting one or more City departments.

· Collect and organize data for the City-wide Balanced Scorecard.

· Facilitates program for Olathe District Schools third graders to learn about local government.

· Act as Staff Advisor to the Olathe Teen Council.

· Assist with Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) budgetary process by inputting data, performing appropriate analysis, and preparing necessary reports.

· Attend and participate in various organizational meetings and meetings of the City Council and Council sub-committees as directed.

· Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Periodic Job Duties/Responsibilities

· May facilitate employee committee or ad hoc groups.


· Masters in Public Administration or equivalent

· At least six months of related work experience, applicable internships (paid or non-paid) are acceptable for experience requirement.

About the position of

Management Intern


· Ability to organize, direct and coordinate projects and meetings

· Ability to handle confidential information in a sensitive manner

· Excellent oral and written communication skills

· Ability to handle multiple demands and competing priorities

· Ability to work independently after receiving initial guidance

· Basic mathematical skills

· Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the general public, elected officials, vendors, employees and citizens


· General knowledge of municipal governments, city regulations/codes and ordinances

· Proficiency with PCs and computer software and applications

· General knowledge of office equipment, including photo copier, telephone, facsimile, calculator, shredder, etc.


· Valid Kansas Driver’s License (within 30 days of


Working Conditions

· Long periods of computer and office work

· Intermittent periods of standing and walking

· Ability to lift, carry, push and pull up to 20 pounds

· Constant talking, hearing, concentration, judgment and writing ability

Note This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Interns will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not to be construed as a contract for employment.

About the

Salary & Benefits

Salary: $34,500

Benefits: · Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance

· Life Insurance ($10,000 life/$10,000 accidental death and dismemberment policy)

· Deferred Compensation, with City match up to $30 per pay period

· KPERS (Kansas Public Employees’ Retirement System)

· 10.5 Paid Holidays per Year

· One Personal Day per Year

· Vacation: 2 weeks per Year

· A detailed description of benefits may be found on the City’s website


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