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MTAS Public Management Fellow (East Tennessee area)

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MTAS Public Management Fellow (East Tennessee area)

MTAS has an opening for a Public Management Fellow located in the East Tennessee area. The successful candidate will work for the municipalities of Sevierville, Maryville, Clinton and Dandridge serving as a member of the managerial staff providing support for each city manager and/or department head. The fellow will rotate among each participating city performing jobs as directed.

The Management Fellow works for one or more Tennessee cities serving as a member of the managerial staff providing support to city manager(s) and city department heads to gain practical experience in local government management. Examples of work performed will range from research and analysis of various issues such as employee benefits, purchasing, contracts, and franchises as they are renewed to analyzing and managing the budget process for one or more department's budget within one or more cities. In the latter instance, the fellow may serve as a team leader or coordinator in the development of the departmental budget. Performs other duties as assigned by the city manager(s) in conformance with the inter-local agreement with UT/MTAS.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Public Management Fellow:

  • Conducts research and analysis on projects assigned by the city manager
  • Provides managerial assistance on projects assigned by the city manager
  • Develops work plans and reports for city project work
  • Attends conferences and seminars that maintain and expand proficiency in municipal government
Required Qualifications:

This position requires a master's degree in Public Administration or related area, and a bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science or a related degree is preferred.

 This position is designed for recent MPA/MPPA graduates.  Any previous experience would be considered but is not required.

The fellow must also possess the following skills: 1) managerial, 2) analytical, 3) conceptual, and 4) interpersonal skills that enable him or her to work in multiple environments and conditions. These skills will be used on a daily basis as the fellow works with various department heads balancing their concerns, issues and managerial approaches with those of the city manager or department head. A high level of cognitive or intuitive skills is necessary to fully understand, design and implement successful solutions for municipal problems.


The position requires the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with officials of varied skill levels
  • Develop work plans in areas of general municipal operations 
  • Prioritize projects
  • Travel statewide with overnight travel

This position is a full-time Limited Duration Appointment (LDA).

Each employee who drives a vehicle for work related business must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.


Knoxville Area


Salary range is $46 593.05- $50,320.49, depending on qualifications, plus benefits.

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by August 16, 2021.  All applicants must apply online to be considered for this position.  Please attach a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three professional references with your online application.