Cookingham-Noll Management Fellowship
The Cookingham-Noll Management Fellowship is a two year experience that gives fellows a “360-degree tour of the city.” This includes rotations in the City Manager’s Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and other departments of their choice. Fellows will also attend and participate in several meetings each week with the City Manager and other City leadership throughout their time as a fellow. This is a 2 year term, full-time, paid position with the City.
The fellowship is one of the longest running in the country and has provided a great learning opportunity to over 100 city management fellows to date. Our alumni have gone on to rewarding jobs within municipal, state, and federal government, as well as not for profit organizations. Kansas City is committed to making its fellowship the best in the country and ensures its fellows receive an advanced learning experience by contributing to meaningful projects. The two year opportunity will prove demanding, and highly valuable for fellows, as they develop skills, informed perspectives, and relationships that further their career in city management.
See what Fellowship Alumni have to say
“The Cookingham-Noll Fellowship afforded me the opportunity to gain exposure and knowledge in a variety of areas of local government. It was an invaluable experience that helped me discover a career path that I feel passionate about.”
– Katherine Carttar, Economic Development Analyst, City of Kansas City, MO.
“The fellowship is a unique opportunity to see Kansas City from all different perspectives – from high-level managers to field employees, across all departments. By the end of the fellowship, I felt like I had gained a 360 degree view of the city that allowed me to pursue many different career paths within the organization.”
– Kate Bender, Senior Performance Analyst, City of Kansas City, MO.
“The Fellowship helped me hone skills that I will continue to use throughout the span of my career in public administration. I was able to do work that was of value for myself and the organization which helped me land a permanent job as a Budget Analyst with the City.”
– Jordan Brown, Budget Analyst, City of Kansas City, MO.
My participation in the Kansas City Management Fellowship program was my first real exposure to city management . My prior graduate school studies and volunteer work with city government were a good start, but the Kansas City Fellowship program provided hands on training for my exciting launch into City government. The opportunity to do meaningful work in the City Manager’s Office and various city departments was a great foundation for my future career.
-Steve Hall, City Manager of Olympia, WA.
“Throughout my professional career, I have often thought about my days as a Cookingham Fellow at Kansas City, MO. The Fellowship provided me an opportunity to work closely with many of the “top tier” professionals in their field. My assigned projects were meaningful and helped build a stronger resume for future employment opportunities. Since Kansas City, my career path has been in “small to medium-sized” communities. Today I serve as the City Manager for Lee’s Summit, approximately one-third the size of Kansas City, MO. Despite this career path towards smaller organizations, I continue to benefit from the Kansas City Fellowship experience.”
-Stephen Arbo, City Manager of Lee’s Summit, MO.
Questions about the fellowship can be directed to current fellows Mark Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Aaron Shroyer (email@example.com).
Learn more about the Fellowship experience on the program’s Tumblr page.
Now Recruiting for the 2016-2018 Fellowship
Kansas City, MO is now accepting applications for the 2016-2018 Cookingham-Noll Fellowship program. The program is designed to attract, develop, and retain talented individuals with an interest in a local government management career. The City is eager to receive applications and submissions from qualified candidates (individuals who will have completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration or related field by June 2016), and begin the selection process for this prestigious fellowship.
Applications and Submissions
Applicants are asked to complete the online application, and electronically submit the following materials for review:
- Online Application (select “Cookingham-Noll Fellow”) Please attached resumes in the application tool
Email the following materials as PDFs:
- Cover letter
- Three letters of recommendation
- Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts will be accepted due to time restraints)
- Writing sample
- Instructions and prompt for the writing sample are available below
*Application materials are due by January 29, 2016. Submit as PDFs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview and Selection Stage
Select candidates will be invited to City Hall to conduct in-person interviews. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified late February, 2016. The interview process will take place on March 11, with the chosen candidates notified within 7-14 days following the interviews. The City will choose two qualified candidates to serve as Cookingham-Noll Fellows, beginning in June, 2016.
Writing Sample Prompt
Prompt: For the past decade, a Midwestern City of approximately 470,000 people has looked to improve its airport infrastructure. The City’s current airport is over 40 years old, crumbling internally, and struggling to meet growing passenger, airline, and security demands.
Two years ago, the City’s Aviation department hired consultants and began the process of developing airport update proposals. In that time, public debate regarding the airport matter proved heated, as citizen, business, and other interests considered such a sizeable investment. Additionally, citizens from multiple municipalities in the Midwestern City metropolitan area use the airport as a regional hub, and also voiced varied interests. The Aviation department made it known that public tax dollars would not be used in the airport project, which would instead be funded by revenue bonds issued by the department and repaid by its operations. Despite this, Midwestern City voters must approve the bonds that make the project possible.
After the Aviation Department’s final recommendation to the City Council, debate still surrounded the project. Factors influencing the debate include regionalism, public awareness, citizen satisfaction, and economic impact for both the City and metropolitan area.
Instructions: In a two page memo, please address how the City should move forward administratively in regards to the airport project in the next 3 years. Please email the memo – as well as resume, cover letter, and 3 letters of recommendation – as PDF files to email@example.com by January 29, 2016.