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Franklin Management Fellow Guidelines

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The City of Franklin, Tennessee is the premier local government in the State of Tennessee. Our stable political and administrative management, outstanding financial resources, deep civic pride and commitment to the best quality life experiences in the mid-south have made us one of the most desirable places to live, work and play anywhere in the United States. A leader in the profession, the City of Franklin wants the opportunity to give back by offering the best aspiring future public sector managers and opportunity to serve the citizens of Franklin as a Franklin Management Fellow.

The City is seeking recent or degree-seeking Masters of Public Administration and/or Masters of Public Policy students to serve a 12-month term as Management Fellow. This is a full-time position with full benefits which are among the best in government in the State of Tennessee. This position will report directly to the City Administrator and give the fellow an excellent first-hand experience in to how decisions are made, finances are managed, services are delivered and how communities are sustained. Qualified applicants will be selected for interviews based on academic performance, passion for public service, innovative thinking, communication ability and a proven-track record of leadership.

About Franklin:

Franklin, Tennessee is a thriving medium-sized City 20 miles south of Nashville and is the county seat of Williamson County, Tennessee. The City of Franklin was founded October 26, 1799 and was named after Benjamin Franklin, a close friend of Dr. Hugh Williamson, a member of the Continental Congress for whom Williamson County was named. The City, the county seat of Williamson County, is located 20 miles south of Nashville. Williamson County is located in a rich agricultural area, and, before the Civil War, was the wealthiest county in Tennessee, a status it still holds. Laid out on a portion of a 640-acre tract owned by Major Anthony Sharpe, a Revolutionary War Veteran, Franklin originally consisted of 109 acres that contained 200 lots. The original town plan was designed by Abram Maury, a surveyor and planter who came from Virginia in 1797.

Franklin was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War on November 30, 1864, when 20,000 Confederate soldiers made a series of charges over two miles of open ground. More than 8,000 northern and southern soldiers fell in little more than five hours.

Today, The City of Franklin covers approximately an area of 41 square miles and serves a population of 70,909 according to the City’s 2017 special census. The City of Franklin is the ninth largest and one of the fastest growing municipalities in America.

Franklin has a robust and diversified economy. The City is known as a retail and banking center, with a large commercial area on its east side which includes retail outlets, a regional mall, and several corporate headquarters, including Big Idea Productions, CKE Enterprises (Carl’s Jr/Hardees), Clarcor, Community Health Systems, Ford Motor Credit, Healthways, Jackson National Life, Mars Petcare, and Nissan North America. The area is also home to a regional conference center and several major hotel chains, including Aloft, Drury Plaza Hotel, Embassy Suites, Hilton, Homewood Suites, Hyatt Place, and Marriott.

Franklin has received numerous awards throughout the years - a testament to the high quality of life, amenities and spirit of our City. One testament we have received is from Money Magazine. In 2012 we received a ranking of 52nd of the 100 Best Places to live in the United States. In 2018, Franklin ranked the 6th Best Place to live in the United States, making the second year in a row we placed in the top 10! We have also received the following accolades/awards:

  • #1 Best Town in Tennessee - 2015, 2016 (Niche Rankings)
  • #10 Best Town to Retire in the United States - 2015 (USA Today/Bankrate)
  • Best Southern Town (Garden and Gun Magazine)
  • Most Romantic Main Street (National Trust for Historic Preservation)
  • #7 best place for STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) jobs in the U.S. - 2018 (
  • Top 10 Community for job growth
  • Money Magazine's Top 10 Places to Retire
  • Great American Main Street Award
  • #10 for new jobs created in America and projected to be 3rd in America for new jobs over the next twenty years.

Just to name a few. We appreciate the awards, but the reason they are earned is the dedication of our citizens, our employees and the effort of the entire community to make Franklin one of the best places to live, work, grow and raise a family anywhere.

The City of Franklin is governed by an elected board consisting of a directly elected mayor and eight elected Aldermen (four elected at-large and four by geographical ward).  The Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) hire a City Administrator who serves as the City’s chief executive responsible for the day-to-day operations and works closely with the Board in charting the strategic direction of the City. The City of Franklin provides a full range of services through a team of over 740 people in 14 departments including police, fire/emergency medical services, streets maintenance, parks, refuse/recycling collections, and water/water reclamation utilities.

 The City’s vision statement is:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost-effective City services.

The City operates with a focus on five key principles:

  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Being Action-oriented

Management Fellowship:

The fellowship is designed to provide an aspiring local government manager with the experience and exposure necessary to create a successful underpinning to a long and productive career in administration. Fellows will:

  • Report directly to the City Administrator
  • Serve as a member of the City’s Leadership Team
  • Work directly with the City’s Finance Department - Budget & Analytics Division
  • Be part of the team responsible for the construction and implementation of the annual operating and capital budgets
  • Receive direct exposure to a variety of Human Resources experiences
  • Receive a broad exposure to all City functions, services and programs

Management Fellows will also be responsible for completing:

  • Projects as determined mutually through collaboration with the City Administrator suited to the knowledge and passion of the fellow
  • A final reflection paper summarizing their experiences with the City of Franklin

Salary, Benefits & Employee Perks:

Management Fellows will be considered full-time employees of the City of Franklin and eligible for a comprehensive benefits package. Fellows will receive:

  • Annual Salary of $47,000
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Long-Term and Life Insurance
  • Optional Short-Term Disability, Accident, Critical Illness and additional life insurance
  • Retirement – The City is a participating employer of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS). All full-time employees must participate in TCRS and contribute 5% of their gross monthly salary.
  • 2 weeks of paid vacation and a personal day per year
  • Full-time employees accrue one sick day per month with no limited maximum.
  • Paid travel, room, board and conference registration fees to the annual ICMA Conference and regional TCMA (Tennessee City Management Association) conferences
  • Membership in both ICMA and TCMA
  • Paid travel to and from colleges should student still be degree-seeking
  • Additional employee perks to include Williamson Country Recreation Center discounts, Southeast Financial Credit Union membership, Ascend Financial Credit Union membership and an employee fitness center in City Hall

How to Apply:

To apply for the Franklin Management Fellow, applicants must complete the following:

  1. Online job application at, including demographic information, education, work experience, resume and professional references
  2. Official graduate transcript, One (1) writing sample (personal statement of interest or professional memorandum) and one (1) letter of recommendation emailed to Natasha Parker at by the application deadline

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