City of Grand Rapids - Executive Office

City of Grand Rapids - Executive Office

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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The City was incorporated on April 2, 1850. On August 29, 1916, the people of Grand Rapids voted to adopt a Home Rule Charter that abolished their old alderman system and replaced it with a Commission-Manager form of government that, with amendments, is still in effect today. The City Commission has seven elected, non-partisan commissioners, with two commissioners from each of the three wards and a seventh commissioner elected at large who serves as the Mayor. The City Comptroller is elected at large and, with the assistance of the staff members in the Office of City Comptroller, is responsible for monitoring the financial activities of the City Commission and all City departments. Terms of all the elected offices are four years, with three commissioners and either the Mayor or Comptroller elected every two years. The City Manager is appointed by the City Commission to serve as the City’s chief administrator and is responsible for the coordination of all City departments and execution of City Commission policies and programs. There are approximately 1,600 full-time employees. A seven-member Library Board is elected at large and is responsible for the operations of the library system. All other boards, such as the pension, building authority, and other component unit boards, have a majority of members appointed by the City Commission. The City provides its citizens with a full range of municipal services.

How many internships are you providing to the program?: 2 (Samantha Rodriguez, who worked in our office last year, is interested in returning - we would be happy to have her here.)
Placements require a financial obligation of $1,600 for each youth under 18 years old, and $2,000 for each intern 18 or older. Please indicate if you are a nonprofit organization and need wage assistance.: No
What transportation options for getting to and from work are available to you?: By Public Transport (Bus, Wheels to Work, or Bike/ Walk), By Car
Public Transportation Supports: Proximity to bus line and details of which line/stop. Wheels to Work program participation and cost.: City Hall is a short walking distance from multiple transit stops served by The Rapid (including Silver Line) and DASH buses.
Is your organization a Minority Business Enterprise?: No
Diversity Equity, & Inclusion Commitment: Share your organizations commitment to DEI, including local or national diversity commitments/pledges, links to public content outlining your strategy, and current representation in leadership and the general workforce.: The City is an equal opportunity employer with a significant demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion. The Office of Equity and Engagement was recently elevated to a stand-alone department: https://www.grandrapidsmi.gov/Government/Departments/Office-of-Equity-and-Engagement (web page includes information on D&I program, recently updated Human Rights Ordinance, and new demographics statement). The City's Strategic Plan includes a prominent equity statement (see: https://www.grandrapidsmi.gov/files/assets/public/initatives/strategic-plan/strategic-plan/city-of-grand-rapids-strategic-plan.pdf, p.12) and an important strategic plan metric compares the race and gender of new hires to the citywide and metro area labor forces (p.15). Persons of color and women are significantly represented within the City's elected, appointed, and top management leadership groups. City Policies also are important catalysts for communitywide D&I initiatives, including empowerment of Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBEs), and Micro-Local Business Enterprises (MLBEs).