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Lead for North Carolina 2020 Fellowship Registration

The first step for applying for Lead for North Carolina is to fill out the registration form found here.

From there, our staff will connect you to our online application and send you updates on our application process. The application includes one 250 word short response, a resume, and a cover letter.
Lead For North Carolina Fellows will be selected after a final interview with host governments on April 23rd and 24th.
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Final determination of these and other projects can be made based on the fellows interests, knowledge, skills and abilities.

The following are the confirmed governments for LFNC. Keep checking this page for a latest list of host governments. We anticipate our next cohort to have approximately 16 fellows in 16 jurisdictions across the state. 

  1. Ahoskie – The fellow will work on four types of projects: short term projects they will see to completion, policy development, long term on-going projects and day-to-day work activities that will give the fellow an understanding on how all the pieces of local government work. The LFNC Fellow in Ahoskie will work on the following longterm projects: revitalizing downtown and developing an industrial park. The short term projects include: research, purchase and implement an electronic time clock system that integrate with the town’s payroll services and making a paperless work-order system. The fellow will also provide research on outsourcing versus in house various governmental functions. The fellow will also provide essential research on how to implement bonuses for municipal employees without overwhelming the budget.
  2. Apex – Apex has adopted a clean energy resolution to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The town is looking to commit resources to expand initiatives and programs to continue its commitment to sustainability and protecting our environment. Support from a LFNC Fellow would provide the town additional capacity in its sustainability efforts while providing the fellow with valuable experience in an increasingly important field and exposure to local government. This position will assist in planning, organizing, and facilitating the implementation of town sustainability initiatives while also providing community outreach, research, and analytical support for sustainability programs. The LFNC Fellow would support the town’s Sustainability Program Coordinator specifically in the following areas: coordinating energy reduction efforts carried out by the town, assisting in preparing and presenting reports on the town’s sustainability efforts, assisting in researching and preparing applications for grant funding for new initiatives and programs, and updating outreach materials used for sustainability education in the community.
  3. Catawba County and the Western Piedmont Council of Governments – Catawba County is in the midst of implementing a strategic plan, adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2016.There are many projects associated with the strategic plan including investment in education, expansion of parks and infrastructure projects such as water and sewer extension and a branding campaign.NC Lead Fellows will also spend time at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments where they will work on housing and planning projects.LFNC fellows will spend approximately 60% of their time with the county and the remaining 40% with the Council of Governments. Specifically, the fellow would manage a departmental budget and assist departments with the procurement process.In conjunction with the Marketing Director, the fellow will work to develop a strategic plan for community outreach and engagement.Other project areas include development of internal communication plans.
  4. Guilford County: Register of Deeds – The Guilford County Register of Deeds has been a trendsetting organization. Our core services include accessibility and availability of land records, birth, death and marriage licenses, and military discharges. The LFNC Fellow will work on the following sample projects in community innovators lab, “CoLab,” on the following projects: (1) Slave deeds – indexing 500 bills of sale of enslaved people in Guilford County and partnering with the NC A&T History Department to scan and index original research, (2) End of Life – creating a county run webpage of community resources to help residents deal with end of life issues, and (3) Thank a Vet – building the Thank a Vet program within Guilford County. The LFNC Fellow in the ROD Co-Lab would like to employ an LFNC Fellow to help fully establish the Co-Lab concept, support initiatives and increase overall organizational capacity. This would include strategy, brand development and social media presence of Co-Lab.
  5. Lenoir – The LFNC Fellow in Lenoir will be working to ensure the city’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The fellow would inventory sidewalks and municipal infrastructure to ensure all citizens have access to governmental buildings and services. The fellow will also work with the Public Works Director on managing infrastructure projects.
  6. Martin County – Martin County’s LFNC Fellow will work on grant-writing. The fellow would begin with a listening tour meeting department leaders, identifying unmet community needs, collecting public input, and shadowing the County Manager. If fellows are interested in law enforcement, social work, GIS, public health, etc., they would spend a majority of their time working on projects associated with their personal interest. Fellows would then create a project scope uniquely tailored to specific department / community needs to have an immediate impact in a given issue area, while increasing capacity in Martin County.
  7. McDowell County– The fellow would assist in several departments throughout the county organization, but will primarily help the County Manager with several important projects.Several projects that are under consideration from FY 2021 include a Facilities Improvement Plan, an Employee Evaluation Plan, and an Ordinance Codification Plan. Each of these three projects will involve work with departments throughout the organization including Public Services, Finance, Human Resources, and the Clerk to the Board. In addition to these major projects, the candidate would also be tasked with assisting with various grants with reporting, monitoring, etc.Current grants held by the county include several NC Commerce Building Reuse grants, Appalachian Regional Commission grants, and various recreation grants.Grant monitoring and reporting will help build skills for how to properly interact with agencies external to the local organization.
  8. The Mid-East Commission– The Mid-East Commission serves the counties of Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Martin, and Pitt as well as local municipalities. The Mid-East Commission LFNC Fellow will work with the disaster recovery specialist on efforts ranging from updating emergency operations plans, to seeking out and applying for grant opportunities that assist in recovery initiatives. The fellow would also work with the planning department on comprehensive planning efforts and recreation plans. The fellow will be involved in ongoing economic development projects and would help secure future grants and work with state and federal agencies to enhance the ability of local governments to successfully improve the quality of life for area citizens.
  9. Pollocksville – Pollocksville needs a fellow with high resiliency and technical skills to help this small town recover after suffering major devastation by Hurricane Florence. With only part-time staff and a plethora of challenges, Pollocksville needs assistance in coordinating and support recovery efforts while providing vision for new ways to reimagine Pollocksville after significant loss from the flood. The LFNC Fellow will work with engineers and architects to restore the flooded Town Hall, work with FEMA representatives on projects that have not closed, secure funds through GLF and NCORR, replace the sewer lagoon, assist in implementation of PARTF grant, review and rewrite the zoning ordinances, and work on the economic development / beautification along Main Street.
  10. Pembroke – The Town of Pembroke is seeking an energetic and highly motivated fellow to assist with a variety of important endeavors, including assistance with on-going downtown revitalization projects (such as the Town’s streetscape and city center storefront renovation projects) and on-going Hurricane Matthew / Florence recovery efforts. The fellowship will afford an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in project management and economic development in addition to a general exposure to the primary functions of city government. The selected fellow will also serve in an Assistant to the Town Manager capacity, assisting with the day-to-day operational needs of the Town.  Other administrative projects may include the evaluation and improvement of the Town’s solid waste billing structure and an inventory of vacant residential / commercial structures in Town.
  11. Rockingham County – The fellow will assist the County’s external communication efforts, create and administer employee satisfaction surveys, undertake a policy consolidation project to increase transparency in the local government, assist with the annual budge preparation and performance management by meeting with departments to evaluate performance goals and make recommendations on areas of improvement, and work with various county departments to evaluate processes and make recommendations. The fellow’s work project will also be tailored to meet the interests of the fellow.
  12. Rutherfordton – The LFNC Fellow will work on the following projects: implementing the Downtown Business Development plan, coordinating the Town’s comprehensive master plan, working with Spindale (LFNC Fellow Walker Harrison) and Rutherford County on the thermal belt rail trail development, assisting with the NC Main Street Program, and working on a team to rethink community outreach.
  13. Shelby – The LFNC Fellow will work on three projects: (1) a recent report shows a serious crisis for housing at all income levels, the fellow will work on the development of a comprehensive set of policies that will provide incentives to the housing development industry to construct residential units, (2) assistance with development of a USDOT BUILD grant for construction of a 12 mile trail trail that will provide connectivity between neighborhoods, schools, commercial areas, and rural communities, (3) assistance with the development of a public art plant that will focus on the Uptown Main Street Development.
  14. Wilkesboro – Long term projects include: (1) facilitation with creation and implementation of a Unified Development Ordinance, (2) centralizing, organizing, and digitizing the Town’s departmental safety policies and procedures, (3) participating in the design of a major inclusive playground design, (4) participating in “Phase 2” design, funding and research of the Town’s downtown revitalization, (5) assisting with the Tourism Development Authority is the areas of research and presentation of findings, and (6) formalizing a new employee “On-Boarding” program.