RICHMOND — Governor Ralph Northam recently announced the newest cohort of Virginia Management Fellows, a program that works with Virginia Tech to train and prepare future government leaders.
“Today, we welcome the 19 new Virginia Management Fellows to the start of their public service careers in our commonwealth,” said Governor Northam in a press release. “Through the Fellows program, this group of aspiring agency leaders will put their diverse education and experiences to work as we plan for Virginia’s future by training them to be even stronger leaders.”
The two-year program offers Virginia Management Fellows the opportunity to learn and practice technical and generalist skills that are sought by state agencies. Each Fellow is assigned a mentor to guide them with projects, hands-on agency work, and research efforts. Virginia Management Fellows will develop and hone skills in self-awareness, team development, appreciative leadership, and project management as members of the Virginia Public Sector Leader program.
Cohorts will accumulate day-to-day work experience through technical seminars and three 8-month agency rotations. Fellows will also take a graduate school course in financial management and public budgeting. They will gain a greater understanding of fiscal concepts, budgeting processes, and how to work with web-based applications for fiscal analysis.
The program was initially approved by the General Assembly in 2017. The Office of the Secretary of Administration oversees the program, and the Department of Human Resource Management provides additional support and infrastructure. “We are welcoming the largest group of Fellows to date, with recruitment gearing up for the 2022-2024 Virginia Management Fellows cohort,” said Secretary of Administration Grindly Johnson. “The Virginia Management Fellows program is an essential element for attracting and developing a diverse, early career workforce in Virginia state government.”
The cohort selects a local nonprofit to research, plan, organize, budget, fund, implement, and evaluate. Last year, the Fellows wrote curriculum, packed and mailed supplies, and led online leadership sessions for youth ages 9-13 for The Next Star Arts program. The ultimate goal at the end of the program is to have the Fellows hired in all branches of Virginia state government.