Opportunities


Join the Controller’s Executive Staff in order to gain the experience and skillset necessary to embark on a thriving career in City government.

The Controller serves as the independent chief auditor and financial watchdog for the City of Los Angeles with the responsibility to ensure the City is operating efficiently and transparently. As one of three elected city-wide officials, the Controller maintains a robust community outreach calendar and has close contact with his constituencies- including community groups, nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses, and more.

This position provides the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment at City Hall. The ideal candidate seeks experience working in community outreach, event coordination, advance work, and staffing a City-wide elected official at various engagements around the City of Los Angeles.

Schedule/Salary:

25-35 hours/week, for 6-9 months, including alternating weekends and occasional after-hours. This job pays $15.23 an hour.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Scheduling
    • Research community events and potential scheduling opportunities;
    • Provide prompt communication and outreach to community members;
    • Craft Scheduling Requests and Briefing Memos for upcoming events;
    • Work closely with Scheduling Team to build and manage the Controller’s calendar;
    • Staff the Controller (approx. 10 hours per week) at meetings, tours, and events;
    • Perform various administrative duties as needed
  • Community Outreach
    • Act as key liaison to neighborhood councils, chamber of commerce, etc.;
    • Cultivate relationships with advocacy groups and nonprofit partners

To be successful on this team, you must have:

  • Passion for the public good and public interest;
  • Strong attention to detail and thorough follow-up communication;
  • Flexible demeanor and ability to adapt and adjust priorities on the spot;
  • Collaborative “all hands on deck” attitude;
  • Effective time management skills and ability to meet deadlines

Application Process and Deadline:

Please email your resume to jessica.barker@lacity.org and include a cover letter in the body of your email.

This position is an exempt, at-will position which does not accrue civil service tenure, contractual employment rights or due process rights. The position is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the City Controller and may be removed without any finding of cause by the City Controller.

The Special Assistant is a high-profile entry-level role that will support the Controller’s Executive team, fulfilling staffing needs associated with the Controller’s schedule — in addition, acting as a utility player assisting in communications, community affairs, policy matters and other duties as needed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Manage and assist various projects, priorities, deadlines and deliverables;
  • Advance, staff and drive the Controller to special events and speaking engagements as needed;
  • Ability to quickly research, collect and analyze information for reports, letters and internal communications such as briefings;
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with staff of elected officials, representatives of public and private groups and constituents;
  • Act as the main liaison between the Controller and Executive staff.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience working in a fast paced environment, working for an elected official preferred;
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to adapt to evolving situations;
  • Creative self-starter with a desire to serve the public interest;
  • Strong time management and oral/written communications skills;
  • Knowledge of basic office equipment and office software such as Google Drive and Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; and
  • Valid CA driver license required.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Send resume and cover letter with subject “Special Assistant” to controller.galperin@lacity.org.

This position is an exempt, at-will position which does not accrue civil service tenure, contractual employment rights or due process rights. The position is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the City Controller and may be removed without any finding of cause by the City Controller.

As a member of L.A. Controller Ron Galperin’s Communications team, you will be part of a dynamic, fast-paced environment at City Hall. The Controller’s office releases audits and reports on City programs and services, creates online maps to connect residents with resources, and works to promote innovation and transparency in local government. The Communications team is responsible for media outreach and relations, speech writing, and social media and digital communications. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in communications and civic leadership to work in an office that is on the cutting edge of technology in government.

Skills and Qualifications

            • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or community college program in communications, journalism or a related field.
            • Excellent writing and research skills. 
            • Experience with social media content creation and engagement strategies.
            • Knowledge of website management.
            • Experience relating to traditional media outlets and drafting press materials. 
            • Interest in public service and a desire to learn in a positive, creative environment. 

Application Process

Apply by emailing a one-page resume to controller.galperin@lacity.org. In the subject line, indicate that you are applying for the “Communications Internship.” Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please submit any questions you have to controller.galperin@lacity.org. *Note: this is an unpaid internship.

About the Office of Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin 

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin is the taxpayers’ watchdog at City Hall, making sure public dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. He is also the elected paymaster, auditor and chief accounting officer for the City of Los Angeles. Galperin oversees a team that conducts independent audits, manages City payroll and spending, prepares financial reports, pursues fraud and waste, and works to create a more transparent and accountable city for everyone. His reports are improving street maintenance, arts funding, management of special funds, L.A.’s trees, emergency services and many other City functions.

The Community Engagement and Innovation team is responsible for raising public awareness of the Controller’s mission and work, which includes the introduction of cutting edge technology to local government and the transparency it enables around city finances, work efficiency, and constituent services. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in community outreach and civic leadership.

Responsibilities

            • Researching, coordinating, and attending events for the Office of the Controller 
            • Engaging in community outreach to various stakeholders, including neighborhood councils, chambers of commerce, schools, nonprofit groups, businesses, etc. 
            • Contributing to internal events with pre-planning, logistics and follow-up 
            • Performing a variety of administrative duties as needed

Skills and Qualifications

            • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills 
            • Strong communication and critical thinking skills 
            • Outgoing and creative mindset 
            • Self-starter that can work independently and with teams 
            • Familiarity with event planning and City of Los Angeles neighborhoods a plus

Application Process

Apply by emailing a one-page resume to controller.galperin@lacity.org. In the subject line indicate the specific internship you are applying for. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please submit any questions you have to controller.galperin@lacity.org. *Note: this is an unpaid internship.

About the Office of Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin 

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin is the taxpayers’ watchdog at City Hall, making sure public dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. He is also the elected paymaster, auditor and chief accounting officer for the City of Los Angeles. Galperin oversees a team that conducts independent audits, manages City payroll and spending, prepares financial reports, pursues fraud and waste, and works to create a more transparent and accountable city for everyone. His reports are improving street maintenance, arts funding, management of special funds, L.A.’s trees, emergency services and many other City functions.

The Accounting Operations Division is responsible for funds and appropriation accounting, audit and approval of demands against the City Treasury, City payroll for more than 45,000 City employees and other disbursements. We are looking for self-directed, detail-oriented interns in the areas of Accounting, Finance, and Public Policy.

The Demand Audit Section is responsible for the review and approval of demands (payments) against the City Treasury. The section establishes Citywide policies and procedures regarding receipt of goods and services, payment processing, and disbursement of City funds. The section is also responsible for the filing and remittance of payroll, sales, and use taxes to federal and State agencies. The section also administers the Citywide Travel and Purchasing Card programs.

Skills and Qualifications

            • Strong customer service and problem-solving skills
            • Excellent oral and written communication skills
            • Strong organization and planning skills
            • Ability to work under time sensitive and tight deadline environment

Application Process

Apply directly by emailing your resume to controller.galperin@lacity.org. In the subject line indicate the exact internship you are applying for. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please submit any questions to controller.galperin@lacity.org. *Please note this is an unpaid internship.

About the Office of Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin 

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin is the taxpayers’ watchdog at City Hall, making sure public dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. He is also the elected paymaster, auditor and chief accounting officer for the City of Los Angeles. Galperin oversees a team that conducts independent audits, manages City payroll and spending, prepares financial reports, pursues fraud and waste, and works to create a more transparent and accountable city for everyone. His reports are improving street maintenance, arts funding, management of special funds, L.A.’s trees, emergency services and many other City functions.

The Financial Management System (FMS) Section oversees operations of the City’s core financial system, which includes Accounting Receivable, Accounts Payable, Cost Accounting, General Ledger, Business Intelligence, and Procurement.

Skills and Qualifications

            • Web design 
            • Graphic design skills 
            • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator or other visual design and wire-framing tools 
            • Proficiency in HTML, CSS and JavaScript for rapid prototyping 
            • Ability to solve problems creatively and effectively 
            • Up-to-date with the latest Web trends, techniques and technologies 
            • Strong customer service and problem-solving skills 
            • Ability to read and follow manuals and instructions 
            • Ability to observe processes and create a step-by-step documentation 
            • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
            • Ability to work effectively with others 
            • Strong organizational and planning skills 
            • Ability to work under time-sensitive and tight-deadline environment

Application Process

Apply by emailing your resume to controller.galperin@lacity.org. In the subject line indicate the exact internship you are applying for. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please submit any questions you have to controller.galperin@lacity.org. *Note: this is an unpaid internship.

About the Office of Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin 

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin is the taxpayers’ watchdog at City Hall, making sure public dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. He is also the elected paymaster, auditor and chief accounting officer for the City of Los Angeles. Galperin oversees a team that conducts independent audits, manages City payroll and spending, prepares financial reports, pursues fraud and waste, and works to create a more transparent and accountable city for everyone. His reports are improving street maintenance, arts funding, management of special funds, L.A.’s trees, emergency services and many other City functions.

Controller Ron Galperin and his staff are known for integrating technology and open data in the public sector. Using tech, design, and innovative thinking, our goal is to increase transparency and seek new and unique solutions to government challenges.

Responsibilities

            • Updating content, videos, and images to the Controller’s official website;
            • Transferring and embedding content into a more simplified site structure;
            • Detailing documentation and improving management processes where possible;
            • Keeping track of refresh schedules;
            • Creating and publish data visualizations;
            • Brainstorming creative ways to make content interactive;
            • Coordinating with Communications and External Affairs teams to meet deadlines.

Skills and Qualifications

            • Excellent writing and reading abilities;
            • Extreme attention to detail;
            • Ability to save, backup and document for all steps taken;
            • Savvy internet research skills;
            • A love for technology and figuring things out;
            • A record of building websites and/or working on a diverse array of platforms. 

Application Process

Apply by emailing a one-page resume to controller.galperin@lacity.org. In the subject line indicate the specific internship you are applying for. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please submit any questions you have to controller.galperin@lacity.org. *Note: this is an unpaid internship.

About the Office of Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin 

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin is the taxpayers’ watchdog at City Hall, making sure public dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. He is also the elected paymaster, auditor and chief accounting officer for the City of Los Angeles. Galperin oversees a team that conducts independent audits, manages City payroll and spending, prepares financial reports, pursues fraud and waste, and works to create a more transparent and accountable city for everyone. His reports are improving street maintenance, arts funding, management of special funds, L.A.’s trees, emergency services and many other City functions.

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