Opportunities


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.

Schedule:

Minimum 25 hours/week, including alternating weekends and occasional after-hours.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Scheduling and Community Outreach:
    • Research community events and potential scheduling opportunities;
    • Write briefings and interoffice memoranda;
    • Staff the Controller at meetings, tours, and events; and
    • Represent the office at community events across the City.
  • Events:
    • Assist in organizing events and opportunities for the Office of the Controller; and
    • Contribute to internal events with pre-planning, logistics and follow-up.
  • Administrative Work:
    • Perform a variety of administrative duties as needed.

The following characteristics are required to be successful on this team:

  • Passion for the public good and public interest;
  • Detail oriented;
  • Upbeat, flexible demeanor and ability to adapt and adjust priorities on the spot;
  • Collaborative “all hands on deck” attitude; and
  • Ability to meet deadlines.

Application Process and Deadline:

Interested applicants should submit their resume to jessica.barker@lacity.org. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.

*This position is an exempt, at-will position that 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. The City of Los Angeles is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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’s Community Engagement and Innovation team is one of a few groups in City Hall 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. The Center for Digital Government ranked Los Angeles at the top of its 2016 Digital Cities Survey which recognizes cities using technology to improve services, enhance transparency and encourage engagement. Our Office launched the City’s first open data portal in the fall of 2013. Since then, we have been using open data, data visualizations and community engagement to ensure the effectiveness of data and innovation in government and across the City.

Schedule:

  • Minimum 25 hours/week, including alternating weekends and occasional after-hours
  • Temporary (terminates after 1,000 hours)

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development of L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin’s Open Data initiative
  • Work with interns and staff on specific open data projects, involving datasets, visualization software platforms, and website updates
  • Work closely with the Deputy Director of Innovation on officewide guidelines and strategic frameworks for data tools
  • Track and document internal protocols and best practices
  • Write and edit for internal documents, website metadata, and public-facing content
  • Assure quality of data portals and applications by cleaning data and managing published information
  • Schedule and plan community engagement events in support of open data, technology, and/or innovation
  • Attend public-facing Citywide events as staff with the Controller

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Has experience working with data analytics and visualizations
  • Has experience with project planning and strategy
  • Loves technology and problem solving
  • Understands how to maneuver a spreadsheet and functions
  • Is comfortable presenting to groups
  • Is a strong writer and editor
  • Is organized and reliable
  • Is proactive
  • Is attentive to detail and good at pointing out errors
  • Believes in the power of data and technology to transform government
  • Is passionate about public service, policy, and improving the City of Los Angeles

Application Process and Deadline:

Interested applicants should submit their resume to taylor.campbell@lacity.org. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.

*This position is an exempt, at-will position that 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. The City of Los Angeles is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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.

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 and Deadline

Apply by emailing a one-page resume to controller.galperin@lacity.org no later than August 30, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. 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 and Deadline

Apply by emailing a one-page resume to controller.galperin@lacity.org no later than August 30, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. 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 and Deadline

Apply directly by emailing your resume to controller.galperin@lacity.org by August 30, 2019, 5:00 p.m. 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 and Deadline

Apply by emailing your resume to controller.galperin@lacity.org no later than August 30, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. 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 and Deadline

Apply by emailing a one-page resume to controller.galperin@lacity.org no later than August 30, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. 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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