Recruitment #2210-4357-002


The Management Training Program offers recent college graduates an opportunity to pursue careers in public service with the City of Milwaukee.

Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed historic charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


There are three openings for the position of Management Trainee; the selected candidates will be placed in an appointment that will last up to 12 months in one of the following departments: Department of Employee Relations (DER) Certification Division, DER Compensation Division, and the Office of the Comptroller. 

The Comptroller’s Office

The Comptroller’s Office Management Trainee will perform tasks related to accounting, financial reporting, and financial analysis in addition to leading an initiative to document and consolidate internal controls and accounting policies.

Department of Employee Relations - Compensation Services

The DER Compensation Services Management Trainee will provide support to the Human Resources manager in classification studies.

Department of Employee Relations - Staffing Division (Certification)

The DER Certification Division Management Trainee will assist in various tasks related to onboarding, new employee orientation, and compliance.

While appointment to the position of Management Trainee is limited to up to one year, transfer/promotional opportunities to positions within the City of Milwaukee agencies may be available prior to completion of the trainee period.

Essential Functions

DER-Compensation Services

  • Study new and existing jobs for proper classification.
  • Perform market pay studies for job classifications.
  • Assist customer departments in implementing the compensation impacts of classifications, reorganizations and job restructuring.
  • Research and recommend rule changes, policies, guidelines and procedures as related to the City Service Commission (CSC) and Salary Ordinance.

DER- Certification Division

  • Assist in the development of the new employee orientation digital platform.
  • Research and identify trends in federal and state compliance laws and regulations related to staffing.
  • Create and/or update hiring, promotional and exempt checklists.
  • Assist in the updating of the City of Milwaukee I-9 regulations and compliance manual and handbook.
  • Assist the Certification Supervisor with recommended updates and changes to the CSC rules in relation to certification and eligible list.
  • Create spreadsheets and presentation materials related to workforce planning and organizational demographics data analysis.
  • Assist with citywide vacancy tracking and helping customer departments fill their vacancies.

Office of the Comptroller

  • Work with the Revenue and Finance Advisory team in fringe benefit rate calculations.
  • Assist in the preparation and analysis of revenue requests and municipal financial reports.
  • Assist in the development of the Comptroller’s Office Budget.
  • Implement GASB- 87 Leases.
  • Review and confirm vendor data for accounts payable.
  • Review and process vouchers.
  • Consolidate and document the accounting policies and internal controls of the Comptroller’s Office.
  • Work with the Comptroller’s office racial equity and inclusion team on achieving short- and long-term equity goals.
  • Assist with the Staff Time Allocation Study.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date.  You can find further information relative to the City’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy here.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, human resources or a related field from an accredited college or university within the past two years (at time of application close).

Note 1: Students in their final year of college (at time of application) may participate in the selection process, but are not eligible for appointment until degree completion.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Ability to analyze and summarize data and trends.         
  • Knowledge of basic computer software applications to facilitate work processes (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software).        
  • Ability to learn and become skilled at using enterprise software.         
  • Knowledge of basic mathematical and statistical principles.         
  • Skill in reading and interpreting a variety of technical written materials.        
  • Ability to proofread documents for accuracy and for grammar, punctuation and spelling.        
  • Ability to review and analyze data and apply the results to reach accurate conclusions.

Time Management

  • Ability to plan and organize work to achieve goals.
  • Ability to use good time management techniques to complete duties in a timely manner.
  • Ability to maintain quality of work through careful attention to detail.
  • Flexibility to perform various essential tasks ranging from customer-facing encounters to internal file maintenance.
  • Knowledge of goal setting techniques to aid in meeting established timelines.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Skill in all aspects of customer service to build and maintain customer satisfaction.
  • Ability to present information in a clear and concise manner verbally and in writing to accurately express facts, data, and statistics.
  • Ability to approach problems in a logical manner and develop and implement solutions an evaluate outcomes.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relations with supervisors, co-workers, and the public to meet organizational goals and objectives.
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity; ability to work cooperatively, effectively, and fairly with co-workers and citizens whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Professionalism, honesty, integrity, and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

Current Salary

The current salary (PG 2EX) is $57,691 and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $59,422.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other pain
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Note: Management Trainees are not eligible to participate in the employees’ retirement system.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of related education, experience and accomplishments, written tests, interview, or other assessment methods.  The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral exams, performance tests or personal interviews. Information from the selection process will be used to make a hiring decision.  

INITIAL FLING DATE- The examination will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

APPLICATION and further information may be accessed by visiting

  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


EEO 204

Appointment to a Management Trainee assignment is limited to one year of service. The eligible list resulting from this examination may be used to fill similar City of Milwaukee positions.

The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.