Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Presidential Management Fellowship Program

The PMF Program attracts to Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. The PMF Program, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), is the Federal Government’s cornerstone succession planning program to help agencies meet their critical need for leadership continuity.

This rigorous two-year paid fellowship includes:

* Full-time salary and benefits,
* Formal classroom training of 160 hours,
* Mandatory four to six month developmental assignment,
* Optional rotations of one to six months in duration,
* Challenging work assignments,
* Potential for accelerated promotions, and
* Opportunities to network with other future leaders.

In addition to the fellowship, many federal agencies are looking at "succession planning" - as the federal work force gets closer to retirement, the various agencies need committed public servants from the next “generation” to be groomed as leaders. The PMF program provides for non-competitive hiring of graduating grad students (which includes law grads). Then, after the two year fellowship, PMF’s are non-competitively converted to permanent positions.

The application period runs from October 1st through October 15th. Details can be found on the PMF website.

Applicants must print out a pre-populated nomination form (available through the PMF Website) and schedule a meeting with Shawn Lipton in order to be nominated for the program. Appointments can be made by emailing Emily von Seele.