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About Us

The Partnership for Public Service is a dynamic nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation of Americans into federal service and by transforming the way government works.

The Partnership strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government.

Our Values

We believe that good organizations start with good people. We strive for excellence, as one team, in pursuit of our mission. Our values guide how we achieve success for the Partnership and our partners:

PASSION

Passion for public service and our work toward a more effective government

PEOPLE

People who promote a culture of learning, leadership, collaboration, inclusion and respect

PROMISE

Promise to be trustworthy, nonpartisan and fiscally responsible

PERSISTENCE

Persistence to drive change, take strategic risks and deliver results

Inclusivity Statement

As a nonpartisan nonprofit, the Partnership for Public Service values diversity of thought, personal identity and unique backgrounds to achieve a more effective government for the American people. We believe that the organization is strengthened when all employees with varied experiences and ideas have a voice. We are committed to fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, belonging and mutual respect, and we believe every individual at the Partnership is responsible for creating an inclusive and equitable work environment.

Working at the Partnership

If people are going to devote their time and energy to an organization, they want to believe in its mission. They also want to enjoy going to work, and find meaning and satisfaction in what they do each day.

When it comes to the Partnership: check, check and check.

The Partnership has one mission: to make government more effective. Our government must bring in the best people and cultivate an environment for them to do their best work. The same applies to our organization.

We offer employees opportunities to develop skills, advance their careers and do good in the world. We also look to our staff to help shape our organization’s culture—one that strives for excellence and promotes respect for one another.

The Partnership recognizes hard work, and values the unique contributions of everyone here, encouraging ideas from interns and new employees as well as from our senior staff.

How typical is it in other organizations for entry-level employees to present key initiatives to government leaders? Or for team vice presidents to be in the rotation for cleaning the kitchen after “bagel Monday” and the Friday snack?

Here, it’s all part of the culture.

So come join our organization and be a part of the Partnership family.

In 2019, the Partnership was featured as one of the best nonprofits to work for by the The NonProfit Times, the leading business publication for nonprofit management.

The Partnership has been named one of the “Top Workplaces” by The Washington Post in their survey based entirely on employee feedback.

Job Openings


All of our current open positions are posted below. We will never ask you to reply with personal or financial information in response to a job application.

Communications

Digital Design Associate

The Digital Design Associate will support our Communications team and more broadly, the Partnership’s mission and programs. This entry-level position will work closely with the design team to produce marketing and research materials that engage the Partnership’s key stakeholders and build brand awareness. The Digital Design Associate will also support other key areas of the team, including social media, digital and email marketing and event support. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated creative project management experience, outstanding interpersonal skills for working with a variety of stakeholders, a background in print and online design and a strong understanding of content strategy principles.  

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Press Secretary

The Press Secretary will develop and execute creative media strategies that will successfully communicate the organization’s mission, programs, research and priorities. This person will cultivate relationships with the media, generate and pitch ideas for national stories, and come up with creative tactics to help the Partnership’s work breakthrough in a crowded media landscape. The Press Secretary will be responsible for drafting communication materials that will include email pitches, talking points, press statements, media advisories and news releases. As the primary point of contact for the media, the Press Secretary will work with and prepare Partnership spokespeople for interviews, staff media appearances, and track and evaluate media outreach activities.   

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Senior Communications and Events Manager

The Partnership for Public Service is seeking a Senior Communications and Events Manager to oversee the strategic direction, planning and execution of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) program, including an annual black-tie gala. The Sammies, also known as the “Oscars” of government service, highlight excellence in our federal government and inspire other talented and dedicated individuals to go into public service. The program has been featured in national media outlets including a Full Frontal with Samantha Bee piece in 2019. Building on that momentum, we now seek an experienced manager who can strategically expand the impact of the program. As a member of the Partnership’s communication team, the successful candidate will also conceive, design and implement new programming focused on recognizing excellence and enhancing public knowledge about the great work of the federal government.

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Writer and Editor
(Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program)

The Writer and Editor will provide editorial support to the research, analysis and evaluation team and will ensure that the Partnership’s research is rigorous, offers sound analysis and actionable recommendations, and is legible and accessible to broad audiences. The Writer and Editor will directly support Partnership researchers by providing substantive developmental feedback on early drafts, as well as style and copyediting on more polished drafts. The Writer and Editor will work as part of an interdisciplinary communications team responsible for all aspects of the organization’s communication strategy. The team manages the Partnership’s brand and messaging, generates media and publicity for the organization and its activities, develops digital media strategies, produces award-winning publications, manages events and markets the Partnership’s programs.

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Programs

Vice President, Research, Analysis and Evaluation

The Partnership for Public Service currently seeks a Vice President for Research, Analysis, and Evaluation to provide strategic vision and leadership for its high-quality research and content development. This VP will serve as an integral member of the senior leadership team and oversee the creation of the Partnership’s research agenda, production of actionable research products, strategic use of data and evaluation and cultivation of relevant stakeholder relationships.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of public service and a deep commitment to the Partnership’s mission. She/He/They will bring at least ten years of experience developing strategies for and stewarding the production of high-quality research products, preferably covering topics relevant to the federal government. The new VP will be an experienced manager who excels at supporting, mentoring and motivating a diverse staff; developing structures and processes that facilitate efficient and effective communication across a diverse body of stakeholders; and planning, tracking and guiding multiple ongoing projects from initial conceptualization to the timely delivery of high-quality products.

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Intergovernmental Personnel Act Opportunities

Knowledge Management Consultant/Library Scientist for Center for Presidential Transition

The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition and the Ready to Govern program are intended to ensure a smooth and safe transfer of power between presidential administrations, maximize a new administration’s capacity to manage government challenges, and prepare senior appointees to step into office ready to lead effectively. The Center for Presidential Transition Publication and Resource Library serves as a growing generator and repository of data and documents from presidential transitions, and currently has over 400 items on the digital platform available to the public, along with many other items that have not been published. The collection continues to grow since the 2016-2017 transition from the Obama to the Trump administration. The Partnership seeks to create a consistent approach to the collection, storage and retrieval of material and documents and to make those materials searchable and accessible for internal and external users. This assignment requires a commitment of three to six months. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative, flexible and positive team player who is able to thrive in changing environments and demonstrates a commitment to public service and the mission of the Partnership.

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Benefits and Perks

Health Insurance

The Partnership provides medical, dental and vision coverage to its employees and pays up to 90% of employees’ health care premiums, while subsidizing a portion of the premium for child, spouse or family coverage. Health care coverage begins from the date of hire.

Retirement Plan

The Partnership offers a 401(k) retirement plan with a 4% employer match.

Flexible Spending Account

Partnership employees have the option to participate in a flexible spending account (FSA) and set aside pre-tax funds for medical, transportation and dependent care expenses.

Annual Leave

Each full time employee is eligible to accrue 15 days of annual leave per year. After two years with the Partnership, employees accrue up to 17 days of annual leave per year.

Sick Leave

Each full time employee is eligible to accrue 10 sick leave days per year.

Administrative Leave

Administrative paid leave is provided, in addition to annual leave and sick leave, for such things as medical appointments, family emergencies or meeting repair or delivery persons at home.

Paid Holidays

The Partnership recognizes 11 paid holidays, including the day after Thanksgiving.

Life and Disability Insurance

The Partnership covers its employees with a life insurance policy that will pay an amount equal to an employee’s annual salary, up to $110,000, to designated beneficiaries. The Partnership also provides long and short-term disability insurance for employees.

Gym Subsidy

The Partnership will subsidize 50% of the cost of the building’s gym membership.