Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

Washington D.C.
Oct 23, 2018
Oct 23, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


  • Advanced degree conferred between October 9, 2016 and October 9, 2018
  • Or will complete an advanced degree by August 31, 2019
  • Advanced degree must be from an accredited college or university
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Complete application and assessment before application closes
  • Security Clearance - Finalists selected for PMF appointments are subject to position and security/suitability requirements as determined by the appointing agency.
NOTE: You do NOT need a USAJOBS applicant user account to apply. Please follow the steps outlined under the "How to Apply" section in the announcement, which will take you to our application site to create an applicant user account and to apply.

If an applicant is selected as a Finalist, he/she may be initially appointed as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF; Fellow) to a GS-9, GS-11, or GS-12 grade level (or equivalent) and may potentially be promoted up to the GS-13 grade level (or equivalent) during their two-year fellowship. Finalists are not guaranteed a PMF appointment and positions/grade levels are dependent on agency needs.

Finalists selected for PMF appointments will be subject to specific position requirements, as defined by the appointing agency. These may include determination of duty station, salary, grade levels, promotion potential, security requirements, supervisory status, travel requirements and other conditions of employment. The salary listed in this announcement is for the GS-9, step 1 through GS-12, step 10, covering the Washington, DC, metro area, for 2018. Actual salary range for a particular PMF will vary based on the duty location and grade of the position.

The PMF Program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and is regulated by the Pathways Programs regulations in part 362 of Title 5, of the Code of Federal Regulations (5 CFR 362). Appointments are made in the excepted service under the Schedule D Hiring Authority.

Applicants must have obtained a qualifying advanced degree (master's, professional, or doctorate), including the successful defense/completion of any required thesis/dissertation, within the two years preceding the opening date of this announcement (e.g., between October 9, 2016, through October 9, 2018), or expect to complete a qualifying advanced degree by August 31, 2019. The qualifying advanced degree must be from an accredited academic institution.

Those having or obtaining advanced degrees from foreign academic institutions may be asked to use a credential evaluation service. Additional information can be found under the "Become a PMF\Eligibility\Education Outside U.S." section on the PMF website at

From the applicant pool, selection of Finalists will be based on completed applications, eligibility, adjudication of veterans' preference, and scores of the on-line assessment. The total number of Finalists will be based on hiring agency workforce planning estimates and occupational needs within the Federal Government. Only Finalists are eligible for PMF appointment opportunities. PMF appointments are full-time, paid positions over a two-year appointment. Those applicants ultimately selected as Finalists should review the Become a PMF\Find a Job section on the PMF website.
All applicants will be asked to provide the last 4-digits of their Social Security Number (SSN) when creating an applicant user account and applying to the PMF Program.
Opportunities for PMF appointments for non-United States citizens are extremely rare. Non-U.S. citizen applicants who meet the eligibility requirements, who do not already possess a Social Security Number (SSN), and wish to apply to the PMF Program, must contact the PMF Program Office, via an email to, to request an alternative 4-digit number. This number will serve throughout the process as a unique identifier and does not entitle the user to any other benefits. Requests for an alternative number are only honored during the application period. For additional information about citizenship, please go to the Become a PMF\Eligibility\Citizenship section on the PMF website.

This program requires the possession of an advanced degree. For further information see the Qualifications section.

Information about the 2019 PMF application timeline can be found under the Become a PMF\2019 Application section on the PMF website. NOTE: The timeline is subject to change; please check the PMF website frequently for any updates.

The PMF Program is highly competitive. Last year, over 6,000 applications were received and 425 Finalists were selected. On average, over the past ten years, 60% of Finalists obtain PMF appointments. Information about the assessment process can be found under the Become a PMF\Assessment Process section on the PMF website; including the "PMF Assessment Preparation Guide".

All required and supporting documentation must be submitted by Noon, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

All program communications are conducted via email. Please ensure the email address provided is current and accessible throughout the application, assessment, and selection process. Please add the following email addresses to your "allowed" or "safe" list:,, and

Previous Applicants: Individuals who previously applied for the PMF Program but were not selected as a Finalist, or current Finalists who have not been appointed, may reapply as long as they meet eligibility requirements. Current Finalists who reapply will forfeit their status upon starting an application and starting the on-line assessment.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants will be redirected to the Apply Site of the PMF Talent Management System (TMS) to apply (see "How to Apply" below). Applicants will be asked to submit their resume, transcript (and/or alternative), and supporting documents for any claims for veterans' preference, Indian preference, and/or reasonable accommodation request(s). Applicants must also complete the all parts of the on-line assessment to be further considered.

To determine if you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements, we review your resume, supporting documents and responses to the on-line assessment. The score you receive for this aspect of the assessment process is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required. Selection of Finalists also will be based on submitting a complete application, including completion of all parts of the on-line assessment.

Those applicants selected as Finalists are then eligible for 2-year PMF appointments in the excepted service. The PMF Program Office has defined the eligibility period (per 5 CFR §362.404(a)(3)) as Finalists having an appointment eligibility period of 12 months from the date of selecting Finalists and any approved appointment eligibility extension as described on the PMF website.

Reasonable Accommodations:
If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, that would interfere with completing the on-line assessment, refer to the "PMF Assessment Preparation Guide" under the Become a PMF/Assessment Process section on the PMF website at for more information about the reasonable accommodation request process.

Requests must be received before this announcement closes to be considered. If you indicate a need for reasonable accommodation(s) to complete the on-line assessment, the application system will not allow you to proceed with the on-line assessment until you receive a decision from us. The PMF Program Office determines assessment accommodations on a case-by-case basis based on claimed disability and documentation provided. We communicate with applicants via email. Please ensure your email account settings will allow an email from If not, the email may appear in a "Spam" or "Junk" folder. If this announcement has not closed when notification of the accommodation decision is given, you must complete the on-line assessment before this announcement closes. If this announcement has closed when notification of the accommodation decision is given, you will be given access to and must complete the on-line assessment within 48 hours of the decision notice.

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Drug test required No

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