Group releases guide to help transition team pick job candidates

A nonpartisan not-for-profit group has released a guide for the new presidential transition team aimed at ensuring that potential job candidates for federal positions have the right skills and experience for the job.

The comprehensive report of the job descriptions of more than 150 of the top Senate-confirmed politically appointed positions was released by the Partnership for Public Service last month.

It provides the primary responsibilities of each job and the experience and competencies required to succeed in the position.

“The position descriptions fill a major void by informing the president-elect’s transition team, Congress, the public and the nominees themselves about the skills and qualifications required to succeed in critical leadership jobs in the federal government,” Max Stier, Partnership president and CEO said in a statement.

He added that the president-elect should aim to have his top 100 Senate-confirmed appointees confirmed near Inauguration Day, something that has yet to actually have been done before in transition history.

The partnership worked closely with executive search firms, former and current officeholders and examined public sources to create the guide and  fact sheets.

The job descriptions are available at

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