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Empire State Fellows Job Description

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Empire State Fellows Job Description

The Empire State Fellows Program is a two-year, full-time leadership training program that prepares the next generation of talented, diverse professionals for careers as New York State policy-makers. Each Fellow is appointed to work directly with a Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, or other high-level policy maker in a state agency, authority, or in the Governor’s Executive Chamber. Work assignments offer Fellows unparalleled experience collaborating with senior officials and participating in the policy-making process.

The incoming class of Empire State Fellows will serve from September 2017 to September 2019 and will earn a salary of $72,765 per year plus a generous benefits package. Selected Fellows commit to serving in their roles in Albany, NY for the duration of the two year Fellowship program.

Each class of Fellows participates in an educational program throughout the first year of the Fellowship, including a week-long orientation session and bi-weekly evening classes.

Fellows may have a variety of educational and professional experiences, but all competitive applicants will demonstrate a strong interest in a career in public policy. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic and professional experience, demonstrated leadership potential, commitment to public service, communication skills, and creativity. Once Fellows are selected, their skills, interests and experiences will inform their assigned role in New York State government. More information about the Empire State Fellows program can be found at https://www.dos.ny.gov/newnyleaders/fellows_app.html

Minimum qualifications:

·         An advanced degree (master’s degree, JD, PhD or equivalent), although a Bachelor’s degree in combinations with significant, relevant experience may be accepted

·         Five (5) or more years of full-time professional work experience

·         Demonstrated leadership potential

·         United States citizenship is required

·         Availability to work in Albany, NY throughout the two-year program

Applicants who are members of groups underrepresented in policy-making roles in New York State government, which include but are not limited to Black, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander persons; women; persons with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender persons, are particularly encouraged to apply. Those currently employed in the legislative or executive branches of New York State government are not eligible to apply.

To apply:

Application materials should be submitted directly to the New York State Center for Recruitment and Public Service via email – Fellows@exec.ny.gov - no later than 11:59 pm EST on March 15, 2017. The application requires the following:

·         Professional Resume or CV

·         Personal statement explaining your interest in the Empire State Fellows Program and why you should be selected (no more than two pages)

·         Two letters of recommendation which speak directly to your leadership capabilities and professional preparation for the program (Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the recommender as PDF or Microsoft Word attachments with the applicant's full name in the subject line.)


The application should consist of three emails, sent to Fellows@exec.ny.gov: (1) an email from the applicant attaching the resume and personal statement in PDF or Microsoft Word format, (2) an email from recommender #1 attaching his/her recommendation letter in PDF or Microsoft Word format, and (3) an email from recommender #2 attaching his/her recommendation letter in PDF or Microsoft Word format. All three emails must be received before 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2017. All three emails should have the applicant's full name in the subject line.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.    


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