Now Hiring: Director, Diversity in Appointments Program


Now Hiring: Director, Diversity in Appointments Program

POSITION TITLE: Director, Diversity in Appointments Program

LOCATION: Washington, DC

ABOUT US: Founded in 1970, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is the leading think tank that supports elected officials and policy experts who serve communities of color. The Joint Center provides a platform for these officials and experts to work together to advance inclusion and innovation in key policy areas, such as workforce development, entrepreneurship, financial services, education, civic engagement, health, criminal justice, and tax and fiscal policy. Click here for a review of our 2016 activities.

JOB-TYPE, SALARY, & BENEFITS: Full-time position. The Director will lead the Joint Center’s program that identifies, recruits, and advises African-American appointee candidates for the incoming Administration and candidates for key positions on staffs of Members of Congress. Salary is based on experience, and benefits will be provided.


  • Assemble and maintain a database of potential candidates whose credentials and experiences make them strong candidates for congressional staff positions or political appointments in federal agencies;
  • Conduct searches and preliminary vetting for candidates to assume key positions on the staffs of Members of Congress (e.g., Senate and House leadership offices, personal offices, and committees) and political appointments in federal agencies;
  • Provide training sessions and prepare materials on how to apply for congressional staff positions and political appointments in federal agencies;
  • Build and maintain a resume feedback process and mock interview program, and advise candidates applying for congressional staff positions and political appointments in federal agencies;
  • Supervise a deputy director, project assistant, and two interns;
  • Help guide research, publications, and media outreach on racial diversity among top Senate and House Staff, and coordinate with other organizations working on this issue; and
  • Other projects as assigned.



  • Experience working in human resources, a presidential administration in the Office of Presidential Personnel, as an agency/White House liaison who has handled some appointments, as a congressional staffer, or as a government employee who works on vetting of candidates for appointments to government positions;
  • A law degree is preferred but not required;
  • Excellent research, writing, oral communication, and analytical skills;
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, including discipline, initiative, and the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines;
  • Discretion, ability to be entrusted with confidential information, maturity, good judgment, and tact in dealing with others;
  • Ability to both work independently and with a team; and
  • Enthusiasm for diversity in government appointments.


APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and three references as one document to Richard Clemmons, Jr. ( in PDF format with “Director, Appointments Program” in the subject line immediately. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made as soon as the appropriate candidate is identified.  No phone calls please.

The Joint Center is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

START DATE: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 or earlier.

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