Presidential Management Fellows
Building the Next Generation of Defense Leaders!
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program was established by Presidential Executive Order in 1977. It is designed to attract to the Federal service outstanding individuals from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have an interest in, and a commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. The program draws graduate students from a variety of academic, social, and cultural backgrounds to help meet the future challenges of public service.
PMFs are hired for two-year fellowships, with an initial appointment at the GS-09, 11, or 12 level, and may be promoted to the GS-13 level, or equivalent. Grade setting is determined based on experience and education. PMFs are eligible for benefits and hiring incentives. After successfully completing the two-year program, PMFs may be eligible for conversion to a permanent Government position and further promotional opportunities.
The PMF application/selection process is multi-tiered. It includes the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), graduate schools, and Federal agencies. The general steps are as follows:
Application for the PMF Program opens via job opportunity announcement on USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov). Interested candidates should visit www.pmf.gov for complete information, including qualifications, eligibility and application deadline information.
Why Choose the Office of the Secretary of Defense?
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) offers one of the most dynamic and exciting PMF opportunities in the Federal government. Our program is structured to encourage maximum flexibility as well as achievement of a set of core competencies. Highlights of the program include:
OSD PMFs come from graduate programs all over the country. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply for OSD Presidential Management Fellowships.
Diversify your world
Our PMFs don’t just sit behind a desk.
You will have excellent opportunities to experience OSD and see how the department interacts with other agencies, perhaps taking you around the globe.
Recent rotations have included:
Take charge of your career
OSD PMFs plan out their fellowships.
OSD’s highly competitive PMF program is one of the most robust and exciting opportunities for launching a career in the Federal Government. With the help of your assigned senior executive mentor and your PMF coordinator, you develop a plan of action for your two years in OSD. You choose your rotational experiences. You benefit from formal and informal career development training and social sessions with other PMFs. And you grow in more ways than you thought possible.
Get to know us
Who we are, what we do.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense is the principle staff element of the Secretary of Defense in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, fiscal, and program evaluation responsibilities.
How Can I Learn More?
If you are interested in starting a career as a PMF, contact the head of your graduate program or your college career guidance and placement office. Detailed information, publications, and an application for the PMF Program can be downloaded from the OPM PMF website at www.pmf.gov
Questions about the OSD PMF Program may be directed to the Program Coordinator at (571) 372-4058, or sent via email at email@example.com
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