Presidential Innovation Fellow

The Presidential Innovation Fellows program is now accepting applications for their next cohort. More information about the program and the application process can be found at This page includes key objectives for the role as well as the official job description. The Duties and Qualifications on this page are specific to the GS-15 level position. You can apply using the link at bottom of this page or directly at

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Please note: Industry Specialist is the official title for the government Position Description related to this posting.

Role Summary:

Presidential Innovation Fellow GS-15

The Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) is a highly-competitive program that pairs mid-to-senior level entrepreneurs, technologists, designers and data scientists with top civil-servants and change-makers working within the federal government to tackle some of our nation’s biggest challenges and deliver better solutions to U.S. citizens. Fellows are embedded within agencies as entrepreneurs-in-residence for 12-24 month engagements working on mission critical problems, shaping smarter policy and/or delivering on technology.

Since the program was launched in 2012 by former U.S. CTO Todd Park, 120 Fellows have worked with over 30 agencies. These Fellows have included the Lead Developer on Google Maps, Former CEO of Symantec and Co-Founder of the Earth Genome Project. Past fellows’ projects have focused on improving care and access to benefits for our veterans, re-imagining cancer clinical trials to increase awareness and access for patients, defining an ecosystem to help the private sector manage risk and mitigate threats, and creating a central digital location to share and improve outcomes for children within the foster care system.

We will begin recruiting the next cohort of Fellows in mid-April. Applicants can apply online at and Fellows will start in September 2018.

The characteristics that we look for in Fellows, include:

Entrepreneurship and Initiative:

Approach and Methodology:

Empathy and Emotional Intelligence:


Key Objectives

Objective #1: You will assess the state of digital services provided by the Federal Government, and work to align strategies and practice; conferring with key government/private officials and top experts in the field.

Objective #2: You will conceive/recommend projects/strategies to advance the state of the art in the specialty area.

Objective #3: You will utilize an entrepreneurial mindset, technology acumen, and strong communication skills in order to drive projects from ideation to completion.

Basic Information

Job announcement number: 1800335JCOTR

Opening and closing period for this job application: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 11:59pm EST

Job Title: Industry Specialist

Series & Grade: 0301-15

Promotion Potential: GS-15

Salary Range: Base salary GS-15 - $134,789
For specific details on locality pay, please visit If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade you applied to.

Location: Washington, DC

Number of vacancies: 25

Supervisory status: No

Travel requirement: Occasional travel may be required up to 10% per year

Who May Apply: All United States citizens who are not currently Federal employees or GSA contractors are eligible to apply.

Security clearance: Public trust. Background investigation required. Select positions may require higher levels clearance.

Work Schedule: Full time

Appointment Type: Excepted Service: 12 months and 1 day. May be extended for a maximum of 4 years total.

Job Summary

The Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program brings the principles, values, and practices of the innovation economy into government through the most effective agents of change we know: our people. This highly competitive program pairs talented, diverse individuals from the innovation community with top civil servants to tackle many of our nation’s biggest challenges, and to achieve a profound and lasting social impact. These teams of government experts and private­sector doers are using approaches like design­thinking and lean startup to achieve results for the American people in months, not years.

The position requires Fellows perform work of an exceptional degree of difficulty across a wide range of topics at the convergence of technology, policy, and delivery. The incumbent will leverage their experience deploying high­quality, user­centric platforms and services to lead major initiatives, consult on systems and policy proposals, and provide technical, policy, and programmatic guidance to government. The individual will be expected to deliver innovative solutions that draw upon best practices. These solutions should have the potential to dramatically improve the delivery of government services, and provide value to the citizens at whom those services are directed.

The incumbent will use their demonstrated experience building and scaling initiatives to grow the effectiveness of the program.

This position is located within the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

GSA has been repeatedly named as one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ in the federal government. You will have access to many benefits including:

Key Requirements

  1. You must be a U.S. Citizen or National (residents of American Samoa and Swains Islands)
  2. Suitable for federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  3. You may be required to serve a trial period.
  4. Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required.
  5. Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959.

Employment Requirements


Typical duties for the Presidential Innovation Fellow include, but are not limited to:


We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application.

Here’s how it will work:

You will be scored based on a review of your application materials, measuring your possession of each of the following competencies:

Your score will be used to place you in one 4 categories: Superior Qualified, Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.

If your resume does not support your possession of the competencies listed above, we may lower your score, which could place you in a lower category.

Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans if supported by appropriate documentation.


Experience navigating highly ambiguous or uncertain situations to deliver results. This experience must include ALL of the following:

Experience applying technology innovation craft to the design and development of products and services. This experience must include ONE of the following:

Qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, so failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

For each job on your resume, provide:

How To Apply

Submit a complete online application prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the posting. Please fill out all applicable fields.

Click here to apply

If you need assistance in applying or have questions regarding this job opportunity, please email Deb Baptiste at

Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date to be considered for the role. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

Other Information

Bargaining Unit status: Non Bargaining Unit

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

To learn more, please consult the following resources:

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

To learn more, please consult the following resources: - Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office at OPM - Office of Equal Opportunity

What To Expect

After the closing date:

  1. ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS: Your application will be reviewed for all requirements.
  2. REFERRAL TO MANAGEMENT: If you meet all the requirements, you may be referred to management for review and a possible interview.
  3. SELECTION/TENTATIVE JOB OFFER: If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer and start the suitability and/or security background investigation process.
  4. FINAL JOB OFFER: Once our security office determines you can come on board, you will be given a final offer.

Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!