Associate Director - Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments (MOTA)

Washington, DC
Full Time
Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments
POSITION:Associate Director
OFFICE:Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments
GRADE: Excepted Service, Grade 5

This is an Excepted Service position. Selected candidate must be a District resident or establish residency within 180 days of hire.
Current District of Columbia residents will receive priority and advanced preference for screening and interviews.

Mayor Bowser established the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments (MOTA) to conduct aggressive outreach and engagement to identify energetic community and business professionals to fill critical appointed roles in District government. This includes more than 240 appointed staff positions in the Mayor’s cabinet, including executive and independent agency directors, senior leadership / policy positions and over 2,000 appointees to District of Columbia boards and commissions. Associate Directors lead recruitment and placement engagements are aligned with eight core areas, which includes the five Deputy Mayor clusters and three additional priority areas (Education, Executive Office of the Mayor, External Affairs and Partnerships, Health and Human Services, Internal Services, Operations and Infrastructure, Planning and Economic Development, and Public Safety and Justice). The ideal candidate enjoys both engagement (potential applicants) and processes (drafting numerous documents and managing database systems).

  • Serve as an HR advisor, leading recruitment of appointed positions in assigned cluster - including posting positions, reviewing incoming resumes, engaging with applicants and managing interview processes.
  • Interpret, analyze, and apply qualification standards, position requirements, job analysis, and evaluation plans. 
  • Determine qualification requirements for all levels of jobs, including nonsupervisory and supervisory positions.
  • Prepare position vacancy announcements for appointed positions and boards and commissions, in collaboration with the manager, supervisor or other senior level staff, comparing the vacancy announcements with the position descriptions. 
  • Review vacancy announcements for quality and accuracy to appointed roles. In conjunction with the hiring manager, board administrator or other staff, assures that position vacancies are posted in the appropriate media, including newspapers, list serves, and websites.
  • Manage a portfolio of 45-55 boards and commissions, including recruitment and placement of appointees and engaging with board administrators.
  • Draft appointment documentation, including Mayor's Orders and legislative resolutions.
  • Participate in speaking engagements, panels, lectures to further the Office’s mission and reach.
  • Analyze data to identify and recommend priorities to develop, direct, and organize work-plans.
  • Coordinate services among District agencies to ensure timely responses to appointee concerns and ensure vacancies and expiring terms are filled efficiently.

  • Highly organized and methodical; Innovative with strong critical thinking abilities.
  • Able to work well under pressure and meet tough deadlines in a fast paced, demanding environment.
  • Constituent focused; positive outlook; strong people skills.
  • Strong writing, research and editing capabilities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences including senior government officials.
  • Ability to organize and manage projects; to review, analyze, and evaluate data; and to prepare analytical reports.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing, and to utilize tact and persuasion in gaining acceptance of the program views.

  • Minimum of two years working in public policy, community engagement or related field. 
  • Demonstrated experience in technical writing preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in Human Resources preferred.

The work is performed primarily in-person in an office setting. Times in the field are permitted when there is a related event.

All employees of the District of Columbia must be vaccinated against the Coronavirus disease (SARS-CoV-2) as a condition of employment.

There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted Service either:

  1. be a District of Columbia resident at the time of appointment; or
  2. become a District resident within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.
The law also requires that Excepted Service employees remain District residents during the duration of the individual’s appointment. Failure to remain a District resident for the duration of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

If you are interested in this role, please upload your resume and answer the questionnaire. Only the candidates deemed most suited for the position based on their application will receive a call to schedule further discussion.


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