Job Announcement

Job Title: Presidential Innovation Fellow

Agency: General Services Administration

Department: Technology Transformation Services, Office of Presidential Innovation Fellows

Job Announcement Number: PIF-17-001

Salary: GS-15 starts at $128,082.00 / year

Open Period: We accept applications twice a year, once in the Spring, and once in the Fall. Please check for the current application deadline.

Series & Grade: GS 15-1 with no promotion potential

Position Information: Full-time; Excepted Service Appointment, Not to exceed 2 years

Promotion Potential: No

Duty Location(s): Washington, DC

Who May Apply: Any individual who is not a Federal employee or GSA contractor and who is legally authorized to work in the U.S. is eligible to apply. Note that certain projects may require citizenship.

Security Clearance: Depends on position, but most will be Public Trust - Background Investigation

Supervisory Status: No

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 private-sector doers are using approaches like design thinking and lean startup to achieve results for the American people in months, not years.

Travel Required: May be required

Relocation Authorized: No - Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

How to Apply

  • Must Complete an Application
  • Fill out the application in full
  • You must submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this position. A description of the online process is provided below.
  • Click the “Submit Application” button. A confirmation screen will appear with an Applicant ID number and an email address that you can use to submit questions to regarding your application.


Please review the following to determine which documents you must submit in order to complete your application.

  • In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment. If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement to this preference. A list of documents which serve as acceptable proof of entitlement is indicated on the SF-15 form.
  • Active Duty Military Personnel- In lieu of the DD-214, active duty service members may submit a written document from the armed forces certifying that they expect to be discharged or released under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. This document must include rank, dates of active duty service, and type of discharge.
  • To submit these documents as part of your application, please send required documentation to Angel Chen at or you may submit via fax to 202-708-5377 or by mail to Angel Chen at 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405. Please be sure to reference your online application number. If mailing in required documentation, anything postmarked after the closing date of the Announcement will not be considered as part of your application.


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

  • Analyzing and scoping the technical and policy requirements needed to implement complex digital solutions;
  • Applying forward-thinking design and development principles to product development and program management, such as lean startup, user-centered design, and agile development;
  • Assessing the state of digital services provided by the Federal Government, and working to align strategies and practice;
  • Developing and leading adoption of government-wide standards for digital services, leading to their adoption across citizen and business-facing government services;
  • Demonstrating thought leadership and contributing best practices in a variety of technologies and principles; and
  • Contributing to a talent strategy that includes recruiting innovators and entrepreneurs to participate in solving complex and esoteric challenges.

Qualifications Required

Applicant’s résumé, portfolio, prior work, or other supplementary materials submitted in connection to the application demonstrate expertise in a number of competencies, defined as superior knowledge and understanding and extended experience working in or managing employees in those areas.

GS-15 - In addition to demonstrating superior knowledge and experience across a range of competencies outlined below, qualified applications at this level must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. For more information, please see: OPM Qualifications Explanation. Applicant must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


Candidates will be evaluated by subject matter experts for competency in key areas, including:

  • Analysis and Creative Problem Solving: Experience determining user needs or identifying market opportunities and designing and deploying solutions;
  • Technology Acumen: Experience translating business problems into technology solutions that draw on current and emergent tools and technologies; and experience describing esoteric and highly technical solutions to non-technical stakeholders;
  • Entrepreneurship and Product Management: Experience delivering products or services from concept to market;
  • Approach and Methodology: Experience applying frameworks that emphasize delivery, iteration, quantitative and qualitative learnings, and responsiveness;
  • Empathy and Emotional Intelligence: Experience in client-facing roles, navigating bureaucracy, business development, or delivering services with a strong user-facing or consumer-oriented element; and
  • Tools and Execution: Experience in design, development and deployment of solutions leveraging current and emergent technologies and best practices

At a minimum, applicant’s résumé, and portfolio, prior work, or other supplementary materials submitted in connection to the application demonstrate expertise in a number of competencies.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on length and level of experience. Therefore, in addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours per week if part time. Qualification determinations cannot be made when résumés do not include the required information, so failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

Additional Information

Selected candidates must also meet or be able to perform the following criteria as applicable:

  • Make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service
  • Complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment” (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment
  • Undergo a background investigation and receive a favorable adjudication
  • If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Complete an Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, and obtain approval that no conflict or appearance of conflict exists between your financial interest and this position.
  • Provide references as requested

How you will be evaluated

Applicants to the Presidential Innovation Fellow Program will be evaluated by both program staff and subject matter experts (SMEs) to determine qualification in core competencies, and affirm that candidates meet the minimum experience requirements for the position. Candidates whose applications are determined to meet these criteria may be subjected to additional interviews, and may be asked to produce samples of previous work that demonstrates level of proficiency in core competencies.

BENEFITS: Benefits


GSA does not accept applications or application materials submitted with Government-paid postage.

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.

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.

Agency Contact Information

For all questions regarding the program and the application process, please email If you are referencing a specific application, please include your application reference number in the email.