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New Media Opportunities in Administration

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Looking for an opportunity in New Media?  This opportunity just came in from NOI through email:

Friends --


I'm working with Macon Phillips who runs New Media at the White House to recruit individuals for the new media director positions for the federal agencies.  Below is a basic job description for the positions, although they will vary depending on the agency.  If you are interested, please email your resume and describe your skills and areas of interest (energy, defense, etc.) to and put "Administration" in the subject line.  All submissions will be kept confidential.

If you are a former OFA staffer, we have your info and are working on placements.  If you submitted your information previously through, please note that in your email. 


New Media Director of an Agency

The New Media Director of an Agency of the Executive branch will work closely with the Communications Team within the agency to:

  • Coordinate written, video, design, and development content
  • Update, maintain, coordinate and develop web site, e-mail, various online social platform outreach, video, and other new media initiatives
  • Get copy & messaging communications cleared by appropriate staff, and other departments if applicable
  • Direct the schedule, timing and overall strategy of online program
  • Liaison with other functional areas of the Department/Agency to better integrate online programming
  • Investigate ways in which the agency can use new media tools to broaden and strengthen the agency's reach and presence

The New Media Director will be responsible for:

  • All new media communications, including but not limited to content, functionality, scheduling and execution
  • Maintaining the agency's agenda and message
  • Managing other new media staff
  • The overall technical performance, maintenance, and development of websites outreach platforms
  • Working closely with the technical team to maintain best practice sites, security, and performance
  • Interpreting and reporting various site statistics on a regular basis, and using these results to improve traffic and the effectiveness of the agency's content and outreach efforts

Job Requirements:

  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Technical proficiency in day-to-day site administration or design and experience in getting results through vendors or contractors
  • Ability to manage multiple people and projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and superior attention to detail
  • Experience with online content and constituent management systems, understanding of online graphics and design, and knowledge of web analytics software and metrics
  • Experience with web programming languages and development

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From the White House

Posted By Seth Tanner, Thursday, February 12, 2009
An update on the political appointment process.
We're happy to announce that the jobs application feature is now live on The Jobs Application feature enables people everywhere to apply to be considered for a political appointment in President Obama's Administration. You can get to it by clicking on the "Jobs" link at the very bottom of each of the pages on

That link will take you to a page which tells you a little bit more about the application process, with a a button at the bottom marked, "Begin Application Form." That’s where you fill out your information, upload a resume, and tell us what kinds of positions you’re interested in. But a quick heads up – you have to complete the application in one session, and it’s going to take you about 15 minutes to do it. So before you start, you might want to print the Paper Application, gather up the information you’ll need, then sign back in.

We’re looking to fill several thousand politically appointed positions in the Executive Branch. We’re already interviewing for many of the upper level positions, but will be reviewing applications and making decisions on appointments over the next few months. Remember, the jobs application is just for politically appointed positions in the Executive Branch of the government. These are positions that serve at the pleasure of the President and so are by definition temporary, not permanent. We have received more than 350,000 applications to date for several thousand positions; the selection process is very competitive and rigorous. For more information on these types of appointments, click on the Executive Branch link on the "Our Government" page of, or check out the Plum Book. (We also encourage you to look at the many thousands of permanent career positions with the government. Go to for more information and to fill out an application.)

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Landing an Administration Job

Posted By Seth Tanner, Thursday, January 8, 2009
Jamal Simmons gives job seekers some tips on landing the administration job you want.
The post-campaign vacation is done, the holidays are over and now it’s time for every Obama campaign staffer to find an answer to the most frequently heard question at the holiday dinner table: “What are you going to do in the administration?” The process can seem so opaque that most people don’t even know where to start.

One Obama transition official offered the following advice: “Look at the plum book [of political appointments], polish up and proofread your résumé, and fill out the application on”

Go to the website? Seriously?

Yep. This official said they really are using that tool to sort and catalog interest in working for the administration. But knowing the Type A personalities who succeed in politics, many will not want to stop there. Having lived through the 1992-93 presidential transition and received many e-mails and phone calls from job seekers, I feel your pain and have assembled a guide on how to navigate the process.
For some more information on getting a job in politics in general, check out this quick guide we have on GAIN.

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