Job Overview


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. If you are a highly-motivated , creative individual who would like to work for an agency that establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, distributes as well as monitors those funds; collects data on America's schools and disseminates research; focuses national attention on key educational issues; and prohibits discrimination and ensures equal access to education, ED is the place for you! 

This application is for ED’s inaugural Principal Ambassador Fellowship (PAF) program, specifically for the 2013 part-time Campus Principal Fellowship. The Department of Education recognizes the critical impact that principals have on student achievement, family engagement, and school improvement. Building on the success of its sister program, the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Program, the Department wants to engage these important voices more deeply into the national policy dialogue in a more structured way. This position will provide outstanding principals who have a record of leadership, student achievement, strong communication skills, and insights from their school experiences an opportunity to highlight the voice of the principal within the education community and the country at large.

Principal Ambassador Fellows are practicing principals hired by the Department on a temporary basis through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Authority. 2013 Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows will work for ED on a part-time basis in addition to their primary work as principals around the country, for up to approximately 20 hours a month, occurring after school hours and on the weekends, from approximately October 2013 to June 2014. Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows will be paid on an hourly basis to contribute their perspectives to the Department. Additionally the program is designed to allow participants to gain valuable professional development and experience with federal policies and information to share with their colleagues and school communities.

The PAF program supports the Department’s mission by enabling a cadre of outstanding administrators to contribute their expertise to the national dialogue. Fellows will also host discussions with other instructional leaders and educators across the country to bring these perspectives to bear as well. Similar to Teaching Ambassador Fellows, the program is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of federal education policy and broad systemic leadership in order to allow them to further contribute to solutions for long intractable challenges in education at all levels. 

The positions are located nationwide, as the  work is completed from the Fellow’s home community. Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows are hired as Intermittent Employees under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) mobility program. The IPA mobility program allows for the temporary assignment of skilled personnel to or from state and local governments and certain other organizations to facilitate cooperation between the Federal government and the non-Federal entity and provide mutual benefits, for limited periods without loss of employee rights and benefits. For the part-time Fellowship program, the IPA is completed with the selected principal’s employers to clarify that the principal is being hired for work which will largely take place in addition to their regular work. All travel or Fellowship activities taking place during regular school hours would be subject to the availability of the Fellow given their primary school duties and responsibilities. 

Further information about the IPA program is available on the U.S.

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Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows add the critical perspective of school leaders to the Department's work in developing, implementing, and communicating education programs and policy initiatives.

Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows will:

  • Play a critical role, in this pilot year, of helping to inform and shape both the development of the Fellowship program, as well as ED’s strategies for reaching out to and gaining input from the school leadership field.
  • Collaborate with other Fellows and ED staff to provide principals in the field with greater knowledge and understanding of federal education policies and programs; and
  • Contribute their knowledge of schools and serve as a conduit for others to share the needs of school leaders to the Department and larger educational dialogue. 

It is anticipated that Campus Principal Ambassador Fellows will work approximately 20 hours a month on average, on an hourly basis, in addition to their primary on-campus duties. Limited travel may be required to attend meetings in-person in Washington DC or to host discussions with other school leaders around the country. All travel and work hours are subject to the availability of the Fellow.