The White House Office of Personnel is reaching out to the disability community for potential candidates for appointment within the Administration’s state and regional offices, and to expand the number of people with disabilities serving at senior levels of the Administration, according to a statement released by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Washington.

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The Office of Personnel has informed the Committee on Disability Power and Pride that they are looking to fill multiple political and other appointments within the Administration’s state and regional offices nationwide. They are reaching out to the disability community to obtain the names and resumes of people for consideration for such appointments.

The Administration still has some 47 positions left to fill within the state offices of the Department of Agriculture, says AG Bell. The positions are for state directors under the Rural Development/Housing Service division and under the Farm and Foreign Agriculture Service division. Also, the Administration has about 100 executive-level positions open throughout the 10 regional offices of the following agencies:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Small Business Administration
  • Health and Human Services
  • Department of Interior
  • Federal Emergency Management Administration
  • Department of Commerce
  • General Services Administration
  • Commerce – Fisheries positions
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Labor

The regional offices for these agencies are located in the following cities: Region 1 – Boston; Region 2 – New York; Region 3 – Philadelphia; Region 4 –Atlanta; Region 5 – Chicago; Region 6 – Dallas; Region 7 – Kansas City, Kan; Region 8– Denver; Region 9 – San Francisco; and Region 10 – Seattle. Each regional office serves several nearby states, and candidates are responsible for the entire region.

Because all of these state and regional positions are highly visible, public roles where appointees will be serving as the representative of the Administration, candidates need to be comfortable with public speaking, capable of working with media, able to travel within their region, have significant management experience, and overall be able to serve as reputable public spokespersons for the Administration, says AG Bell. The Administration will be obtaining suggestions from elected officials for these political appointments within their regions, but the input from the disability community has also been specifically sought and encouraged. Interested candidates may want to contact their local representative, senator, or governor in addition to supplying information to the CDPP, given the importance of those elected officials’ support in obtaining these appointments, says AG Bell.

Send in names and resumes, along with talking points about why a particular candidate would be ideal for any of these positions, the name of the specific positions for which the applicant is qualified, to [email protected]. Include any questions in the e-mail message to that address.

[Source: AG Bell]