The Muslim Talent Project (MTP) seeks to identify candidates, build a sophisticated resume bank and screen for top talent. Our goal is to increase the number of Muslims serving in government at all levels.
Historically, Muslims have been underrepresented in the White House and Administration agencies. In an effort to increase the number of Muslims across the government, EmergeUSA PAC is working collectively to identify and nominate Muslim candidates for incoming political appointments and positions in other sectors under the Muslim Talent Project program. The new project will proactively work to streamline the process for Muslims interested in politically appointed positions in the next administration.
Not including the White House, each administration appoints approximately 6,000 political positions, of which roughly 3,000 are full‐time. The remaining are part‐time boards or commissions.
Appointments range from entry level to Cabinet Secretaries and Ambassadors.
There are opportunities for recent graduates to seasoned professionals; above all, these appointees are in place to fulfill the mission and policies of the seated President. The vast majority of these positions manage personnel, set and implement policy, drive agenda and oversee millions of dollars through programs and initiatives.
With the Muslim Talent Project, EmergeUSA PAC is building a pipeline of Muslim leaders and extending the influence of Muslims to the policy decisions that impact our communities most.
Resumes are welcomed from Muslim U.S. citizens seeking an appointment in the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. We encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and interests. Position experience requirements range from junior to mid-level to senior level. Women, LGBT, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
- What should I prepare for the application?
Your resume is the most important thing you need to begin your application. If you are ready to submit your resume and are unsure about letters of recommendation or which agency is a good fit, we encourage you to go ahead and submit your resume. As positions become available that you may be a good fit for, we can reach out to you.
- Letter of recommendation
Letters are helpful and soliciting input for recommenders can aid in the application process. MTP will advise when the time is right to engage your stakeholders. Letters submitted in advance are also welcomed.
- Is it helpful to know which agency or agencies I would like to work for?
Experience with a particular agency or relevant issue area is generally the best indicator of fit. Certain functional roles require less specific experience than others. This includes but is not limited to operations, communication, press, scheduler, and assistant roles.
- Support materials
There is a place in the online application to upload support materials such as writing samples or published documents. Be judicious in the items you choose to submit, consider those that will be the most helpful in supporting the position you are seeking.
What kind of positions are available?
The president appoints more than six thousand executive branch employees across federal agencies, boards and commissions.
For full time positions, the levels of employment range from entry-level to very senior roles. For a complete list of appointed positions, in the Executive Branch, you may reference the Plum Book. This is published every four years. The vast majority of appointments are the Schedule C level, followed by the Senior Executive Service (SES) then Presidential Appointment (PA) and finally those requiring Senate confirmation, PAS.
Volunteer boards and commissions are generally appointed by the current President, some reside within a specific agency and are appointed by Cabinet Secretaries. Some are full time, most are part time. These positions almost always require Senate confirmation and are termed.
- Who will be reviewing applications?
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the assistance of our advisory partners, the MTP staff collects, organizes and categorizes all resumes it receives and meets with staff from the administration to review and recommend applicants qualified for available positions.
- When are applicants notified if they are being recommended?
The Initiative will make its best effort to contact applicants as soon as possible, however due to the high volume of applications being reviewed this may not always be possible. Remember you are your best advocate, it is your responsibility to monitor the progress of your application.
Any applicant under consideration for employment will be contacted directly by the administration or at times, MTP. Please make an effort to inform MTP if an administration has been in contact with you — depending on the situation, we may be able to provide additional counsel and advocacy.
- Does a recommendation help a person’s chance of being selected?
Letters of recommendation can be submitted directly to the Muslim Talent Project. If you do not have letters of recommendation, you may still email us your resume and send your letters of recommendation at a later time. Letters are helpful to get your application noticed, but ultimately it is your skill set and experience that will help secure a potential appointment.
- Do I also need to apply to the administration/agency?
In addition to applying to MTP, applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the administration.
- What is the vetting process?
Applicants under serious consideration for an appointment will go through a background check in which their employment, professional, personal, travel, medical, financial, legal, military and educational histories may be reviewed and assessed. The financial holdings and sources of income for applicants under serious consideration must be disclosed for review to in order to find any possible conflicts of interest. After an appointment is made, there may be public scrutiny, especially for senior-level appointments. For a helpful roadmap, see the National Academy of Public Administration.
- Include your campaign experience and contributions (including any volunteer work), particularly during the the course of this presidential election cycle.
- Consider including information that describes your work with and ties to the community and other faith communities. It can be helpful to demonstrate your community ties to potential employers who are looking to hire candidates that represent the country's diversity.
- Think through whether your resume is structured to emphasize your strengths in the type of work/appointment that you are seeking.
- Because evaluators are likely to receive a high number of resumes, make sure your most important infomation stands out. Consider condensing your resume or CV to one or two pages so that readers with limited time can still come away with a good picture of you when scanning resumes quickly.