Senior Facilitator, Public Service Leadership Institute

07 May, 2023


Senior Facilitator, Public Service Leadership Institute

Partnership for Public Service
Washington D.C.


The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to building a better government and a stronger democracy. We believe that our future and our democracy depend on our ability to solve big problems—and that we need an effective federal government to do so. For more than 20 years, we have helped make this vision a reality, helping our government—the public institution most fundamental to our democracy—address current and future challenges.

Our staff is diverse in experience and perspective, but at our core, we share a lot of the same traits: we are mission-driven, creative, collaborative, optimistic and inclusive.

Our work is strategic, fast-paced and guided by our values:

  • Passion for public service and our work toward a more effective government
  • People who promote a culture of learning, leadership, collaboration, inclusion and respect
  • Persistence to drive change, take strategic risks and deliver results
  • Promise to be trustworthy, nonpartisan and fiscally responsible

We hire smart and friendly people who are great at what they do and good to one another in the process.


As a senior facilitator on the Partnership’s Public Service Leadership Institute team, you will develop, facilitate and manage programs and projects that prepare federal leaders at all levels—from emerging leaders to executives—to build their leadership and management capacity, encourage innovation and improve the overall effectiveness of their agencies. You’ll be engaged with federal leaders in a variety of ways ranging from cohort-based open enrollment programs to long-term agency engagements to coaching and customized retreats.

To accomplish your work, you will have an understanding of the federal workplace and a range of responsibilities including facilitating leadership development programs, designing and delivering training content, coaching federal employees, project management, internal cross-team collaboration and external relationship management with our agency partners.


  • Design, deliver/facilitate and manage programs, retreats, workshops and seminars in an inclusive learning environment for federal executives and leaders in virtual, hybrid and in-person settings.
  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with participants, government officials and other experts to ensure the successful design and implementation of projects.
  • Maintain awareness of the management culture in government and familiarity with the challenges facing federal employees; connect leadership development programming to and support the Partnership’s work more broadly.
  • Create session materials, such as handouts, exercises and tools for use in leadership development training.
  • Use the Public Service Leadership 360 and other assessment tools aligned with session objectives; follow the Partnership’s approach to coaching and facilitation.
  • Maintain a deep knowledge of Partnership services and support business development efforts through relationship-building and management, generating ideas and writing proposals.
  • Lead and motivate teams, identifying areas for individual and collective development; supervise, mentor and/or coach staff.
  • Act as a strategic thought partner on implementation of the Partnership’s public service leadership model.
  • Advance the Partnership’s mission, profile and brand by building and managing strong relationships with federal agency stakeholders, providing thought leadership on emerging topics, identifying potential areas of organizational growth, and developing prospective initiatives.
  • Identify program improvements through survey data analysis and other forms of client feedback.
  • Represent the Partnership at external meetings and events, as needed.


  • Demonstrated facilitation, training and presentation skills.
  • Program and instructional design.
  • Deep familiarity with leadership development theory.
  • Collaboration and teamwork in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Driving results.
  • Strategic thinking.
  • Leading by example.
  • Coaching skills.
  • Organizational skills required to successfully plan, track and complete projects from initial conceptualization to the timely delivery of high-quality deliverables.
  • Proven track record of exercising critical thinking skills and sound judgment.
  • Customer service.
  • Relationship management, especially with high-level leaders.
  • Commitment to public service and diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.


  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant professional work or military experience required. Master’s degree in organizational development, organizational psychology, organizational leadership, public administration or a related field a plus.
  • Minimum eight years of experience facilitating leadership development content, including demonstrated experience facilitating for executives.
  • Experience working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders and subject matter experts to customize program approaches and content to achieves a desired outcome and produce requested outputs.
  • Expertise in developing and facilitating diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) content strongly preferred.
  • Consulting experience or prior professional experience working with the federal government preferred.
  • Knowledge of federal leadership development needs preferred.
  • Familiarity with and/or certifications in leadership assessments such as MHS EQi-360, TKI, DiSC and MBTI preferred.
  • International Coach Federation (ICF) certification a plus.


This position will report to the director level. The senior facilitator may directly or indirectly supervise interns, associates, associate managers and/or managers.


This job operates in a hybrid (remote + office) environment in Washington, DC, and requires the candidate to be a permanent resident in the Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia area. In assessing employee performance at the Partnership, we consider collaboration, results, demonstration of our values and a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. This position requires consistent use of office equipment such as computer, telephone, printer and scanner.


This is a full-time position with regular work hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Occasional evening or weekend activities may be required. Please note that the Partnership offers flexibility in working schedules.


If travel occurs, it is usually during the business day. Some out of the area and/or overnight travel will occasionally be required.


The starting salary for this role is between $85,000 and $125,000. In addition to a competitive salary, the Partnership offers medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; long- and short-term disability insurance; a 401(k) program with a 4 percent employer match; opportunities for training and development; 15 days of annual leave per year, 10 days of sick leave per year, plus all federal holidays and the day after Thanksgiving off; and use of an on-site exercise facility.


The Partnership is an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government. The Partnership for Public Service is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, caste, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law.


All Partnership employees, regardless of position or physical location, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as a condition of employment. For new employees, a simple unnotarized copy of the official vaccination card or a notarized COVID-19 Vaccination Form attesting to full vaccination must be provided to human resources within two weeks after the start date.

If you believe you qualify for an exception from the requirements of this policy, for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs, you must provide a letter (on letterhead) from your doctor or clergy to the Vice President of Human Resources. The Partnership will explore potential reasonable accommodations for you that would not cause undue hardship to the Partnership. However, such reasonable accommodations are not required and cannot be guaranteed.

Job posted: 2023-05-07