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Partnership for Public Service Associate Manager, West Coast Programming in Bay Area, California

Preferred location, West Coast


The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a big mission: we’re working to ensure the federal government is dynamic, innovative and that it effectively serves the American people. We’ve got a great team that helps make it happen.

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. Are you ready to join our team?


In 2019 the Partnership for Public Service established an office in California, home to the largest population of federal employees outside of the Washington, D.C., region. Building on our successful track record working with federal agencies, partners and other stakeholders in Washington, D.C., and across the country, we are implementing a range of initiatives while identifying and exploring new areas for organizational growth. Through our efforts, we are: supporting cross-sector collaboration, particularly facilitating partnerships among federal agencies and stakeholders in state and local government and the private and nonprofit sectors; working with agencies to identify urgent talent needs of the federal civil service in California and engaging colleges and universities in building talent pipelines; and developing key relationships to foster awareness of and support for our programs.

The associate manager supports our programming in California and helps establish key relationships along with an organizational presence on the West Coast. In addition, the associate manager supports other Partnership programming related to improving government effectiveness and building strong networks of support for our work.


  • Build and maintain relationships with federal agencies and nonprofit and private sector stakeholders to expand the Partnership’s network of partners and further our long-term impact.

  • With senior-level oversight, manage deliverables or key components of large projects.

  • Organize events and convenings with federal employees and other cross-sector stakeholders.

  • Coordinate and facilitate internal planning meetings and project meetings with external partners.

  • Support the management of project budgets and project management reporting, as well as supporting the management of several grant proposals.

  • Analyze evaluation data for project effectiveness, offering a point of view and making recommendations to maximize impact and solve problems.

  • Synthesize information and use it to create a clear and concise approach to executing work and deliverables.

  • Connect West Coast programming to and support the Partnership’s work more broadly.

  • Demonstrate developed written, oral and presentational skills and manage external and internal program communications.


  • Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to work under pressure and manage various priorities and deadlines.

  • Excellent communication, analytical, writing and presentation skills.

  • Excellent relationship management skills, particularly in building effective partnerships with external stakeholders.

  • Entrepreneurship, creativity and ability to navigate ambiguity.

  • Expertise in engaging disparate groups.

  • Flexibility, a can-do attitude and willingness to pitch in.

  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Passion for the mission of the Partnership for Public Service and our nonpartisan values.


  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent professional work or military experience required.

  • Minimum of two to four years of professional experience required.

  • Familiarity using Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint required.

  • Experience working in California or across sectors a plus.

  • Experience working in the federal or public sector environment preferred.


This position reports to a manager or senior manager. This position may supervise interns.


Preferred location is on the West Coast. This position requires consistent use of office equipment such as computer, telephone, printer and scanner. Please note that as a result of COVID-19, Partnership staff are currently working remotely.


This is a full-time position with regular work hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There may be occasional evening or weekend activities required.


This position requires out-of-state, overnight travel for approximately five days every month or every other month. Local travel to various federal agencies will be required.


The Partnership offers a compensation package that includes a competitive salary; 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 subsidized use of an on-site exercise facility.


The Partnership strives to be 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.

EOE Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled