Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WANTED: President of the United States of America

Call me crazy, but my job search experience the last 30+ months has made me sensitive to and critical of the interview and selection process for the top government job in this country.  We the People need some guidance, I think, as well as prospective candidates.  So, I decided to take a stab at writing a job posting for President of the USofA.  I used a USAJobs job posting as my template, leaving off what I realized was probably irrelevant for this particular position, and adding what I would like to see included.  

The Constitution gives little guidance for a job posting.  I believe the Founding Fathers wanted the job to be open to anyone who met the basic age, citizenship and residency requirements.  Remember, please, at the time they lived, only white male landowners could vote, so only white male landowners could run for elected office.  They probably didn't feel the need to include much in the way of experience, education, etc. for qualifications because of that.  

So, imagine you're an HR recruiter who's been tasked with writing the job posting for US President and read on.....


Job Title:                                President of the U.S.A.

Department:                          Executive Branch of U.S. Government

Agency:                                  White House

Salary:                                    TBD by Congress ($200K - $400K/year)

Position Information:             Full Time       

Posting Open Period:            Open until Election Day

Duty Locations:                     1 vacancy  -- Washington, D.C.

Who May Be Considered:     Only natural born U.S. citizens

Job Summary:

Chief Executive and Leader of a major North American country with a population of 311,800,000 people.

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a natural born U.S. citizen to apply for this job.  Naturalized citizens are not eligible.
  • You must have resided in the U.S. for the previous 14 years.
  • You must be at least 35 years old.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
The Constitution (contains job description) specifies certain duties and responsibilities, otherwise the job demanded the chief executive of the country to lead the Executive Branch, uphold, defend and protect the Constitution which is the governing document of the country.

The President is the Commander in Chief of the military forces, and has the power to grant reprieves and pardons.
The President has the power to make treaties, with approval by the Senate.
The President shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Supreme Court judges and all other officers of the U.S. with the approval of the Senate.
The President has the power to make recess appointments.
The President will inform Congress of the State of the Union, and recommend actions and resolutions.
The President may, in an extraordinary situation, convene Congress and tell them when and where to meet.
The President receives Ambassadors and other public Ministers.
The President shall "take care that the Laws be faithfully executed."
The President shall commission all the Officers of the U.S.

In addition:
The President sets foreign and domestic policy with the relevant Secretaries and with Congress.

Work Schedule:         24/7 with extensive travel required.  You will live in the White House complex which is also where you will work.

            Experience: Executive-level work experience with demonstrated exemplary people skills, communication skills, leadership and organizational development skills, critical thinking, problem solving, analysis, member of a political party may be helpful but not required, work in public service experience, world travel.

            Education: At least an undergraduate degree from an accredited four year U.S. college or university recognized by the Department of Education.  A graduate degree is desired but not required.  Degrees in American, world or European history are helpful, as well as economics and foreign languages, comparative religions and political science or sociology.

You will be rated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

1.         Knowledge of world history, especially recent, including leaders of countries, their systems of government, economic systems, and relationship with U.S.
2.         Knowledge of the Legislative Branch of the U.S. government, its members and how it functions.
3.         Knowledge of federal laws, relationship between federal and state governments, and of the Judicial Branch of the U.S. government.
4.         Knowledge of economics
5.         Ability to communicate clearly with people
6.         Ability to deal with conflict
7.         Ability to work well and effectively with a broad spectrum of people with different ideas and agendas.
8.         Skill in problem analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving.
9.         Skill of imagination and creativity
10.       Skill at fundraising.

Veteran’s Preference:  Military service experience is helpful but not required.  No veteran’s preference given.

Benefits:  The Executive Branch offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a house
for the duration of the employment, a jet plane, helicopters, limos with drivers, security, health,
dental, vision insurance, long-term disability, etc.

Relocation expenses provided.

The following documents are required to accompany application:
1. Resume
2. Responses to the assessment questionnaire
3. College transcript
4. Original birth certificate
5. Documentation of U.S. military service and veteran’s status, if applicable

Apply at the Federal Elections Commission office in your state.

Interview/Selection Process:

1.         Preliminary – you will be required to file primary election papers in each of the 50 states in this country.  You will be required to campaign in each state, meeting with the general population which will judge you on your ability to conduct an effective, successful, and relevant campaign.  You will be judged on your ability to delegate tasks, the way you work with your staff and volunteers, the tone you set, and your accessibility.  If you are a member of a political party, each state will send the supporters you earned in the primary to a national convention.  The finalists for President will be chosen at each political party’s convention.

2.         National – if you are a finalist, you will be required to debate the other finalists, hold town meetings with the general public, and conduct a general campaign for the position.  You will be expected to answer all questions, submit to extensive background checks, travel to all 50 states again, and run an effective, relevant campaign that will also include your immediate family, staff and volunteers.

3.         Selection/Election – at the end of the national interview process, the general population of the country will vote for the candidate they believe will be the best President.  The winner of this vote will become President. 

Does that about cover it?  Anything more?

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